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Building Blocks of Crime?

Another reaction to the controversial remarks made by the Reverend Lucille Baird posted in today’s Barbados Advocate reposted for the reading pleasure the BU family.
Reverend  Lucille Baird

Reverend Lucille Baird

For a variety of reasons, the strictures leveled at the so-called local “block culture” by female cleric, the reverend Dr Lucille Baird, are not likely to meet with universal agreement locally. Indeed, we observe that most of the related comments to her discourse on social media have been generally unfavourable and condemnatory.

According to a report in Monday’s edition of the Barbados Advocate, Dr Baird, without reference to any study or other source, agreed with the assertion that many blocks in Barbados are hotbeds of crime. She proceeded further to argue that these congregations should be outlawed, presumably in order to forestall the likelihood of future criminal activity.

She also called on their members to play a critical role in our economic development- “We are importing food and they are on the blocks sitting down all day long? They can work! Plant potatoes, cassava, yam and eddoes…”

For one, her recommendation of prohibition is contrary to our constitutional ethos of freedom of assembly and freedom of association, both guaranteed rights readily endorsed and availed of by other segments of society including the members of Dr Baird’s church.

Second, the link between the block and crime is largely anecdotal and an easy one to make especially by a disgruntled victim looking to ascribe culpability on another person for the loss of their property.

Third, the inherent national penchant for the underdog, what might be termed a “cuddear” (God’s dear) philosophy, is more likely to provoke sympathy than moral obloquy for these mainly poor, inevitably black, and mostly young individuals that constitute the social subset of the Barbadian block.

Nor did Dr Baird’s appeal to theocracy assist her case. She related that many young persons, including those on the block presumably, “did not know God, the Ten Commandments the Lord’s Prayer, Psalm 23 and what the Bible looks like. In a jurisdiction that guarantees freedom of conscience and of religious belief, this might readily be perceived as offensive although, we hasten to add, it appears squarely within the remit of a Christian pastor.

The nascent “bashment culture” also felt her wrath as being “not our culture” and she echoed the sentiments once voiced by a local Minister of Education that “spirits are real” and that their acceptance might be the causa sine qua non of so much crime in Barbados. For her, this phenomenon exists “because we endorse the bashment and wuk-up spirit and (thereby) open the door to other spirits”.

For all the likely unpopularity of her homily, it is nevertheless difficult to defend the propagation of the block culture as offering anything of creative or other value to Barbados. This is not to say that there may not have been once on the block some who have gone on to contribute significantly to the island’s development, but it may also be argued that while these individuals were “on the block”, they were not “of the block”.

We advance the view that these youthful assemblies may indeed be reformed to contribute in a creative way to the nation. They are not all populated by unintelligent ne’er do wells and, with proper effective guidance, they may be directed towards such pursuits as art, sculpture and drama to the benefit of their communities and themselves. It is time that the block be called upon to play its part in national development and to no longer see itself as a victim of our social progress that has left behind and ostracized.

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175 Comments on “Building Blocks of Crime?”

  1. Georgie Porgie October 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM #

    PIECE
    YOU RAMBLING
    GO READ REVELATION 3 WHICH DESCRIBES THE APOSTATE LAODICEAN CHURCH OF OUR AGE
    ALL OF WUNNAH CHURCH PEOPLE WHICH OF WUNNAH EVER HEAR THE PRIEST POPE PREACHER GIVE A BOOK STUDY OR A CHAPTER STUDY OR A VERSE BY VERSE STUDY
    WHICH OF WUNNAH EVER HEAR THE PRIEST POPE PREACHER GIVE A BIOGRAPHICAL STUDY OR A WORD STUDY
    WHICH OF WUNNAH EVER HEAR THE PRIEST POPE PREACHER GIVE A STUDY ON DISPENSATIONS AND COVENANTS

    THEY GOT A IDIOT DOES COME IN HEY TALKING BOUT BIBLE WHO ADMIT HE DID NOT EVEN KNOW THERE WAS A BIBLE BOOK CALLED PHILEMON

    WHICH OF WUNNAH EVER HEAR THE PRIEST POPE PREACHER GIVE A STUDY ON WHAT EACH BOOK OF THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT JESUS

    ALL THIS IS BASIC BIBLE STUDY

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  2. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI October 16, 2016 at 7:19 PM #

    ohhhh and when the first building gets constructed during the next 2 years you will all note that it will rely on ensuring that the net result of the channeling of the hurricane/cyclone’s wind will be like “downward drag” and will use aerodynamics to produce a zero resultant to keep the buildings from moving.

