Barbados: The Harsh Truth Behind the Symbolism of an Emancipation Statue

Mohammed Degia

A few weeks ago, Barbadians erupted in nationalistic pride when a tweet from African American racial justice activist, Samuel Sinyangwe, about the Emancipation statue in Barbados went viral. Sinyangwe was in Barbados and posted two pictures of the statue commenting that he had never seen anything like it in America, this type of monument displayed prominently and designed specifically to symbolise the breaking of chains and the power of black liberation. In his series of tweets, Sinyangwe stated that the story of abolition in America is whitewashed, celebrating people who fought to keep black people enslaved and erasing the efforts of black people who dared to resist. He concluded that “the fact that the conversation in the USA is about keeping/ taking down pro-slavery monuments, not building anti-slavery monuments, speaks volumes”.

The tweet attracted significant attention with many people posting similar monuments from around the world. This morning, someone on Facebook shared an article from Vox that Sinyangwe wrote yesterday about Bussa and the absence of similar statues in the USA. After those tweets in July, I did not find any follow up posts about his experience in Barbados and this article on Vox does not shed any further light beyond his feelings about Bussa, so I am unaware about Sinyangwe’s overall view of Barbados. As a racial justice activist and someone who appears to have an intricate understanding of racism and the effects of colonialism and slavery across the colonised world, I believe that Sinyangwe would have discerned beyond the symbolism of the Emancipation statue had he dug a bit deeper.

I know I will face a barrage of criticism from my fellow Barbadians for what I have written here and I know some of my friends and family will sigh and say “here he goes again, inviting controversy with his provocative views”. I even delayed publishing the article until I saw this Vox article but I am used to being controversial and the disapproval of my countrymen, whether they are of African, Indian or European descent, is nothing new to me. So here goes.

I do not get the impression from Sinyangwe’s tweet that he stopped at the Emancipation statue. Had he done so and read the inscription on it, he would have noticed the “Ode to Jin Jin”. It has been said that this short refrain was sang by the enslaved when they heard news of Emancipation. It salutes Queen Victoria (Jin Jin) for setting the slaves free. The irony of this inscription on a statue commemorating Emancipation is that it takes all agency away from the enslaved whose revolts against the institution of slavery were a major cause in its termination and places it solely in the hands of the white saviour, the benevolent Queen Victoria.

Statue of Lord Nelson in Heroes Square, Barbados. Photo courtesy of barbados.org

If Sinyangwe had ventured a short drive to the centre of Bridgetown, he would have encountered the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson, defender of British imperialist interests. Nelson sailed nearby but never visited Barbados and wrote disdainfully of the island. His statue was erected by white Barbadian colonists even before their counterparts in London had built theirs in Trafalgar Square. Some years ago, the Government of Barbados had changed the name of Trafalgar Square in Bridgetown, where the statue of Nelson is situated, to Heroes Square. Yet it was not courageous enough to move the statue that celebrates the British colonial and imperial enterprise. You see, the voice of opposition to unseating Nelson is too loud. It is led by white Barbadians and receives support from a significant number of black Barbadians. Sinyangwe would find parallels in the arguments espoused in defence of keeping Nelson statue where it is with those in the US protesting the taking down of monuments honouring a brutal past. They range from the farcical ones such as tourists come to Barbados to visit the statue so moving it does not make economic sense to the insidious ones about not erasing our common history, as if the oppressed are obligated to idolise their oppressors. The truth is that most of the people who oppose Nelson’s current location are not calling for the destruction of the statue and would find his repositioning to another area or to a museum acceptable. Meanwhile, in Barbados’ Heroes Square, a space meant to honour those Barbadians who contributed to the progress of the nation, there is one statue, that of Lord Horatio Nelson, defender of slavery, imperialism and colonialism.

This hostility to the mere mention of removing Nelson is symptomatic of the mental toll that the British colonial project continues to exert in Barbados. One only has to glance at the plethora of streets and institutions that pay homage to British royalty. Any calls to rename them to something more apt are met again with accusations of revisionism and erasure of history. Likewise, one only has to look at what the Barbados National Trust focuses its preservation work on to witness how those who command sway on the island feel about its history. If it is a plantation or great house exulting in whiteness and the grandeur of the lives of the enslavers, then expect the Trust to be at the forefront of conservation efforts. Anything venerating blackness, black Heroes and their contribution is left to the wayside by the Trust. Unsurprisingly, one of the past Presidents of the Trust is Sir Paul Altman, real estate developer extraordinaire and a man acclaimed by Barbadian politicians and most Barbadians in general as evidenced by him being awarded a knighthood in 2016. Altman is responsible for the sale of huge swathes of Barbadian land to rich white foreigners, many of them from the UK. Since his land development ventures have led to the environmental degradation of the island, the displacement of black Barbadians and the heinous overpricing of land on the island to the detriment of the average citizen, his claims of being a proud Barbadian are obviously limited to a white elitist Barbadiana.

Altman is not alone with his formidable position and his ability to influence black Barbadian politicians. Numerous white Barbadians employ comparable clout as a result of their lasting economic control. Naturally, when white economic power is spoken of, white Barbadians cry racism and point to black businessmen and Barbados gaining independence in 1966. Yes the island is independent and there are black businessmen. Some of them are indeed very well off and some of them engage in the same corrupt practices of influencing public servants and politicians. Nevertheless, this does not negate the fact that white people in Barbados carry on doing as they please because 300 plus years of economic dominance with its concomitant structural inequalities allow them to. A justice system that treats white people, and rich Indians for that matter, totally differently to blacks is not unique to the USA.

The Europeans created a socio-economic, cultural, political and racial order in their colonies that ensured European pre-eminence and tyranny. This is not something that is simply overturned by a legal independence document. Neither is an arrangement in place for over 300 years just disassembled in a few decades, especially when there is an absence of any concerted effort to do so. Indeed, Barbadian and Caribbean academics including Bedford, Beckles and Carmichael have written about the smooth transfer of rule from the UK to British educated elites in the Caribbean, the confidence of the British in granting independence because they felt secure that the order they fashioned would persist, and the fact that after independence, the state did not embark on a radically altered form of relations with its citizens.

Whiteness, the hegemony of whiteness, the confidence of it, the centrality of it, underpins how everything in America works. While it is on full display there, it operates in a much more sinister form in places like Barbados where the population is majority black and the country is presided over by black people. We have a few white Bajans who try to disguise their racism and the structural racism entrenched in the country in academic terms. They assert that people in Barbados who speak about racism on the island are exaggerating especially as the island has been black led for over half a century. As if the brutal history of white reign and the structures engineered to enslave and exercise supremacy over black people can be erased in a few decades. They claim that it is improper to draw parallels between different countries like Barbados and the USA, as if the European colonisers were disjointed entities participating in separate colonial and imperial ventures at distinctive stages in world history and as if race was not an integral aspect in the colonisation of the world by Europeans. These are the white Bajans I like to call “the contextualisers”. They like to contextualise slavery and colonialism and excuse the genocidal actions of their white ancestors by contending that what occurred during those times was within a period when it was the norm. Therefore, people should desist from looking back into history with sullied 21st century eyes since when they do this, they will obviously regard everything that happened in negative terms. Then we have the Bajan whites who find themselves on social media, unable to resist the “freedom” the platform affords them to spout the most racist and bigoted diatribe against blacks, Muslims and minorities in general. Like Trump supporters they see nothing wrong with their heinous views but are quick to cry out racism and play the victim anytime the topic of race is raised in Barbados. Nonetheless, history reveals that wherever white people have been minorities in areas with a majority of non-white people, they have been the oppressors and not the victims. Barbados is not an exception to this stark reality. All the while, white Barbadians in general fence themselves off in enclaves, socialise among themselves and live a much removed existence from most Barbadians.

I return to street names and institutions that salute the British colonial link alluded to above. When it became independent in 1966, Barbados made a calculated decision not to become a Republic even though it was possible, as other former British colonies had done, to be a member of the Commonwealth whilst being a Republic. The thinking behind this decision was conservative in nature. Barbadians by and large wanted to retain the Queen as Head of State and maintain the ties with the motherland. Moreover, it was undertaken to reassure white Barbadians about their place in society. This did not matter for many of them, who unable to tolerate residing in an independent Barbados with black people theoretically in full charge, migrated to countries like Australia and New Zealand. Their choice of these particular two former British colonies was telling.

