Bajan Black Lives Then and Now

Submitted by Roslyn Stanherd

The fervent tone of most of the panellists supporting the removal of Lord Nelson’s statute on the Sunday July 12, 2020 programme, ‘The Peoples Business’ muted that of the sole panellist against its removal.  There was a lot of emotion, stated positions but no balance view on why the statute should be removed.  Research was necessary to determine fact from fiction and emotion from material evidence.

Lord Nelson shared via his writings, his ‘old-school’ views of a profitable British colonial system dependent on the slave trade, i.e., supporting money for the plantation owners and death for thousands of slaves.  Production was of prime importance to plantation owners who had mortgages to pay. The common practice therefore was for slave owners to deliberately work slaves to death via overwork, poor nutrition, poor work conditions, brutality, and disease simply because it was cheaper to replace slaves every 7 years than to feed them properly.  The high death rate among the Barbados slave population in the 1770s is evidenced by the annual importation of the 5,000 slaves necessary to increase the population by 700 per year. Therefore, slave owners by their actions bring into question the validity of the contention that Lord Nelson’s sinking of ships carrying food including bread fruit to the islands caused the death of thousands of slaves.  Sugar cane was a land intensive crop that required plantations used most of the arable land. With few exceptions, slaves were only allowed to cultivate food crops on rubble land but were granted limited time to do so. Owners did import costly foodstuff but they rationed these with a stingy hand. It was the Amelioration Act of 1798 which forced planters to improve conditions for slaves.

Yes, he spoke of his support for slave owners and the slave trade but was Lord Nelson overtly or privately racist.  Evidence suggests otherwise. He helped secure the release of slaves, hired ex slaves, paid them well and supported the idea that plantation slaves should be replaced by freed, paid industrious Chinese workers.

Finally, his success at the Battle of Trafalgar created the conditions that supported the British abolitionists.  Now in control of the seas, the British adhered to the abolition of slavery capturing 1600 slave ships and freeing around 150,000 slaves.

Whether we choose to learn our full history or err on the side of emotion is left to us.

The Sunday Nation of July 12, 2020 article ‘Black Lives in the Spotlight’ by Colville Mounsey addressed realities centred around the position “that elements of our historical starting points still shape the Barbadian economic power structure’.  This balanced article provided a contra position that was interesting, in that it might remind one of the American constitution which informs that all men are created equal, yet generations of blacks continue to be marginalized. The article is worth the read.

From my Barbados experience, though black business people had limited experience running businesses, they all had good ideas.  Unfortunately, they were naive always expecting business to be good and never planning for worst case scenarios.  Their mindsets prevented them from being responsive to situations which hampered businesses growth and development. In addition, money to cover business lags was not every easily accessible and most of them failed.

Retail banks and credit unions are usually wary of startups. Most of the local companies once providing funding to businesses as well as offering much needed advice and guidance are no longer in operation. A business plan along with collateral security are prerequisites for obtaining loans but whites and Indians have the option of obtaining financial handouts and other material support from family and friends something that is a rarity for blacks. In addition, the long preparatory process inclusive of financial assessment  can open doors for ideas to be subtly and overtly sabotaged.

Even at the end of a successful black businessman life cycle there is generally no succession plan for the handover of the business to a competent offspring. A failed black business most often means a loss of property/ies with black people poorer for it. Successful black businessmen also fail on a macro level in that they do not transfer key business information and knowledge via offers of support and guidance to start ups.

Then there’s this; the A students work for private enterprise, the B students for Government and the C for themselves, with the later typically starting at an early age.  There is no need to guess the categories preferred by black people.

My response is not analytical because there’s little evidence to support the perceptions and questions raised by those who doubt that black businesses are disadvantaged.  It is an area that should be investigated/researched.  Meanwhile, successful black businessmen should develop strategies to offer support to startup businesses.

