Daily Archives: January 19, 2009

The Silver People Chronicle: The Right To Be Different

“Not him, you can’t pair off with him. He is ugly!” they said to one little girl. They didn’t realize that they had just marred the innocence of a little Spanish girl who we were growing up with. We were the only pair of black kids and whom she had known since her family moved from the hinterlands of the interior.

Roberto Reid Tells Of West Indian Children Growing Up In Panama

During this week of the Inauguration of the first non-white President of the United States of America, Barbados Free Press continues to focus on the issue of race. Our friend Roberto Reid created The Silver People Chronicle – a wonderful blog about the West Indian people of Panama and their fascinating journey through Central America beginning with their arrival in Panama. Follow them as they arrived to work on the construction of the legendary Panama Railroad and, later on, the Panama Canal. Discover how they overcame death, disease, labor struggles and the tribulations of immigration.

Roberto’s posting today is a good introduction to the hours of reading and historical accounts you will find at his blog…

The Silver People Chronicle: A Right To Be Different

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Filed under Barack Obama, Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, History, Human Rights, Panama, Race

Barbados Nation News Story: Caucasians Attend Concert

The largely Caucasian audience went wild from the time Blunt ran/ skipped onto the stage and they carried on like that for most of the show…

… from the Nation Newspaper article Crowd Rocks To Blunt

Nation Newspaper Reports “Largely Caucasian Audience” Rocks To James Blunt At Barbados Jazz Festival

So when was the last time that the Nation reported on the race of the audience attending a concert in Barbados?

Will this piece of information now be included in every concert review in the island’s largest newspaper?

Did the writer of the Nation article intend to be controversial? Did the editor intend to be controversial? Probably not, but that just shows how much of a double standard exists in Barbados.

Folks outside of Barbados probably don’t realise how charged that word “Caucasian” can be on the island. For an example of how “Caucasian” is used as a racial slur, read BFP’s Negrocrat Controversy: Barbados Environment Minister Uses “Caucasian” as Racial Slur

Further Reading

The Nation News – Crowd Rocks To Blunt

BFP

Obama Kisses White Women – What Would Happen To A Barbados Politician Doing The Same?

The Ugly Secret Of Barbados Revealed Worldwide: Rihanna “I Was Bullied At School For Being White”

Barbados Government BLP Agent Plays Race Card. Calls Opposition Leader “White”, Equates With British Slave Owners

Was That Barbados Slur “Nigger”, “Coon”, “Oreo” or “City Plantation Negrocrat” ? – It Is All The Same On The World Stage

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Filed under Barbados, Music, Race, Rihanna

Our Anniversary – Barbados Free Press Enters Fourth Year Of Calling Out Corruption In The Barbados Government

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Three years ago on January 17, 2006, the staff at Barbados Free Press published our first article: Prime Minister Owen Arthur Opens a New Can of Paint – To Cover Old Corruption. The next day we published Barbados Tender Process Corrupt?

On that first day in 2006 we had 7 visitors. The next day we had 59 visitors and on our third day we had 143 folks visit us from Barbados and around the world – including one ex-pat Bajan who emailed us from Iceland!

Since then we’ve published 2,776 articles and almost 5 million people have visited Barbados Free Press.

But sadly, we have to tell you that not much has changed in those past three years. We keep hammering away at our core topics of ITAL – Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation because the new DLP government (who were elected on integrity promises) are as corrupt as the last BLP bunch. No, they haven’t achieved the same levels yet, but we have no doubt they will because they are working hard at it and have no intention of implementing any legislation or policies that will limit their ability to put public money in their pockets – and the pockets of their friends and family members.

Not to mention the agreement between Thompson and Mottley that the current DLP government will not be pursuing any elected or appointed government officials for fraud or other wrong-doing during the Arthur-Mottley government’s tenure. That is a little insurance for Thompson that when his government goes out of power, none of his thieves will be charged either.

The biggest change we’ve seen during the past year is the absolute silence from the DLP supporters who used to be so vocal about Integrity, Transparency and Accountability when the Arthur-Mottley BLP Government was in power.

They don’t even bother to make excuses for Prime Minister Thompson anymore – nor do they clamor for the government adopt a policy that government contracts will not be issued to companies where the principals are government officials or an immediate family member.

Nope, it can truly be said that only the name of the piggies at the trough changed a year ago – from BLP to DLP.

A damned shame. And to think that for a few months we actually hoped and believed in David Thompson and the DLP.

Same old, same old ’bout hey.

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Filed under Corruption, Crime & Law, Freedom Of Information, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

Taking A Break From Zimbabwe Cholera Epidemic: Mugabes’ US$92,000 Weekend Fashion Spree!

What’s The Use Of Being First Lady Of Zimbabwe If You Can’t Buy A US$3,000 Purse Once In A While?

Mrs. Mugabe Assaults Photographer Outside Luxury Hong Kong Hotel

Mrs. Mugabe Assaults Photographer Outside Luxury Hong Kong Hotel

You know how it is… all that cholera and famine is just sooooooo depressing that one must simply take a break from the white colonist oppressors who are causing the national crisis for Zimbabwe. And what better way to prepare yourself for next week’s challenges as a brutal dictator than to visit Hong Kong for a long weekend of shopping!

Budget rooms at the exclusive Shangri-La hotel in Hong Kong are a mere US$3,000 per night – a little more expensive than Sandy Lane, but oh so much closer to the graveyard of Africa. Or, as we call it, “Home in Zimbabwe”.

Yes, Rhodesia used to be called the “breadbasket” of Africa, but that was before. Now is now and things have changed a bit, you know.

But it’s nice that you can still buy a Jimmy Choo bag for a paltry US$3,000.

Now, can we talk about how Barbados can do its part to bail out Zimbabwe? You Bajans must understand that you owe us because, well, you just do that’s all…

Mrs Mugabe assaults our photographer outside her luxury Hong Kong hotel

A Sunday Times photographer has been beaten up and punched repeatedly in the face by the wife of President Robert Mugabe.

Grace Mugabe, 43, known as the First Shopper of Zimbabwe, flew into a rage when she was spotted last week leaving the exclusive Shangri-La hotel in Hong Kong. She has been staying there with her entourage at a cost of £2,000 a day while her country endures poverty, hunger and disease.

Holding a Jimmy Choo-style bag estimated to be worth at least £2,000, and hiding behind Cavalli rhine-stone-framed glasses with a red cashmere shawl over her head, she ordered her bodyguard to attack the photographer, Richard Jones.

While the guard tried to wrestle away Jones’s camera, she joined in the assault…

… continue reading this Sunday Times article link here

Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch…

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Filed under Africa, Barbados, Corruption, Disaster, Ethics, Human Rights, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption, Zimbabwe