Barbados marked fifty years of independence in November 2016 but it is no closer to becoming fully independent. In the mid-1990s, the then Barbados Labour Party administration touted the idea of becoming a Republic and proposed a referendum on the issue. However, there has been no serious momentum to replace the current Governor-General who is the representative of the Queen of England with a Barbadian Head of State. Many black Barbadians are opposed to it with some considering it an unnecessary distraction in the midst of wider socio-economic problems, while white Barbadians are overwhelmingly opposed to it. The price tag for the Government’s activities to observe the island’s fifty year anniversary was hefty, amounting to about 7 million Barbados dollars, and many Barbadians questioned the need to spend this amount in times of austerity. What I found the most objectionable was that at its commemoration of fifty years of independence from the UK, Prince Harry, representing his grandmother, was the focus of attention and commanded centre stage at the behest of the Government of Barbados.

Thus, fifty years after becoming independent, important institutions like its police force and prison service maintain the moniker “Her Majesty’s” in their titles. Furthermore, sovereign decisions such as accreditation of High Commissioners to/from other Commonwealth countries including even members of the Caribbean Community require the permission of the Queen of England. Although this is a formality, I find it offensive that because the Queen remains its Head of State, Barbados must ask for her approval to accredit a High Commissioner to a sister Caribbean island.

The pride in this colonial relationship is deep-rooted and may take another few generations to disappear. The generation that was an eyewitness to independence is definitely not the one to modify the status quo. I remember an occasion a few years ago when a UK delegation met a former Ambassador and me to solicit Barbados’ support for a UK candidate seeking election to a UN body. The subservience displayed to the UK by the Ambassador who was in his 60s and the pride with which he spoke about Barbados being a former colony was not only nauseating but also reflective of the attitudes I have recognised in so many people of his age group. Similar sentiments stressing the positive values Barbados inherited from its British colonial masters were emphasised in varying degrees by former and current Barbadian politicians and civil servants I had interviewed for my Master’s thesis. The thesis had examined how Barbados’ identity, shaped by its colonial relationship with the UK, influences its foreign policy.

The current generation’s allegiance to the British colonial relationship perseveres. I had a few colleagues who saw nothing wrong with Barbados writing to the Queen to obtain permission to give accreditation to a High Commissioner of another Caribbean country. Admittedly, this type of mind-set in younger persons is infuriating and it bothers me when I read the ignorant comments of persons in their 20s, 30s and 40s regarding Barbados becoming a Republic. Some of their arguments are economic and based on a shocking and absolute lack of knowledge of how a Republic works, for example, that Barbados will lose the financial assistance it receives and depends on. Others are farcical pseudo-political claims such as the Queen being the fulcrum on which Barbados’ stability is based and her removal would trigger the descent into chaos of Barbados akin to Jamaica, Trinidad and African countries. Then there are the sentimental and frankly pathetic musings about a supposedly glorious colonial past. One thing is certain- they are all rooted in a serious lack of pride in self.

Barbadians will be aghast at this assertion about lack of pride. After all, we have Crop Over, that ultimate annual display of culture and national pride. Yes, Crop Over, that ode to the days of plantation when the white slave masters would allow the enslaved to celebrate the end of the crop. The end of the crop, signalling bountiful profit for the planters and a few hours reprieve for the enslaved from their arduous labour. Crop Over, the excuse for debauchery where anything goes in the name of culture and anyone who dares raise an objection to people practically having sex in public or to the objectification of women that is normalised by Crop Over music is labelled a prude. Fifty years after independence, the Emancipation Day march and remembrance that culminates at the Emancipation statue struggles to attract people. In contrast, Crop Over events at the same time of the year are sold out affairs even with their exorbitant price tags in harsh economic times.

Yes national pride where fifty years after independence, the wearing by black people of their natural hair in a black majority country remains contentious. Fifty years after independence, black students can be singled out for “unruly hair styles” that are actually just normal natural black hairdos whereas white and Indo Barbadians sport their hair as they please without censure. Fifty years after independence, the Royal Barbados Police Force insists on a dress code for its officers whereby natural hairstyles of black people are banned and treated as offences subject to sanction. The irony in this is that in the UK such a policy does not exist! Neat, unruly, orderly and such type of words are used to demand compliance with standards of beauty wedded to European concepts and are masks for the belief that natural black hair is unacceptable.

The impression one may derive from what I have written is a Barbados plagued by racial strife. That is not my intention. Barbados has undeniably made socio-economic progress since independence with quantifiable gains in the areas of education and health. The island boasts an extremely high literacy rate and there is a growing middle class. Political stability is a hallmark of the island. Even so, the fact is that the conservative nature of Barbadians has also nurtured an environment where questions of race have failed to be confronted frontally, openly and honestly. The term social contract has been used by some to explain why an island with such a brutal past has not erupted into violence and instability. I argue that the social contract is in reality a tacit agreement between economic and political elites to preserve the status quo albeit in a modified form. Economic elites maintain their grip on the major cogs of the economy and even allow some new entrants, particularly from the small Indian community. These relative newcomers some of whom have amassed much wealth and apply their own form of economic dominance and manipulation, add another dimension to race relations on the island. Theirs, though, is a story that has to be told in a separate article. Black Barbadians hold political control and socio-economic advancements have benefitted black Barbadians for the most part. Even so, at its core, the construct of the island in a way that advantages whites endures. I believe strongly that this structure could have been dismantled after independence to bring about a truly transformed society functioning in the image of its people and that this could have been achieved without causing political instability. However, Barbadians in general and especially those with political authority are conservative so the social contract was the method purposely used as the island proceeded into the post-independence era.

Fifty years after independence, we have an island in economic ruin where the rich, overwhelmingly white and Indian, insulate themselves from economic hardship and all of its associated inconveniences. The much vaunted black middle class lives in a state of astronomical debt. Unemployment figures continue to climb steeply. A large proportion of the island’s land is owned by rich white foreigners and Barbadians pay stupendous rates if they wish to own a piece of the rock, as they refer to Barbados. Much of the coast has been destroyed by tourism based

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133 Comments on “Barbados: The Harsh Truth Behind the Symbolism of an Emancipation Statue”

  1. angela Skeete August 20, 2017 at 5:41 PM #

    What race was Adam.Hard to say. Since there is no DNA to prove there was an Adam. Furthermore since adam was not born of a woman who had e experienced sexual intercourse by the male gender in order for biological reproduction to occur adam race would be null and void in respect to scientific proving.
    Adam as the bible suggest person was formed from the dirt of the earth
    Therefore scientific findings would refute soil as irrelevant to skin pigmentation to human race be it race or color

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  2. Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger August 20, 2017 at 5:41 PM #

    Angela Yardfowl…get a life, first you want proof from Mia…then you think you can hound me….

    i have discoursed with the Blogmaster on facebook more than once, but if i see you, i would be too ashamed to let anyone know i know you…lol,,

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  3. Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger August 20, 2017 at 5:48 PM #

    there was no adam or eve, stop believing the lying man translated bible, that is not how life evolved.

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  4. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 20, 2017 at 6:04 PM #

    This is what another commenter stated asked on the facebook link to this blog…..of course he dont see that more tourists go to the US than will ever visit Barbados and the statues glorifying slavery and racism are coming down anyway, but I see his point, if the crooks would stop stealing and pay their fair share of taxes, the island would not have to rely on each and every tourist for foreign, if the island had intelligent leaders….ditto,

    “You take down Nelson, you loose tourists. Get the rich to pay their share of taxes. Collect Vat taxes from the merchants. Does Cow Williams pay taxes.”

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  5. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 6:08 PM #

    The Following is especially for the Author of the Article Mohammed Degia … Deflection of one’s own History, by blaming that of others for Fame or Narrative!

    Believe and Understand that it is written “Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?”

    Why should we support the Spirit of Divisiveness?

    “ATLANTIC JIHAD: The Untold Story of White Slavery

    Whilst the Arabs have been acknowledged as a prime force in the early usage of slaves from Africa, very little has been written about their usage of White slaves, whether they were part of the Russian slave trade or those kidnapped by Arab pirates. However, in recent years, the research of some authors has been bringing this issue to light.

