Coordinator of the Marcus Garvey Fair and author of Too Black to Succeed: The FINSAC Experience, Valerie Dixon, says Jamaicans have a warped view of emancipation and can only be truly emancipated if there is a fortification of the mind through research.
“We were taught that some white people suddenly loved us and decided they were going to free us. Nothing could be further from the truth … Contrary to how some people would like to see black people, not everyone was subservient. Some people did try to remove the shackles of slavery and they fought for they freedom … .”
She said it was as a result of these rebellions throughout the island that sugar cane planting dwindled and sugar production dropped.