A Heather Cole Article – Canepiece to Cask: Stories from Nicholas Abbey Must be Stopped!

Heather Cole

Open Letter to:
The Director, Tourism Product Authority
The Director, National Cultural Foundation
The Chief Labour Officer

Dear Sirs,

RE: Cane Piece to Cask: Stories from Nicholas Abbey

It is February and it is Black History month. It is the month when black people celebrate the little that we know of Africa, the persons who have paved the way for the rights that we enjoy today and the dignity of our people.

I was therefore horrified when I read an article which was carried in both local newspapers on the 8th of February, 2018. In Barbados Today the title was “From Canepiece to Cask” while in the Nation Newspaper the title was ‘Hard Life on Plantation.’ Both articles were with regards to a production of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority in association with the National Cultural Foundation. The production was entitled “Cane Piece to Cask: Stories from Nicholas Abbey.” In the production, several individuals are cast as slaves.

Quoting Barbados Today, the Director of the skit Allison Sealy Smith said the purpose of the re-enactment was “to tell the story of plantation life through the slave’s perspective.” It may have been cute because I was not there to see it but based on the debauchery recorded in the history books; this was nothing more than a distortion of the truth.

In 2016 one Elizabeth Dolson in Brazil had the same brilliant idea of using persons employed as slaves on a plantation in Brazil and it was a tourist attraction.

Just imagine that Barbados is re-opening the gates of hell to descend on us just as it did to our ancestors. Slavery was not pretty. That skit can never repaint it in another colour. It was cruelty to blacks beyond measure and stripped them of their dignity. The slaves were abused, tortured, ravished and worked to death from morning till night on the sugar plantations and lived under conditions not fit for human habitation.

How can we find the sorrowful plight of our ancestors entertaining? Something has to be fundamentally and psychologically wrong if we are going to parade our people under the word “slave” to get a tourist dollar. It is dehumanizing. The entire idea of this is so offensive. It is an affront to every black Barbadian. It was a painful part of our history and no one should be so insensitive as to try to bring it back to life. Some may wish to glory in that former heyday but it no longer has a place in modern Barbados as we are all equal under the law. There are no masters and no slaves.

What is bothersome about this skit is that apart from distorting history it is normalizing slavery and is repackaging it as culture. It is nothing more than labour exploitation disguised. If it is not halted now, it will take root and we may very well find ourselves in a situation similar to Brazil where persons are hired to act as slaves for their employment at a local plantation to the whims and fantasies of the tourist. Slavery was abolished by the Emancipation Act of 1834. It is therefore illegal for anyone to work as a slave; skit or otherwise in Barbados. Does the Chief Labour Officer know that persons were hired to play the roles as slaves?

I am therefore seeking to have the production halted and never again be enacted in Barbados. It is disturbing on so many levels.

Sincerely,

Heather Cole

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242 Comments on “A Heather Cole Article – Canepiece to Cask: Stories from Nicholas Abbey Must be Stopped!”

  1. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service February 16, 2018 at 6:53 PM #

    Liesalot…you have no power…only lies.

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  2. Georgie Porgie February 16, 2018 at 6:55 PM #

    Q. Let’s see now, who was the President under whose watch the Russian interference was happening?
    A. SHITBAMA THE OBAMA-NATION! ah lie?

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  3. Georgie Porgie February 16, 2018 at 7:09 PM #

    de donald just gone de road………..muller running he dung! run donald run ……dont let muller katch ya boy. murdah ma belly a hut meh

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  4. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service February 16, 2018 at 7:10 PM #

    Keep parroting retarded Liesalot…oh ah fforgot, you are one of 2 of his slaves..lol

    Stable Genius…yall are some real geriatrics, how quickly ya forget…Obama deported over 100 diplomats and prompted the still ongong investigation, which as resulted in:

    “Trump Accidentally Admits Russia Investigation Isn’t A Hoax During Meltdown Over Mueller Indictments

    February 16, 2018

    Trump Accidentally Admits Russia Investigation Isn’t A Hoax During Meltdown Over Mueller Indictments

    Until now, Donald Trump has always referred to the Russia investigation as a ‘hoax’ but sh*t got real when dozens of indictments were handed down on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller. 13 Russians and 3 groups were among those indicted. Previously, Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mueller; former foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos (guilty, and also cooperating), former campaign aide Rick Gates (who is negotiating a plea deal), and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort were all also indicted.