    The origins of African slavery in the New World cannot be understood without some knowledge of the millennium of warfare between Christians and Muslims that took place in the Mediterranean and Atlantic and the piracy and kidnapping that went along with it. In 1627 pirates from the Barbary Coast of North Africa raided distant Iceland and enslaved nearly four hundred astonished residents. In 1617 Muslim pirates, having long enslaved Christians along the coasts of Spain, France, Italy, and even Ireland, captured 1,200 men and women in Portuguese Madeira. Down to the 1640s, there were many more English slaves in Muslim North Africa than African slaves under English control in the Caribbean. Indeed, a 1624 parliamentary proclamation estimated that the Barbary states held at least 1,500 English slaves, mostly sailors captured in the Mediterranean or Atlantic.

    Millions European Christians were kidnapped and enslaved by Muslims in North Africa between 1530 and 1780 — a far greater number than had ever been estimated before.

    One of the things that both the public and many scholars have tended to take as given is that slavery was always racial in nature — that only blacks have been slaves. But that is not true, We cannot think of slavery as something that only white people did to black people.

    Slavery in North Africa has been ignored and minimized, in large part because it is on no one’s agenda to discuss what happened.

    The enslavement of Europeans doesn’t fit the general theme of European world conquest and colonialism that is central to scholarship on the early modern era, he said. Many of the countries that were victims of slavery, such as France and Spain, would later conquer and colonize the areas of North Africa where their citizens were once held as slaves. Maybe because of this history, Western scholars have thought of the Europeans primarily as “evil colonialists” and not as the victims they sometimes were.

    Between 1580 and 1680. That meant about 8,500 new slaves had to be captured each year. Overall, this suggests nearly a million slaves would have been taken captive during this period. Using the same methodology, Davis has estimated as many as 475,000 additional slaves were taken in the previous and following centuries.

    The result is that between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly 1 million and quite possibly as many as 1.25 million white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast.
    Enslavement was a very real possibility for anyone who traveled in the Mediterranean, or who lived along the shores in places like Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, and even as far north as England and Iceland, from 1500 to 1650, when trans-Atlantic slaving was still in its infancy, more white Christian slaves were probably taken to Barbary than black African slaves to the Americas,

    Pirates (called corsairs) from cities along the Barbary Coast in North Africa — cities such as Tunis and Algiers — would raid ships in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, as well as seaside villages to capture men, women and children.

    The impact of these attacks were devastating — France, England, and Spain each lost thousands of ships, and long stretches of the Spanish and Italian coasts were almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants. At its peak, the destruction and depopulation of some areas probably exceeded what European slavers would later inflict on the African interior.

    We have lost the sense of how large enslavement could loom for those who lived around the Mediterranean and the threat they were under,” he said. “Slaves were still slaves, whether they are black or white, and whether they suffered in America or North Africa”

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  6. fortyacresandamule August 20, 2017 at 7:10 PM #

    The same can be said of all independent caribbean islands. From the Bahamas to T&T, the economic super structure in the region is still intact as the time of slavery, except for a few token black faces. Travel up and down the islands and you see the same recurring theme….a black ruling political class and white controlling economic class.

    This perverse economic power asymmetry by a distinct racial minority, more than often, occur in majority black rule country. Why is this so? If this same phenomenon was to happen in a European country for example, nothing short of a revolution would have surely happened.

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  7. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 20, 2017 at 7:25 PM #

    The evil of KKK.

    “The first branch of the Ku Klux Klan was established in Pulaski, Tennessee, in May, 1866. A year later a general organization of local Klans was established in Nashville in April, 1867. Most of the leaders were former members of the Confederate Army and the first Grand Wizard was Nathan Forrest, an outstanding general during the American Civil War. During the next two years Klansmen wearing masks, white cardboard hats and draped in white sheets, tortured and killed black Americans and sympathetic whites. Immigrants, who they blamed for the election of Radical Republicans, were also targets of their hatred. Between 1868 and 1870 the Ku Klux Klan played an important role in restoring white rule in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

    At first the main objective of white supremacy organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, the White Brotherhood, the Men of Justice, the Constitutional Union Guards and the Knights of the White Camelia was to stop black people from voting. After white governments had been established in the South the Ku Klux Klan continued to undermine the power of blacks. Successful black businessmen were attacked and any attempt to form black protection groups such as trade unions was quickly dealt with.

    Radical Republicans in Congress such as Benjamin Butler urged President Ulysses S. Grant to take action against the Ku Klux Klan. In 1870 he instigated an investigation into the organization and the following year a Grand Jury reported that: “There has existed since 1868, in many counties of the state, an organization known as the Ku Klux Klan, or Invisible Empire of the South, which embraces in its membership a large proportion of the white population of every profession and class. The Klan has a constitution and bylaws, which provides, among other things, that each member shall furnish himself with a pistol, a Ku Klux gown and a signal instrument. The operations of the Klan are executed in the night and are invariably directed against members of the Republican Party. The Klan is inflicting summary vengeance on the colored citizens of these citizens by breaking into their houses at the dead of night, dragging them from their beds, torturing them in the most inhuman manner, and in many instances murdering.”

    Ku Klux Klan Act
    Congress passed the Ku Klux Klan Act and it became law on 20th April, 1871. This gave the president the power to intervene in troubled states with the authority to suspend the writ of habeas corpus in countries where disturbances occurred. However, because its objective of white supremacy in the South had been achieved, the organization practically disappeared.

    The Ku Klux Klan was reformed in 1915 by William J. Simmons, a preacher influenced by Thomas Dixon’s book, The Ku Klux Klan (1905) and the film of the book, Birth of a Nation, directed by D.W. Griffith. The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) became the main opponent of the Ku Klux Klan. To show that the members of the organization would not be intimidated, it held its 1920 annual conference in Atlanta, considered at the time to be one of the most active Ku Klux Klan areas in America.

    Hiram W. Evans
    After the First World War the Ku Klux Klan also became extremely hostile to Jews, Roman Catholics, socialists, communists and anybody they identified as foreigners. In November 1922 Hiram W. Evans became the Klan’s Imperial Wizard. Under his leadership the organization grew rapidly and in the 1920s Klansmen were elected to positions of political power. This included state officials in Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Oregon and Maine. By 1925 membership reached 4,000,000. Even on the rare occasions they were arrested for serious crimes, Klansmen were unlikely to be convicted by local Southern juries.

    )
    Ku Klux Klan initiation ceremony (1954)
    After the conviction of the Klan leader, David C. Stephenson, for second-degree murder, and evidence of corruption by other members such as the governor of Indiana and the mayor of Indianapolis, membership fell to around 30,000. This trend continued during the Great Depression and the Second World War and in 1944 the organization. was disbanded.

    KKK and the Civil Rights Movement
    In the 1950s the emergence of the Civil Rights Movement resulted in a revival in Ku Klux Klan organizations. The most of important of these was the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan led by Robert Shelton. In the Deep South considerable pressure was put on blacks by klansmen not to vote. An example of this was the state of Mississippi. By 1960, 42% of the population were black but only 2% were registered to vote. Lynching was still employed as a method of terrorizing the local black population.”

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  8. David August 20, 2017 at 7:31 PM #

    @fortyacresandamule

    An excellent comment that explains a Caribbean nuance.

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  9. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 7:39 PM #

    Nothing to See here folks, just move along!

    On the Other Hand this is why the Left are so Adamant to Sanitize their History by Tearing down those Historic Statues.

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  10. Bush Tea August 20, 2017 at 7:45 PM #

    So what exactly is June Naime trying to argue?
    …that white people are so albino-centric, materialistic and wicked, that they not only enslaved Blacks and others who looked different to themselves, but also other human beings looking EXACTLY like them?

    Shiite man!! …you have to be talking about a special kind of satanic wickedness…..

    …and it detracts NOTHING from the 400 years of systematic institutionalised degradation suffered by generations of Black people, …under the hands of generations of whites – SOLELY in the interest of their materialistic gains ….that have been passed on to the present generations of their descendants.

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  11. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 7:45 PM #

    “Stirring up race and class conflict is the basis of all discussion of the Communist Party’s work in the South. The evil genius, Stalin, and the other megalomaniacal leaders in Moscow ordered the use of all racial, economic and social differences, no matter how small or insignificant, to start local fires of discontent, conflict and revolt.”

