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Opposition leader Shyne Barrow on Emancipation Day: “Know who you were so you can change who you are”

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Posted: Sunday, August 1, 2021. 1:48 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Leader of the parliamentary Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow has called for reparations focused on retraining the descendants of slaves to free themselves.

As victims of “one of the most inhumane crimes against humanity ever,” he wrote on social media today, “we were Pharoahs, Kings and Queens in Africa who were forced into slavery by European economic savages.”

And, he added, we, their descendants must recognize who they were and are to us to change our mentality.

Barrow argues that Afro-Belizeans remain mentally enslaved because we were essentially cast aside after 1834 – not compensated for the injustice done to us, nor our labor since. Indeed, it was the slave owners who were paid while emancipated workers were still given low pay and mistreatment.

In Southside Belize City, he says, that is manifested in the “self-hate and genocide” that indirectly caused today’s double shooting fatality.

To deal properly with slavery and its aftermath, he concludes, we must be retrained to be free and given the resources to defend that freedom.

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