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  • Bailout concern
    Government’s $20m small business package undersubscribed
    by COLVILLE MOUNSEY THREE MONTHS after Government unveiled its $20 million bailout package for small businesses, only five per cent has been accessed thus far.
    According to president of the Small Business Association (SBA), Wayne Willock, the development is troubling, as it indicates that many people have not regularised their businesses, a criterion for access to the fund designated to bolster small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Willock told the DAILY NATION that with 7 500 small businesses operating in the country, many of which would undoubtedly have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the first drawdown of $10 million to Fund Access should have been long gone. He made it clear that it was not a case of demand for assistance not being urgent, but rather a case of people not qualifying because they were not up to date with the various regulatory bodies.
    “I can tell you that of the $10 million that was forwarded to the Fund Access, only one million has been accessed. This says to me that a lot of the businesses do not have their papers in order. This is not good at all, and I was shocked to hear that small number, given the fact
    that the need is so pressing out there. That is $9 million just there sitting down to help persons get moving, but it seems as if persons don’t want to help themselves,” Willock said.
    Only $1 million used
    He added: “We have about 7 500 small businesses and if each of them were to access the fund, that $10 million will go in a hurry, so it is difficult to fathom why only $1 million has been used up.”
    To access the $20 million stimulus approved by Parliament at the beginning of May, small businesses must be members of the SBA, present a National Insurance Scheme (NIS) certificate and have a TAMIS number. The SBA president revealed that from his association’s end, a decision was taken to waive membership fees, which would allow people to join the regulatory and advocacy body much more easily.
    “If your business is not properly constituted, and you don’t have your stuff in order, then you are going to run into difficulty, and it is worrying to me that a lot of businesses are not properly registered. We have put plans in place to change up things a bit with regards to fees in order to level the playing field, so people don’t have to be worried about that part. As a matter of fact, at the last May Day, we gave the okay for 90 new businesses in order to access the very same stimulus package,” he explained.
    Willock contended that TAMIS, which was introduced in 2018 to create a single window for Government revenue, including Value Added Tax, has been in operation long enough for businesses to be up to speed on the system. He also revealed his suspicion that the greatest challenge has come from the NIS certificate.
    “You have to get that NIS certificate and you must have a TAMIS number.
    TAMIS numbers were being facilitated for about two years now, so persons really should have those in place by now. However, the NIS certificate is a different story altogether because if you don’t pay NIS as a self-employed person or you are not paying NIS on behalf of your employees, you have a serious problem. It means persons can’t go forward with anything because they are not properly structured,” he said, noting that the SBA has conducted seminars over the years to help owners with the requisite processes.
    “We have always had business start-up seminars to train persons on all of the things that they need to have in order. We have also been conducting training in accounting using QuickBooks packages, so that persons are in a position to track their VAT. So, there is no shortage of training because we have been providing it over the years,” Willock said.

    Source: Nation Newspaper

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  • It was heartening to read Colville Mounsey article on Government’s small business package but disappointing to know it’s not been taken up by businesses. Again it shows the gap between the possible and reality. The agency knows the issues; the challenge re a Tamis number and the kicker NIS certification but there’s no indication of the strategies put in place to assist the 7500 businesses in resolving their issues. Typical of similar type companies that folded, this agency has ignored the culture issue & just focused on theoretical solutions.

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  • William Skinner

    Classic case of cart before the horse. What is needed is a small business education Centre where those interested in opening a business can be exposed to all relevant information in a business oriented environment.
    It makes no sense saying you have funds to assist but those in the most need cannot qualify to assess the funds. The first step should be to assist in making them qualified . Rather than put political hacks , some of whom don’t have the slightest knowledge of what they are doing, we should seek retired business persons , bankers, accountants etc and beg them to give freely via volunteering.
    All we do is spin top in mud. All types of square pegs in round holes running things . Same old crap.

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  • @ William

    Isn’t there a small business unit in the civil service? I once had a meeting with them in Warren. Have they got rid of it?

