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


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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

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Filed under Barbados, Music, Race, Rihanna

38 responses to “Barbados Nation News Story: Caucasians Attend Concert

  1. Red Lake Lassie

    An interesting story on Martin Luther King day and the day before Obama becomes President of the USA.

  2. wondering

    It is not a double standard, it is plain ignorance. These words such as caucasian ,negro etc are outdated words, partly because of racial connotations and the fact that there too many mixed groupings of people that don’t fit into those molds. Truly i’m embarrassed that this has turned up in our popular media but it underlines the continuing characterization, in Bajan society, that ever so popular now… and much to our detriment.If we continue along this path ,soon it would be which particular tribe.

  3. Getting BYE

    I wish the Nation Newspaper would stop embarrassing our nation….. by being so racial and divisive. Is a free country; who cares who went to the concert?

  4. To be fair – I spoke of racial crowd content at polo last year… However, what Nation should have done is to see how many black Bajans attended and found out if they dig alternative music and how long they have listened to such music? That’s research, but then try telling their new Digital Editor that!


    BFP says,

    Ian, your article had the racial component of the sport as a subject and discussed it in a very acceptable and respectful manner. This is a totally different scenario than the Nation’s casual mention of race.

  5. Juris

    How on earth could caucasian be a racial slur? Is any proper racial description taboo in this oh so politically correct world?

  6. Anon

    Ian Bourne, that last line smacks of bitterness. Do you have something against the new Digital Editor? Are you a bit jealous that your career in the media has been lackluster at best, that your writing still has not improved and that she has achieved that much more than you in such a short space of time? Help us to help you. Let’s talk it out.

  7. reality check

    “Are you a bit jealous that your career in the media has been lackluster at best?”

    Ian is out in the forefront of the new media and blogs. He is hardly jealous but asking serious questions. Let the digital editor just address the question in a positive proactive manner and move forward.

    The issue is about how to better investigate the news and present it to the public.

    This is not about ego and personalities but about how to better inform the public.

  8. Anon

    Ian Bourne is at the forefront of WHAT?!!!!!! AHhahahaahaHAHAhAAHhaa. To whom my dear? Are you close family? I’m curious as to what colours your lens. Why next you’ll probably say he is a Timeless model.

  9. reality check


    don’t know him, never met him, not sure what colour or hue he is but like his comments and thought process.

    Sorry I couldn’t pigeon hole this for you to make life simpler.

  10. Anon

    reality check, get a dose of ‘reality’ by exploring life outside of the barbados free press box. what you said re: the greatness of ian bourne in the bajan media is hallucinatory at best.. but it did give me quite a laugh.

  11. Sargeant

    I am not surprised by the Nation’s reporting and their choice of words to describe people.
    Case in point a few weeks ago Peter Simmons described Barack Obama as a mulatto in a column he wrote which was supposed to be celebratory.

    Here is another issue, when the Nation publishes stories about the average bajan involved in every day occurrences e.g. accidents they use direct quotes which is often colloquial e.g “de car come down de road an lickee down” whereas if the speaker is a politician or someone they deem to be important the Nation publishes the story using reported speech so that it appears that the speaker used the Queen’s English.

    I am sure this double standard has its roots in Barbados class structure but that’s just my two cents.

  12. Amanda, oops! I mean Anon

    While at CBC, and I started anchoring there were barely 89,000 viewers when I left CBC? There were 161,000… I’d love to check those figures now! My idea to have a weird story at the end of a newscast has led to ALL radio stations in B’dos with Odd News segments!

    Yet I never claimed for any greatness – bitterness? Maybe, why should it be okay for a black Bajan to make an insult and white or pale Bajan must shut up? I think reality check respects my decision to blog in the open and not be Aman – ahem! anonymous…

    My blog covered the FOI Town Halls and spoke to the lack of attendance thereof; it also looked at the REAL numbers of people at Graeme Hall; the lack of coverage for Arts/Entertainment; why none of the dead-trees have dealt with the latest issue of Bim magazine; the Lakotah nation seeking to rise and be recognised on its own sovereignty once again among other matters the papers ignore – and those are EASY matters I cover – BFP & Underground handle meatier issues!

    Other than making Cliverton’s pulse race, oops, um – what have you done in significance? Using a sad moment for 2 camera-folk to be a glory-hound? Let’s see what greatness is achieved in the first 100 days of the revived BAJ and if you all do what Gov’t failed to set forth… ITAL, since journalists may go on free trips to cover assignments but doesn’t Journalism 101 say that gifts should not be above 50 or 100 dollars? If so, then it must shared between the cadre of reporters 😉

    Those rules are from Earth, baby not sent by an;-



    “F”orm (How odd? Like the initials of the BAJ prez)

    Ha, I kill me – as the show said…

  13. BFP – what me do ya? LOL!

  14. NonAnon

    Anon, you’re young and one who doesn’t get it. The likes of Ian Bourne are changing the balance of power and how politics are done. Question careers, question grammar, question everything but the real message and you’ll miss the point time and time again.

