Congratulations to the West Indies cricket team on their victory in the recent World Twenty20 Championship. However, an MJR contact in Antigua has sent us an article in which cricketing legend Viv Richards supports controversial comments made by the West Indian Captain Darren Sammy after the win. Sammy is critical of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for their lack of support for the team during the tournament in India. It seems there is a long-standing issue, and our contact puts it down to class prejudice among black people, as the WICB board has what might be termed upper or middle class components whereas the cricketers actually come from the poorer and lower/working classes. She asks: "is this another hold over from the trauma?" Read the article here.
A copy of a 232 year old letter written by British abolitionist Granville Sharp condemning the deliberate killing of 132 slaves on the ship Zong has been discovered. The only other extant copy being a draft, this is much closer to the original and captures the strength of Sharp's feelings as he demanded murder charges be brought against the crew of the Zong. More...
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