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Venus the cat reminds me of our Barbados

Does Gline Clarke appreciate this viral YouTube video?

Can any of us on this rock of mongrels call themselves racially pure? As those of us who have traveled know, what passes for white skin on this island is called coloured or black in some other places. That’s why racists like former Government Ministers Gline Clarke and Elizabeth Thompson are constantly inserting foot into mouth. To Clarke, Thompson and their racist ilk, skin colour is always placed ahead of any other personal traits.

So here’s Venus the cat: like Bim she’s a little of this and a little of that – but all those different coloured hairs make just one cat.

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Taan Abed declares: Independent candidate Christ Church West.

Former DLP candidate Taan Abed could win as an independent!

The official announcement was revealed in the August 9, 2012 Barbados Today story Taan’s back, but sure enough Ian Bourne of The Bajan Reporter set the expectations months ago in his exclusive story Taan Abed to run as independent: Says PM ineffective in quelling racial disarray of Dems.

Here at Barbados Free Press we’ve covered the rise and fall of Taan Abed as a DLP candidate who did well, but not well enough in 2008 to unseat the incumbent Dr. William Duguid in Christ Church West. With Duguid’s announcement last year that he would not seek reelection many assumed that Abed would not only continue as the DLP candidate in CCW, but that he would handily win against any new BLP replacement for Duguid.

Those expectations collapsed when the DLP Executive overruled the riding membership, fired Taan Abed and anointed lawyer Verla DePeiza as the DLP candidate for Christ Church West. The riding association was furious as Abed had just won the nomination over DePeiza – with Abed slaughtering the upstart 86 votes to 5!

“Barbados Free Press is declaring our support for Independent candidate Taan Abed. He’s a good man made better because now he is free of a complacent, arrogant and corrupt party system.”

Why did the DLP Executive turf Abed? Disgusting racial politics, Bim style…

It was all about race according to some sources who claim that Taan Abed was dropped because of his race. So the story goes, the DLP executive believed that Abed’s race and Syrian roots make him unelectable in black-majority Barbados, even though Abed is a devout Christian. In his March 2012 interview with Ian Bourne, Mr. Abed had lots to say about racial politics and the DLP. Now though, Abed is focusing on the positive. He intends to win, and he just might do that.

Our prediction: Taan Abed will take many more votes than the DLP’s candidate Verla DePeiza

The membership of Christ Church West loved and wanted Taan Abed and with the announcement of his independent stand it looks like many long-time DLP die-hards are following Abed. Sources indicate that he has a formidable election team in place and that he will not lack for campaign financing. According to The Bajan Reporter, research shows Abed gathering far more votes as an independent than as a DLP candidate.

At BFP we’re of the opinion that Christ Church West will be a fight between the neophyte BLP candidate Maria Agard and an independent Taan Abed.

You know… at this moment in Barbados there’s just enough dissatisfaction and even disgust with both the DLP and BLP that Taan Abed has a powerful chance of being elected in Christ Church West.

We’ll say more about this later, but here at Barbados Free Press we’re declaring our support for Independent candidate Taan Abed. He’s a good man made better because now he is free of a complacent, arrogant and corrupt party system.

Further Reading

February 2, 2012 – Time to vote Independent: BLP ripping itself apart, DLP divided

November 2, 2011 – The perfect revenge? Rumours of Taan Abed as an independent candidate

August 22, 2011 – Question for Taan Abed and DLP Executive: Any truth behind this cartoon?

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Racist Barbados Member of Parliament at it again

Barbados White Trash t-shirt by CafePress

Gline Clarke plays the race card as Owen Arthur and the BLP approve

Last August BLP Member of Parliament Gline Clarke let the world know that rich whites weren’t welcome in his Barbados.

Quite a stink followed with both BLP and Government spokespeople blathering that Gline didn’t really mean it like that.

Except… he did mean it exactly like that. And… he’s just doubled down on that racist card to let the world know it.

Now Mr. Clarke is complaining that WHITES!!!!  GOOD LORD!!!! THOSE DAMNED WHITES!!!! have been receiving some construction contracts from the Barbados Government.

