The best books on Caribbean reparative justice

The Books I Picked & Why

Zong!

By M. Nourbese Philip

Zong!

Why this book?

A historical/legal/poetic examination of the way that African bodies were treated and disposed of in the context of transatlantic slavery and how the author simultaneously advances a process of reclamation. NourbeSe provides a meditation in which silence and space advance our understanding of the gravity and horror of the subject which in no way compares with what the unnamed victims experienced.  She recalls them and names them into existence.


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Britain's Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide

By Hilary McD Beckles

Britain's Black Debt: Reparations for Caribbean Slavery and Native Genocide

Why this book?

The best book on the legal basis for reparations from the Caribbean’s foremost historian. It offers a historical examination of the justification for reparations for the cost and lost labor the British gained during enslavement and brings together African and indigenous people's rights.


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The Groundings with My Brothers

By Walter Rodney

The Groundings with My Brothers

Why this book?

This is a series of essays that examine the importance of bringing historical knowledge to the community and also providing concise accurate information on African history and Caribbean and African American assertions for moving beyond the imposed limitations. It is preceded by a timely introduction and followed by a series of essays which reflect on the contributions of one of the most important Caribbean historians of the African experience who lived a life which manifested the Caribbean radical-intellectual tradition.


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Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition

By Aaron Kamugisha

Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition

Why this book?

Kamugisha, is an able representative of a new generation of scholars who offers a contemporary examination which presents some of the theoretical issues and ideas that inform Caribbean studies and history. The reader will get a good sense of some of the major historical contributors who have shaped Caribbean history, philosophy, and culture as they attempted to move “beyond” the colonial experience.


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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

By Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Why this book?

Classic essays on Black women, Caribbean resistance, language, anger, and the combinations of race, class, gender, sexuality. These essays are now fundamental as we think through issues of sexual difference, the ways that poetry and the creative are accessible once we open ourselves to experience and express our deep feelings, and how it re-names the erotic as a place for women that is not wholly sexual but is orgasmic if we are able to reach that zone of creativity.


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