    The materials are made of *** which is safer than cement during wall collapses read quakes.

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  3. ac October 16, 2016 at 7:39 PM #

    GP nobody aint miss shit the miracle of the feeding of five thousand is a simple demonstration of sharing all the other spiritual gook that some churches teaches is to keep the sheep dumb and in fear To understand the miracle one must understand the message .
    The church is too wrapped up in things they cannot understand instead of teaching a simple gospel that even a child would understand. instead the church have messengers like your yourself teaching miraculous signs and wonders that typifies border line lunacy

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  4. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI October 16, 2016 at 7:47 PM #

    @ Dr. GP

    Forgive the ole man.

    I cannot compete with you about Syphilis and you must accept that you cannot compete with me about innovation.

    GOD, my GOD makes sport with me. He shows me things that are all marvelous and incredible and beyond my ken, (and that of many of you heheheheheheh) smiles while I try to scientifically work out the theory behind the revelation (no pun intended) because the scientist in me cannot understand the “leap”

    I will spend a little time with you on the ramble and I will approach it from the Good Book.

    “And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.”

    Moses led off the act of transmuting the rod to a serpent but you and I both know that Pharaoh’s wise men did not use the same source for their “transmutation” for whereas GOD caused the first to be, they used “dark arts” to conjure up their serpents.

    A symbol which your Caduceus relies on is the staff of Aesculapius, which i doubt you have ever relied on for such arcane use.

    My point is that the transmutation speaks to something which I poor ingrunt man cannot understand yet I do not deny nor decry as rambling so too when the ole man speaks of hew age houses that will be guilt on the bumble bee, as in go to the ant thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise, I bg you to bear with the ramblings as pure “transmutations”

    My point though is that they claim to have a heavenly telephone and seem not to be able to call home on their AT&T line capiche???

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  5. Georgie Porgie October 16, 2016 at 7:48 PM #

    Proverbs
    Chapter 26
    1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
    2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
    3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.
    4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
    5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
    6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
    7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
    8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
    9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
    10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
    11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
    12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

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  6. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI October 16, 2016 at 7:51 PM #

    errata – built not guilt, new age houses built on the design of the hive of the bumble Bee

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  7. Exclaimer October 16, 2016 at 7:52 PM #

    Several days have passed since this pompous and supercilious messenger of God made her outrageous remarks concerning block residents. I would be interested to know if this woman’s views are shared by our policy makers, politicians, et al. The views that she holds are incompatible with Christian norms and values. I would urge this reverend to issue a national apology or step down from her position.

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  8. Georgie Porgie October 16, 2016 at 8:04 PM #

    EXCLAIMER
    wHAT THIS WOMAN IS TASKED TO DO IS GIVEN IN mATTH 28: 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
    20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

    THIS IS ONE OF THE ITERATIONS OF WHAT IS CALLED THE GREAT COMMISSION

    HER REMIT IS TO TAKE THE GOSPEL TO THE BOYS ON THE BLOCK
    THIS IS HARD WORK THAT REQUIRE PATIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE BUT IT CAN BE DONE

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  9. Georgie Porgie October 16, 2016 at 8:24 PM #

    SHE HAS TO GET OF HER PEDESTAL AND GET OFF HER PULPIT AND GO TO THE BLOCKS AND DO WHAT IS CALLED PERSONAL EVANGELISM
    SHE NEEDS TO LEAD TEAMS OF HER FLOCK IN SUCH A PURSUIT

    THI IS BASIC STUFF

    IF THE CHURCHES ARE NOT DOING THIS ………….WELL WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ON THE BLOCKS?