HORRORS!!!  WHITES DOING BUSINESS WITH THE BARBADOS GOVERNMENT!!!

What’s next? Will the DLP government will be giving contracts to Indian Guyanese and Chinese Cooliemen? Disgusting!

Clarkes’ racist comments are nothing in the grand scheme of things. He builds on a proud tradition started years ago by Barbados politicians who learned that racist comments against whites, Indians and Chinese get votes. It is a sad legacy 50 years on and a sad message to the world that Bajan politicians talk this talk with no repercussions whatsoever. Worse… they truly believe it. They live in a racist world of their own construct where Bajan or not – ‘whites’ are the enemy.

Not even Rihanna telling the whole world that she was bullied in school for being ‘white’ stopped this racist nonsense. There are very few steps between Gline Clarke complaining that the government is giving construction contracts to ‘whites’ and Bajan citizens’ comments that murdered Canadian tourist Terry Schwarzfeld was ‘white trash‘.

It’s all the same.

You know why Gline Clarke talks of the whites? He does it to divert attention from the fact that as Minister of Public Works Clarke lived in a home built on land that was expropriated from private ownership for (ha ha!) ‘public housing’.

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Well done, Mr. Clarke! Winner of the ‘Best racist idiot ambassador for Barbados’ two years in a row…

Nice going Mr. Clarke. Your racist comments really play well on the world stage as Barbados seeks international investors looking for a stable and friendly place to put their cash.

Idiot. Racist idiot.

So sorry, but we have to reprint the entire Nation article here because that paper makes a habit of changing and removing articles to suit changing political agendas. Please read the article at the Nation website at this link…

Clarke:  Black builders left out

FORMER CABINET MINISTER Gline Clarke says that black contractors are suffering in this country and the major contracts from the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government are going  to “a certain class of people”.

In a hard-hitting nomination address at St George Secondary School last night, the mber of Parliament for St George North accused the DLP of favouring white contractors. Continue reading

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Jim Bailey: Battle of Britain fighter pilot and anti-apartheid warrior

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The wondrous life of James R. A. Bailey, DFC – founder of DRUM Magazine, South Africa

Anybody who has spent any time at all in South Africa knows DRUM Magazine, a publication that has had its ups and downs in the past six decades but was always on the front line of the struggle for freedom. Since I spent some time in Jo’burg in the early 1990′s, DRUM has turned into more of a black urban lifestyle publication but there was a time when the tabloid told stories that no one else could without getting banned.

What I didn’t know before now, and only just discovered this past week, is that DRUM was started and financed for decades by a white ex-Royal Air Force fighter pilot named Jim Bailey. To my great delight an old friend presented me with a birthday gift of Bailey’s wartime biography The Sky Suspended – A fighter pilot’s story. That led me to looking up the author online and there I found the story of Jim Bailey and DRUM. Isn’t the Internet a wonderful thing?

As near as I can discern from the online stories, Bailey poured much of his inherited wealth into starting DRUM as a “black” publication in 1950. It was a true tabloid with girls, crime and violence to keep the readers titillated and the numbers up but it developed a reputation for coming right up to and crossing the line about freedom issues. I think BFP’s readers will understand our appreciation of that marketing philosophy. :-)

When the police beat Steve Biko to death in 1977, DRUM showed the activist in his coffin. When Desmond Tutu wanted to tell the people why he met with the South African apartheid government, he did so in the pages of DRUM. When the bodies piled up on the streets in the townships, DRUM showed them beside the photos of the white police who shot them down. These were dangerous stories to cover, but DRUM did so and made a difference.

Jim Bailey died in early 2000 but he left a legacy of books and poetry that I’ve yet to read. I’m only 40 pages into The Sky Suspended, but other than writing this post I doubt I’ll do any work for the next few days until I finish the book.

Later this week I’ll put up a few more posts on Bailey and his role in Sooth Africa at the time, but for now here’s what he says about what it takes to be a fighter pilot…

It became a study of mine, one I pursued meticulously at this time, to discover what type of man makes the best fighter-pilot. I found, for example, that only children, pilots without brothers or sisters, were particularly helpless. When a new pilot came to us, I would try to guess after a day or two whether he came from a large family or not and then go and ask him. If he did, he had a better chance to survive.