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  • Dont mind that liar. Small businesses would love to access the money but they have been there before and know it’s just a scam to get into their business to oppress and suppress their growth while stealing the most progressive ones for their criminal partners in the private sector. That money will just sit there. Neither toxic corrupt government has ever done anything to build up Black businesses on the island, they have always gone out of their way and the extra mile to tear them down. This government is no different and many small business owners know this. The last successful business they tore down was a Black female with a successful chain of shops.

    The negrorats in the parliament and their fowl slave agents would tell any lie to demonize black people.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    I am confused. What issue are we debating in this blog?

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  • And before the ignorant fowl slaves jump out, i have done business in Barbados and know very well what the trash governments and the thieves in the private sector do to destroy Black businesses when they deem them too successful…just to get their hands on them..

    a really good example Neville’s Trimart business, he needed a loan, the rest is history..

    It was made very clear in the document to remove nelson that the statue DID NOT QUALIFY for any hero status….in their National Heros Square and Gallery…that was over 20 years ago the committee am sure they paid a washpan of taxpayer’s money had decided…

    Theo ..i don’t know if that is the part you said was missing, the first 4 paragraphs, i only got the end sentence of the 4th…but all the others up to page 10 are intact..i will start with the 5th and post an excerpt every day..

    Suggestions for the relocation of nelson
    5.1 The Committee proceeded to proceeded to consider the suggestions received for possible new home for nelson..
    5.2
    Embedded in the 81 oral and written submissions received by the committee and in the newspaper reports were 24 CONCRETE suggestions for the statue. These were as follows:

    the east coast of Barbados, backing Barbados and facing England…..slaves will be slaves.

    the Barbados Museum and Historical Society

    the Pierhead in Bridgetown

    Trevor’s Way in Bridgetown

    Nelson Street in Bridgetown…scum got a street a street in his blighted name that remains dilapidated and disgusting with curse till this day and everyone still wonders why

    Piccadilly Square London England

    The Vicinity of the Drill Hall, Garrison, St. Michael

    The Vicinity of Carlisle Car Park, Bridgetown

    The Court Yard of Parliament Building, Bridgetown….which needs removing too a damn cursed building am sure with a bunch of racist, enslaver dead demons running around creating total mischief as they have for centuries.

    Glenburnie, St. John

    The “backwoods” of St. George

    A platform in the sea off Port Charles. St. Peter…yes the as*holes stuck their mouths in still trying to give a racist prominence on the island while they rob the treasury, pension fund and the people of all their land.

    Millenium Heights, St. Thomas…

    Glenburnie, St.John

    Shirley Heights, overlooking Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigue…Shirley Heights was where the colonials who still kept shrunken heads of African slaves who were murdered lived, am still sensing that they shrunk the heads of African Antiguans right in that dockyard..

    The old Naval Dockyard, Mobil Park , near Pebbles Beach, St. Michael

    A platform out to sea at Carlisle Bay

    A platform out to see off Speightstown…every decision was designed to promote this stinking murderer and genocidal maniac who killed African slaves in slaves in the Caribbean with his poisonous hatred, every decision meant to give this savage animal prominence over the descendants of African slaves and their descendants.

    The Ermie Bourne highway, off St. Andrew

    The Area of land south of the Main Guard, Garrison, St. Michael

    The site of the Harbor Police Station, Bridgetown, St. Michael, is that not the site where they grabbed the land to build another blighted protrusion in the form of another racist hotel..

    The proposed site of the Maritime Museum planned for the Port Willoughby site, Bridgetown , is that one another racist and killer of slaves, was the maritime museum ever built or was the money stolen and sitting in one off those offshore accounts in US, the other islands or in Switzerland…

    The courtyard of the british high commission…

    The “Queen’s Park” Bridgetown, so how did cousin Elizabeth still get ownership of that park, does she send money to maintain it or is it not maintained by Black Bajan taxpayer’s…..yall useless goddamn slaves…

    So what does Mia need any consultation for again,why does she need to spend taxpayer’s money again, why is she still acting as though they do not know what to do with that statue as the Johnnie of the parliament said when it is clearly outlined in the report where it should go including to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua and overlooking Shirley Heights and back to UK where they piece of shit belongs… …to be cont’d

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  • @Vincent

    The blogmaster is not the author. What is your takeaway from the submission?