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  10. ac October 16, 2016 at 8:25 PM #

    GP why dont you go and preach the Gospel to the lying pervert Donald Trump the one person you have found favour

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  11. Bush Tea October 16, 2016 at 8:55 PM #

    @ ac
    GP why dont you go and preach the Gospel to the lying pervert Donald Trump…
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    What is this ‘good news’ that needs to be preached…? That is the first question…
    But in any case, can’t you see that GP is busy watching cricket? …and waiting on the rapture…

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  12. Well Well & Consequences October 17, 2016 at 7:51 AM #

    “I would be interested to know if this woman’s views are shared by our policy makers, politicians, et al.”

    Too close to elections to piss off the block boys and risk losing the block votes, distribution vehicles of cell phones, ipads, groceries, small money fir paying bills, drugs etc, which they will all need frkm the depressed areas to solidify their seats and reelection to parliament. ..the people and block boys need to audio and video tape them for public consumption.

    The government cannot totally remove the blocks, but once elected or reelected, the same government ministers who used the block boys to secure votes will make a show and pretense of doing something about the block situation, by directing the police to raid the blocks and lock up their former vehicles of vote buying…for drugs, guns, etc.

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  13. Well Well & Consequences October 17, 2016 at 7:58 AM #

    Forgot to add that it’s become a pattern each election cycle…

    …..so Baird will be thrown under the bus without any support from those vote buying parasites because she opened her mouth too early, probably forgot elections was in the air and filled with her own delusions of self importance, more than likely also forgot how she got her pick….and is now about to blow the politicians cover…. she is on her own…..lol

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  14. ac October 17, 2016 at 8:20 AM #

    truth unlike milk does not sour. Baird might have pissed off many but she told a revealing truth which would sooner or later come back to haunt society. Exhibit A Jamaica block culture which has morphed from innocence to disaster

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  15. Well Well & Consequences October 17, 2016 at 8:24 AM #

    It was never rocket science, it was well known from day 1 two thousand years of tears ago that tied with politics, religion is the most evil single invention of mankind to steal and divide properties, land..read countries, control nations and enslave their people that has ever occured in written history. …both politics and religion were designed for that sole intent and purpose..

    It’s biting them in the ass now though…it’s out of control.

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  16. Well Well & Consequences October 17, 2016 at 8:28 AM #

    As a matter of fact….religion and politics were the very first building blocks of crime and criminality in the last 2000 years, how apt for this thread.

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  17. Exclaimer October 17, 2016 at 11:28 PM #

    @ GP,

    I am surprise that you are staying loyal to the ungodly lady in the dog’s collar.

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  18. pieceuhderockyeahright October 18, 2016 at 5:45 PM #

    Not to be left out of the Action, Here is Fumbles the “Sleeping Giant” to comment on Drugs and what we need to do about this nefarious scourge

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  19. Georgie Porgie October 18, 2016 at 7:34 PM #

    Exclaimer October 17, 2016 at 11:28 PM #
    @ GP,

    I am surprise that you are staying loyal to the ungodly lady in the dog’s collar.

    Surprised that you should say so Sir ince I have not so indicated

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  20. pieceuhderockyeahright October 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM #

    @ The Honourable Blogmaster

    The IDB is doing this Crime Webinar right now

    https://iadb.webex.com/iadb/e.php?MTID=md8e7e451409380a9aa406c2c025b2559

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  21. David October 19, 2016 at 10:08 AM #

    Thanks PUDRYR

    Maybe a summary will be available.

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  22. pieceuhderockyeahright October 19, 2016 at 10:18 AM #

    If you are watching the webinar you will note how T&T has made an investment in Data Mining Systems which unfortunately is part of the National Security matrix of Barbados read no data is available for public access

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  23. pieceuhderockyeahright October 19, 2016 at 10:31 AM #

    The irony of this webinar is that none of the so called luminaries and authorities number among the parties enrolled in the webinar

    Nary a one!!!

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  24. pieceuhderockyeahright October 19, 2016 at 10:36 AM #

    The chap currently speaking is remarking on the Community Policing that the T&T police have introduced and its successes

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