Is Rawdi Adams’ skin dark enough to be elected in Barbados?

Would Owen Arthur and the BLP welcome the son and grandson of two Barbados Prime Ministers into Bajan politics?

Vote in our poll…

Owen Arthur’s recent comments that if Barbadians elect a St. Lucian woman they are without pride aren’t surprising in the least to those who know anything about the Leader of the Opposition.

Last September former Prime Minister Owen Arthur urged Barbados citizens to embrace “racial pride” – but only if your skin is dark enough and you’re not of White, Guyanese, Indian or Chinese heritage. Speaking back then to a Barbados Labour Party gathering, Mr. Arthur “accused members of the governing DLP of lacking racial and national pride.”

(See “Rihanna syndrome” raises ugly head again in Barbados as former Prime Minister cautions against whites.)

Oh yes. The old political fallback position for Owen Arthur and his supporters “Beware the whites”, and when that doesn’t work, it’s “Beware the Guyanese mango sellers” or “Beware the Chinese rat catchers”. In the recent past it’s been a proven winning political formula – but what damage it does to our future and our ability to progress as individuals and as a nation.

Nothing new there. When Arthur isn’t cautioning against the whites and other selected races, he’s calling blacks who disagree with his policies negrocratsand other racist labels.

Which brings us to Rawdon “Rawdi” Adams, the grandson of nation-builder Grantley Adams (With Rawdi in the above photo) and the son of our second Prime Minister Tom Adams. Of late, Rawdi has been weighing into Bajan political commentary.

Is Rawdi electable in Barbados or is his skin too light?

Let’s see how Bajans vote…

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20 responses to “Is Rawdi Adams’ skin dark enough to be elected in Barbados?

  1. watcher

    Sorry, I don’t get it. Is there anybody now serving in the Government that has made enough contrbution to the country, understand and lives with the day to day issues and has a desire to change them for the better, and who has a commitment to Barbados that is not only opportunistic but a longer term vision to improvement.

    Did not know of these fellow until BLP was being sold to someone who already owned 38% of it. The reality is that the Government needs the money it will get from the sale of its 21% and the other shareholders will get a decent return . We are lucky the buyer is Canadain an dnot from T and T.

  2. quite sad

    The very fact that this issue would need to be put to a poll in this day and age, is a sad indictment of Barbadians and their preference for bully rascist politics over sincere long term qualified Barbadians who have the ability to effectively lead us out of the desert.

  3. David G. Brooks

    He does not want to be in politics so why the poll?

  4. Truthman Burton

    Here is a post from that ‘RIHANNA SYNDROME ” link :
    68
    September 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm
    This whole conversation is one large collection of garbage and lies, built on a false premise by Harley Henry and cohorts no doubt. The simple truth is that at NO TIME did Owen Arthur nor any of the other speakers at the Haggatt Hall meeting make any reference at all to RIHANNA or the colour of her skin.

    Mr Arthur’s comments about blackness have been taken completely out of context. He was denigrating the DEMS, who have always considered themselves “the representatives of Black people” in this country, as having effectively reversed the gains of Black economic enfranchisement brought about by The Adamses, and Barrow. The BLP speakers stated that the DEMS are now seemingly only interested in further enriching a small minority of wealthy white men. Whitemen like Berjkham, whom they see as possible successors to election campaign financiers, CLICO, who are now bankrupt.

    Michael Lashley has callously GIVEN AWAY the birthright of Barbadians by allowing Berjkham and company to have an enormous piece of land at $2 and $3 a square foot, which land they have then been allowed to mortgage to obtain cash to fund the development. The DEMS then turned around and leased another humongus piece of land for NINETY NINE YEARS at $100 per year, on which will be built service buildings which will be rented back to Government at various prices at an average of $150,000.00 per year.

    At the end of the project at Coverley, Berjkham and company will have realised nearly ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN PROFITS off the blood sweat and tears of Barbadian Taxpayers, some of whom will also be asked to pay EXHORBITANT PRICES for little boxes packed closely together, with breath-choking covenants.

    These are some of the matters that need to be addressed, not all those nonsensical lying diversions manufactured by Hartley and company!!

