I’m just going off what he said. He said there was no chattel slavery in the Caribbean, which is untrue. Africans there were reduced to being property (chattel). If Moore clarifies what he thinks the difference between chattel slavery and plantation slavery is then we can probably have a better conversation regarding whether or not his views are correct, but as it stands it is simply incorrect to claim that there was no chattel slavery in the Caribbean.

I am not saying the two are the exact same. They obviously can’t be because Africans in the Caribbean were working on sugar plantations rather than cotton fields. What I am saying is that there is no “fundamental difference” because both systems operated the same way in terms of reducing Africans to chattel (including the beating, rape, and torture that came with that), setting up a system of white domination, and the fact two systems were interconnected and supported each other. To say there was a difference in how the slave population was reproduced isn’t presenting a real fundamental difference. There were more major similarities than major differences in terms of how both systems operated.

These were the two articles I wrote about ADOS’ support for CARICOM:

https://medium.com/@dwomowale/the-troubling-link-between-ados-and-caricom-80015ef2d16d

https://medium.com/@dwomowale/what-antonio-moore-gets-wrong-about-caricom-48c943b6022e

Those articles include specific criticisms of Caribbean politicians and CARICOM from Caribbean political commentators and artists themselves. I’d also suggest you look up songs like “Seawater and Sand” by Chalkdust, “Santi Manitay” by Black Stalin, and “West Indian Politician” by Gabby to see more criticisms of Caribbean leaders for promoting division in the Caribbean by social commentators/political artists from the Caribbean. The words xenophobic and nativist aren’t used, but the policies Caribbean leaders have practiced over the years certainly are xenophobic against people from other islands. The case of Shanique Myrie is one of the worst examples of this and you should look this up as well when you get a chance.

The problem with Tone speaking on CARICOM is he doesn’t know about the extensive critiques of CARICOM and Caribbean politicians from Caribbean people themselves. So ,when he speaks about CARICOM he doesn’t realize that just as people are criticizing ADOS for divisive rhetoric, so too has CARICOM been denounced by Caribbean people themselves for being divisive. It would be like if Caribbean people began uncritically voicing support for the Congressional Black Caucus without critically examining the faults of the CBC or the fact that Black Americans themselves have raised concerns over the CBC’s ineffectiveness. It just shows that he needs to do a bit more research to understand on CARICOM before trying to speak on this topic because CARICOM has been denounced by many for being divisive.

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) is a Guyanese born Pan-Africanist, author, and law student.

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