The heading of Anatol Leopold Scott’s letter should read “Anatol vs. PKnight” (not that I accept anything from Anatol) and not… Guerrero vs. PKnight; why bring J. Guerrero into this unseemly fracas that Anatol Leopold Scott conjures up all by himself?
Is Anatol Scott so badly in need of attention that he would go to any extreme, as in this instance, to obtain such? Or was it simply because of my comments on his commentary “Don’t mess with history” Parts 1, 2, and 3, and my insistence that most of what was written has an odoriferous bias to it, as to be expected; he’s against the reparation movement as a whole and SVG’s in particular, and all those who lend their support...
He’s worse than the “white slavers and their descendants”, even for a black man. They, like you, Anatol, always supported their own interests, and when confronted are always quick to defend the “status quo”, or the “crown” with their lies, their sorry views and impetuous interpretations of historical events, with the outcry of, “see I’m smarter than you, I’m from London England” or is it Aruba?... and this one,… “Let me remind you that I have visited the archives in London, and France, in Alberta Canada, researched everything presented therein, and found it all to our (English) liking. And furthermore, the man at the University gave me a BA and even an MA, and with a pat on the back (nah’, a handshake), he told me I’m an outstanding Negro servant, and said …“You pass, you’re now an historian.”
It simply boils down to this. You have added nothing complementary sound or anything new to this debate and from what I have gathered from your efforts, your contributions are refractory, and all be it “oppressive in characteristics”.
You hurriedly mouth off their views, their outlook, and as a consequence, assume their characteristics. What is the point then? In the long run, it turns out that most of them (European historians) must be the greatest liars in the world. But you believe them anyhow, and disbelieve or for that matter disagree with Jomo Thomas and Hillary Beckles, and Ralph Gonsalves and the likes, and scoff at the reparation movement in such a distasteful and dreadful manner, what a shame. And the real historical movement, the real movement going on before your very own eyes, exists someplace else for you.
Nevertheless, the actual historical movement that is taking place at present, particularly in SVG, has the correct “praxis” (reflection and action
), the correct method, the correct framework that brings to the fore the necessary fundamentals that answers to the questions on reparations and redress, ... “for lands stolen, for genocide and forcible deportation of the Garifuna people, and for enslavement of Africans in St Vincent and the Grenadines” *(see footnote)… whereas your commentary, lies with inaction
is stagnant and completely useless. Quit while you’re behind!
In closing, Mr Anatol Leopold Scott, “…Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under circumstances of their own choosing, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language…”
Shall “we” continue? Well! Here is a little something for you to ponder on Anatol Leopold “the Scott”... from Scotland I presume, by way of Aruba not SVG.
“He who feels punctured must once have been a bubble.
He who feels unarmed must have carried arms.
He who feels belittled must have been consequential.
He who feels deprived must have had privilege.
Whereas a man with insight knows that to keep under is to endure.
What happens to a fish pulled out of a pond, or to an implement of state pulled out of a scabbard?
Unseen, they survive.”
*See: Preliminary Notes On The Quantification Of Reparation From The British For lands Stolen, For Genocide And Forcible Deportation Of The Garifuna People, And for Enslavement Of Africans In St Vincent And the Grenadines. By Dr the Hon. Ralph E Gonsalves