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‘THE CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE’

Our present government, unfairly perhaps,

is often caricatured as self-serving,

racist and incompetent – and yet,

with a rather modest investment

of taxpayers’ money, has published

a report which may revolutionise

our study of history, showing

not just the costs but the benefits

to victims of great crimes: ‘There is a new

story about the Caribbean

experience which speaks to the slave period

not only being about profit

and suffering but how culturally

African people transformed themselves

into a re-modelled African/Britain.’

 

After ‘THE CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE’

an ambitious revisionist might write of

‘THE BRAZILIAN EXPERIENCE’ – where

half of the ten million were enslaved – then

‘THE REWARDS OF THE U.S. PENAL SYSTEM’,

and ‘APARTHEID: THE BLACK DIVIDEND’.

Next might come three or four new volumes

commissioned under the generic title

‘THE BENEFITS OF GENOCIDE’: as witnessed

in Australasia, the Americas;

by the Armenians; the Uyghurs;

the Roma and the Jews.

 

 

 

 

© Copyright David Selzer
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4 Responses
  • H Lillywhite
    May 28, 2021

    It’s taken me 68 years
    to settle into the belief
    that WAR is our steady
    state. Gains and losses pop
    up here and there. Then it’s back
    to battle and the battles within
    battles and the skirmishes
    inside those. To expect more
    is silly, holy, thus all
    of literature and the heightened
    anguish of art. Amen.

  • Ashen
    May 28, 2021

    … ambitious revisionist … yea … ‘THE BENEFITS OF GENOCIDE’ will surely be the next classic text.

    And yet, sadly, victims are prone to turn into oppressors, and oppressors are prone to turn into victims. An ongoing merry-go-round.

  • Mary Clark
    May 29, 2021

    The Black Dividend, lol. Right. As our impostor president Joe says, Malarkey. Yes, war is one way to spread and mix cultures. Perhaps there’s more humane ways? Anyway, some groups are still struggling with the ‘remodeling. Some will never remodel, the Aboriginal people in Australia, the Native Americans in the United States. And is the implication that victims find revenge in changing the oppressors’ culture? There is pushback against that in the U.S., the fear of another culture taking over.

  • Alan Horne
    May 29, 2021

    This is great, David! Given events over the last few weeks, I fully expect Michael Gove to give a speech explaining how the Hillsborough victims and those of the Bosley explosion have been empowered to win the global race by being variously crushed to death or blown to bits.

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