    Tne point being made is that an effort is needed for Black people to strip away emotionalism from the argument of race if we are to be successful. we have a large informal small business sector that by definition is unable to access financial benefits.

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  • Why is it disappointing? We know small business operators avoid class room/educational sessions like the plague. We have the experience of the SBA trying to mobilize small operators.

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  • Let us take this opportunity to disagree with Sir William and and the whole ‘small business’ architecture as presently structured.

    For we have seen over the last 70 years that the organizing principles of the society can only, at best, force the so-called ‘small business’ sector to remain small in perpetuity.

    At worst, act as a cypher to give the impression that there is a place for people without resources to operate in business. Even when we have successful small enterprises which break through like a tool hire company opposite the QEH, opened by a man who returned from the UK with this novel idea, for Barbados, this success over many years finally attracted the dirty look of Bizzy Williams.

    William entered the scene with massive resources and relationships with an American manufacture thereby radically altering market conditions through price determination. It would be unsurprising if this former successful entrepreneur is not out of business today.

    All institutional attempts to encourage a small business sector in Barbados have led to abject failure. The above only deals with competitive conditions but all other analytical environments point in the same direction.

    For Black people or ‘small business’ people to achieve enduring success in Barbados we must start is a radical land reform. Then we have to organize our politics where it would be impossible for any parliament, government minister, senior civil servant or foreigner to bribe their way to monopolistic or oligopolistic control.

    In essence, what we are saying is that the time for thinking about micro-business is over. That Blacks have to organize large corporations in order to control whole industries and the commanding heights in this society.
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  • The SBA is not worth the time…apparently Barbados is the only country in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD…where they set up these operations like SBA which is decades old by now…and yet…they cannot say that because of their guidance Black businesses are LEADING the economy in a majority black country or have grown into corporate entities…..

    Some people i know in other jurisdications… have done 6 and 8 month courses in being competent business people…and within 3 years after start up, their businesses are a total success with profits…so something is wrong, the small mindedness….and politics, which party ya voted for and if that’s the party in power now….small island, small minds…dictates if your business will grow or not…

    population size is also a factor on small islands, but, in larger countries it does not take much time to start up and drive a business to success….because you do not get political interference or minority cockroaches hiding in the dark to sabotage and tief what’s not theirs…..so there is free enterprises..with the available populations/markets to make it all a success..

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  • Barbadians seem to lack the entrepreneurial dynamism we observe in Jamaicans and others in the region.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    Thanks for removing some of my confusion.
    WRT small businesses and black business. The GoB ,managed by both political parties, put in place many SOEs to assist business development. Some took the baton,ran with it and won the race.
    Other black businesses were disadvantaged by both the Public Sector and other fellow business colleagues. That is part and parcel of the Mixed Economy Model that we practise. Those who persevered and avoided the traps survived. Others trusted those they ought not to have trusted and failed. That is the nature of free enterprise. The bottom line is risk and profit.
    The racial barrier is not supported by objective evidence. The Financial sector has been managed by blacks for over 40 years. Banks still have to be managed according to proven methods. They are not welfare entities.

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  • Separately

    People should stop talking about Black Lives Matter, as an organization.

    For this is no more that a newer model of the NAACP as formed by the same people, with agendas, which have nothing to do with Afrikan peoples.

    It is instructive that four Obamaesque gay Black women could register a hashtag in 2015 or 2016, turn up with 2 other White women at a demonstration where other groups were in massive numbers and all of a sudden become the darlings of the media whores.

    Now, they getting money from Mercedes Benz and a whole list of corporations. Why would that be? Think!

    Black Lives Matter, as an organization, and as seen on their website, is centrally committed to the destruction of the family structure as we have known it.