    Chapter Three
    RED PLOT TO USE NEGROES
    MANNING JOHNSON
    COLOR, COMMUNISM AND COMMON SENSE
    1962

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  12. A.Dullard August 20, 2017 at 7:53 PM #

    Mr Blogmaster i thought U banned the blogger known as june naime?

    Why do you allow serious blog topics like these to be polluted by the likes of Naime and WellWell?

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  13. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 7:55 PM #

    “We with little knowing of the true history of Lord admiral Horatio Nelson he was the protector of the West Indy’s His port was the filthy Collar-era ridden Nelsons harbour in the island of Antigua he protected merchants ships and destroyed the Napoleonic dictatorship of Frances navy at will. We in Barbados had shot cannon ports in the hope the people docking wold pay us with materials we could use to protect our island. Without Nelson we wold have changed hands several time from Portage’s, French and Spanish Nelson was stationed in the Caribbean in his youth. He whipped the French in 4 major battles Copenhagen, Port St. Vincent, The battle of the Nile and Trafalgar.

    Why wold you remove his statue. Neil Degases Tyson claims the true danger of today’s youth is not a lack of knowledge but misinformation excepted as irrevocable truth because they wish it was so. Disregard the facts and go with what you think would best fit their wish it was so. We blame everything on slavery well well look to Ghana, Pakistan Arab states for today’s slavery. The Jews, Africans, multitudes of religions Christians, Buddhism, Hindus on and on, the world is looking to the British to blame for the slave trade. Well it is true that the lord protector Oliver Cromwell exploited people and dealt in slavery Ops! That was the Irish, Britain was the first major power to abolish slavery in all of its colonies as few where in the British home land of Wales Ireland and Scotland.

    However as the major player in the development of commerce and trade mainly farming in its territory it did exploit the trade in human slave labour readily provided by the Muslims of the east coast of Africa. If I was the descendant of a slave bought to this island paradise I would today be well pleased I was not living in East Africa with the crime and poverty or should we blame the British for that to well believe that too. The Belgian Congo, French Nigeria and on and on we go on mater not that your God has given you knowledge he has denied me believe that too. Leave him where he is. He owned no slave and did no transportation of slaves”.

    http://www.rmg.co.uk/sites/default/files/styles/featured_x3/public/images/BHC2889_HoratioNelson_slider.jpg?itok=fk9kQlYn

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  14. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 7:58 PM #

    When you do not have Anything Worthwhile to Contribute you try to Shut Down the Conversation…

    Nelson’s Trafalgar examines the man behind the legend, his affair with Lady Hamilton – one of the great romances of history, and the dark side of a hero whose exploits were described by his contemporaries as both ‘glorious’ and ‘a stain on the national honour’. Admiral Horatio Nelson is Britain’s greatest naval hero. His determination, daring and humanity became a legend even before his overwhelming victory and death at the Battle of Trafalgar when he was elevated to the status of Godhead. Courageous, charismatic, passionate, ruthless, a true statesman – according to his admirers. Vain, self important, melancholic, irrational, a modern day suicide bomber – according to his critics.

    Born in Norfolk, he experienced the death of his beloved mother at the age of nine, a loss he felt for the rest of his life. He went to sea at the age of 12, was a full captain at 21 and become overall command of British Naval forces in the West Indies by the time he was 28. He was one of Britain’s first national heroes receiving much adulation wherever he went. His victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile on 1791 established him as an immortal hero and he became known as ‘Nelson of the Nile’. It was at the Battle of the Nile where he first met Lady Hamilton, who he had an affair and then an illegitimate daughter with. His victories, however did not come without injury, most famously he lost the sight of his right eye, and his right arm was amputated during battle without the use of anaesthetic. He predicted his death at Trafalgar, and had a coffin specially made. When he was shot he said ‘I believe they’ve done it at last’. He survived his horrendous wounds for three and a half hours – just long enough to learn that victory had been won. He was 47 years old.

    Nelson’s Trafalgar (Britain’s Greatest Naval Hero) | Timeline

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  15. lawson August 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM #

    BT no-one you know ever got an inheritance, what are you saying that the people on the island are more screwed up than the people who stayed on the continent

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  16. A.Dullard August 20, 2017 at 8:06 PM #

    @ the blogger known as junenaime
    What conversation? Your white supremacist ‘copy + paste’ jobs? Do you think they are adding any value to the ‘discussion’?

    You are an simply idiot who knows how to use Google.

    Man David why you relax the ban? You already how the blogger known as june naime feels about you and your kind.

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  17. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 8:15 PM #

    Lord Horatio Nelson is credited with saving Barbados from sure destruction by French invaders in 1805, “This island has certainly never before, at least in the memory of anyone now living, been in such a perilous situation and had Lord Seaforth not declared the alarms and the French and Spanish fleets attacked Barbados as had been expected, Barbados might by today have been another province of France, at which time we might well have been taught by our conquerors what martial law is really all about.”

    The rest is history. Lord Nelson to the rescue… The French fleet destroyed at Trafalgar. Barbados saved. Grateful citizens raise public subscription to erect a statue in his honour not the Government. You might remember that many of the older generation named their children Horatio and the name Nelson is a common Barbadian name. We must remember our Hero’s even though their memory becomes dim. Nelson was a Hero to England and the Statue of nelson in Trafalgar was erected before the one in England.

    When we Erase History we will not learn from those who have gone before… The Left are famous for Rewriting and Erasing History. That is the Practice of Leftism not Conservatism!! The Idea of Conservatism is to Conserve, Preserve and Encourage that which is Good!

    https://external-mia3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQB5Q0UaNw2jKMny&w=487&h=360&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.barbadospocketguide.com%2Fimages%2Fstories%2Four-island%2Fbridgetown%2Flord-nelson2_barbados.jpg&_nc_hash=AQCeRDK2Ir5t9aFD

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  18. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 8:25 PM #

    “This is truly heart-breaking. These were my ancestors on my paternal grandfather’s side and on my mother side… as you know my Mum’s family name was O’Neale… cannot get more Irish than that!! None of this white slave history is ever taught or mentioned in our schools one has to wonder why. Still you do not hear the descendants of these forgotten folk whining and crying and demanding reparation and pulling down monuments. We simply get on with it. Suck it up ” let the dead past bury its dead” and get on with living in the present! But we too have our sad and unhappy history”.

    Almost One Million Irish Slaves
    At Risk of Being Scrubbed from History are They Less Worthy…

    The history of the Irish slaves has long been suppressed, and a modern movement of Irish slavery denial has even gained mainstream acceptance.
    By Baxter Dmitry

    http://yournewswire.com/almost-one-million-irish-slaves-at-risk-of-being-scrubbed-from-history/

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  19. angela Skeete August 20, 2017 at 8:27 PM #

    When they tek down Nelson they might replaced him with a another racist scumbug of European linkage. Only a couple weeks ago twenty thousanf bajans patted a white man on his back against there own interest and marched in the hot broling sun at his instrunctions in a disguise of helping bajans.
    Barbadians love to bow at the whiteman feet so Nelson presence on this island would be adored forever
    If a white scumbag by the name of Charles Herbert can fooled them in the twenty century because his love of money supersedes his love of country then there is no hope of freeing black barbadians from the chains mental slavery ever whuch most of them refused to have removed

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  20. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 9:08 PM #

    History Repeating Itself Right Before our Eyes…
    Bajan’s Wake Up Before Too Late!!

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  21. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 9:29 PM #

    “Slavery comes in Two Forms, Brutal and Legislatively Benevolent.

    Today’s version taxes society in a so called attempt to be “equal” and “fair”–but this is not liberty….You are only equal in servitude, and this equality in servitude has never been achieved— and has only sustained degradation and poverty, as many American city’s illustrate today….. It is ONLY when a nation is equal in liberty and equal under the law that its citizens may be free to use their own merit and faculties to rise above their impoverished condition.

