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


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

2 responses to “The Silver People Chronicle: The Right To Be Different

  1. Thank you at BFP for sharing our site with your readers. I would like your readers also to visit our Heritage Foundation page in our efforts to bring our concerns about the preservation of our forefathers’ resting places.

  2. ken thomas

    hi rob,
    you opemed my mind to things that i had ignored because i could not do anything about it,
    i grw up in san miguel and albert scantlebury was a dear friend of mine, i knew mocho hunt, he lived om carlos icaza street across from the chesterfield bar. he had a foxy daughter named esmeralda that came from bocas del toro.
    i spent my time playing baseball to ignore all the things that was happening and face the problems on the panama side when it came to picking the selections to represent panama in the provincial amateur championship.
    finally we moved to the u s in 56.
    thanks reminding me of the way it was and still is in panama. i was there last august and for the first time i saw west indian people begging. i could not wait to leave.
    ken thomas