    And that is inimical to all African peoples

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  • Pacha…thanks, just saw your contribution…

    these liars in parliament have no shame….

    they refuse to release the marijuana, gave up acres of plantation land up in St. George and St. Thomas building marijuana slave plantations, and guess who are the slave masters..

    …boasting about 9 million dollars to be accessed for start up or ongoing business people…always describing their own people AS SMALL…

    …got their liars telling Black Bajans that it will cost $400,000 dollars to get a marijuana business off the ground, everyone is AMAZED AT THAT BRAZEN LIE….and that the licenses are PRICED TOO HIGH FOR THEM…like they forgot that they are the ones priced the licenses out of reach of the average business person….

    see where am going with this…

    but they want the same people with the marijuana experience to give the information up to them for free with a FALSE PROMISE that they will CONSIDER personal use…or indigenous use…

    it will never occur to them to take 5 million of that 10 million and give those with the experience in growing marijuana the means to build successful businesses in that BROAD INVESTMENT AREA and help themselves, they just want to continue to reduce the population to slaves working under racists…

    so if government is doing that with a plant they criminalized their own people for decades AND STILL ARE…what do you think they have done with the same people who tried for decades to build traditional businesses….well, it’s the same sabotage to impress, support and promote crooked minorities…

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  • BLM should be disbanded, it’s doing more harm than good, most of the members want fame and attention, nothing permanent.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Pacha
    I can find no argument with your submission. My response was primarily to the nonsense about people can’t assess money because they don’t have their act together. This is really an excuse for keeping them from the funds. A kind of deception.
    You and I have always been on the same side of radical land reform.

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  • And that’s another part of the problem today…not everyone need to go in a class room to start up and operate a successful business…slaves after getting their freedom (slaves were not allowed education) or their descendants managed very successful businesses for decades and passed it on to their children and grand children. This myth that you need some kinda paper or degree to run a successful business in pure nonsense… at least one of these black owned banks are still operational today from the 1800s.

    you need commonsense, more so than book nonsense.

    it is critical that the covetous cows, bizzys, bjerkhams and maloneys be PERMANENTLY BARRED from Black people’s business in the treasury, pension fund and loans taken in the people’s names, or these parasites will never stop their destructive sabotage and thefts from the people….they will continue to bribe the black faces in the parliament to sabotage black businesses..

    “After the demise of Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company, it would take 14 years for African Americans to rally behind another bank. The first bank organized and operated by African Americans was Capital Savings Bank in Washington, D.C. Just four years after it opened, its deposits had grown to over $300,000.”

    Capital Savings Bank provided the capital essential to the growth of black businesses, capital that white-owned banks were unwilling to lend. The community proudly deposited its money in Capital Savings Bank. The public’s confidence in Capital was rock solid in the early days, enabling the bank to exert a strong, positive economic impact on the community it served. During the Panic of 1893, the bank rode out the tide and was able to honor every obligation on demand. Capital Savings Bank helped many African-American businesses and property owners until it closed in 1902.

    “Image courtesy Virginia Historical Society. The Savings Bank of the Grand Fountain United Order of True Reformers in Richmond, Virginia was the first bank owned by African Americans in the United States. It was founded on March 2, 1888 by Reverend William Washington Browne and opened on April 3, 1889. Although the True Reformers bank was the first black-owned bank chartered in the United States, the Capitol Savings Bank of Washington, D.C. was the first to actually open on October 17, 1888

    Born in 1849, Browne was a former Georgia slave who escaped joined the Union Army in the North. After the Civil War, he founded the Grand Fountain United Order of True Reformers, a black fraternal organization. In 1887 when Browne visited Charlotte County, Virginia to establish a local branch of the True Reformers, he encountered problems. The branch arranged to keep its savings with a white shopkeeper in the county, but with racial tensions high after an 1887 lynching, the shopkeeper told other white residents that local blacks were organizing and raising funds, and the branch was forced to disband. Browne decided the True Reformers would have to found and run a bank itself so that its finances could not be monitored by whites.”

    don’t care how successful you are, if their are nasty minded covetous people like Bizzy et al who believe they should own everything in Barbados, you are going nowhere…the same black people in charge of the economy and business decisions…will sell you out…because that is what they do..

