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Amazing Barbados Photo: Blacks, Whites, Asians, Mixed Races Attend Party Together! Actually Enjoy Each Other!

Six years ago our friend Light-Skinned-ed Girl declared May to be Mixed Experience History Month. We hope the idea catches on because those of us who are Heinz 57 and/or in mixed-race marriages need to reflect upon our roots once in a while.

If you have to ask “What’s the big deal?”, well, perhaps you need to think about it a little more. There are many more of us than ever before but when we talk with other mixies, the experience is generally the same: neither black nor white, and not really accepted by either race. Here’s a little piece written by Marcus back in October 2006. I miss him…

Barbados Free Press

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Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary Site Of Astounding Happening!

Yes, folks – we couldn’t believe it ourselves (what with all this talk of that one incident last week between a light-skinned homeowner and a dark-skinned young man – link here) – it is true that several hundred people of all races, colours and religion all met last Saturday at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, and actually enjoyed each other’s company!

The event was the official launch of the proposal to establish the Graeme Hall National Park – but it felt more like a party than a meeting to Shona and Marcus.

One Racial Incident At Party…

There was one very serious racial incident at the party though. For a few minutes around 5pm, the cash bar ran short of cold Banks beer and two men of different races argued over who would get the last cold one.

A Barbados Free…

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Canadian travel agent Yvonne Bramson explains why some tourists are avoiding Barbados

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Photo from the BFP story Grand Kadooment child-sex scandal

Dear friends in Barbados,

As Crop Over season gets into high gear I would just like to make a few comments. I am a travel agent for a large company in Toronto, Canada and have been to Barbados several times over the years. I have many friends there and also family and am hearing from both them and my colleagues at work (who hear from their travelling clients) that Barbados has changed a lot. What people are observing and saying is that what Crop Over symbolises has become a thing of the past.

I remember when most of the people participating in the grand finale parade were wearing period costumes to symbolise the farm workers, etc. What we are seeing and hearing for the past few years is that is has become something quite different. It seems to be a huge party where many of the women of all ages come out to show off their bodies – many in next to nothing. I happened to have been in Barbados last year at Crop Over time and was literally shocked at some of the behaviour I witnessed from the participants. I saw many women running over to men on the sidelines and gyrating on their laps, I saw many women dancing with their behinds way out against a man’s genitals. I saw women bent over with another woman gyrating on her behind.  Continue reading

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Office etiquette: Is it wrong for me to say, “Wow… Nice tits!” ???

Boys will be boys – especially if the girls encourage them.

by Nevermind Kurt (apparently under the influence of a stiff shot of rum. – Marcus)

Does it matter? Is the President of the Barbados National Council for Parent Teacher Associations being unreasonable in her observations?

The president of this country’s National Council for Parent Teacher Associations (NCPTA) is calling for the licence of the Wadadah Cultural Club to be revoked, to prevent the annual Back2School fete from being staged every Crop Over festival.

Rhonda Blackman told the WEEKEND NATION yesterday that she still had “grave issues” with the staging of the event, since it not only promoted misuse and defacing of school uniforms, but sent a horrible message to Barbadian youth regarding respect for those uniforms, as well as a mixed message regarding their behaviour.

… from the Nation article Wadadah under heavy criticism

My friends remember that two years ago at work I was savaged by management, torn to pieces really, because I had the audacity to get caught looking at some very nice cleavage sported by the woman in the next office over. I was cautioned about my ‘roving eyes’ and sexism. The bosses didn’t like my humorous response that maybe I should craft my pants to show an inch or two of the python – just a hint – for the sake of fashion. I’m so damned confused at work I don’t even want to say hello anymore to anyone wearing a skirt and that includes the 54 year old division manager.

Girls, if you want to let it hang out – expect me to stare. And don’t be surprised if nothing gets done during the weekly strategy session: you wave that thing at me and I have other strategies on my mind. That’s the way the good Lord made me.

I’m a man.

Nevermind Kurt

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Without foreign technicians, Arab countries would revert to camels

Again I ask: Why can’t I hire a good plumber in Barbados?

by Robert

Long time BFP readers know that I (Robert) sometimes disappear for a few weeks or a month or two because I am what used to be called a “journeyman A&P” – in short, an aircraft mechanic for hire. (Aviation professionals around the world will cringe reading the word “mechanic” but I’m writing for a non-aviation audience and the gentlemen will understand I’m sure.)

There was a time when I made my living flying second and third seats on clapped out 727’s delivering cargo anywhere anytime but those days are past. Thank God I had my A/P, 727 and P&W tickets to fall back on because so many front office crew from that time (late 90’s) ended up selling life insurance or stocking shelves at the inlaws’ family fruit and veggie market. (No offense, but our old friend and Twotter pilot Jim Lynch is just one example of the industry carnage.)

I’ve done my share of work in the Middle East because it is lucrative – though stifling, boring and more than absurd in some respects. Try passing a tool or a part to an Arab with your left hand and see what happens. No wonder the Arabs are generally useless on the tarmac.

It’s a cultural thing, not racial, and anyone who’s worked in the Middle East knows about it. The Arabs are sitting on the bulk of the world’s oil, but if they didn’t hire outsiders to change the engine oil in their own equipment, every Arab Mercedes and Airbus would die within a year.

An old friend sent me this story because we’ve both “eaten sand” (worked the Middle East) – but as I read it I felt more and more uncomfortable. I’d never thought of certain similarities between the Middle East and another place, but as I read this piece I had to think about why I can’t hire a decent plumber in Barbados.

Maybe I’m carrying on because I’ve had a smash or two of Jack’s, but there’s just something eerily familiar about this article from Strategy Page. See if you can pick up on it.

Friends, you should go to Strategy Page to read the article, but just in case it goes down like the Nation, we’ll be reprinting it in full here.

Why Arabs Need Their Foreign Mercenaries

Saudi Arabia recently bought 72 Typhoon jet fighters from Britain. The manufacturer, BAE Systems, is energetically recruiting qualified maintenance personnel to keep these aircraft flying. Few Saudis will be recruited, most of these technicians will come from the West. Why is that? Continue reading

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Karl Watson: Does Rihanna’s poor white ancestry have any meaning for her?

Growing up poor and white in 1950’s Barbados

“I often wonder whether Rihanna… ever thinks of or knows anything of her poor white ancestry, their specific role in Barbadian history, their heritage…and if it has any meaning at all for her.”

by Karl Watson

As in everything, the situation at the Yacht Club and Aquatic Club was more complex than it seems on the surface of a compartmentalized black and white scenario. In the early 1950′s and 60′s, the Yacht Club was definitely white with an emphasis on expatriates and upper and upper middle class Barbadian whites.

“Those with the wrong pedigree or background were blackballed.”

The Aquatic Club was mostly white or whitish (i.e. individuals with about a ten to twenty percent Afro admixture that everybody knew about, as genealogies are/were pretty well know for that class) middle class Barbadian with a sprinkling of more obvious i.e.darker mixed race individuals, but also of a middle class back ground.

Working class whites were simply too poor to be admitted…it probably never occurred to them to think of applying for membership.

“So as others have pointed out, in the simplistic equation of poor black and rich white…the fate of the poor whites is often omitted.”

From my personal experience and though we were Bayland poor, my family was not of the poorest, being blond and blue eyed did not save us from being run off the Yacht Club beach in those days. Yes, we “white” children were forbidden to walk on the Yacht Club beach. We would swim to the Aquatic Club with other friends and hold on to the steps like every one else. I almost lost an ear when one day, I made the mistake of stepping on the bridge and was unceremoniously “jacked up” and marched to the entrance to the club and thrown out. You shouldn’t do something like that to a child, but it was done to me. Continue reading

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We really miss Rihanna, the girl we knew and prayed for

The Rolling Stone interview of our Barbados Ambassador for Culture and Youth is just terrible.

Rihanna’s hit single “S&M” is semi-autobiographical. “Being submissive in the bedroom is really fun,” she says. “You get to be a little lady, to have somebody be macho and in charge of your shit. That’s fun to me…I like to be spanked. Being tied up is fun. I like to keep it spontaneous. Sometimes whips and chains can be overly planned – you gotta stop, get the whip from the drawer downstairs. I’d rather have him use his hands.”

Sigh.

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Rihanna’s new video: banana sex, Perez Hilton on leash

Barbados Ambassador for Youth gives S&M lesson in her new video

We haven’t published much about Rihanna lately because we are a tad disappointed in the road she chose.

Isn’t it about time that, ever so quietly, Rihanna resigns as our Ambassador for Culture and Youth? Continue reading

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