Remember our history – but do more than take grants and stage photos!
Photo courtesy of The Nation: Trevor Prescod at the monument in Golden Square. Prescod is probably remembering how his organisation’s carelessness and neglect destroyed thousands of irreplaceable historical documents last year.
I don’t know about you folks, but by this point in time I usually need a break from the constant late nights and too much drink. The big party seems to start earlier and end later every year – or it could be that I’m getting a little older and can’t handle it like I used to.
For whatever reason I was receptive to the message by David Comissiong in today’s Nation newspaper that we should stop the party when Emancipation Day rolls around.
Here’s what Mr. Comissiong had to say about Minister of Culture Steve Blackett’s comments that Crop-Over revelry should be stretched over to Emancipation Day…
“The spirit of Kadooment is not the spirit of Emancipation Day,” he complained. “It cannot be and (extending Crop-Over) shows a serious lack of vision; it shows a serious lack of commitment to the really sacred and important elements of our nationhood that we could treat a day like Emancipation Day so lightly and so flippantly that we decree it the second day of Kadooment.”
He told the gathering that if Barbados was to be a “genuine nation”, Barbadians had to build a unique culture and make “a unique contribution to world civilisation”.
“We can’t build a nation simply around the culture of Kadooment and frivolity and entertainment,” he added.
“We have to root our young people in something deeper and more profound than that. So we are saying to the authorities – please rethink these decisions.”
… David Comissiong in the Nation article No revelry for Emancipation!
This struck a chord too because Cliverton is putting together an article about what books your BFP gang is reading at the moment and Clive’s book is “Amusing Ourselves to Death“ by Neil Postman. He read pieces of the introduction to us last week and it is definitely thought provoking. Clive said the article would be ready yesterday, but you know Clive. 🙂