KINGSTON –– He is known for his roles in iconic films such as the Lethal Weapon series and the Color Purple, but a little less known fact about actor Danny Glover is his active involvement in the reparations movement.
Glover, who is visiting Jamaica at the invitation of chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, stopped by the North Street offices of The Gleaner yesterday, where he expressed his passion for the black struggle and the cause for reparations.
It was against this backdrop that he declared as scandalous Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for Jamaica to move on from the painful legacy of slavery.
“To make such an outrageous statement is an insult . . . ; it’s outrageous . . . and it just shows his ignorance,” Glover said while addressing a Gleaner Editors’ Forum.
When asked if the call for reparations by people of African descent was futile, he said: “I’m not holding out for the reparations, but I think certainly that reparations provide an opportunity for us to organize in different ways around the question itself . . . . If you don’t bring up the issue, the brutality of it, you don’t get a discussion around it . . . .
“As always, you are going to have people who take the most extreme position against it. They only take that position on it because they know it’s a viable discussion, discourse, happening.”
As it relates to plans for Britain to build a prison in Jamaica, Glover said the government should tell Britain to “keep your prison, give us schools, give us infrastructure, not prisons”.