A suggestion for a new Wikipedia ‘Barbados Crop-Over’ entry:
by Passin thru
Grand Kadooment – Definition
The climax of the Barbados Crop Over festival is known as Kadooment Day. Kadooment is celebrated with a national holiday when costume bands fill the streets with pulsating Barbadian rhythms.
For many years, a part of the parade has included many revelers engaging in simulated sex acts to the cheers of onlookers, which include children of all ages. In 2011, famed Barbadian singer Rihanna was videoed having simulated sex in public with another woman during the festivities while young people looked on.
2012 Grand Kadooment: Simulated adult-child sex on street
Community discussion about the lurid dancing styles that had been growing for several years peaked after the 2012 parade when widely published photographs showed a young boy of about 6 years old being encouraged by a crowd of adults to simulate sex with an adult woman.
The photographs also show dozens of other adults taking photos of the woman and child simulating a sex act, and other children watching. No one acted to stop the event at the time, which can accurately be classed as child abuse and simulated child-adult sex in public.
The Barbados Child Care Board and the police announced their intentions to identify the young boy and the two directly involved adults, but larger questions remain…
1/ The photos show dozens of other adults taking photos, laughing and encouraging the simulated child sex show. It is also apparent that many of the adults in the photos could be identified with limited efforts.
2/ At least seven other children are visible in the most widely-distributed photo. Their welfare is no less important than the young boy pushed into simulated public sex. Although not engaged directly in simulated sex, they were obviously provided education that this event was acceptable behaviour in public.
Barbadians might now want to ask themselves: Is this the Barbados we want? Is this the image of Barbados that we want the world to identify with our culture and our country?
If you recognize any of the people in the photos, call the Royal Barbados Police Force
Two adults were closely involved with the performance, but in my view those adults who stood by, laughed and cheered are entirely as guilty as the two main culprits. Those adults who were with the seven or more child spectators and who failed to remove the children from this spectacle are also guilty.
What Barbados authorities do, and how the community reacts, will be the real test for Barbados. If nothing is done or only minimal efforts are made to both catch the guilty persons and to prevent a re-occurrence, the world will notice. Barbados has already been the subject of international criticism for our less than adequate laws and response to human trafficking and child sex abuse.
And one more thing: Members of the Bajan racial majority have always complained about racial stereotyping, and with good cause. But in this situation, an inadequate response by the community and the authorities will play right into the hands of the racists. We can do nothing and confirm the racial stereotype, or we can respond with the outrage and the sanctions that will counter the stereotype and those who want to see an independent Barbados fail.
The cheering crowd!
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