Was That Barbados Slur “Nigger”, “Coon”, “Oreo” or “City Plantation Negrocrat” ? – It Is All The Same On The World Stage

People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) Founding Member Uses “City Plantation Negrocrat” As Racial Slur

We at Barbados Free Press absolutely detest the use of racial slurs that is so commonplace in Bajan politics. This is not just done in private, these terms are used in Parliament and the media. Even senior political leadership who represent Barbados as diplomats on the world stage regularly use language in public that lowers us all.

Low People Use Racial Slurs – We Are Better Than That

In the past, we have taken the Prime Minister to task for his use of the word “negrocrat”…

“…calling opponents racial terms like “Negrocrats” should go over very well when Mr. Arthur goes begging to the international banking community to finance his cricket spending. “Negrocrats” is widely perceived in the international community as an unacceptable racial slur of the type commonly used by low people.”

from BFP article “Barbados Owen Arthur “Negrocrat” Controversy Will Not Die

We also took issue with Government Minister Elizabeth Thompson – on public television – using “caucasian” as a racial slur to marginalize a citizen with lighter skin. (Hey – how would she feel if the same citizen said he was offended that a “black” would dare talk to him? – See “Barbados Environment Minister Uses “Caucasian” As Racial Slur“)

But it is not just the PM and his political party who use racial terms to call others down. Opposition members have been guilty as well, and words such as “Oreos” (black on the outside – white on the inside) and “Iggas” have been heard to come from the mouths of our elected representatives.

Do these Bajans not realize how this looks to rest of the world? Do they not realize how hurtful and self-destructive this is for Barbados?

PEP Lowers The Standard Even More

Now, PEP founding member David Denny has publically called Interim Chairman David Comissiong a “city plantation negrocrat” as reported in The Nation News. (story link here)

And that is really too bad. We had hoped that the PEP would show some class in dealing with the growing pains experienced by any new party. Maybe they’ll be ready in five years or so.

…Or maybe not. Here is something else that Denny had to say about the PEP…

“Denny revealed that the PEP had no constitution; had held no annual conference; had no concrete committees with elected members; and because of its status as a personal “play-thing”, was not being allowed to become a true party.”

… read the entire article at The Nation News (Denny PEP-pers Comissiong)

Previous Barbados Free Press “Negrocrat” Articles (link here)

 

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18 responses to “Was That Barbados Slur “Nigger”, “Coon”, “Oreo” or “City Plantation Negrocrat” ? – It Is All The Same On The World Stage

  1. RRRicky

    I agree. This type of thing should have no place in politics. So low is right!

  2. honeybee

    I have seen this in the schools too. Fairer blacks have been heard calling darker blacks Kiwi (black shoe polish) and whites and blacks calling whites Wiggas.

    It is just too backward in this day and age. This is no way to progress.

  3. God Bless David

    That’s really rich…Denny and Comissiong at each other’s throats. Two crabs in a barrel…

  4. Dizzy Bajan

    Why is it that when someone has something bad to say about the BLP they have to also include the opposition.

    The BLP is the Government and Barbados only has one Government. They have led us for the last 12 years.

    There must be something more to leadership of a country than just economic talk. What impact should a Prime Minister, of a small country like barbados, have on each young boy and girl and how they see themselves and respect each other.

    Owen Arthur has led from the front by setting the example that his own Liz Thompson could go on TV and use racial language. He himself used it in parliament.

    I am not concerned about who else used it my focus is on the standard bearer. When the DLP wins the elections I will expect the correct behaviour from them.

    As for PEP it amazes me that a group is formed simply by saying they are formed and the media was so willing to give them automatic ‘Party’ status.

    I wonder if a bunch of ratas were to announce that they had a rasta party if the medi would take them on and give them column space in the newspaper etc. Now, just because Denny realises that he needs Owen’s money, he is letting us know that PEP is just a bunch of letters – nothing else!

  5. Rumplestilskin

    This is all very unfortunate. A while back a friend in UK (non-’Caucasian’) noted that his info on Barbados indicated the existence of a strong state of reverse racism.

    Such as the above gives affirmation to this assessment.

    Unfortunate.

  6. banned

    Nerocrat, Oreo, wigger, really do not offend me. Truth is as discriptive terms they are prety much near the mark. I love the english language.
    I’ve got a real problem with St Winifred’s school though, what a dynasaur

  7. Yo!

    PEP is the same bunch of a dozen and a half Commies,
    left over from the good ole days of ‘Mother Russia’,
    comprising the same ole Politburo centered at Cave Hill !

    Do you need names?

    It’s the SAME people who founded the Workers Party of Barbados in the mid-1980s, the very same lot!

