Daily Archives: April 30, 2006

Blogging Around Barbados: Black On Brown Racism, Hurricane Scuttles Atlantic Row, Sugar Cane Ethanol vs. Hydrogen, Chinese Communists Give Cricket to Dominica – but nothing is free…

A lazy Sunday afternoon on a lazy weekend, so we will take a look around the near and far blogosphere (new word for today) to see what some of our friends have to say about this and that…

Brown Skin Tax and A Rainy Morning In Jamaica

Our friend Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica writes the blog Stunner's Afflictions and is often proof that humour and deep wisdom can co-exist in the same sentence. We will direct you to a few of his worthy reads…

Stunner is a "Brown man" – Jamaican for "not black enough" – and is often (ie: daily) the object of Black on Brown racist comments and actions.

The Browning Complex 1 – I Call It Discrimination!

One of the tortures I had to endure while growing up and still am enduring is constantly being called Brown man or Browning. … I find it extremely annoying when I'm referred to as Brown man or Browning. It feels as if I'm being singled out for the colour of my skin. If you don't know my name, I'm ok with "young man" …or refer to be by the colour of my clothes. That's how a person of dark complexion calls to another dark person in Jamaica, why do I have to be referred to by the colour of my skin? I don't walk around calling to people as "Black man", "Black woman" or "Blackning"!

The Junction is the most winding and treacherous road in Jamaica. Corners inside of corners, semi-loose rocks on one side of the road and precipices on the other side of the road. As the bus rocked to my side this fat woman attempted to crush me to death. So in an attempt to save my life, I used my elbow to gentle ease her up. She didn't like it and proceeded to cuss me out. "People like yuh nuh fi travel pon bus…” and the statement that took the cake, "…all if mi did brown like yuh mi woulda have mi own car…” How the hell the colour of my skin will magically allow me to have a car? I have to for a living just like any other Jamaican!

I find that in Jamaica there is a price for dark skinned people and a price for light skinned people. If I decide to buy something from some of the higglers who sell on the side of the road, I have to pay Brown Skin Tax (BST). Just because of the colour of my skin, some of these higglers think that I am rich….

But as we all do, Stunner has learned to live with the faults of some of his neighbours. He loves his country and his fellow Jamaicans – and this comes out in his brilliant photography, which he refers to as "StunnerCam".

Aside from his blog, he is also in the early stages of establishing a flash-driven photography website called "Scenes of Jamaica". Hopefully, Stunner will get this off the ground, as some of his photos are breathtaking. Here's a sample…


Hurricane Scuttles Bhavik Gandhi's Atlantic Row

On April 15th, Barbados Free Press posted "Bhavik Gandhi Rowing From Spain to Antigua – Day 4" – about Bhavik's attempt to be the first Asian to row across the Atlantic – from Spain to Antigua. We ended our article saying "Good luck, Mr. Gandi – and row hard because hurricane season is fast approaching."

On April 16th, Bhavik made a decision to abort his row until October 2006. He details his decision in his post "Attempt aborted. Till after the hurricane season."

We wish Bhavik well, and we are sure that he will successfully complete his solo crossing later in the year. He is trained, well prepared and well equipped. The difference between courage and foolishness is often judgement – and Bhavik is certainly no fool.

See you in October, Bhavik!

Barbados Sugar Cane Ethanol Project vs. Hydrogen

An interesting quote from our friends at Booker Rising Blog

"Unlike President Bush, I am not that much optimistic about a hydrogen future. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells may be the perfect PR for governments and oil multinationals, as a way of showing to the public that they really care about the environment and the future. And while experts fail to agree on the role hydrogen may play in meeting the world's future energy needs, one wonders if speeches written for politicians should simply be taken at face value.

If there is one country that is close to achieving some degree of energy independence, it is Brazil. With a 30-year old ethanol program, Brazil appears to lead the world when it comes to finding a solution to limitless energy for powering automobiles.

According to this Wikipedia article, Brazil produces a significant chunk of its automobile fuel from sugarcane, which is fermented to ethanol. Such a program has its critics, as do all undertakings with environmental consequences. But ethanol producers across the globe may soon be smiling to their banks if other governments choose to place more faith in ethanol plants rather than in hydrogen-powered fuel cells." — Chippla Vandu, Nigerian-born moderate blogger

Beware Of Communists Bearing Chinese Gifts…

From Caribbean Cricket.COM comes a good question…

The Communist leadership of China "gives" a cricket stadium to Dominica, but Dekkah Niobe asks what real good will it do? (Which is another way of saying, "Could the money have been better spent?")


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