Tag Archives: Racial Issues

The Silver People Chronicle: The Right To Be Different

“Not him, you can’t pair off with him. He is ugly!” they said to one little girl. They didn’t realize that they had just marred the innocence of a little Spanish girl who we were growing up with. We were the only pair of black kids and whom she had known since her family moved from the hinterlands of the interior.

Roberto Reid Tells Of West Indian Children Growing Up In Panama

During this week of the Inauguration of the first non-white President of the United States of America, Barbados Free Press continues to focus on the issue of race. Our friend Roberto Reid created The Silver People Chronicle – a wonderful blog about the West Indian people of Panama and their fascinating journey through Central America beginning with their arrival in Panama. Follow them as they arrived to work on the construction of the legendary Panama Railroad and, later on, the Panama Canal. Discover how they overcame death, disease, labor struggles and the tribulations of immigration.

Roberto’s posting today is a good introduction to the hours of reading and historical accounts you will find at his blog…

The Silver People Chronicle: A Right To Be Different


Filed under Barack Obama, Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, History, Human Rights, Panama, Race

Barbados Connection To Famed Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airman Lee Archer At Gathering Of Mustangs, Ohio 2007

Tuskegee Airman Lee Archer At Gathering Of Mustangs, Ohio 2007

In 2007 I had the high honour of meeting briefly with retired Lt. Colonel Lee Archer at an airshow in the United States. Lee Archer is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen – the first black US combat pilots who flew in World War II. That was my second meeting with Lt. Colonel Archer. The first happened some ten years earlier at the world’s largest fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

For all my enthusiasm about aviation and aviation history, until I read a story yesterday at Ian Bourne’s blog (The Bajan Reporter), I never knew that one of the Tuskegee Airmen was from Barbados. Colonel Fitzroy “Buck” Newsum was born in Barbados and at the age of ten saw his first airplane and decided that he was going to be a pilot.

Ian has the full story at his blog and the big story which is that the remaining Tuskegee Airmen have been invited by Barack Obama to witness the Inauguration of the first black President of the United States of America.

A Special Treat For All Those Aviation Enthusiasts Out There

When I write these aviation articles for Barbados Free Press, I have to be ever so careful to avoid giving too many details because it wouldn’t do to have anyone identify one of the editors of this blog. I may be taking a little chance with the following, but looking back at who was with me at the time and the ten years or so that have passed since I had a need for this item – I think I’m alright to share this with you.

Besides, there is a part of me that wants to twist the nose of some of the folks who are desperate to know who writes Barbados Free Press.

So here you go folks. I’d wager everything I own that there is not another pilot on this island besides yours truly who has ever had a need for the following item – that still resides in my old flightbag. I was privileged to have actually used this item a few times during the summer of 1997. Click on the thumbnails to see the full-size photos…




Filed under Aviation, Barbados, History, Human Rights, Military, Race