    One of them is a grey-bearded lawyer guy who used to fly down to Grenada back in the days of the PRG revolution, (Apr.1979-Oct.25yh.1983)
    for ‘fun’ weekends.

    Said lawyer(already trained in interrogation)
    used to pose as a hard-axx Cuban officer, would spend weekends in G’da, interrogating contra’s,
    dressed in Cuban army uniform, complete with Makarov pistol sidearm at his hip.

    The whole thing came to light here in Barbados some months after the Americans went in and cleaned out the festering commie stinkhole that G’da had become.
    One of the “Cuban Officer’s” victims was up here at the Barbados Hilton, addressing those gathered to hear accounts,
    and recognized the Bajan grey-haired lawyer as his “Cuban interrogator”
    Ooops! – cat outa de bag!

    My goodness what a story it makes, nuh?
    And if you doubt it,
    you can also doubt you’re living,
    coz this came to me,personally,
    first-hand account
    from the topmost level of the RSS !
    Enjoy!

    Over and out.

  8. Velzo

    Don’t bother with Denny. He, Sylvan, Henderson and Adrian are all the same. Once you criticise the big man they idolise or depend on for sustenance, they pounce on you.

    Racial slurs are their stock-in-trade and their big man is good at it. Remember he called Terry Ally a “sick, half-illiterate, indentured servant” and no example is set by him.

  9. Velzo, I agree with you big time.

  10. RRRicky

    Yo!

    Post enough details for the BFP to do something about it. Can you find something on Google?

  11. Yo!

    RRRicky…
    Thanks for your interest in the expozay I spoke of, but..several things..
    I don’t want to call names when (I think) everyone can figure out who the left-leaning grey-haired/bearded lawyer dude is,
    and.. it happened long ago, 1979-1983,
    so it may be best to let the matter rest.
    (Besides, there isn’t much more to it
    than what I recounted)

    I just thought it an interesting snippet to show the naive what kinda skullduggery goes on in these small islands,
    and few people have a clue.

    I have other stories,too
    but for now God Bless!

  12. Talls

    Is there anything left for David Denny to resign from? I was unaware that Denny works for government. Cant believe my taxpayer money paying this clown.Dammmm Is he a rum drinker? If so maybe only RDP left for him to exit. Politics of inclusion has hurt Barbados badly. Its made men and women of promise turn into wimps. I’m not referring to Denny here. Denny is a special case and I think the mould was broken after he appeared.

  13. the new one

    also u forgot a term used by bajans every day which is coolie but no one says anything about that although its just as racist as the rest

  14. The Prince

    Ladies and gentlemen, let’s not be fooled. The international community would have us believe that they have arrived at a point where they abhor and detest racial discrimination and profiling. Hmm..yea..right! I’m not an apologist for racists or racial discrimination, but we must understand the structuration of the global political economy, and hence why people speak and think the way they do. Western “civilization” is a project which has been very successful at constituting and reorganising many societies. Ideas about race have a long history as part of western culture and likewise spaces which have suffered the fate of being “civilized” by the west have been scared by such ideas and their consequences. Hence, when our Prime Minister and other leaders pejoratively refer to persons in racial terms, we must understand how invasive such ideas have been into the psyches of both privileged and unprivileged races. And if we think for a moment that all races in 2007 are equal then we are sadly mistaken. Let’s not forget that up until this point, very few western industrial countries have even recognised and apologised for the atrocities which racial characterisations have wrought on the world – atrocities on which their wealth is built. So, the administrators of this site had better not be confounded by the “race-free” appearance of the international community. Understand that a war is still being waged. Understand that most of the real wealth produced in the world accrues to centres in the west; accrues mostly to whites. Understand where we as a so-called developing country fits into this war. Understand that for the most part we exist in denial about the nature of race while at the same time race is critical in shaping our world views and attitudes. Understand that what was once manifest operates latently with continually, and pervasively devastating effect. So yes, our leaders have said these things, but are we so different? And is the international milieu we operate in void of racial issues and complexities? These are some of the questions we must ask. But like I said, I’m not an apologist for racially discriminatory practices, but I am saying that we need to open our eyes and fully grasp the complexity of the situation. It is not as simple as wishing it away all those who think we need to just forget and move on (i.e. denial), and it is very much a political issue insofar as rights, duties and privilege are differentially distributed on racial terms. Massa day is not done! We’d better understand that, and we’d do better to understand our behaviour and the behaviour of others. This is paramount in understanding how the world is ordered, and our location in that ordering. If not, we’ll always make comments which demonstrate our cluelessness.

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  16. kevin

    Well according to this write up it might be “low” but under the government we are all looked as equal people… so that means someone will always bitch and it’ll be the white man’s fault!

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