  15. To place this in perspective, try imagining a report in the NY Times or Washington Post, quoting, ‘ the largely caucasian audience….’ or ‘the largely African-American audience..’, can you imagine the response?

    The important point here is that, per the phrasing of the article, the racial makeup of the audience was an important factor to the event.

    So, we have one of two possible contexts.

    The first, that the writer himself or herself is quoting irrelevance but is mentally caught up in the ‘racial issue’ OR,

    the writer is unbiased and is fairly reporting on the event, quoting a point because it is regarded by the society as an important factor in gaining an idea of the event i.e. society sees race as vitally important.

    Which do you think it is?


  16. yatinkiteasy

    Why did they not simply say “a mostly white crowd attended the concert”..and what difference does it make?..Mountains out of molehills. This a non topic.

  17. Anon

    January 19, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Anon, you’re young and one who doesn’t get it. The likes of Ian Bourne are changing the balance of power

    Can you bring some substantive facts to the plate and end the airy fairy rhetoric about the overrated Bourne? I am sure he changes the balance of many things he steps on, but we’re not talking about the “likes of” Ian Bourne… we’re talking about the man himself. Name one thing he has done that has changed the face of the media in Barbados. Then and maybe then we can talk about his issues with the Digital Editor at the Nation or any other journalist for that matter.

  18. BFP if you wish to edit my remarks, ok – n.p., but release them… I still here laughing away!


    BFP says,

    Hi Ian, we don’t edit your writing. We were away, that’s all.

  19. NonAnon


    Nice try. My best regards. See you on the playing field.

  20. attendee

    They really should have interviewed people inside to get their take on things.. I did over hear someone saying “I don’t really care for that kind of music”, after KITE played. So why were they there?? Likely was given a free/sponsor ticket and took it and waited to hear the more well known James Blunt music and likely didn’t care for the rest of his tunes either.

    I’d like to say, I wish the article had really stuck it to the those incharge for once again putting the “VIP’s” in the front. It’s a good thing the KITE members are bajan and they know how the audiance is going to behave and I’m sure they didn’t take offense to us just sitting there politely.. and even better that James Blunt got people up to the stage to dance and sing to his music. THAT is what made the concert, not the fact that 3/4ths of the audience was white.

    but… as someone said earlier.. had that statement been made in any paper in the USA, all heck would have broken loose by now..

  21. Anon

    Ian I note your attempt at humour, but it really highlights my point about your bitterness. In fact I am not Amanda (she has always used her name or nation ID here as far as I am aware), merely a colleague. Furthermore she does not know that I am here attacking you for being a useless louse on her behalf, and I am sure she doesn’t care about you that much to begin with.

    But…why do you hate her so?! Now can we talk about that? You touched on BAJ, etc. etc., all things that I never brought up – Ian, what is up with that my friend?

    I will not touch on your achievements, especially on the “odd news” on radio stations. Everyone deserves a sense of entitlement. You just have too much… and too little celery. Ciao.

  22. reluctant nonbeliever

    So would it be ok for a “Caucasian” journalist to describe the audience at (say) a MacFingall gig as “largely negroid”?

    Seriously, my guess from the context is that (unlike Liz Thompson) Yvette Best meant no harm by using the C-word: her review was very enthusiastic after all.

    But the fact that neither she nor any of The Nation’s sub-editors could see there that what she wrote might be considered crass and offensive by some speaks volumes about Barbados’s cultural norms and racial double-standards…

  23. reluctant nonbeliever

    ps: a question for Anon:

    Since you’re (apparently) a Nation employee, I’d be interested to know your take on this thread’s substantive issue (if you can tear yourself away from bitch-slapping Ian Bourne for a second, that is…)

  24. The Nation is hard-hitting when it is given permission – this is an issue where it has such largesse.

    Why did they not send a team to the FOI hearings and really pick apart the proposed act? Instead, they choose to sell papers by showing a corpse crushed by a crane.

    They rush to cover Waterhall polo and ignore Lion Castle, Clifton and Holders – uh, this probably has nothing to do with who owns Waterhall and their level of advertising with the Nation, right?

    When Bim magazine launched their latest issue in December, did they bother to mention it? Shame on UWI, they should have advertised with the Nation!

    They better be careful, or folk will say the only difference between the Nation and a hooker is that the hooker wears a dress and hisses at you.

    BFP says,

    Thank you, Ian.

    Hmmmmm…. it seems to me that Cliverton’s last girlfriend did a lot of hissing too! 😉

    (I am in a mood to make sport today, aren’t I?)