    That’s quite a list, and Mueller’s team of investigators has not yet finished its probe into whether members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to disrupt and influence the 2016 presidential election. According to a source, the investigation will likely take months.”

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  5. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service February 17, 2018 at 4:59 AM #

    Maybe Mueller needs to put Liesalot and GP in handcuffs too to finally make it all turn just as real for them,…lol

    How is demonizing Obama working out for yall now, yall followers of evil.

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  6. John February 17, 2018 at 8:04 AM #

    You must listen to Rush Limbaugh yesterday to appreciate the comedy of the indictments!!

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  7. Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service February 17, 2018 at 8:07 AM #

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/owners-business-sold-gun-nikolas-cruz-shutter-shop-article-1.3825134

    if only that Obama law had not been reversed.

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  8. John February 17, 2018 at 8:19 AM #

    Listen to Rush Limbaugh on that fallacy!!!!

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  9. John February 17, 2018 at 8:20 AM #

    Here is Obama’s legacy, the destruction of the Democratic Party.

    Now it has to be rebuilt!!

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  10. John February 17, 2018 at 8:25 AM #

    RUSH: The special counsel, in breaking news, has indicted 16 Russians. I didn’t know there were any Russians in this scandal. We have this Russian-collusion scandal; I didn’t know there were any. Mueller has indicted 16 of them for “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton.” What the heck is that? I’ve never heard of anything like this. How can it be a crime to disparage Hillary and support Trump if you’re Russians? Supporting…? Well, they’ve been indicted for interference, but it’s not detailed how.

    It’s a Grand Jury thing. It’s a ham-sandwich indictment, and that’s just pretty much all we have on it right now. “The special counsel’s office said today a federal grand jury indicted 16 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The indictments say that the defendants allegedly, by early to mid-2016, were supporting the presidential campaign of then candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton.”

    Have you ever…? (laughing) They get indicted for this? I know there has to be more to this. But of all the things that were forecast and predicted that Mueller might do, I don’t remember anybody ever predicting that Russians would be indicted. We don’t have any names yet. I wonder if they’re some of the Russians that lied to Christopher Steele about his dossier. If you indict the Russians, how do you not indict Steele? You know what this sounds like to me, it sounds like this is as close as they can get to implicating Trump. “Here are some Russians! We found the Russians working to elect Trump.

    “They committed offenses and we’re indicting them.” No evidence that they work with Trump, but that’s not going to matter. If “no more guns” works to advance a political agenda, well this can easily be converted. (interruption) No, they’re not going to… (laughing) Snerdley asked if they’re going to depose Putin, give Putin a subpoena. “An announcement from Mueller’s office said that the government accuses all the defendants of conspiracy to defraud the United States.”

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  11. John February 17, 2018 at 9:44 AM #

    Mueller can’t bail without indicting someone!!!

    …. anyone, for anything!!!

    Too much money and time spent!!

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  12. Theophilius Gazerts Snr. February 17, 2018 at 9:58 AM #

    @John
    What search terms does a Bajan white use to find Rush? Racist white-talk show host?

    I think you’ll love this Rush quote (stick quaker somewhere in it and make it your own)

    “I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.”

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  13. Theophilius Gazerts Snr. February 17, 2018 at 9:59 AM #

    @John
    I saw one of your pelaus on FB. Seems as if he had a conversion and accepted his blackness…

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  14. Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service February 17, 2018 at 10:07 AM #

    really inspiring rants from a little killer racist, he sounds just like Liesalot,.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/nikolas-cruz-younger-brother-committed-psych-facility-article-1.3826321

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  15. Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service February 17, 2018 at 10:23 AM #

    racist rants about minorities gays and women who date outside their race and wanting to keep black people in chains, does that sound familiar..

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-high-school-shooter-shared-desire-kill-group-chat-article-1.3826093

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  16. Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service February 17, 2018 at 10:30 AM #

    lol…just look how great it all is now.

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  17. John February 18, 2018 at 6:12 PM #

    Theophilius Gazerts Snr. February 17, 2018 at 9:58 AM #
    @John
    What search terms does a Bajan white use to find Rush? Racist white-talk show host?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    All you need to search on is “right 99.8% of the time”

    That about says it!!

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