Some of the comments being made by BFP readers regarding the perceived racial nature of the beating of a 15 year-old young man highlight the struggles that each of us still face on this island.
See the comments sections of BFP articles Barbados Lawyer Wanted For Beating Of Teen and also British Airways Suspends Christian Employee For Wearing Cross.
Is Barbados more racist than other islands and other countries? Do we have unresolvable racial issues in the makeup of our society?
The BBC Country Profile of Barbados says this…
But sometimes (the two heritages – African and British) brim with latent tension – between the affluent white community, which owns and controls the economy, funds political parties and exercises an indirect influence on government policy, and the majority black Barbadians.
We are no strangers to “the look” here are BFP – from both sides. Mixed marriages in Barbados have all the regular challenges of any “normal” marriage, and also have their own special challenges.
Whatever the outcome of the situation surrounding Barbados Attorney Mark Goodridge, we look forward to the day when all Bajans are merely… Bajans.
* Thanks to BFP reader K who pointed out the BBC website to us.