  25. Anon

    Dear reluctant,

    I am glad you asked re: the ‘Caucasian’ reference. As I sit here watching CNN cover Pres. Elect Obama’s inauguration, he said and I quote “as I look at the crowd, there are a lot of African Americans here, but surely quite a few white people as well”.

    No one cried horror or the station wasn’t taken off air. In fact it seemed like a natural observation to make. At how many events in Barbados do you see a large number of white people amidst local blacks?! Surely that was worth noting – wasn’t it? If it wasn’t, it certainly was no racial sin.

    Much ado about nothing! Again! As is normal on BFP – especially on issues of ‘race’.

    Now, was that Ian Bourne above there making a ‘submission’? Sigh. Like CBC, I’m now bored of him.

    BTW, I do not work for the Nation.

  26. Anon

    Edit – In the third line of the above, the “he” I refer to is Wolf Blitzer.

  27. J

    Dear BFP:

    Is there a term that would be acceptable to you?

    Is there a term that would be acceptable to the other users of this blog?

    Is it ok to describe a largely male crowd as a crowd of men; and a crowd of women as a crowd of women? Or are the terms “men” and “women” now politically incorrect also? Is it ok to say “children” or “Christians” or “Rastfarians” or “Muslims” or “Jews? Is is ok to say “Bajans”

    A colleague today got offended when I used the term Bajan. She warned be never again to use that derogatory term in her presence.

    I have been a Bajan for more than 50 years and today is the first time that I discovered that it is a derogatory term.

  28. Observer

    Nothing is acceptable to BFP. They have their own ideology that has no rooting in generally accepted logic. That’s why they started their own blog – so that they could find other coons on the internet who will take on their unique views of the world as they and only they see it.

  29. Hants

    Leh we dun dis now.

    There is a difference between

    “Dah red fella” and

    “Dah red fcuk er”

    Red can be substituted by words including white,black,caucasian..

    One is a benign description. The other is an insult.
    I reserve the right to use either.

    I have been called both.

    The first by friends and the second by ex wife, ex girlfriend and others.

    Lighten up people. The world is not perfect but treat people as they deserve regardless of class, colour or creed.

  30. J

    Cuh dear Hants.
    Don’t take on the exes.
    They are ex for very good reasons.

  31. reluctant nonbeliever


    Thanks for the response and I do take your point: the CNN/Obama coverage is a useful comparison here.

    I think the problem is to do with language – a lack of sensitivity to certain words’ nuances and loaded associations.

    What if (for example)Blitzer had said “there are a lot of Negroes here, but surely quite a few Caucasians as well”?

    He might have meant to be merely descriptive. But you can just imagine Anderson Cooper’s embarrassed reaction, not to mention Soledad Obrien’s…

  32. Rumboy

    Rock on Bournie. Who reads the Nation anyway. It takes me all of 5 minutes to go through from front to back. Compared to other newspapers it really sucks. Close it down .

  33. Underdog

    I don’t see anything wrong with identifying the sector of people who came out to see James Blunt and Kite. I think it is newsworthy that the crowd was not representative of the majority race in the island, and their musical tastes are different. “Vive la difference”! What’s the fuss about?

  34. John Stevenson

    As someone who attended the JB/Kite concert and in my capacity as a former local jazz show host and music journalist, I am surprised at the queasiness with which some BFP readers are responding to “Caucasian” in reference to the patrons.

    The Nation got it absolutely right.

    Anyone attending the concert couldn’t help but be taken aback by the sheer number of White folk in the audience.

    I can’t think of any Barbados jazz festival billing (and I’d like anyone to correct me if I’m mistaken) that attracted so many non Afro-Bajans.

    Needless to say, and certainly from the orgainiser’s standpoint, it is a welcome development.

    But let’s not forget that the global music industry, despite the digital age of peer-to-peer filesharing and iTunes, is still an ethnically balkanised morass of pigeon-holes and focus groups. We are still some ways away from a colour-free recording and entertainent industry.

  35. Mark Fenty Sr

    Are we going to reach a point in our life time where the issue of colour do not matter anymore?we as human beings need to see each other as God created design, and not on the basic of our physical characteristics. There is a commonality a universality that connects humanity, and it is our humanity, because when we take away Race, Religion, and Culture all we have left is the essence of our humanity. We need to change our thinking when is come to race.Who cares many white people came to the jazz festival, your are placing emphasis on white like their are different from the black man , the yellow man or the red man we are all God creation look at the bigger picture my friend. It is a socialization issue my friend, because no one look at the world with prestine eyes we see it and edited with a definite set of values and customs,and way of think, even in our psychological probing we can not go beyond the stereotype, because our concept of right and wrong will still give reference to values and customs. We need to elevate our level of thinking,and stop adhering to the stereotypical racial conventionality.

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