Before Windrush, Britain was involved in the kidnapping, trafficking, and exploitation of more than 15 million African men, women, and children. This state-sanctioned capitalist venture resulted in the deaths of more than two million Africans crossing the Atlantic. Millions more died while on the journey to the African coast. Millions of Africans were physically and socially displaced, and millions carried psychological scars of abuse and racial terrorism to the Americas.
Dr. Ahmed Reid is a visiting professor at the Centre for Reparation Research at the University of West Indies. Dr. Reid specializes in Caribbean social and economic history, particularly on the economic performance of plantation societies. The recipient of a prestigious fellowship at Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the study of Slavery Resistance and Abolition, Dr. Reid has presented his work at the United Nations Working Group of Experts for People of African Descent, at meetings of the Economic History Society, Oxford University, and the Association of Caribbean Historians. Read Dr. Ahmed Reid’s Article