Daily Archives: October 16, 2009

Public flogging of students degrades Barbados

Dr. Victor Agard would have made an excellent Negro Overseer

Dr. Victor Agard would have made an excellent plantation field boss

St. Leonard’s Boys’ School senior teacher whips students for lateness

One would think that teachers in a nation that was built upon a foundation of whips, chains, rape and cultural genocide might view the public flogging of students as unacceptable in the year 2009.

We are disgusted with the actions of Dr. Victor Agard and moreover with the educational system and society that permits this outrage. Those educators who constantly run on about how the legacy of slavery still impacts our society today would do well to look in the mirror. They would also do well to look at some historical images of slaves being flogged to note how many of those wielding the whips are slaves themselves.

As for Dr. Agard, he should be aware that upon viewing a photo of him whipping their son, many fathers would be of a mind to have a quiet little chat with the teacher and provide him with some advice.

(Photo from Nation News: Getting licks for lateness)

For those who believe there should be a “debate” about the issue, feel free to do so – but at BFP we won’t be joining in. Once again we turn to our friend Dennis Jones at Living In Barbados blog who wrote much of what we would say in his excellent piece Flogging is a form of torture. Don’t pretend that it is otherwise.

And finally for perspective, let’s look at some other people today and in the past who, like Dr. Agard, believe that the flogging is appropriate, whether in public or private.

If the shoe fits…

whipped slaves


Filed under Africa, Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Ethics, Human Rights, Slavery

Private Barbados Tourism Impact Study highlights concerns with policing, environment and housing costs

Tourism Impacts – The Good, the Bad and the “Oh Oh”

Amit Uttamchandani of Pull! Push! blog recently completed his online study of Resident Perceptions of Tourism Impacts in Barbados with over 400 people taking the time to participate. The study forms part of Amit’s just submitted MBA dissertation. (Good luck Amit!)

Amit’s study validated some of the thoughts and feelings we at BFP have about tourism and its impacts upon Barbados. For us there were really no surprises except for the relatively low “positive” response about policing.

One would think that tourism would improve the quality of police protection if for no other reason than the reality that tourism is highly dependent upon public safety. Surprisingly though, many Barbadians are unconvinced that they are receiving better policing than they would if Barbados was not a tourism destination.

We at BFP believe that policing is the big red flag in the study and that the public’s response in the survey shows an increasing concern that the Royal Barbados Police Force are losing the battle in a big way.

You can head over to Living in Barbados where our friend Dennis Jones has posted a copy of the entire study.

Read Amit’s study and see what citizens can accomplish without the government holding their hands every moment.


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Crime & Law, Environment, Island Life, Police, Tourism

Racist Louisiana justice refuses marriage license to Interracial Couple

It is difficult to believe that in 2009 an interracial couple would be denied a marriage license in the United States, but that is exactly what happened.

It is difficult to believe that in 2009 an interracial couple would be denied a marriage license in the United States, but that is exactly what happened.

UPDATED: April 6, 2011

I just posted an article on Greenland Dump and then Environment Minister Liz Thompson telling Environmental Activist Richard Goddard that he had no right to speak because he was a Caucasian male. It reminded me on the Lovings and this article.

I wonder how Liz is doing with her new job at the United Nations?


Original article published October 16, 2009…

Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.

“I don’t do interracial marriages because I don’t want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring on themselves,” Bardwell said. “In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer.”

… an unbelievable story in 2009: Breitbart News – Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

I wonder if former Barbados Government Minister Liz Thompson* would agree with Justice Bardwell?

Shona and I often get “the look” when we hold hands in public – and when the rest of the family is with us we sometimes get “the stare”. That is just reality for a mixed marriage like ours. We know that some folks are more curious or surprised than anything and their stares are not unkindly.

But other people cannot keep the look of disgust from their faces. When its really bad – sometimes we have some fun. Shona will lean over and plant a big long kiss and mischievously say (loud enough to be heard) “I think we should get you right home right now.”

Nothing bothers those kind of bigoted people more than that thought, you know! Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Race