Good pilots are common, good fighter-pilots were rare. It is as with polo: many can ride, but few play polo well; and among those who play well, many ride in a crude and efficient way, without good hands or precision. I arrived at a few conclusions. The qualities that made for success in a fighter-pilot seemed to be just those sturdy qualities that made for success in other professions; observation, initiative, determination, courage, including the courage to run away.

Battle of Britain veteran Jim Bailey on what makes a great fighter pilot

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Barbados Member of Parliament: Rich whites not welcome

UPDATED: January 15, 2014

In the midst of our current economic crisis, one has to wonder how two decades of Bajan politicians’ hostile, xenophobic comments about whites, ‘curry boys’ (persons of Indian descent) and other foreigners have dried up offshore investment.

Politicians like Owen Arthur and Gline Clarke fanned racial intolerance whenever it was politically expedient, but the internet has made everything public and forever available. How much of our current financial and investment problems are the natural result of the money and tourists going to friendlier places?

Something to think about.

Here is the original article as first published August 24, 2011…

Barbados government should not deal with “Rich white boys”

contributed by “Former Barbados Tourist Mr. Kilkenny”

“Mister Speaker, I am appalled. I am really appalled that a government in two thousand and eleven would be dealing with a group of white, conservative, rich people.”

“If the member want me to withdraw ‘conservative’ I will withdraw it and substitute it with the word ‘rich’, I will substitute it with ‘a group of rich white boys’…”

MP Gline Clarke, former Minister of Public Works, expresses his disgust in Parliament that the current DLP government would do business with people of the white race.

No Concern in Barbados

The lack of news stories and comments on the internet say that very few Barbados persons are concerned about the outrageously racist statements in the Barbados Parliament by former Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke. There is precious little in the newspapers about what would be a “hanging offense” in the United Kingdom if an elected politician and representative of the people chastised the government for doing business with blacks or any other named race.  Continue reading

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Black race and science

Revising history doesn’t change the present.

Black governments must fund science as a priority

by Robert D. Lucas, Ph.D.

Recently, there was a series of articles in the local newspapers (by Messrs Michael Dingwall and Rahim Shabazz), concerning the role of the black race in the advancement of science. I have some comments to make as a scientist. Let me first state that scientist are seekers of the truth. Scientists deal with facts and not sentiments.

Dingwall is correct when he states that as a race, black people continue to lag in the field of science and technology and to quote him: “The black man has been virtually absent where innovations in science and technology are concerned.”

The foregoing is a statement of fact and no amount of wishful thinking by Shabazz or Mr. Orlando Marville is going to alter the situation. The black race is always harping on the past. It is time to look forward ( I am not saying that one should forget the past) and make efforts to change the situation.  At one time, Europeans were considered to be little more than savages by the Chinese and Muslims when these peoples were leaders of the known world. The Europeans pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps. The achievement by the Europeans was led by their scientists. Continue reading

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Karl Watson: Does Rihanna’s poor white ancestry have any meaning for her?

Growing up poor and white in 1950′s Barbados

“I often wonder whether Rihanna… ever thinks of or knows anything of her poor white ancestry, their specific role in Barbadian history, their heritage…and if it has any meaning at all for her.”

by Karl Watson

As in everything, the situation at the Yacht Club and Aquatic Club was more complex than it seems on the surface of a compartmentalized black and white scenario. In the early 1950′s and 60′s, the Yacht Club was definitely white with an emphasis on expatriates and upper and upper middle class Barbadian whites.

“Those with the wrong pedigree or background were blackballed.”

The Aquatic Club was mostly white or whitish (i.e. individuals with about a ten to twenty percent Afro admixture that everybody knew about, as genealogies are/were pretty well know for that class) middle class Barbadian with a sprinkling of more obvious i.e.darker mixed race individuals, but also of a middle class back ground.

Working class whites were simply too poor to be admitted…it probably never occurred to them to think of applying for membership.

