Arawaks and Reparations

Arawaks and Reparations

Al Grey


Photo:  The Arawak Taino Museum

He led an invasion of our country

Yet, at first, we showed him kindness

He brutalized our people

with his diseases

his violence and his culture

For his king he stole our minerals

He started a process of genocide

Where imperial powers

Erase people, their history and culture

and replace them with lies and vanity

Historians misnamed his invasion

calling it a discovery

And his name, Columbus,

lives on in high places.

Source: JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba



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