    Read BIG DEM FRANK DaSILVA’s column in the last weekend Nation, and tell me if that is not a man pleading with his own party to answer the charges. ANSWER THEM!! I saw DaSilva at the Haggatt Hall meeting casually intermingling with the large crowd, and feeling comfortable with them too.

  5. Truthman Burton

    And here is another opinion on that garbage at the “RIHANNA SYNDROME” link suggesting that Owen Arthur, of all people, is racist :

    243
    September 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm
    @RRRicky September 7, 2010 at 1:48 am

    “106, did you read what Rihanna said about being harassed for being “white” in Barbados?

    You think that was “manufactured”? You must live somewheres else.”
    _______________________________________________
    My Response.

    @RRRicky, I meant “manufactured” in the sense that this whole discourse was predicated on the FALSE premise that Owen Arthur was just simply attacking white people and stirring up racial strife.

    By a large stretch, someone then took “their” distortion of what he said and attached it to a complaint of Rihanna’s going back to her childhood, which as far as I am aware, never really gained any credence in Barbados. I can’t at all recall public outcry nor agreement with that alleged statement by Rihanna.

    Please read again and understand what I said in my earlier letter. Mr. Arthur’s remarks were in the context that through the massively inequitable distribution of profits to the Bjerkham Group, the present Government was in the process of rolling back the gains made in the area of Black economic enfranchisement progressed by The Adams’ and Right Excellent Erol Barrow.

    It was NOT an attack on white people. That’s the “manufacturing” I was speaking about.

    Regarding Rihanna’s complaint, exactly how much validity should we apply to her immature teenage perceptions about how others viewed her stature and tenure at Combermere School?

    As a matter of fact, the only instances that I can recall on the matter of harrassment on Whites in Barbados were during the Black Power Consciousness days, when Mr.Barrow himself stated (I think the ocassion was a political mass meeting) that he would place ALL the White people in Barbados on a schooner or a barge, and push it off the island from the Careenage. That statement I believe activated an exodus of whites, scurrying out of Barbados for places afar such as Australia and New Zealand.

    I am sure that the Honourable Mr. Barrow was only speaking in the heat of the moment; he was not expounding Government policy.

    No wonder this thread has only attracted FOUR comments. People are not interested and it’s a vain unfair attempt to attach dirt to Mr. Arthur.

  6. Living Well

    It’s amazing how most of the big-ups (including those political leader) married / Tom/ even Owen as well as Sandiford

  7. Living Well

    It’s amazing how most of the big-ups (including those political leader) married foreigners . / Tom/ even Owen as well as Sandiford

  8. David G. Brooks

    Something Truthman Burton said “… with breath-choking covenants.” reminded of something I was talking about on FB – chicken prices and how high they are – and someone mentioned raising some chickens in your backyard … good point and the Gov’t are asking people to produce more of there own things … but with the up-scale development going on, how will that be possible? Whichever way you turn they got you, so I don’t know.

  9. BFP

    As Owen Say, “be proud of your race”, Truthman Burton.

    Was he talking about people of Indian background? Chinese? White? Maybe Jews?

    Doan think so!

    Racist is racist and there is no room for it.

  10. Truthman Burton

    So what is wrong with being proud of one’s race. I am very proud to be Black. Aren’t White people? Aren’t Indian, Chinese etc.? Exactly what is wrong with Mr.Arthur’s exhortation, BFP?

    LOOK ……. MR.ARTHUR IS DEALING WITH THE PRESSING ECONOMIC ISSUES FACING THIS COUNTRY. SOME PERSONS, ALONG WITH THE CURRENT MEDIOCRE LEADER WE HAVE, APPEAR FRIGHTENED BY HIS RESURGENCE.

    The plan seems therefore to try to discredit him, try to taint his enviable record, call him things like “RAT”, and hope he will run away. SORRY, IT WON’T HAPPEN!

  11. Liberal

    There is nothing wrong with being proud of you race.I can’t think of any race that is not proud to be who they are,As for your poll,it is irrelevant the man can opine on issues without wanting to be involved in politics.Is his skin colour important? ask the DLP.They supporters are the ones who ran up and down this country saying that they did not want any white man leading the country refering to Tom Adams.There memories might be short but not mine.

