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Slave Merchant’s Notebook Confirms the Sorry Tale of the Slave Trade

It seems unconscionable human beings of any era would be of such a ‘mind’ to treat fellow human beings like chattel (cattle). To compound the thought many slave traders of the day in the Mother Country labelled themselves Christians. BU dares to ask what has changed in 2014 compared to nearly 300 years ago. One […]

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The Uncorrected Evils of Racism

An article by Sir Ronald Sanders submitted by Ras Jahaziel BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday April 12, 2013 – In 1838, British slave owners in the English-Speaking Caribbean received £11.6 (US$17.8) billion in today’s value as compensation for the emancipation of their “property” – 655,780 human beings of African descent that they had enslaved, brutalised and exploited.  […]

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Britain’s Wealthy Owe Barbados

Dr Draper added that the database’s findings may have implications for the “reparations debate”. Barbados is currently leading the way in calling for reparations from former colonial powers for the injustices suffered by slaves and their families – The Independent There was the revelation on the weekend that UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s slave owning […]

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Trading Black Africans

Submitted by The Peoples Democratic Congress Beginning in the 15th Century and continuing right through until about the mid 19th Century, both the system of Europeans, on one hand, and Africans, on the other hand, so-called trading in Africans on African territories, and the system whereby thereafter these Africans were taken hold of by the […]

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Pimping The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr – Are Gay Rights The Same As Civil Rights? How The “Lunatic Fringe” Of Modern Religious Pharisees, Wishy-Washy Politicians, And Secular Humanists Masquerade In Deception And Disinformation

Submitted by Terence Blackett   On Monday January 17th marked the 25th anniversary of The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – a day that saw “multi-racial” groups breaking bread together; political leaders setting aside their partisan politics to speak of the need for greater unity (even if only just so glibly); sprinkled with the […]

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Restitution For Colonial Era Is Due

Restitution For Colonial Era Is Due

Barbadians celebrate National Heroes Day today. A time to celebrate those who significantly contributed to the foundation for advancing Barbados. The following article (reproduced) is meant to provoke thought and awareness given the new challenges which have emerged in our new world. “Mahatma Gandhi, with no weapon but truth, brought England’s Indian Empire crashing down. […]

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Popular Culture And Scientifically Cultivated Ignorance

Submitted by Ras Jahaziel   The British explorer, H.M. Stanley was enthralled by the economic prospects Africa had for his country: He is reported to have said “There are 50 million people beyond the gateway to Congo, and the spinners of Manchester are waiting to clothe them. Birmingham foundries are glowing with red metals that […]

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The Day I Walked Down To The Sea At "Rapparee"

Submitted by Yardbroom In a sprinkle of showers on a summer’s day sometime ago, I walked down to the sea at Rapparee. Rapparee cove lies at the foot of a steep cliff in North Devon on the South Coast of England.  Should you have difficulty in locating Rapparee Cove on the map, fear not, it […]

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Who Or What Am I?

A few weeks ago we listened to veteran journalist David Ellis expressing exasperation on air about all the race talk around in Barbados. His position as we understand it – educated Barbadians need to conceptualize positions which would move the country forward. We believe if Ellis were to think a little on that utterance he […]

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Race And Slavery: The Behavioural Conditioning Of A People

Submitted by Yardroom “The first step, advised those who wrote discourses on the management of slaves, was to establish and maintain strict discipline…they – slaves – must obey at all times, and under all circumstances, cheerfully and with alacrity, affirmed a Virginia slaveholder… The second step was to implant in the bondsmen [slaves] themselves a […]

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Slavery: A Somewhat Specious Disputation

Submitted by Looking Glass Imagine a man born in Ethiopia, raised and educated in Puerto Rico presenting slavery as an epithet for Negroid in a three-piece suit. What Irony. He forgot the briefcase and brolly. Dr Yosef Jochannan’s specious disputation is a convenient distortion of reality. Yes slavery (and attendant atrocities) has existed and will […]

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Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

The albatross clinging to the back of the Black race continues to remind Black people everywhere of the pain left by slavery. Yes the Black race has made strides since emancipation day but in a fragmented way. As a collective we are woefully short of where we need to be in order to leverage the […]

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The Race Card

Barbados Underground (BU) is thankful for all the complaining we hear about our blog because it means we have freedom of speech. Thanks to Nancie .J Carmody who made the following quote famous: “I am thankful for all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.” The evergreen […]

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Black Is Beautiful, Beautiful Like A Black Woman

A morning with stylish legends, wannabee legends and styless hats. Diana Ross (blue hat, yellow ribbon), Leontine Price, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Della Reese, Yolanda Adams, Maya Angelou, Denetria Champ, Shirley Caesar, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Ashford & Simpson, Tyra Banks, Usher, Iman, Sidney Poitier, Ashanti, Alicia […]

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'Jena 6' Case Exposes The Justice System Of The United States For the World To See

The case touched a nerve deep within the black community, says Leonard Steinhorn, professor of communication at American University in Washington, D.C. “There’s a sense that parts of the judicial system still remain anchored in the bigoted attitudes of old and that a black person can’t get fair or true justice. Source: The Christian Monitor […]

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USA Sponsored Trafficking In Persons Report Cites Barbados As a "Special Case"

Barbados is listed as a special case country in the just-released report from the US State Department on Trafficking in Persons. “Special case” status means that countries exhibited indications of trafficking in persons, but much of the evidence is anecdotal or unsubstantiated by government reports. The report acknowledges the efforts by the Barbados government to […]

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Barbados Slave Trade Records Go Online In England On The Eve Of National Heroes Day – A Day Barbadians Want To Forget On CWC Finals Day

It appears to us here at BU the lack of recognition of National Heroes Day tomorrow because of the hosting of CWC 2007 is a true reflection on the current state of Barbados. We can aptly describe our mirror image of that of “hypocrite”. National Hero’s day is April 28th. We celebrate the 10 Patriots […]

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