    There will always be poverty, but poverty while living within the law of nature through unobstructed liberty enables the self-respect and self-responsibility that freedom requires–while government out of the necessity of sustaining its power must preserve poverty in perpetuity through bounties and benefits…. ultimately all citizens are enslaved in servitude to each other citizen through the power of politics. It is why all government entitlements and benefits which administer to individual needs and responsibilities WERE illegal in America—when at one time we followed the eternal truths set forth by the American Constitution and Declaration. The American Founders knew that money gave politicians power, and that power along with money used to provide citizens their personal needs would corrupt, degrade and enslave that society….
    The American Constitution is the newest form for Government; all other forms of Government represent re-worded forms of Collectivism.

    The American Constitution provided the Impetus for Dissolving Economic Slavery as well as Brutal Slavery”…

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  22. Tron August 20, 2017 at 9:30 PM #

    The whole discussion about race and history is one big distraction. Let us translate:

    white businessmen = non-elected persons abusing monopolies, financers of the silly season

    black politicians = elected persons lacking any proper governance, in denial of the common good

    black masses = 95% of the population without future or simply the rest, struggling to buy food and to find shelter

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  23. Bush Tea August 20, 2017 at 9:39 PM #

    @ June naime
    Check carefully and you will find that you have the same genes as John of BU…

    Modern day ‘racist genes’ that, for lack of the traditional approach ‘vi et armis’, now come here, with convoluted shiite arguments, telling Black people bout how we are complaining too much about 400 years of butchery, rape, terror and attempted genocide by wunna white ancestors… a condition that would be continuing all like now if wunna could continue to find ways to make more money from it – than wunna currently make by bribing black Judases like the JAs we currently have in Parliament.

    …bout how white people ‘had it hard too’… and the biggest joke of all … bout how wunna got in ‘Black’ genes too…

    But ‘Black’ and ‘White’ is no longer about genes and skin colour. Too much RAPE, house niggers and brain-washing have taken place for it to be so simple…

    it is now about albino-centric predispositions. For example, Froon may gotta black face, but he is ‘white as shiite’… as is Stinkliar…it is characterised by seeing everything in materialistic terms …and where the thinking is that ‘money’ can buy anything – and is worth everything – even your soul….

    Barbados is a ‘white’ country … which is why people like you and John are so ‘at home’ here…

    @ Lawson
    The difference between the people on the Island, and those that stayed on the continent, is that whereas the former are brass bowls who HAD the potential to be REALLY GREAT, …the latter are a bunch of wicked Demons, who have managed to destroy that BLACK potential with their albino-centric brass bowlery.
    So you are right about us being screwed….

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  24. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 9:43 PM #

    Every Individual is Encouraged to Dream Big and Multiply the Gifts and Talents they have been Endowed by their Creator with! Remember the Parable of the Talents…those who multiplied their Talents were given more…those who refused to be Industrious from him it was taken away and given to the one who by his Diligence Prospered. Nowadays Socialism works in the Reverse taking from those who work and giving to those who do not calling it Social Justice… just another term for Legalized Robbery!

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  25. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 9:54 PM #

    I always tend to talk on the Root Cause of our ills, which produces all the issues we debate (weather intentionally or not).

    When we recognize the Culprit the Mirage becomes Clear and we are no longer baffled and entangled in issues of their making leaving us puzzled. Socialism/Collectivism is Serfdom; it only benefits the Elitist resulting in Tyranny and Chaos as witnessed by what is ensuing in Venezuela under Full Blown Socialism! There are different Degrees of Socialism, but it is All Socialism with guaranteed results of failure. “To say a Little Socialism is Okay is like saying A little cancer is Okay”.

    Why in the first place did it get so out of hand? Eventually the System Rots and every kind of corruption emerge. I am sympathetic to suffering but we have to come to grips with the Root Cause…SOCIALISM.

    Capitalism was Not the Cause of the Situation in Venezuela!!! 15% of the Populace of Venezuela are Eating from the Garbage! No Medicine and Basic Amenities.

    How do you think that Socialist Governments can get money to be Socialist, they First must Take from those that Work and Produce by their Ingenuity and promise it to those who Do Not Work hard and who Do Not Employ their Ingenuity. Socialism Promises Everything, Free Healthcare, Free Housing, Free Food, Security, nowadays there is talk of Guaranteed Income…going along, Free Primary Education, Free Secondary Education, Free University Education and Jobs. What no one ever tell you is that the Working Man has to Pay for ALL of it, the Government does not Earn any Income, they take it from others, Support themselves and then they give back very little of what was yours in the first place. Can you Refuse to pay National Insurance, or Duties, or Vat or the National Social Responsibility Tax (NRS Levy) or the Taxes on Gasoline, or the Taxes on Electricity and All the other Endless Taxes including your House and Land Tax?

    Government does Not Work for you…you Exist to work for them!!

    Socialism never, ever works, it Impoverishes, Dehumanizes and Kills people. Socialist Never Learn from History. They Say They Are All Different… Communism, Leninism, Stalin-ism, Maoism, Leftism, Progressive-ism or “Democratic Socialism”, They Aren’t, Names Only Change to Suit the Times!

    Most of South America is under Socialist Governments…“The Goal of Socialism is Communism”. Vladimir Lenin. Until We Get This Straight we will always be beguiled…. “Socialism is Atheism Masquerading as Political Philosophy”.

    We are on a Very Slippery Slope… IT IS NOT ABOUT HATING GOVERNMENT, IT IS ABOUT RESISTING THE IDEA THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS OUR MASTER AND SILENCE IS CONSENT!

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  26. Tron August 20, 2017 at 9:58 PM #

    There is no statute in the ancient collections specifically adressing “European slaves”. Some of the oldest statutes refer to “Negroes or other slaves”, whereas from the second half of the 17th century on the statutes narrow the wording to “Negro slaves”. I assume “other slaves” refers to Indians.

    One could argue that the treatment of Irish and Scottish folks during a short episode in the 17th century below the standard of indentured servants was a historical fact, but illegal under contemporary English law – whereas the slave codes happily provided extensive rules to justify every cruelty against Africans. In other words, the Irish-Scottish and African case is very different from a legal perspective.

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  27. peterlawrencethompson August 20, 2017 at 10:02 PM #

    Sadly Bush Tea, racists like June Naime are far more typical of those who employ the bible than you yourself are. If there were a many million fewer of her and a couple more like you I might be persuaded to take the bible seriously. By their fruits ye shall know them.

    (I honestly had nothing to do with June Naime showing up to prove my point about the racism corruption and evil that people build using the bible as a cornerstone.)

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  28. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 10:05 PM #

    Sad But True!

    By the way we do not pay taxes the Government Takes our Taxes. Taxation is not voluntary it is forced. I have been writing for a few years now, that the solution to pilfering by way of Taxation by Governments is the System of Governance meaning Socialist practices of robbing Peter to pay Paul and until we come to understand that Socialism is a Godless Conspiracy Masquerading as Political Philosophy, we will continue to be deprived, the only intent of such, is to rule over others for Control and Profit.

    More than a failed state, it’s a failed SYSTEM. It’s called Socialism and it sooner or later fails everywhere. Its motto is, “When at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail again.” In the free, competitive private sector, failure is something you learn from, so you can succeed in the future. But in the public sector under socialism especially, failure is merely an excuse to fail even more spectacularly later because all that matters is intentions, not results. Let’s hope that in Venezuela, the hour of liberation is near and that lessons will be learned from this horrific flop spelled S-O-C-I-A-L-I-S-M.

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  29. Tron August 20, 2017 at 10:09 PM #

    Addendum.

    There is “An Act for the prohibition of landing Irish persons”, dated 1644 for Bim.

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  30. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 10:28 PM #

    Slavery Is Colour Blind and has No Age Restraints!!

    Protest against Child Labor “ABOLISH CHILD SLAVERY!!” in English and Yiddish 1909 Labor parade in New York City

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  31. June Naime August 20, 2017 at 10:43 PM #

    This is not Black versus White, or Left versus Right or Jew versus Palestinian, this is a Good versus Evil, Freedom versus Tyranny and the culprit from the beginning of time has always been the Adversary. We have our eyes so Clinched where they want us to in Stirring Up Racism that we are forgetting the others that suffer Great Atrocities right now in real time…

    A Rose by another name will still smell as sweet in much the same way Slavery to a Slave is STILL SLAVERY!

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  32. Bush Tea August 20, 2017 at 10:45 PM #

    @ PLT
    Still don’t get your point.
    Why would ANYONE not use the bible in their attempts to achieve their ultimate objectives – whatever those may be?
    It is a powerful book by all indications -(your doubts notwithstanding). It has been around more than ANY other book, is printed in more languages, has survived longer and is an ongoing best seller in multiple cultures.