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  • Sir William

    We agree with you too! Bureaucratic nonsense deployed to not distribute.

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  • @WURA-War-on-UJuly 14, 2020 9:20 AM
    WURA has a point when he talked about the theft of ideas. Shortly before I joined the Barbados development Bank (BDB) a fellow made application for a loan to develop a project and it was turned down. Whilst at the BDB, a project very similar to the one which had been turned was re-submitted by persons of a different hue. The originator of the idea approached the then Chief Agricultural officer (Dr. Lionel Smith) and complained about the matter. Lionel gave me a call about the matter. I told him that I was unaware of the previous application and that I would check out the matter, I made a check and discovered that there was little difference in content of the two applicants’ submissions. The project analyst who had the post that I took up was of the same hue as the second applicant and had apparently urged the second applicant to apply for the loan as every thing would be honky-dory. Between Lionel and myself ,purely on technical grounds the project was turned down.
    This brings me to another point which throws a lot of light on how this society works. When i was in my final year as an agricultural science student (1971), my dad sent me a newspaper article on the National Development Scholarships for Vet. Science. I was at first not very interested since i was majoring in soil science ,food processing and agronomy. I showed the article to Stephen St. John ( Barbadian white) who was doing the animal option. He had not known about the scholarships and said that he was going to apply. He persuaded me to apply. I did so and posted both( his and mine) applications on a Friday afternoon from the Post office on campus. We both graduated and Stephen would phone to ask if I had heard anything. One day, Stephen called to say that he had received the scholarship and he inquired what was my situation. Told him I had not heard anything and that I would check with the Ministry of Education. I went to the Ministry of Education and met with Rev. Harold Tudor. He started to give me the run around so I cut to the chase and told to stop bsing. That I had personally posted the two applications from the Post office on the St. Augustine Campus and that if one was was received the other ought to have also been received. Tudor became very quiet, held his head down and then told me that the ministry would have to see about getting me a scholarship. In those days only one hue was supposed to be Vets.
    WURA also did not mention the fact that a lot of black s squander money on expensive cars, lots of women and high living in general and the want to blame others for their short-comings.

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  • WARU
    Of course, we agree with you. It was the Black people going to jail for ganja for decades.

    But now that the White people overseas gave permission for the commercialization of ganja, nobody in Barbados gine demand that this big business should be exclusively Black owned, from top to bottom.

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  • Correction: “and then want to blame others …”

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  • Each government does this Pacha…it’s a TREND….always sabotaging Black efforts to rise and build themselves up, each election cycle they do the same thing, say the same things, they do not even come with different words..

    and the ONLY INTENT is so that they can take the people’s money by the tens of millions and give to the thieving private sector…..in exchange for their cut, their bribe…you would think by now since so many eyes are on them, they would stop…but no, they are more determined than ever to continue…and we are determined to expose their nasty sell out ways…

    even Abrams of BWA fame came with the SAME LIES to the people in St. John and they had to embarrass him because they have been hearing those same lies for decades, not a word changed…..because that is all DBLP crooks have ever known, using the same template over and over to rob their people and oppress them..

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  • @ Robert

    The banks also do the same thing. I personally know of people who applied for bank loans with solid business plans and were turned down only for the lending officer to turn and offer the same amount asked for if the borrower wanted to buy a new car.
    I am sure the person who told me this story reads BU.
    The problem was he either got a bonus for every car loan, or was deliberately encouraging the young man to borrow the money under false pretences, a crime. White Barbadians also often ask banks for details of black business accounts.
    By the way, @Robert, the barriers to black people making any contribution to business or technological advances are many.