“So as others have pointed out, in the simplistic equation of poor black and rich white…the fate of the poor whites is often omitted.”

From my personal experience and though we were Bayland poor, my family was not of the poorest, being blond and blue eyed did not save us from being run off the Yacht Club beach in those days. Yes, we “white” children were forbidden to walk on the Yacht Club beach. We would swim to the Aquatic Club with other friends and hold on to the steps like every one else. I almost lost an ear when one day, I made the mistake of stepping on the bridge and was unceremoniously “jacked up” and marched to the entrance to the club and thrown out. You shouldn’t do something like that to a child, but it was done to me. Continue reading

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Environmental Evil defeated thanks to Richard Goddard, Denis Kellman – Greenland is a park, not a dump!

“Negro” and “Caucasian” team up to defeat the forces of Environmental Evil: Owen Arthur and Liz Thompson

“I can assure Barbadians that this enlightened government will have better alternatives for it. We will not practise environmental madness.”

Minister of the Environment Denis Kellman (Denis Kellman left. Richard Goddard right) talking to Barbados Today about the BLP’s now dead-dead-dead Greenland Dump

Barbados Minister of the Environment Denis Kellman announced today that not one piece of garbage will be heading for Greenland, St. Andrew. Yes, we’ve kissed goodbye to over a hundred million dollars wasted by the Barbados Labour Party, Owen Arthur and then Environment Minister Liz Thompson who tried against all advice to build a landfill on shifting soil – but better to stop the madness now then to continue to waste money and destroy the environment.

We’ve obtained exclusive interviews…

…with former Environment Minister Liz Thompson (now sipping champagne at the United Nations), former Prime Minister Owen Arthur (now gurgling rum at some location not known to his unsuspecting wife) and nobody’s fool: Bizzy Williams.

Mr. Arthur, Ms. Thompson and Bizzy Williams, can you please tell our readers of your reaction to the DLP government killing the Greenland Dump? Continue reading

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Race a significant aspect of property ownership in Barbados

Their fields, their hills?

by Manjack

Dear Editors,

Thank you for reminding me of the article you carried October/2010 with regard to the theft of Graeme Hall and the Scotland District National Parks. I may very well have missed it or forgotten . Kismardin was kind enough to remind one of the BTI Coastal Master Plan that appears to have gone the way of so many other ill thought out propositions from the political clowns who masquerade as MP’s and government in the House of Varieties in Bridgetown.

You disagreed with my raising of race in the context of environmental/heritage/ancestral destruction that has visited Barbados in the past years. (Ed: article here) I raise race not in any not in any abstract or salacious manner for effect but because it is an integral and significant aspect when we speak of land and property ownership in Barbados. Continue reading

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Barbados Underground propagating debilitating, self-defeating trash

Latest from Barbados Underground: “Truth’s time-bombs scientifically scheduled to EXPLODE in the African mind”

“Psychological Race Desertion and the Mental Anatomy of Negro Domestication”

My friends, it’s been a long time since we linked to any article at Barbados Underground blog. Our readers know that this is because of Barbados Underground’s policy of allowing the most racist and violent comments and articles to be posted.

At Barbados Underground, fifth-generation Barbadians of Indian ancestry are called “curry boy rat catchers” or variations of that theme. Continue reading

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Is Rawdi Adams’ skin dark enough to be elected in Barbados?

Would Owen Arthur and the BLP welcome the son and grandson of two Barbados Prime Ministers into Bajan politics?

Vote in our poll…

Owen Arthur’s recent comments that if Barbadians elect a St. Lucian woman they are without pride aren’t surprising in the least to those who know anything about the Leader of the Opposition.

Last September former Prime Minister Owen Arthur urged Barbados citizens to embrace “racial pride” – but only if your skin is dark enough and you’re not of White, Guyanese, Indian or Chinese heritage. Speaking back then to a Barbados Labour Party gathering, Mr. Arthur “accused members of the governing DLP of lacking racial and national pride.”

(See “Rihanna syndrome” raises ugly head again in Barbados as former Prime Minister cautions against whites.)

