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St. Andrew MP George Payne delivers the height of hypocrisy about Sir Roy Trotman’s racism

“We cannot at this stage, with such a fragile economy, have individuals make statements to scare people away from Barbados”

Former BLP Minister of Tourism George Payne comments to The Nation about Sir Roy Trotman’s anti-Jew statements. (See BFP’s Barbados Knighted labour leader shows hatred against Jews)

Hotel owner Loveridge fired by Payne for not being sufficiently indigenous.

Correct us if we’re wrong folks, but isn’t this the same George Payne who while Minister of Tourism publicly dismissed Adrian Loveridge as the unanimously elected Chairman of the first Small Hotels Committee because he was not ‘sufficiently indigenous’?

Is Adrian Loveridge hanging about on the web today? Can he confirm our memories are accurate?

Further Reading

Please attend at The Nation to read the article, but we have to post it in full here because that paper has a record for changing and deleting news stories… Continue reading

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Elizabeth Thompson’s head explodes upon seeing Usain Bolt with a ‘snowbunny’

Racists cry Usain Bolt a traitor to his race: dates white woman.

How dare Usain Bolt date a Caucasian female in the modern Caribbean”

… Elizabeth Thompson, UN executive coordinator for the Rio+20 Conference didn’t really say that, but she and other racist members of her BLP government have made many similar racist statements before. Liz Thompson’s gut hatred of ‘Caucasian’ people is something that she has revealed on television and you can see the video on YouTube if you would like to judge for yourself. Click the links to read all about it!

“Out of all the girls on this island you pick a snowbunny”

Jamaican woman to Usain Bolt as quoted in the Daily Mail article Usain Bolt in race row as Jamaicans accuse him suffering from ‘white woman complex’ due to his fashion designer girlfriend

Island women everywhere were taken aback to see a photo of famed track star Usain Bolt kissing a white woman. Most were incredulous to learn that the world’s fastest man has been dating light skinned fashion designer Lubica Slovak for six months and the relationship is described as ‘very serious’.

Former Barbados Environment Minister Elizabeth Thompson has not commented on the Usain Bolt romance, but screaming could be heard coming from her flat in Rio de Janeiro where she is UN executive coordinator for the Rio+20 Conference to be held this June. Those who remember her dismissal of environmental activist Richard Goddard as being unworthy of consideration because he is “Caucasian” will understand Liz’s horrific reaction upon learning that Usain Bolt is in love with a white.

Reactions from other Barbados politicians came swiftly. Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur called Bolt “a negrocrat oreo“, while the former BLP Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke cautioned that the same group of “white, conservative, rich people” that he hates in Barbados probably arranged to tempt Bolt with a white woman. Clarke added that like Tiger Woods, Usain Bolt will probably come to his senses later.

The only positive comment came from Barbados labour leader Sir Roy Trottman, who is rumoured to have given his blessing to the pair, noting that labour approval could be withdrawn at any time if it was discovered that Miss Slovak was a Jew.

Meanwhile in other news, the European Union’s impending collapse continues to send shockwaves through Caribbean economies…

(For the truly stupid, yes, this piece contains some satire – and yes, that satire is rooted in truth.)

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Magistrate slams Director of Public Prosecutions for withdrawing manslaughter charge against Bjerkhamn

What part does race play in the community’s reaction to the Johan Bjerkhamn sentence?

In a highly unusual comment, Magistrate Barbara Cooke-Alleyne publicly criticized Barbados DPP Charles Leacock (photo above) for dropping the manslaughter charge against Johan Bjerkhamn in the accidental shooting death of his son.

“The loss of a child’s life in the manner herein accepted by all parties is serious enough to merit a custodial sentence, even if other relevant considerations lead the court to exercise its discretion not to order such,”

Magistrate Barbara Cooke-Alleyne in The Nation: Charge Regrets)

For the record, we at Barbados Free Press are no supporters of DPP Charles Leacock. In our opinion he should have been fired and gone to jail on two occasions unrelated to the Bjerkhamn case. Leacock is corrupt and has a record for abusing women and the law. (Read BFP’s Secret Withdrawal Of Bribery Charges Against Barbados Cop Stinks Of Corruption At The Highest Levels and Barbados Chief Prosecutor: Woman “provoked” her killer by refusing sex, therefore not murder.)

But in relation to the Bjerkhamn shooting, Leacock made the correct decision as we’ve stated in our post – BFP’s Opinion: No jail sentence necessary for Johan Bjerkhamn, but larger issues ignored

Bjerkhamn’s actions on the day his son died came nowhere near the test for manslaughter. He blew his own hand apart as he was handling the Glock pistol, with the bullet traveling on to kill his own 11 year old son after passing through his hand. Stupid? Yes. A moment’s carelessness that he will regret for the rest of his days? Yes. But manslaughter? Give it a rest. It’s not even close.

Coveted Christmas sentencing: Bjerkhamn’s case was adjourned to the coveted sentencing period of the few days before Christmas. This was a transparently manipulative technique to garner sympathy for the accused. It was unnecessary and on an emotional level almost made me want to see him thrown in jail just because we Bajans are tired of seeing the justice system played like a piano by the elites.

Race might have played a role – in the calls to have Bjerkhamn imprisoned.

