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Famous on History & Caribbean Ties

History will record that the people of the Caribbean have, collectively, endured mass genocide, mass rape and mass slavery on a level that has never before been seen in recorded world history. Photo: Provided
By Thomas C. Famous

Each one of us are the sum total of 4 grandparents and eight great grandparents.
My maternal grandfather, Christopher Glover, was born in the remote and rural village of Freetown, Antigua in 1904. He left there in his 20s to seek a life other than being confined to cutting sugar cane. 
 
Along the way, he became; a motor mechanic, taxi driver, car rental owner and landowner in various other islands throughout the Caribbean. 
 
Yet, for various reasons, he never returned to the island of his birth to live.
 
Fast forward 115 years later, his family is having a first-time family reunion.
 
Today, I will journey to the land of my Grandfather to meet some of my biological family that I have never known and to see our ancestral village.
 
For the tens of millions of persons of Caribbean heritage, each of us will have similar histories of our ancestors migrating from island to island.
 
Sometimes, it was of their free will. Other times forced migration via slavery.
 
The net result is that most, if not all of us, have known and unknown biological family spread throughout the entire Caribbean and globe.
 
It is important to know these facts, as far too often, we tend to claim one single island as our home, when in fact, the entire region is our home.
 
History will record that the people of the Caribbean have, collectively, endured mass genocide, mass rape and mass slavery on a level that has never before been seen in recorded world history.
 
Essentially, no other people have witnessed the worst of humanity for 5 centuries.
 
Despite the last 500 years of European Colonialism, we have risen to become the one of the most diverse and creative people.
 
We are of multiple; skin tones, ethnicities, languages, dialects and sub-cultures. Our music; calypso, soca, reggae, salsa, bachata etc now dominate the airwaves globally.
 
Our athletes now dominate the world of track and field and sometimes Cricket.
 
Indeed, we are a resilient people who have much to be proud of.
 
This coming week throughout the English speaking islands, we will celebrate our August 1834, Emancipation in different ways.
 
Some islands such as Antigua and the Virgin Islands will have carnival, others, such as Barbados, will have Crop over and in Bermuda, we will have Cup Match.
 
No matter how we celebrate it, let us remember the millions of our people who were slaughtered along the way, in order to enrichen those in Europe. 
 
Our ancestors did not die for us to simply get drunk and party for a few days.
 
Be safe and please remember, above all else to cherish who we are as a family and as a people.

3 Responses to “Famous on History & Caribbean Ties”

  • Quiet Warrior (30/07/2019, 16:37) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good read. Free Town in Waddli. There is a history to be told about Free Town. Antigua celebrate Emancipation with a carnival; VI, Festival.
  • ... (31/07/2019, 03:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Deep very deep
    • Sub zero (31/07/2019, 12:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I would start by asking do you know who you really are. This is what the same European has documented an want you to know. But what about the truth of you being taken back to Egypt by slave ship because you have again turned your back on God. Q In the abundance of water the fool is thirsty. Sec Q Where there is no vision the people shall perish. Now hence the true purpose of life is to serve GOD, save your soul and seek everlasting life. Now who are you There is no other race that has endured slavery for five to four hundred years. There is no other race that has been scattered to the four comers of the earth and has been chastised like the so called negro. Can't my people see that they are the true Jews and will one day be gathered back to the promise land. Can they understand the word that is written can they see, can they hear. Let them who have eyes to see, see. Let them that have ears to hear, hear. For thy people are the chosen people of the most high GOD but has been punished for their transgressions against the most high. Wake up and stop fornicating with Babylon for the entire world has drank of the wine and wrath of Babylon. Now find thy true self for your true self lies not in this region but the holly city of GOD. You are from tribe of Judah and that is the most important connection of all. This identity has been hidden from you deliberately in and attempt to falsify the truth.


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