Was it threats to witnesses, threats to journalists, calls for racial genocide, XXX articles or something else?
Visitors to the Barbados Underground blog on Monday morning were greeted with a notice from WordPress.com internet hosting that the entire blog had been “suspended” for failure to comply with WordPress.com policies.
Later in the day the blogsite was put back up, but without any explanation from the editors or WordPress. It is as if nothing ever happened.
But it did.
Why was Barbados Underground suspended?
The suspension of the Barbados Underground account and take down of the entire blog is a more serious level of response from WordPress than we’ve seen anywhere at WordPress.com blog hosting.
Barbados Free Press has twice experienced WordPress taking an article offline when someone complained about a sentence or a word. In one case when Roosevelt O. King of the Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations complained to WordPress, BFP eventually republished the article in it’s entirety with the change of a few words. (See What happened with the Caribbean Child Sex Trafficking Ring mentioned online by BANGO Secretary General, Roosevelt O. King?)
In another case, the source for the article had been removed from the internet, so BFP did not republish.
Monday’s suspension of the entire Barbados Underground blog is a whole new level though, and we believe that the editors owe their readers and Barbados an explanation.
Why now? What happened?
As covered before here at BFP, Barbados Underground publishes some outrageously racist articles and postings that call for discrimination, violence and even genocide against Bajans of non-majority races including citizens of Indian, Chinese and European backgrounds.
Consider these two Barbados Underground racist genocidal gems from many similar…
“The elimination & extinction of sub-human, half make Europeans from this earth will undoubtedly bring about a more peaceful, stable & morally uplifting world.”
“I support the call by Sir Shridath Ramphal on ethnic cleansing. This country should control the build up of any particular ethnic group outside of the Black population of Barbados. Particular emphasis must be place on the Indo-Guyanese scums & the rat catcher/mango seller Indians & Pakistani.”
Was it the calls for racial purity of Black Bajans?
Other posts call for blacks to remain racially pure and to not have children with other races or lighter skinned persons of African heritage. Editor “David” cautioned that Bajans of Indian heritage are out-breeding those of African heritage.
A few writers are obsessed with anti-Jewish topics and conspiracy theories including the infamous “blood libel” themes of Jews kidnapping people for human sacrifices etc. etc. etc.
Was it the calls for intimidation of witnesses or threats to a newspaper editor?
Barbados Underground also publishes hateful articles that make you wonder if the editors care at all for the reputation of our country. That blog published calls for the stalking and intimidation of witnesses in various court cases. It published threats by Hartley Henry, the advisor to Prime Minister David Thompson, against a Bajan newspaper editor – and then followed through with the threat by publishing allegations of a lesbian affair.
White Tourists as a subject at Barbados Underground
Barbados Underground published statements that murdered Canadian tourist Terry Schwarzfeld was “White Trash”.
In another post about white female tourists, frequent contributor and BANGO Director Roosevelt O. King declared…
“I put it to you that 90% of the white (women) tourists that come to Barbados enjoy being sex slaves to black men and the talk don’t deter them.”
“White women are so fascinated by black men. They love to do the oral to black men because they think that when they drink our sperm, they getting nourishment, like how you drink milk from the cow.”
… BANGO (Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations) Secretary General Roosevelt O. King published at Barbados Underground.
In all of the above, WordPress.com never saw fit to suspend Barbados Underground, but on Monday morning the blog was taken off the internet.
Does anyone have any idea why the Barbados Underground account was suspended?