Some of the reader comments here at BFP and elsewhere on the internet voice the opinion that the manslaughter charge was dropped because Bjerkhamn is white. When he originally left the island for medical treatment after the shooting there was widespread upset because some people, (including some BFP staff) believed he was given special treatment because of his status as a rich white elite.

Now that the facts of the case are fully out in the open in court, it is obvious that the death of 11 year old Luke Bjerkhamn involved one careless moment – probably only a second – with none of the history or other actions and intents necessary to justify manslaughter.

But some folks would love to see Bjerkhamn go to jail just for the pleasure of seeing a rich white elite behind bars. That, my friends, is a simple truth that is behind much of the ‘outrage’ over the reduced charges and sentencing. If you wanted to see Bjerkhamn in jail, look into your own heart and answer yourself truthfully… Did you just want to see one of them behind bars for a time?

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Barbados Member of Parliament: Rich whites not welcome

UPDATED: January 15, 2014

In the midst of our current economic crisis, one has to wonder how two decades of Bajan politicians’ hostile, xenophobic comments about whites, ‘curry boys’ (persons of Indian descent) and other foreigners have dried up offshore investment.

Politicians like Owen Arthur and Gline Clarke fanned racial intolerance whenever it was politically expedient, but the internet has made everything public and forever available. How much of our current financial and investment problems are the natural result of the money and tourists going to friendlier places?

Something to think about.

Here is the original article as first published August 24, 2011…

Barbados government should not deal with “Rich white boys”

contributed by “Former Barbados Tourist Mr. Kilkenny”

“Mister Speaker, I am appalled. I am really appalled that a government in two thousand and eleven would be dealing with a group of white, conservative, rich people.”

“If the member want me to withdraw ‘conservative’ I will withdraw it and substitute it with the word ‘rich’, I will substitute it with ‘a group of rich white boys’…”

MP Gline Clarke, former Minister of Public Works, expresses his disgust in Parliament that the current DLP government would do business with people of the white race.

No Concern in Barbados

The lack of news stories and comments on the internet say that very few Barbados persons are concerned about the outrageously racist statements in the Barbados Parliament by former Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke. There is precious little in the newspapers about what would be a “hanging offense” in the United Kingdom if an elected politician and representative of the people chastised the government for doing business with blacks or any other named race.  Continue reading

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Question for Taan Abed and DLP Executive: Any truth behind this cartoon?

Why did the DLP Executive Council overturn members’ choice of Taan Abed?

A little over a month ago at the DLP Christ Church West constituency’s candidate nomination meeting, Taan Abed won an overwhelming victory (86 to 5!) over lawyer Verla DePeiza.

The party leaders weren’t pleased that the constituency members soundly rejected the DLP’s anointed candidate, but that was no problem for the DLP leadership. The back-room boys stepped in and appointed DePeiza anyway. There. That showed those little nothing people who think they have a voice in Christ Church West!

So much for democracy and so much for process. What a sham. Typical political elites: If the rules or the law are inconvenient, or the outcome isn’t what the big-ups want – they just tell everyone to get stuffed and do what they like. Been that way ’bout this place for a long time, maybe four hundred years or so.

Why was Taan Abed’s selection overturned? Why did they bother to let him run in the first place if the whole selection process was a sham anyway? The party bosses were hoping that the constituency members would do the job for them, but when that didn’t work they stepped in.

Why was Taan Abed rejected by the DLP backroom?

Could it be that they know he is unelectable in Barbados because of his race?

Further Reading

Background story courtesy of Barbados Today: Dems drop Taan Abed

Please read the Barbados Today story at their website, but in case the story gets “accidentally” deleted as sometimes happens in Barbados, we’ll reprint the whole thing here. (We haven’t seen Barbados Today deleting a story for political reasons, but better safe than sorry etc. It happens all the time at the Nation and the Barbados Advocate.) Continue reading

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Cove Bay, The Three Sisters and the Barbados National Trust

The Barbados National Trust is toothless because that’s the way the politicians planned it

by Manjack

It is rather so easy and opportunistic to hurl brickbats at Karl Watson (photo above) and the Barbados National Trust (BNT). But we should be mature and politic enough to recognise that the Trust cobbled together by the late Ronald Tree, the Bajan political elite and their courtiers was never meant to be a quango of serious clout to protect Bajan heritage. The politicians meant it to be toothless. It was never to be an organisation to influence public policy on behalf of Bajans and help in the retention and care of the heritage our ancestors left us.

The trust was created no doubt with the best of intentions, but it is an insignificant sham. This is a truism that the BNT surely recognise.

Karl Watson and his worthy colleagues must by all accounts be given the highest respect for what they have been able to achieve over the past years despite the restrictions imposed upon them by the big belly third rate politricksters who populate the talking shop in Heroes Square.

With the active connivance of corrupt politicians, a dysfunctioning and incompetent Town Planning Department managed by Mark Cummings who should of been sacked and replaced years ago, we have been witness to the obscene destruction of the West Coast, demolition of slave huts, rich white property developers/landowners behaving in the most contemptuous manner eg (Bjorn Bjerkman building barricades and fencing off black families in Road View/St.Peter), and the Williams brothers exploitation and crass concreting of fertile lands. Continue reading

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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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