Background and the Problem
For the past few years, there has been widespread apathy, in almost all areas and sectors, and affecting increasing numbers of citizens in our beloved Barbados. Things social, economic, cultural, legal, and political have all run-aground against the backdrop of uninspiring national leadership, challenged but ill-directed youth whose voices are drowned out by selfish adults. Barbados is being pummelled by lackadaisical responses to economy and society so much so that there is a floundering but starved private sector, together with a stagnant national economy made worse by fiscal deficit, paltry macroeconomic planning, and growth in the incidence of poverty and unemployment.
Furthermore, inter-generational hopelessness has eclipsed Barbadians’ willingness to be firm craftsmen of their fate. There are various volumes of institutional shenanigans and bouts of political interference that have presided over, and in many cases, ruthlessly encouraged social decay within the fabric of everyday life for the ordinary Barbadian. In essence, there are man-made political decisions being made by major political elites in what has become a much polarised Barbadian society that has at its core the remnants of colonial structures that may well have outlived their usefulness in recognition of Barbados’ contemporary needs. Barbados must reject the threat to ‘crack heads’ or ‘to shoot people’ whose embattled voices are crying out for help, justice, and dignity. Marcus Garvey once said: