Junior Campbell: Too much Afro-centric or Euro-centric education causes racism

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.

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One response to “Junior Campbell: Too much Afro-centric or Euro-centric education causes racism

  1. De BagLady

    De Bag Lady likes this. I have taught. I can say that there is nothing remotely Afrocentric about the education system in Barbados. It is a terrible shame if individuals consider discussions about the Transatlantic slave trade and slavery to be the beginning and the end of knowledge about the African past.

    The influence of afrocentrism on politics??? What does it mean exactly? Our popularly elected Afro-Barbadian governments have in no way disadvantaged the other races. Bizzy and Cow are doing well. There are a few affluent Indian families. Barbados is a meritocracy. We do not have race/class issues here. DBL *laughs* hahaha!!!

    I guess there is a PanAfricanist (PA) movement, but I am unsure as to how much traction the movement has gained since its conception. There has probably been more fits and starts than leaps and bounds with them. The PanAfricanist led People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) is still regarded as a mere pressure group in some quarters.

    So, the influence is seasonal and therefore not substantive. Black History Month, Crop Over, Independence Day … anybody who has been following closely, would note that in Barbados we celebrate something called the ‘Season of Emancipation’. It might also be that figures and personalities associated with the movement (PA) are themselves not seen as ‘influential’ or ‘serious’. What veritable connections have they made to/with the masses? I don’t even think my granny (rest her soul) knew if Africa was real or imagined, or cared to know. Wow, look at that Afrocentric education go …

    For me that is where racism and prejudice begin … when people do not know or care to know the truth about the Other … then stereotypes are created and perpetuated, and well, everybody is ignorant. This is very good for the politician and whoever else can benefit from exploiting people who don’t know. I pity the fool because African thought completely discredits the idea of racism.

    Yes, please do make the distinction between Pan-Africanism and African thought – the two are qualitatively and morally not the same. Pan – Africanism is a limited offshoot ideology with beautiful messages about the worth of the black individual, but at the same time its race-first, separatist headlines underscored by Garveyite Pan Africanists do not inspire harmony between the races – black and white. Ok, true.

    The originality and anteriority of African thought, a much lesser known body of knowledge dating back to the Ancient Egyptians WAS the basis of a value system which promoted peace, the politics of sustainable development, cultural unity of not just Africans but the entire global polity… De whole world f**k up now because people just don’t know.