I am a Pan Africanist secondly: I am a Pan Humanist first
“Blacks can be as exploitative and abusive of their own people and other as any other racial group can be of their own people.
This is why the influence of my afrocentrism on my politics – when I dare to call my activism such – is secondary. I am a Pan Africanist secondly: I am a Pan Humanist first.”
Junior Campbell writes Diane Abbott no Obama at AllVoices
Junior Campbell’s latest column at AllVoices is sure to make some racist folks angry – no matter the colour of their skin. Racists like Liz Thompson, Owen Arthur, Gline Clarke, Roosevelt O. King and Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell won’t like it at all. Bob Verdun might have a problem with it too, along with Rihanna’s classmates who bullied her for being “white”.
Not to forget the despicable human beings at Barbados Underground who called murdered Canadian tourist Terry Schwarzfeld “white trash” and refer to Bajans of Chinese and Indian heritage as “rat-catchers and mango-sellers”.
Race is always just below the surface in Barbados
As we’ve said before, in Barbados race is just below the surface on everything. You can’t blame us for that, we come by it honestly. Have a look at our history long ago and more recently and you’ll see that in Barbados race has had social and economic impact upon individuals for hundreds of years.
The questions and issues about race didn’t just disappear with our independence in 1966 ya know!
Just over a year ago Prime Minister David Thompson died and everybody with the exception of a ranting Owen Arthur paid appropriate tribute to the late PM and his family.
That was all very nice, but the BLP tended to forget that during the 2007-2008 election campaign the BLP supporters said that Thompson couldn’t be trusted because he was too white and born in England. The BLP mouthpieces warned that “whites” were voting for the DLP. Horrors!!! Even the newspapers made sly references to Thompson’s mixed race.
This is Barbados where even on a live TV debate we heard Government Minister Liz Thompson say that a “Caucasian male” had no right to complain about government actions.
Yup. Race is always just below the surface ’bout hey.
Junior Campbell’s latest is well worth your time, and whether you agree or not, he’ll make you think.