Barbados: Black Lives Matter and Windrush have changed the atmosphere

Barbados: Black Lives Matter and Windrush have changed the atmosphere

The Queen is still head of state in 16 Commonwealth realms, most of which are in the Caribbean. From time to time, Caribbean leaders have called for “real” independence by removing the Queen from her constitutional role. But such moves usually fizzle out, and for decades no new countries have declared themselves republics. Why has Barbados taken this step now? Clearly the Black Lives Matter movement and the growing discussion of Britain’s past role in the slave trade have changed the atmosphere. The population of the Caribbean islands, many of them descended from slaves, have not become anti-British: traditional bonds are still strong. But the younger generation is more assertive, more influenced by black communities in America and sees Britain as a country increasingly remote
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