Daily Archives: December 28, 2009

Irish Times: Most Barbados Red Legs have bad or no teeth. Many blind, without limbs.

I’ll leave the discussion on this one to our readers!

Excerpts from the Irish Times article Remnants of an indentured people

“In 1636 a ship sailed out of Kinsale bound for Barbados. Its cargo? Sixty-one Irish people destined to join thousands of others as indentured servants. Photographer SHEENA JOLLEY met their descendents, the Red Legs, who still live there today.

AN ESTIMATED 50,000 “white slaves” were transported from Ireland to Barbados between 1652 and 1657. Having succeeded in recruiting Irish men to die in the services of France, Spain, Poland and Italy, Cromwell turned his attention to others – men and women press-ganged by soldiers, taken to Cork and shipped to Bristol where they were sold as slaves and transported to Barbados. (snip)

Today, most Red Legs have bad or no teeth due to poor diet and lack of dental care. Illnesses and premature deaths due to haemophilia and diabetes have left men blind and without limbs.

They are no longer plagued by the old diseases of hookworm, typhoid, and cholera, but school absenteeism, poor health, the ill effects of inter-family marriage, large families, little ownership of land and lack of job opportunities have locked those remaining on the island into a poverty trap. Even today the Red Legs still stand out as anomalies and are hard pressed for survival in a society that has no niche for them.”

The Peter Simmons Solution to black prejudice against Red Legs: Wipe out the race through intermarriage with black Bajans

Peter Simmons

Peter Simmons, in a report for the ministry of education in Barbados, suggested that a solution to the poverty and stigma of being a Red Leg is better education and intermarriage with the middle class blacks. He wrote: “Born with a brown skin and armed with a basic education, these children shall never know what it really means to be a Red Leg.”


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, History, Human Rights, Race, Slavery

Barbados Teacher participated in creating “prank” beating of students video (Huh?)

Sometimes I can’t figure things out at all. This is one of those times.

A few days ago The Bajan Reporter posted a video that was said to be of a teacher beating students with a belt. (BREAKING NEWS: Barbadian students lashed for tardiness – Another St Leonard’s Teacher brutalises young boys)

The video is believable as is the scenario it portrays because teachers do beat students in Barbados and there is an ongoing debate about this practice. There have also been instances when teachers have been photographed while beating students. (see Public flogging of students degrades Barbados)

Barbados Free Press connected with the Bajan Reporter piece through our article Not Again! St. Leonard’s teacher brutally beats boys – Exclusive video at Bajan Reporter

Now we see in The Nation a claim by the teacher apparently in the video, Michael Franklin, that the video was staged as a prank.

We are dumbfounded that Mr. Franklin views his participation in the making of the video as appropriate behaviour for a teacher.

Here is the article published at The Nation. As any teacher might say: Please review and discuss.

(Please visit The Nation to read the article as they deserve your visit. We’re posting the entire article because The Nation has removed and censored their own articles in the past due to political pressure.)

JUST A PRANK! (click to read original article online at The Nation)

Published on: 12/28/2009.

A VIDEO CLIP circulating on the Internet called “Barbados Flogging, Brutality, Coach Of St Leonard’s Boys’ Cricket Team Goes Wild On Bad Students” with a teacher brutalising two boys with a belt in a room is a hoax.

According to the teacher, Michael Franklin, who was named in the video, as well as two parents, one of whom is the mother of one of the boys in the video, it was all a prank. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Ethics

Happy Kwanzaa! – The Holiday Created By A Criminal Who Kidnapped & Tortured Women

Let’s tell the truth about Kwanzaa, shall we?

Today’s Barbados Advocate has an article on page 5 called “Kwanzaa celebrations begin with Unity”

Elder Thelma Gill-Barnett was interviewed and stated “Kwanzaa is not political, not religious and not related to Christmas. Some people feel it’s going against Christmas, but Kwanzaa is not about Christmas and it’s not against Christmas. I would say that Kwanzaa is for Christmas without the political and economic side of things.”

Not political? Hmmmm…. maybe Elder Thelma should get in touch with the inventor of Kwanzaa at the Kwanzaa Information Center. Here’s some of what we learned…

Don’t forget… the first principle of Kwanzaa is Umoja – unity of race for blacks. As it says at the official Kwanzaa Information Center: “red, or the blood, stands as the top of all things. We lost our land through blood; and we cannot gain it except through blood. We must redeem our lives through the blood. Without the shedding of blood there can be no redemption of this race.” The Kwanzaa Information Center also notes that the flag “has become the symbol of devotion for African people in America to establish an independent African nation on the North American Continent.”

“Independent African Nation on the North American Continent” sounds political to me… and racist too!

karenga-kwanzaaKwanzaa’s Inventor

Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by Ronald McKinley Everett who changed his name a few times and finally settled on Maulana Karenga. Karenga was the founder of the murderous United Slaves movement in the 1960’s and was funded at the time by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation – the FBI – in a warped scheme where the FBI decided the best way to fight the black power movement was to fund different factions to keep them from uniting.

“I’m trying to understand which of the seven principles of Kwanzaa was represented by founder Karenga putting a running hose and detergent into the mouths of kidnapping and torture victims…”

After inventing the racist celebration of Kwanzaa in 1966, in 1971 Karenga and two other associates were convicted of kidnapping two black women and torturing them in an effort to learn if they were working for anyone else. Interesting considering that Karenga was the recipient of FBI stoolie money himself!

“Deborah Jones, who once was given the Swahili title of an African queen, said she and Gail Davis were whipped with an electrical cord and beaten with a karate baton after being ordered to remove their clothes. She testified that a hot soldering iron was placed in Ms. Davis’s mouth and placed against Ms. Davis’s face and that one of her own big toes was tightened in a vise. Karenga also put detergent and running hoses in their mouths…”

I’m trying to understand which of the seven principles of Kwanzaa was represented by founder Karenga putting a running hose and detergent into the mouths of kidnapping and torture victims…

At first I thought is was Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) “To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.”

… but then I thought it would be pretty hard to speak with the hose and detergent in the mouth, so I thought the principle represented might be…

Kuumba (Creativity) “To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.”

After all… clean is beautiful, you know!

But then I found the answer right in front of me. Of course! Karenga had two other black brothers helping him torture the women, so the principle was…

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) “To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.”

That’s the principle being illustrated by working together to torture the women.

Happy Kwanzaa!


Filed under Barbados