SLAVERY. “We forget that we are free today”: a collective advocates self-repair

SLAVERY. “We forget that we are free today”: a collective advocates self-repair
SLAVERY. “We forget that we are free today”: a collective advocates self-repair

A conference on the theme of slavery, a crime against humanity, was held on Saturday at the Fouillole site of the University of the West Indies. On this eve of the commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Guadeloupe, history enthusiasts have once again opened the debate on two questions: reparation and compensation, in favor of the peoples who were oppressed during the slave trade. The subject is highly controversial and open to questioning.

Yesterday morning (Saturday May 25, 2024), the collective Guadeloupe ethics and democracy organized, in collaboration with the Center for geopolitical and international analysis (CAGI), a conference, in Fouillole, on the theme “Slavery: crime against humanity, meaning and nonsense of the idea of ​​reparation” and delivered by Alex Lollia, former trade unionist and retired philosophy professor. For him, reparation is essential as a “moral, legal and political imperative”. But it begins, from his point of view, with what he calls self-repair.

For several centuries, millions of Africans were forcibly dragged to the Americas and the Caribbean to endure a life of servitude.
Today, 176 years after abolition, no one can deny that this heavy past still weighs on many of the descendants of these people reduced to slavery.
But how can such a legacy be repaired, by whom, and for whose benefit?

This period of our history practically dehumanized us, broke something in us, so much so that we have difficulty, today, constituted a human community claiming its sovereignty. If we want repair, we must begin by repairing ourselves. Self-repair is proclaimed: “I am a free man! And, as a free man, I participate in my community.” It is not a question of continuing to fuel whining, of contemplating the wounds of the past, but of projecting ourselves into the future, so that we can have a country and build an economy, a viable society, where Man can thrive.

Alex Lollia, professor of philosophy

The participants in this conference agree that “We weren’t there”we descendants of enslaved Africans, “It’s our ancestors who had to go through this.”.
On the other hand, telling the truth and making history widely known can have the value of reparation, in particular.

Editor: Marie-Lyne Plaisir
Image reporter: Olivier Duflo
Editor: Mohan Vaïtilingon
Mixer: Cinnamon Aimé

Collective ” Guadeloupe, ethics and democracy » is a strictly apolitical grouping of citizens with material, emotional and moral interests in Guadeloupe, and who wish to act in a collective framework in order to contribute to a peaceful common future, and where differences of origins, gender and opinions appearing as a wealth rather than as the breeding ground for deadly and dangerous divisions.
THE CAGI constitutes a research center in political science, law and legal history. Authorized by the ministry, it is a reception team of the University of the West Indies (UA). Specializing in Law and International Relations, particularly inter-American, he is also dedicated to the study of political and administrative developments in Caribbean countries.



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