Oh yes. The old political fallback position for Owen Arthur and his supporters “Beware the whites”, and when that doesn’t work, it’s “Beware the Guyanese mango sellers” or “Beware the Chinese rat catchers”. In the recent past it’s been a proven winning political formula – but what damage it does to our future and our ability to progress as individuals and as a nation.

Nothing new there. When Arthur isn’t cautioning against the whites and other selected races, he’s calling blacks who disagree with his policies negrocratsand other racist labels.

Which brings us to Rawdon “Rawdi” Adams, the grandson of nation-builder Grantley Adams (With Rawdi in the above photo) and the son of our second Prime Minister Tom Adams. Of late, Rawdi has been weighing into Bajan political commentary.

Is Rawdi electable in Barbados or is his skin too light?

Let’s see how Bajans vote…

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Owen Arthur drives nail into Caricom’s coffin: If Barbadians elect a St. Lucian woman they are “without pride”

Updated: June 11, 2012

With Owen Arthur and the BLP getting into election mode like sharks circling a wounded fish, we thought it would be appropriate to remind folks about what Owen Arthur thinks about candidates who were born off the island…


“No greater affront…” than electing Mara Thompson

“I do not believe that there has been a greater affront, and affront means insult, to the Barbadian Democracy and to Barbadian womanhood than the affront that the Democratic Labour Party has (mumbling a bit) put in before the people of this parish. I also say the people of this country.

Than bring somebody here to be elected on the grounds that you’re electing a queen. And I am not going to mince my words!

There is no Barbadian woman who could be wife of a solution-politician who could run in Saint Lucia on the grounds that she is runnin to be the queen of St. Lucia!

Can’t happen!

And if it can’t happen in St. Lucia, why must it happen here?

There is no Barbadian woman married to a Trinidadian man who could dare run in Trinidad at all! (transcript continues here)>>>> Continue reading

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Australian boxer could join Barbados team over racial slur

“Blackie” slur touches off firestorm in Aussie amateur sport

When his senior coach called super heavyweight boxer Trent Rawlins a “blackie” last year, Rawlins decided he’d had enough and complained.

But the Australian Institute of Sport didn’t fire the coach, just gave him a fine, so Rawlins is considering offering his services to Barbados where one of his parents was born. Under the rules of the Olympics, Rawlins can represent the place of his birth, Australia, or either of the two countries where his parents were born: Barbados or South Africa. Continue reading

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“Rihanna syndrome” raises ugly head again in Barbados as former Prime Minister cautions against whites.

UPDATED: July 6, 2011

A chap in Australia of all places linked to this story and wrote a very good piece on racism. We’ll leave this at the top for a day because his piece is worth a few minutes of your time and it will make you think…

Bishoz: Racism. I don’t get it.

BFP’s original story as published September 1, 2010…

Is Rihanna’s skin dark enough for former PM Owen Arthur? Are her features “African” enough?

Light-skinned, Indian and Chinese Barbadians cringe at the return of institutionalized racial politics. Will tourists and foreign investors get nervous too?

It’s been almost three years since Rihanna told the world that she was bullied in school for being “white”. That virulent racism that Rihanna spoke about is not only alive and well – it’s thriving in Barbados thanks in part to former Prime Minister Owen Arthur. Continue reading

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Email protest against Barbados Hilton making the rounds

Online Protest over cancellation of the Show Time Band at the Barbados Hilton

There were rumours flying that the Show Time Band was canceled by the Hilton because too many locals were coming in and enjoying themselves while making the place too lively for the hotel guests and travelers. That might sound improbable to some non-Bajans, but you have to put this into historical context. We’ve been down this road before many years ago.

Today we received the following email that is obviously part of a protest campaign being circulated. Continue reading

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Bob Verdun: Racist? Well meaning but culturally naive? Just truthful?

Lots to think about in Ian Bourne's photo of Bob Verdun!

