St. Vincent & the Grenadines
March 19, 2019
Mr. Charles Philip Arthur Windsor,
Prince of Wales
As the present leg of your Caribbean tour brings you to the island of Yurumei, we of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Reparations Committee would like to take this occasion to address you on some of your inherited responsibilities. Furthermore, in as much as this tour serves to prepare the ground for your forthcoming coronation, we seek to lay pressure on your mind as to the fact that your predecessors have been found derelict in their duties concerning our region, that maybe your reign may correct the course which our relationship is on.
On your last tour of the region in 2017, you visited many of the islands which had suffered devastation from hurricanes and assured the people that they can count on the support of the Crown in these troubling times, conveyed words from your mother and expressed how utterly heart-breaking it was for you to witness such conditions. There is nothing that can lead us to doubt the sincerity of your words and sentiments. After all, it is only natural and human to feel compassion and hurt for those who have faced the overwhelming effects of nature’s fury, especially when witnessing it first-hand.
However, as shattering and distressing as that may be, hurricanes are sporadic occurrences against which very little can be done. On the other hand, the current tour and all previous ones have also allowed you to witness deplorable conditions which were NOT wrought on our islands by the passage of nature’s onslaught but through the careful design, unmitigated greed and
The presence of millions of Africans displaced in the Caribbean region, having lost practically all knowledge of themselves their culture, their name, their language, their folks ways and more ways, living in dilapidated housings, precariously dressed and fed on substandard diets, causing untold health issues, all of this as a direct result of a system of things organised by and to the benefit of people who were centred around the crown of England. Furthermore, the conscious and
Along with the title of King of the United Kingdom, the crown will bestow you with the title of Supreme Governor of the Church of England and, albeit you might choose to alter it, the title of Defender of the Faith. Whether symbolic or not, these, along with the claim of reigning Dei Gratia, render the Scriptures a litmus test for your actions and ultimately render you answerable to the God of those scriptures. And while you might find solace and inspiration in the accounts of the Kings of Israel, it is to the Kings of Babylon that we wish to direct your attention. For to us, our relationship with the crown of England is akin to that of the Israelites in bondage, whether to Pharaoh or Nebuchadnezzar, not to that of the Hebrews and their Kings. For we are the children of Chatoyer, and as the children of Israel, our forefathers were force to “bow down and worship”. Their lives were made “bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
Just as the historical records are replete with the facts and accounts supporting our case laid on the European crowns and governments, just as the financial ledgers of so many corporations support the legitimacy of our demands, the scriptures are replete with examples that support the justice and righteousness of our cause. The scriptures are also replete with examples for you to charter a way concerning the future of our ties. They advise you to avoid the faith of Nebuchadnezzar, the way of Pharaoh. They tell you that “Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head”. Yet, mercifully, they also share an example for you in particular, by way of the story of Cyrus who, realising the injustice done by his forbearers, sought to make amends, right a wrong and become worthy of God’s mercy by assisting the children of Israel to rebuild themselves.
We vigorously encourage you to consult and ponder on the CARICOM Ten Point Plan for Reparatory Justice. We are confident that you will find a comprehensive, manageable and agreeable framework to build on, were you to choose to make your reign one that would be, finally, worthy of Dei Gratia, The Grace of God.
The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Reparation Committee
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