NOTE FROM BFP’s ROBERT: Without going into the details, I am off the island on one of my trips. By the time I return I will have flown entirely around the world “the long way”.
“Oh,” you say “It is the same distance around the world one way as the other.”
You are wrong. To fly around the world in one direction is shorter, and it is a greater distance going in the other direction. (Think about it and see if you can fathom the answer and which direction is shorter.)
I hadn’t planned on posting any articles for the week but Marcus, Clive and the rest are trying to straighten out their homes so they asked me to look after things for the next few days. I’m dead tired so I’ve gone into the drafts folder and found this almost completed article that was somehow put aside.
I think it is topical again because of the recent discussion about that nature of racism in Barbados.
I’ll post it and try to update the links in the morning. I don’t even know who wrote it but it sounds like Cliverton. (?)
Here you go…
Original Article – From an unfinished draft…
“Who are these bloggers? Everyone wanted to know if these new “wretched of cyberspace” are really a gang of mercenaries being used by non-Barbadians to tear down our people and institutions telling the world that Barbados is poorly governed, poorly policed, violent, corrupt from top to bottom and without justice…”
“…And what action is being taken by the Government and the telecommunications agency to stop this rampant denigration and defamation of top black Barbadians? Are they going to be allowed to continue to lie and misrepresent our country in perpetuity on the Worldwide Web and scare away foreign investors?”
J. Randolph Robinson in a letter to The Nation News, August 20, 2008 (link here)
With the exception of Barbados Underground blog that Mr. Robinson says is “quite fair and balanced”, he calls anonymously-written Bajan blogs – especially two of them that he doesn’t name – some nasty terms like “Gang of Mercenaries, Quislings, Traitors” and “Unpatriotic”. (I confess I had to look up “Quislings” here)
Now let me see who he could be talking about? Hmmm… one must be us (BFP) because he seems to object to our cartoons of politicians. According to Mr. Robinson, one of his friends even keeps copies of the cartoons lampooning our “leading officials” as he puts it.
(Only one of Mr. Robinson’s friends has some of our cartoons? There’s probably a thousand of our lampoons stuck up on this island. At one time the Hercules Bar had a whole wall done with them before some BLP spoilsport threatened to send around the health inspectors!)
No need for Mr. Robinson to be vex about the cartoons, and don’t think that the politicians are upset too much about them either. When Owen was PM he talked about the new ones like they were a badge of honour. A few in his government were actually sore they didn’t rate a cartoon. (The Chief Justice might have a different view what with himself being cartooned wearing a dress and all that!)
As to the other anonymously-written but unnamed Bajan blog that Mr. Robinson talks about, well, I guess there are four or five that might qualify. Maybe he can clarify who he means. It is not like we’d sue him or anything!
Mr. Robinson Is Not Denying That Corruption & Injustices Exist On Barbados – He Is Merely Unhappy That Blogs Expose Such Activity!
We’re happy that the Nation News printed his letter because it gives citizens an opportunity to go over Mr. Robinson’s accusations one by one. The more that citizens consider the endemic corruption on this island, the harder they will work to stop it.
And as they say… for the blogs any publicity is good publicity. This time around Barbados Underground was mentioned by name and will no doubt benefit from increased the exposure in the print media.
It is plain that Mr. Robinson is not upset that injustices and corruption exist on Barbados, he is upset that the blogs expose the activities. Like the former BLP government, Mr. Robinson’s position is that to expose government corruption is “unpatriotic”.
Last Refuge Of The Bajan Ruling Elites… Watch Out For Those Bad White Folks!
It is also interesting that Mr. Robinson attempts to bring race into the issue, saying that the blogs are wicked because they are attacking our “top black Barbadians”. In context, he also says that Barbados blogs are probably working for white foreigners!
Ah yes… the old trick to divert attention from anything that the ruling elites don’t want folks to see: call “whitey”. Last election the BLP did the same old same old when they warned that the DLP was the party that most white Bajans would vote for. Horrors!!!
For too long we listened to the last Arthur/Mottley BLP government’s use of race and colour to divide our people. We saw how Owen Arthur, Liz Thompson and other members of that government did not hesitate to call out racial slurs against their opponents. If Liz Thompson couldn’t argue on the facts, even on national television she dismissed her opponent as being “Caucasian“. Former Prime Minister Arthur called blacks who disagreed with him “negrocrats” and “oreos“.
Calling “whitey”, was and remains, an evil practice – made more evil still when it was adopted as a BLP party strategy against then Leader of the Opposition, David Thompson. Mr. Thompson is of mixed black and white parentage, so he was called a “redman”, “white”, “englishman”, “great white hope” and even that favourite racial slur of Liz Thompson “Caucasian”. (BFP article here)
Mr. Robinson’s attempt to deflect the valid concerns of Bajan citizens through crying “whitey” is despicable – and all the moreso when we look at the issues that he wants Bajans to forget about.
Mr. Robinson’s Complaints…
“…the blogs in their irrepressible ignorance complain that they cover stories ignored by the responsible Press.”
Our Answer: Firstly, professional Bajan journalists have for years complained that they are not allowed to cover many legitimate news stories because of heavy government control of the the news media. You don’t have to take our word for it, you can hear what the journalists themselves say in the following articles…
Secondly, there are many major stories the blogs covered but that the Barbados news media ignored for political purposes. Here’s a few to whet your whistle…
The Barbados Police on many occasions interfere with news gathering by the professional news media – even illegally assaulting reporters, breaking cameras and erasing photos. The police are a law unto themselves and believe that they have the right and power to control the Barbados news media. Once again, you don’t have to believe us… here are the stories and the photos..
As to some of the real news stories that the news media has deliberately ignored for reasons of political control, but that the blogs published, here is another not covered to this day…
“Barbados is poorly governed, poorly policed, violent, corrupt from top to bottom and without justice.”
Oh my! Mr. Robinson is leading with his chin and would last about three seconds in a knock ’em down and drag ’em out bar fight.
Where to start?
Perhaps our readers would like to comment!