    Shiite PLT, if you were the Devil himself …. would YOU not grab it for all it is worth?
    You should NOT be persuaded EITHER by fewer idiots using the bible OR by more bushmen doing do…

    Right now, the albino-centric philosophy has been embraced globally by over 99% of ALL peoples. Success is defined and accepted in ‘economic’ terms….
    This is obviously shiite … as we will SHORTLY all die and leave the materialistic accumulations for others to enjoy….
    So…
    Are you saying that YOUR acceptance of this materialism is based on mostly the fact that so many others do so?

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  33. Artax August 20, 2017 at 11:18 PM #

    Perhaps you may care to highlight to me where in any of my contributions I “told an outright lie on (you) that (you) always criticize BU.”

    If you interpret my reference to “PEOPLE” as a SPECIFIC REFERENCE to you, then I’m forced to bow to your superior intellect.

    And there is the possibility that diverse people who share similar thoughts have similar writing styles. This fact was proven when Grenville Phillips II used my writing style as his basis to erroneously assume he knew who I am. Many people, including me, have the ability to change their “writing style” when the occasion necessitates it, therefore making it difficult for anyone to make a positive identification.

    You do not have to enter your “real name” when applying for an e-mail address or to join facebook. Any individual could use any name to make contributions to facebook. So now you would reduce, demean and degrade yourself to” convince us otherwise.

    However, I would likewise advise you to “don’t feel bad, I do the same to (you), I (usually don’t) read the first sentence or paragraph and ignore the rest cause ya can tell it`s a waste to read,” because similarly to a stuck DVD, you post the same shiite over and over and over (ad infinitum) again.

    Perhaps you are confusing me with YOU re: “complain on BU incessantly and consistently.” Whereas you choose to COMMENT on EVERY TOPIC on BU (as is evidenced by the NUMEROUS, IRRELEVANT contributions you post on a daily basis), I LIMIT my comments to those articles I choose to offer a contribution.

    It is okay to use your “real name????” on facebook to address parochial issues, such as taking down Nelson’s statue, renaming President Kennedy’s Drive or the roads in Bank Hall that are named after England’s royalty. Or describing politicians as liars, scumbags, thieves or corrupt. That’s par for the course for them

    However, it is a different situation for you to use your “real name” to assassinate people’s character (a practice that is so often undertaken by you), without providing the relevant documentation to substantiate your accusations…… you will run the RISK of being SUED for defamation of character.

    This is a dangerous and malicious act; hence, your preference for BU where you can REMAIN anonymous and spew racist hatred and pejorative remarks to malign others.

    Therefore, I’m putting to you that to protect your identity from the legal ramifications or reprisals as a result of sharing intelligence. You would have used a condemn relayed that information to the police using a pseudonym.

    However, using multiple posts to respond to critics may be defined as the rants of an immature individual.

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  34. peterlawrencethompson August 21, 2017 at 12:36 AM #

    @Bush Tea
    My point is that if I were an omnipotent benevolent deity I would create my revaluation in such a way that it would be useless to the June Naimes of the world.

    I do not materialist “albino-centric” materialism despite its global popularity, popularity is of no consequence to me; I pay attention to the way things or ideas function in the world and judge them by their merits

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  35. peterlawrencethompson August 21, 2017 at 12:36 AM #

    revalation^

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  36. Hal Austin August 21, 2017 at 2:37 AM #

    Online hate crimes should be treated as seriously as offences in person according to new guidance for prosecutors in England and Wales.
    The pledge to toughen the response to online abuse is part of revised Crown Prosecution Service rules for hate crimes…………
    Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said: “Hate crime has a corrosive effect on our society and that is why it is a priority area for the CPS. It can affect entire communities, forcing people to change their way of life and live in fear.”

    There is no hiding place and the internet does not recognise national boundaries..

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  37. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 21, 2017 at 3:48 AM #

    Naime is trying to dilute the effects of slavery on Africans and their descendants, there is no doubt there were white on white crimes perpetrated by the british and other whites against each other because they are masters at practicing eugenics, pretending they are superior, even to each other……all of that the likes of Naime should be taking up with the brits, dont know why she is complaining to us, personally, I dont care about white on white crimes, it only highlights how very evil some whites can be.

    but what Naime is trying with her false advertising could never compare in scope to the vicious crimes committed by US, UK, France, Belgium, Germany combined against Africans, Native Americans, Native Caribbean people and their descendants.

    Who dont like seeing the truth about what really happened that has caused small islands like Barbados to remain backward slave societies despite knowing that they are descendants of slaves and are majority black, despite knowing that physical slavery is over and what is happening should not be happening….despite knowing that the majority on the island should be making their own decisions about their own destiny and controlling all their finances and state owned entities. …..that’s the slave in you still talking.

    Art…I did not realize ya still rambling on, just caught a glimpse of your first line of rant, what has made you so bitter and pathetic, you used to be quite the contributor, what a pity.

    If it would make you feel better and help you move on, get the Blogmaster to post so everyone can see where I ever criticized BU and every critizism I made in the last 5 years…it will prove me a liar, then you can feel much better…until then, you are lying and it is pathetic….you missed a very important debate, just so you can focus all your negative energies on me….then you are always the head person to ask what is wrong with the people on the island….maybe the answer will come if you look in the mirror.

    If ya think ya were mad yesterday, wait until you wake up and see this. ….lol

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  38. 555dubstreet August 21, 2017 at 4:25 AM #

    I have no time for White trash like Ugly Old June If she wants to belittle treatment of African slaves and chat white nonsense, then she is still condoning the racism and brutality of wicked whites.

    Old white lady is not even worth bothering with.

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  39. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 21, 2017 at 4:48 AM #

    Hal……..as usual ya only giving half the story, you do realize that you would also qualify as being banned from social media for your hate speeches AGAINST muslims and their religion right, religious hatred will no longer be tolerated…….period.

    …..last week I saw so many trolls banned on facebook for telling commenters how much they hated them, just typing the word hate can get you kicked off.

    I had a ton of racists telling me how much they hated me for a whole week, everybody gone….lol

    One racist organization sent me a nazi flag with a helicopter and someone being thrown out of it, i asked them if that was supposed to scare me, apparently they were sending it around to people speaking out against racism, next day, that group and 7 others were banned from facebook.

    The jews who own most of media worldwide are taking racist and genocidal threats against themselves very seriously.

    So for all the BUers who get angry when commenters speak out against racism, stay off facebook and other social media sites, you are no longer welcome and will not be tolerated if you do not know how to behave and accept that racism is a scrooge on the earth and everyone has the right to speak up and out against it………

    ,,,the world knows racists and racism exists, they are both destructive to countries, societies and humans and must be eradicated worldwide with immediate effect…….

    ….and for you little racists in Barbados who still believe that trying to be slick to continue the practice of racism against the majority population will see you getting away with it, oh no, you will be exposed on social media……that is what everyone wants to rid the earth of now, that is what social media will allow the exposure of, racists and their practice of racism…..so deal with it.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hate-crimes-social-media-crown-prosecution-service-home-office-prejudice-a7903166.html

    NewsUK

    UK Politics
    Crackdown on ‘corrosive’ online hate crimes launched by Crown Prosecution Service

    Changes ‘will remind the trolling brigade that there are real consequences for hitting the button’ and will ‘undoubtedly lead to an increase in prosecutions’

    Ashley Cowburn Political Correspondent @ashcowburn 4 hours ago480 comments

    In the week following the Brexit vote, the number of reported hate crimes increased five-fold. Getty
    Hate crimes committed on social media will be treated as seriously as similar street-based offences, according to new guidelines issued by the Crown Prosecution Service as they launch a crackdown on hate speech online.

    Recognising the “corrosive effect” of hate crime on British society, Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, announced the CPS will now revise prosecutions of such crimes “with the same robust and proactive approach used with offline offending”.

    The changes could lead to a dramatic increase in those being prosecuted for posting prejudice attacks on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    READ MORE
    Water thrown at Muslim women in ‘fake acid attack’ outside mosque
    Police investigating after man ‘tried to pull off woman’s hijab’
    Police ‘failing to protect British Jews from hate crime’

    Jenny Wiltshire, the head of general crime at Hickman and Rose solicitors, told The Independent the change in policy from the CPS reflects “the fact that the internet has become a breeding ground for misogynist, racist and homophobic views”.