Bajan Reporter says Bob Verdun “can overstep the boundaries of being respectful to his hosts”

Here in Bim race is just below the surface on everything. You can’t blame us for that, we come by it honestly. Have a look at our history long ago and more recently and you’ll see that in Barbados race has had social and economic impact upon individuals for hundreds of years. Continue reading

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Once again Barbados police use race and/or class-based decision making and allow an upper-class elite to escape justice

UPDATED: July 7, 2011

It has been well over a year since Johan Bjerkhamn accidentally shot his 11 year old son to death. That the shooting was accidental is an assumption on our part based on some newspaper accounts at the time and the fact that the fatal bullet passed through the father’s hand before killing Luke Bjerkhamn. I don’t think anyone on the island really believes that this was anything but another gun cleaning accident.

But what everyone believes on the basis of newspaper stories counts for nothing without a proper public process – conducted within a reasonable time.

We all feel terrible for Mr. Bjerkhamn – but that has nothing to do with things either.

Folks said this would be allowed to fade into oblivion and that is exactly what is happening. Mr. Bjerkhamn should probably be banned for life from owning weapons, but other than that we can’t see anything to be done. No penalty can be worse than the burden he already carries.

It was a tragedy, but the second tragedy is that by refusing to handle the matter in a proper and efficient manner, our so-called leaders have once again proven that there is one law for the rich, and one law for the rest of us.

Original Story first published April 20, 2010…

Johan Bjerkhamn shoots his son dead, refuses to talk with police and then escapes in a private jet!

Photo credit: Nation News – Johan Bjerkhamn (hand bandaged) at son’s funeral.

Throughout our history the Royal Barbados Police Force has shown again and again that the organization enforces the laws differently according to a person’s race, class, wealth, or political affiliations.

There have been many high-profile situations that have come to public attention, and any Bajan past the age of ten years old can recount tales of privileges or concessions granted to the elites or perceived elites on this island by our police. This behaviour pre-dates our independence and thrives on the reality that the “rule of law” in Barbados is pretty much what those in power determine it is at the time.

Consequently, even if our police officers can get their own heads around the concept of “one law for all, enforced without favour or malice”, they are never sure if the police bosses and their political masters (yes, I said “political masters”) will back them if they arrest one of the elites. So the police officers tread ever so gently and scrape and bow around the important people even when they are suspects in serious crimes.

This results in absurdities like a woman calling the police saying that she is being beaten in a domestic violence situation – and our police did not answer the call for FOUR DAYS because the victim was calling from a gated community and the security guard wouldn’t let the police enter!

Think about the reasons why our police are afraid to assist a victim of domestic violence in a gated community.

A victim of domestic abuse called screaming for help and the police would not enter “private property” because the victim lived in a rich gated community where the law doesn’t apply. Even after the senior officers arrived, the police still didn’t enter the gated community and she kept calling for help for four days! It took four days for somebody on the police force to come to the realisation that perhaps, this one time only, the police might want to enforce the law before somebody got murdered.

See BFP’s article: Beat Your Wife In Barbados? You Are Protected From The Police If You Live In A Gated Community!

“Upper Crust” isn’t all white anymore

Years ago the Royal Barbados Police Force allowed a serial murderer to get away – and many believe it was because he was “upper crust”. (See BFP’s Barbados Police Did Not Arrest Canefield Serial Killer “Because He Had A Child With Him” … Or Was It Something Else?)

In case you are unaware, “upper crust” in Barbados is a euphemism for “white with lots of money and connections” – although the usage is changing as time rolls on. In the last 40 years (and especially in the 14 years of BLP government!) many Barbados blacks have achieved wealth, power, international status and “upper crust” titles. Indeed, it can fairly be said that races other than blacks are mostly excluded from public politics in modern Barbados.

But old societal attitudes and standards die hard and even if the new “upper crust” used to be ordinary people like us until they got elected or otherwise became one of the elites – they are still treated very gently by the police. Of course, when they can get away with it the police look after their own too! (See BFP’s Secret Withdrawal Of Bribery Charges Against Barbados Cop Stinks Of Corruption At The Highest Levels)

Payoffs let rich and/or connected criminals walk free when you or I would go to jail

Money paid, rape charge dropped.