  12. Just want to know

    Why is it that in politics men can do anything, be anything, but with a woman she has to be morally and politically clean?

  13. U hadda axe?

    Why?
    Because VICTORIAN double standards, mores and morals
    still permeate this insular society.
    Kinda like the Taliban, but a tad more progressive.
    Women should be kept in chains, barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen
    you know how it goes..c’mon…

  14. Anonymous

    I knew Rawdie at school, in Barbados skin colour matters in politics. However he is one individual for whom the issue would be irrelevant. I personally would be very happy to see someone with his intellect come back to make a contribution to this island.

    On both sides of the party divide there is a need for more young politicians with brains.

  15. Mobert

    Just want to know
    January 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Why is it that in politics men can do anything, be anything, but with a woman she has to be morally and politically clean?

    …..I disagree that men can do ‘anything’ and it also depends on ‘what’ the woman does and ‘how far’ she goes…;-) that may cause concern.

  16. Adrian Loveridge

    ‘Errol Barrow said that if Barbados was ever going to progress, people of all backgrounds should work together and they needed liberal-minded, progressive, young people like Peter (Morgan) and Douglas Lynch, member of a distinguished Barbadian family who became the first member of the DLP, outside of the founding members’.

    This is a verbatim quote from a newly published book titled ‘Bridging the Gap’ which is a collection of Peter Morgan’s columns written for ‘Another PM’.
    In my view, the book is a must read.
    It reminds me of one of the reasons why I liked Peter Morgan so much.
    Simple, factual and balanced.

  17. BAFBFP

    But wait Lovie, I foget to ask … you having been here for so long, and the fact you know how to speak yah mind, you and Morgan were friends? (You know simmilar interests and back grounds)

  18. The man wiv no name!!

    Why should I feel guilty for voting for a black man for PM of BIM? Somebody please tell me!

  19. SOME BARBADIAN JUST LOVE TO ATTACK GOOD PEOPLE .HOW CAN THEY WROTE ALL OF THESE LIES ABOUT PEOPLE.THE DLP SAYS VERY BAD THINGS ABOUT TOM ADAM WIFE AND SONS SO BADLY THE BAD THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT HER.THAT IS WHY SHE LEFT BARBADOS .BEFORE YOU SAT DOWN TO WRITE ANY THING ABOUT THE ADAMS SONS LOOKBACK IN TO THE PASS WHEN THEY FATHER PASS AWAY AND SEE HOW THE DEMS GET ON SHAME ON YOU TO EVEN ALL THEY NAME .GO AND WRITE ABOUT THE DEMS CALLING A OUTSIDER THEY QUEEN !!!!BARBADOS HAVE AND HAD BARBADIAN MPS IN PARLIAMENT AND NO ONE CALLED THEM QUEENS .BUT ST LUCIAN WOMAN CAME ALONG AND SHE IS QUEEN IN LIVE IN TORONTO AND THE OTHER CARIBBEAN ISLAND DO NOT CARE ABOUT BARBADIAN THE FIRST THING THEY SAY ABOUT BARBADIAN IS ALL BARBADIAN MEN GAY .TELL THE PEOPLE OF ST JOHN BEFORE CALLING OUTSIDER THEY QUEEN START WITH IN THEY HOME DAUGHTERS ,SISTERS AND MOTHERS IS THEIR QUEENS,MOST OF THEM NEVERRRRR CALLED THEY CHILDREN QUEENS OR KINGS AND HUG AND KISS THEM THAT IS WHY THE KIDS KILLINGS EACH OTHERS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT LOVE EACH OTHERS BARBADIAN THE ONLY CARIBBEAN ISLAND THAT LOVE TO SELL OUT IS BARBADIAN!!!!!!!PLEASE CHECK YOURSELF FIRST!!!

  20. VERY HARD TO READ

    ALL CAPS is very difficult to read and generally ill-mannered.

    So are so many of these puppies:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

    Get the message, bigup? !!!!!!!!!!!