    She continued: “The decision to treat offences committed online no differently from offline offences will undoubtedly lead to an increase in prosecutions. It will also remind the trolling brigade that there are real consequences for hitting the button”.

    According to the CPS the policy statements have been updated to take into account the mounting number of cases sparked by abuse on social media and covers all the different strand of hate crime, including religious and racist, disability, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic.

    They added that between 2015-16, prosecutors completed 15,442 hate crime cases – the highest number ever recorded.

    George the Poet releases powerful video on hate crime on anniversary of Jo Cox murder
    “Hate crime can be perpetrated online or offline, or there can be a pattern of behaviour that includes both,” the CPS said in a statement. “The internet and social media in particular have provided new platforms for offending behaviour.”

    Prosecutors should also understand the changing nature of platforms and their policies for taking down material, while being alert to the need to identify “originators” as well as “amplifiers or disseminators”, according to the documents.

    The presence of hateful content on social media sites has repeatedly been highlighted and community groups monitoring anti-Semitic and Islamophobic abuse report that a significant proportion of incidents involve the internet.

    READ MORE
    Water thrown at Muslim women in ‘fake acid attack’ outside mosque
    Fiyaz Mughal, the founder of campaign group Tell Mama, which measures Isamophobia in Britain, said he welcomed the focus on social media platforms, adding: “Those who think that street based hate crimes should have precedent over online ones, should realise there is no competition in getting access to justice.”

    Paul Twocock, the director of campaign at Stonewall, told The Independent that discrimination remains an everyday reality for many LGBT people at home, at work and in their communities.

    “Despite the progress we have made, we know that hate crime against LGBT people is on the rise. This is unacceptable. We will continue to support the CPS, as we work towards a society in all LGBT people can be accepted without exception,” he added. “

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  40. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 21, 2017 at 5:04 AM #

    555….the majority population in Barbados have to get very serious about exposing ALL the minority racists on the island, starting wuth the Cows, Bjerkhams, Tempros and Bizzys and coming right on down, there are less than 8,000 minorities, many still practice racism on the black population….stop them from practicing racism, the people on the island now have forums available to expose it, dismantle it and eradicate all racism practiced against them by minorities, from the island…

    And if the slave ministers of parliament and the opposition politicians still take bribes to allow the practice of racism on the people of the island, EXPOSE them too…..the world is now on your side and against ALL forms of racist practices, use the opportunity to get hate and racism gone, ya cant say ya dont know….I am telling you.

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  41. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 21, 2017 at 5:28 AM #

    Bushman….now we see the slick trick Frustrated was trying on BU calling the black government’s actions against sugar subsidies racist….where we both had to correct him….

    …..they can all see clearly what is coming at them like a freight train…and were trying to get a head start on working on the weak slave ministers…..ditto Naime also.

    For that I will punish and expose all racists on the island every opportunity I get…we know the black governments are weak and easily manipulated by greedy minorities….but there was absolutely no reason to do something that vile, ugly and lying, I would let it pass if it would only negatively impact the dummies for ministers and not the majority population…but it will, so I wont.

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  42. 555dubstreet August 21, 2017 at 5:48 AM #

    Take back European spoil
    and give I African Style

    give I give I give I
    give I

    I and I style

    Take back take back take back

    we don’t want no European spoil

    give I
    I and I culture

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  43. Artax August 21, 2017 at 6:13 AM #

    45

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  44. Bush Tea August 21, 2017 at 6:44 AM #

    @ PLT
    My point is that if I were an omnipotent benevolent deity I would…
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Bushie has to like you… now THAT is funny.

    Do you realise that this is EXACTLY like arguing that “if angela was Bushie, then the bushman would be spreading shiite on BU”.
    ha ha ha whuloss!!

    Besides, where did you get the ‘benevolent’ part from? Your imagination?
    When asked about this, Jesus specifically stated that he came NOT to bring peace and benevolence – BUT A SWORD. (whackers had not yet been invented… 🙂 )

    You have NO IDEA of the thinking behind God’s decision to initiate the project that we call ‘Life on Earth’. This is because it is a SPIRITUAL decision with spiritual outcomes in mind, and you have been born with five physical senses, BUT WITHOUT the means to detect and assess spiritual matters.

    So apart from lacking the CAPABILITY that comes with omnipotence, you also lack the ability to THINK and understand in that dimension.

    In a case such as this, a mere mortal can only TRUST and have FAITH that the plan in place makes sense. And given it’s origin – and the undeniable, inter-related complexity of the PHYSICAL things that we CAN sense, this would seem a logical decision -until such time that the needed ‘spiritual sense’ to REALLY understand can be acquired.

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  45. 555dubstreet August 21, 2017 at 6:48 AM #

    ★ African Freedom, Corn Picker Dub

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  46. 555dubstreet August 21, 2017 at 6:49 AM #

    ★ African Freedom,

    ★ Corn Picker Dub

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  47. lawson August 21, 2017 at 6:58 AM #

    BT I know you guys have had it rough I am sure no-one from Biafra, Rwanda,Somalia would want to change places with you. There are things far worse than institutionalized slavery 300 years on…..oh yea ….real f^ck*ng slavery.

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  48. Bush Tea August 21, 2017 at 7:18 AM #

    You are a bit confused Lawson.
    The point is no so much about us’having it rough’…

    It is MUCH more about the kind of MENTALITY that had the CAPACITY to inflict such carnage on other human beings – or even on animals – who had done them NO evil.

    This is the actual phenomena that you may want to explore.

    You may also want to make some ‘wisecracks’ about how the genes of such ‘beings’ are being exemplified by their descendants in 2017 – in our current environment where the old overt physical and mental torture in no longer openly tolerated….

    Blacks actually deserve every year they spent in slavery….. and those that they will spend in future slavery – based on the current trend of leveraging our children’s future with unsustainable shiite loans – so that the PM can drive around in a $M Mercedes …and so that we can give $millions to baloney to put up shiite match-box houses.

    The amazing thing to Bushie remains the nature of the ‘devilish beings’ that had /have the capacity to administer such (needed) demonic ‘punishment’ on the brass bowls….. AFTER misleading them with their albino-centric trap of selfishness and greed.

    yuh think…?

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  49. June Naime August 21, 2017 at 7:39 AM #

    Where is Our Presence System of Governance under Socialism Leading with Unrestrained Taxation?

    IT IS NOT ABOUT HATING GOVERNMENT, IT IS ABOUT RESISTING THE IDEA THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS OUR MASTER AND SILENCE IS CONSENT!

    Capitalism (Free Market System) versus Socialism which Encourages Cronyism and Theft through Taxation!!
    We are on a Very Slippery Slope…

    Free Markets Create Prosperity.
    Socialism Creates Poverty.
    #Socialism Sucks

    Socialism abounds and prospers at the Expense of our Nation. Socialism is Economic Cannibalism.

    Socialism has its tentacles like a giant Mantel over the earth and we on the Isles of the Sea are not exempt! It is a slow process of Rot, Understand that the plan is to “CONTROL AND RULE BY WAY OF THE EXTRACTION OF THE PEOPLES WEALTH WHILE ENCROACHING ON THEIR FREEDOM THROUGH BURDENSOME REGULATIONS”.

    We in Barbados have adopted a system of Governance that is Stifling the Nation, literally taking the wind out of its Sails. Under this system, a ruling authority arbitrarily sets common Moral, Social, and Economic aims and, to achieve those aims, dictates the standards and rules by which individuals live and work.

    A nation of Free Individuals limit government by managing their own needs and their own charitable causes—while Serfs, and Slaves, handover their authority over their own actions, their own beliefs, their own individual welfare, and their own individual responsibilities to that of a Master’s Management or to Governmental Authority that will give away their labour, corrupt them with it, and ultimately uniformly bind society in “egalitarianism”

    Socialism has no theory of wealth creation; it’s just a Destructive, Envy-Driven Fantasy about Redistributing Wealth after something else (and somebody else) creates it first. The slow Poison of Government and Corporations, Crony Capitalism has infiltrated almost every level of Socialist Countries and is now being used as Fodder to Promote Socialism.

