For those of us who are baby boomers we have to agree with the concern voiced by PM Arthur regarding the now very popular bashment culture. The penchant of many of our youth nowadays to embrace all things which exist in the Jamaican dub and dancehall culture has finally become a threat to our society. Let there be no doubt that this sub-culture is negatively affecting our society, we can look to the minibus sector and the influence it continues to have on our school children, just ask any headmistress of a school in Barbados. These are the children who represent the future of our country!
Ok folks a boring preamble but here is where a practical example might illustrate the current plight of youth – and we want to focus on the youth, our future – and where we might potentially be headed if we would anticipate the social degradation which has already set-in.
On the Easter weekend just finished one of the most popular fetes in Barbados was held at a location popularly called “Lavaground”, the place was “bursting”. BU understands that this popular dub joint is located in the heart of the City on Lower Roebuck Street. To reflect the success of how an event like this would translate the door prize was a “Motor Cycle” which BU understands retails for approximately $3,000.00. It is interesting to note that the patrons at the fete reflected a cross section of the social spectrum with a concentration in the 17 to 25 age groups. An eye witness account at the dub fete last weekend speaks to drugs being openly peddled and used, but here is the punch line! Roebuck Street is a parallel street to Coleridge Street where the Police Headquarters is located! Perhaps our Commissioner of Police may want to address this issue when he gets some time.
“hot wuk”. A description of the dance is a female fanning her “privates” with her hand with an expression on her face which suggests she is in the final throes of ecstasy of some sexual act. BU welcomes an explanation of the dance and its relationship to enjoying oneself. More importantly is the mentality of young Barbadians that would participate in this activity on a weekly basis. How is this contributing to the moral decay of Barbados? BU sincerely believes that the invasion of the bad elements of this Jamaican dancehall culture which is a product of an illiterate segment of the population must be stopped NOW. It may seem to some that we are blaming the youts but really it must be our leaders, the politicians, the church, the social groups, all of the responsible adults in the community who need to fight back, it can be done if we work as a collective.
The old people do have a saying that follow pattern kill cadogan!