Black Lives Matter began as an American movement, but has now spread across the globe to be adapted to other countries, capturing local issues, sometimes with only passing reference to BLM in the US.
But there is a trans-Atlantic population that is inextricably linked to the American experience, requiring attention and action, especially in any debates about reparations, restitution, recognition or historical reckonings.
Much of the media coverage since the movement erupted has focused on the “shared history and identity” of Blacks in the US, or those living anywhere in North America, including Central American and the Caribbean.
But it’s worth adding to this list the people of Liberia, created by white Americans, including some of the US’s most prominent leaders and institutions. Its establishment two hundred years ago had profound and long-lasting impacts not only on free-born Americans or ex-slaves who made the journey, but on the peoples who were already there.
And that influence is still felt today.