    We are on a Very Slippery Slope… IT IS NOT ABOUT HATING GOVERNMENT, IT IS ABOUT RESISTING THE IDEA THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS OUR MASTER AND SILENCE IS CONSENT!

    Socialism is the Big Lie of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. While it promised Prosperity, Equality, and Security, it delivered Poverty, Misery, and Tyranny.

    EXACTLY! Big Government Does NOT Reduce Poverty!

    They are so many Struggling in Barbados, so many can’t make ends meet. Even if you have a Berry today the Government takes it tomorrow. Socialism Impoverishes Everyone except those who Rule.

    From my Simple observation, how does the BLP & the DLP differ in their Ideology??? I am very concerned that unless we practice Free Market Principles with less Burdensome Rules, Regulations and Controls, the Reaper lies at the Gate!!

    “Governments make no money they only Spend money, that is why Socialist Governments love Businesses, that way they depend on Entrepreneurs to build businesses and to employ people so that they can TAX them so that they can live HIGH ON THE HOG!

    This Elitist in the world, live off the Sweat of others through Taxation and Manipulation.

    In Barbados 2/3 of the money collected by Government is paid towards debt and 1/3 is paid to the Government Bureaucracy. Where do you think the 100% comes from? -It comes from off the backs of those working who are mostly oblivious to the amount extracted from them by the numerous forms of Assessments, Duties, Levy’s, and Exercise forms of Taxation!

    Promises, Promises, Promises… All Politicians do is promise more entitlements and when buying votes it’s all about Free Stuff. Then you vote for them and you reap the whirl wind as often times because of careless spending since it’s not their money. 1/3 pays all the Civil Servants and the few amenities that Government provides.

    How long do you think that Parasitical Entity can feed off we the people? It depends on the Organism as to how much it feeds. The real aim of Full Blown Socialism is the Control and Extraction of the Wealth of the People, every aspect of what others own. It’s aims at Complete Authoritarianism in Government.

    No individual is to own anything. Everything belongs to the state. All properties, utilities, industries, and persons are to be owned by the entire body politic, represented by the government. A good example is what is happening in Venezuela or Barbados… do you own your house? Even after we are deceased our inheritors continue paying Taxes.

    What Ripple effects are we witnessing of such Control? The Parasites who Rule fatten themselves while everyone else literally starve. The have sucked so much out of their people in Barbados that the host is dying.

    “The Problem with Socialist is that they eventually run out of others people’s money”. Margaret Thatcher.

    We cannot trust a System that is feeding off the people. Socialism is simply Governmental ownership and management of the essential means for the production and distribution of goods. That is why Government should be limited to what we the people deem absolutely necessary. Government is supposed to represent and protect the people not Leech off them”! They are supposed to be the People’s Representatives however they have made themselves the people’s Masters and thus the people have become Serfs! We Exist to Feed their Edicts!!

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  50. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 21, 2017 at 7:49 AM #

    Lawson…there you go again justifying the blight and curse of racist practices that should never see the light of day on earth ever again….

    ……we have evolved mostly way from the evil that is physical slavery although most low, limited intellect people are now trapped in the mental slavery of their own making, commonsense dictates we evolve completely from the blight that is racism.

    What are you still trying to hold on to in the practice of racism and why.

    Ya cant just want to be parading around Barbados as a white tourist with ya chest all pushed up trying to show blacks on the island ya are some delusional superior thing….it’s old and is now out of vogue…..move on, get over it.

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  51. June Naime August 21, 2017 at 8:29 AM #

    Socialism has many names, Crony Capitalism, Socialism, Progressive ism, Communism, Marxism and Leftism they are all the same, only different varieties of the same thing, it is not religion but the Godless Conspiracy of Satanism which raises its ugly head in many disguises to suit the times. This is not a Muslim versus Jews battle; it is a Freedom Verses Tyranny worldwide warfare. Socialism is Stateism, it is a Godless Conspiracy! It is a fight against the greatest evil in the world… a ruthless, powerful, Godless conspiracy.

    “The fact that the Tyranny of Liberal Progressives (socialism/communism) itself has been steadily gaining ground over the past century without halting between leaders or generations, actually spanning periods of history without interruption of any sort, proves to us finally that there is something more evil and sinister going on in those people that are leading this infamy…. Usually, bad ideas tend to be exposed and rejected, at least that’s what most of us expect to happen, believing that common sense will finally rule the day.

    But, tellingly, that has not happened this time. Instead the worst ideas of government and justice seem to have gotten root in us in such a way that it’s becoming almost impossible to reject their sinister attractions. So we must begin to ask, who is it that is behind the rampant spreading of the disease but Satan himself, who makes all to war against each other, and who will bring all that listen into slavery of giving away our rights, freedoms and liberties to men of evil nature, and that care not one whit about true fairness and justice. It’s time to connect the dots and see who is really behind socialism et al, as well as the color of every tyranny known to mankind. This is Satan’s game…. Always has been. And there is only one way to defeat it. Once we know the evil spirit responsible, we may then learn to repent of such foolishness and rise above the evil tide…”

    Socialism is Un-Christian it is Theft by Socialist Government and Preaching the Gospel of Envy to get people to buy into their Robbery by promising some of the Spoils to poor folk (see the commandments, thou should not Envy, thou should not Steal).

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    Look around you, you live here do you remember a better time for Barbados if you do was Business Flourishing? Did people try to live a better life? Now we have More Socialism are We Flourishing? Remember Socialism is not Christian it Masquerades as Godlike but it is the Ideology formed in hell and its fruits are what we see in the countries like Venezuela & Cuba of Repression & Tyranny.

    Learn to Recognise Socialism for what it Truly Represents… Socialism is the Big Lie of the twentieth and twenty-first Centuries. While it Promised Prosperity, Equality, and Security, it delivered Poverty, Misery, and Tyranny.

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  52. Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger August 21, 2017 at 8:31 AM #

    even for me that was cold, but do not expect any apologies, given the vile track records of seasoned racists.

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  53. Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger August 21, 2017 at 8:40 AM #

    And down they go.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/university-texas-remove-confederate-statues-campus-article-1.3428448

    `The University of Texas hastily removed four Confederate monuments from its campus after its president said the statues represented “modern white supremacy” and “neo-Nazism.”

    University of Texas president Greg Fenves said in a release Sunday night that statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, John Reagan and James Stephen Hogg would be removed from the school’s Main Mall before its students return to campus Wednesday.

    Fenves made the announcement as crews began to remove the statues, according to a university spokesperson.

    The decision to take down the statues came after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned deadly.`

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  54. 555dubstreet August 21, 2017 at 8:44 AM #

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  55. angela Skeete August 21, 2017 at 8:56 AM #

    WWW&C
    Just another bold faced lie you tell
    You cant follow me on FB

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  56. 555dubstreet August 21, 2017 at 9:16 AM #

    You can take at look at June’s face on the Book of Faces. Ugh! Double Ugh!

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  57. David August 21, 2017 at 9:27 AM #

    Some of you operate as if an ideology or personal belief is the way, the truth and the light, cast in concrete. No retreat, no surrender. In Trump we trust.

    This blog will be closed shortly, you can continue to post at the following link:

    http://wp.me/p43Aa-eDv

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  58. June Naime August 21, 2017 at 9:29 AM #

    “Our policy should be to unite … and resolve to Fall or Flourish with our Common country. We cannot afford to Draw the Color-line in Politics, Trade, Education, Manners, Religion, Fashion, or Civilization…

    Dividing Society by age, Race, Gender, Religion and Class in the desire to enslave all in servitude to the state “progressively”, it is nothing new; the only change today is that they come to you now in suits and smiles instead of a vocally honest Lee Harvey Oswald or Fidel Castro.

    Any person who supports even a smidgen of the labor of another going to the government so that politicians will then use that smidgen to support another citizen’s individual responsibilities, supports an opposite doctrine to the American Idea….it is actually the oldest idea for Slavery in human history.

    The American Constitution and Declaration are the newest forms of government in human history. Collectively holding everyone responsible for everyone via the state is the oldest and most dangerous idea in human history”…. Frederick Douglas

    The Nation’s Problem
    Frederick Douglass
    Excerpt
    1889

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