And then we have the other reality on this rock: the elites are allowed to buy their way out of criminal convictions with money or in a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” deal. Consider journalist Roy Morris of The Nation who was arrested by a very reluctant police force for the rape of a junior employee. Sure enough, (and just as we predicted at the time) he was allowed to pay off the victim with money. Coincidentally after that all the fuss about the police illegally arresting and assaulting Barbados journalists at the QEH went by the wayside never to be heard of again. (See BFP’s Barbados Government In Damage Control Mode Over Police Roughing Up Journalists At Hospital and Barbados Journalists Were Roughed Up OUTSIDE The Hospital!)

There were two victims in the Roy Morris rape case: the first was the rape victim pressured to take money. The second victim was the public’s respect for the entire justice system and the law. (See BFP’s Source: Rape-Accused Roy Morris Bought Off Girl’s Family)

Was the Bjerkhamn decision to post no guard based upon race, class, connections?

Now we come to the current situation where a rich white elite shot his 11 year old son to death, by the look of everything almost certainly in a tragic accident. We are sorry for the family, and sorry for young Luke who by all accounts was of good character, full of potential and well liked by all.

Most of all, we feel sorry for the father, Johan Bjerkhamn, who’s heart must be broken. He will carry a terrible burden for the rest of his life.

But…

… when Johan Bjerkhamn refused to talk to the police about what happened, even though he was well enough to attend his son’s funeral, that was a warning flag that should have been seen. And indeed it was seen by the police because there was a heavy police presence at the funeral and the police escorted Johan Bjerkhamn from the hospital and back again. (Bjerkhamn apparently shot his hand and the bullet continued on to hit his son in the chest.)

Although the police made a show of “escorting” Bjerkhamn to his son’s funeral – they apparently did not post a guard at the hospital, or charge him with some preliminary offense and have him released on bail after surrendering his passports. They could have done that at his hospital bedside and retained some kind of hold and control on the man.

Nope, instead the police granted Mr. Bjerkhamn the kind of consideration that is reserved for the elites and he has now fled the country. His family says he is going abroad for surgery to his hand and that might be true – but it doesn’t change a thing. He might return at his convenience, or he might not.

Firearms Dealer Licenses: A perk for the elites?

We also mention that there is a huge question about why the police issued a “firearms dealer” license to Bjerkhamn in the first place. There is talk that so many elites (some say “white elites”) are allowed dealer licenses when they are not really dealers, have no firearms dealer experience or formal training. They are given the dealer license by the police so they can freely possess many firearms as opposed to non-elites who are put through the hoops to be allowed to possess a single firearm.

The firearms dealer license issue aside, in failing to act properly to prevent Bjerkhamn from leaving the island once again the Royal Barbados Police Force has treated one of the elites with subservient deference and a double standard.

Until each one of us no longer tolerates this culture of subservience to the elites there will be no assurance of justice for ordinary folks, and no true rule of law in Barbados.

Further Reading

The Nation: Bjerkhamn is gone

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Lifetime Football Ban for racist comment directed at Dungannon Swifts goalkeeper, Bajan Alvin Rouse

Football officials getting serious about fans' racist chants. Barbados-born Alvin Rouse has long been a target of racism.

PORTADOWN Football Club officials moved swiftly this week to issue a lifetime ban following an incident of racist abuse towards Dungannon Swifts goalkeeper, Alvin Rouse, on Saturday. It is understood that a comment was made towards the Barbados international towards the end of last weekend’s Carling Premiership draw.

Other supporters in the away end at Dungannon’s Stangmore Park contacted matchday stewards and the offender was ejected from the ground.

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Do better athletes receive more racist chants?

Barbados-born goal-keep Alvin Rouse has long been a target of racist taunts and chants, but it looks like the Irish Football Association is moving to bring some respect to the stands by fining the teams whose fans engage in racist name calling. Last August Ballymena United was fined for the racist calls against Rouse by some fans.

In the most recent episode, it was the Portadown fans themselves who pointed out the offender in their midst.

Well done!

Almost makes one believe in the goodness of humanity again.

As an end note, I’ve noticed that Alvin gets targeted more than some other players of colour. In my opinion it’s because he is so good at what he does.

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