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  • And before the ignorant fowl slaves jump out, i have done business in Barbados and know very well what the trash governments and the thieves in the private sector do to destroy Black businesses when they deem them too successful…just to get their hands on them..

    a really good example Neville’s Trimart business, he needed a loan, the rest is history..

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    LET ME CORRECT SOME OF THE BLATANT NONSENSE YOU WRITE ALMOST DAILY.

    THE PLUG WAS PULLED ON NEVILLE ROWE BY THE WHITE IMPORTED DISTRIBUTION MERCHANTS WHO HE OWED MILLIONS $ FOR WHOLESALE PURCHASES OF PRODUCTS WHEN HE RAN JULIE’N.

    NEVILLE BUSINESS MODEL WAS TOO HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON THEM.

    PLUS HE SUFFERED MILLIONS $ IN LOSSES FROM A FAILED SUPERMARKET VENTURE IN ST. LUCIA..

    THIRDLY HE HIRED A BLACK MAN (EDISON HINDS) AS HIS NUMBER 2 WHO BETRAYED HIM AND DUG A DEEPER HOLE WHO THEN WENT ON TO BE HEAD OF DACOSTA MANNINGS AND SOME YEARS LATER SETTING UP HIS OWN SUPERMARKETS AFTER WHICH I BELIEVE HE LEFT AND WENT BACK OVERSEAS.

    NEVILLE IN SOME WAYS WAS HIS OWN ENEMY BECAUSE HE BECAME PARANOID AND TRUSTED THE WRONG INDIVIDUALS.

    WE WERE VERY GOOD COLLEAGUES INCLUDING TRAVELING TOGETHER OVERSEAS ON BUSINESS.

    SO I AM NOT PREACHING HEARSAY BUT FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE.

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  • “But now that the White people overseas gave permission for the commercialization of ganja, nobody in Barbados gine demand that this big business should be exclusively Black owned, from top to bottom.”

    the nuisance leaders in Barbados have no shame..

    People have been demanding that the marijuana business should be BLACK OWNED, but you already know that they never listen to the Black people who elected them…….over and over they were told so on social media and in the fake marijuana conferences they held trying to get information for free…but they simply ignored everyone, went to Canada looking for crooks like themselves, found some, found some local wannabe slave masters, made land available to them in several parishes, and am sure a few million dollars of the black population’s money too to help them along because they have to get their cut/bribe……. and started building marijuana slave plantations…..with the expectations that black people will be so immersed in the poverty that the sell outs in the parliament created, that they will have no choice but to go and do slave labor on these plantations for pittances or starve….everyone is watching them..

    Mia is going to get thrown out of parliament on her ass…

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  • BAJE…really?…so how is what i said any different to what you said…you know you can post without having to contradict anything i post…ya must try it…i have been outlining that the minority white crooks in the private sector should be no part of Black people’s business in the treasury, pension fund or loans…do you know why? because it gives them the economic power to DESTROY BLACK BUSINESSES…

    try posting without contradicting me…i won’t mind and neither would anyone else..

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  • WURA also did not mention the fact that a lot of black s squander money on expensive cars, lots of women and high living in general and the want to blame others for their short-comings.

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    WHILST THIS MAY BE TRUE THIS IS NONSENSICAL STEROTYPE AS WHITES AND INDIANS DO THE SAME.

    I KNOW TOO MANY TO MENTION ON THE ISLAND INCLUDING MARK MALONEY DOING THE SAME

    HOWEVER FOR THE NON BLACKS IT DOES NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT THEIR BUSINESSES AS THEY ARE STILL PATRONISED BY BLACK CONSUMERS FOR THEIR PRODUCTS/SERVICES.

    ON THE OTHER HAND MANY BLACKS BEING THEIR OWN ENEMIES, FULL OF JEALOUSY AND CRABS IN THE BARREL MENTALITY CHOOSE TO BOYCOTT SOME OF THESE SAME BLACK BUSINESSES WHO ARE OPENLY SHOWING THEIR SUCCESS ON A PERSONAL LEVEL.

    BAJAN BLACKS ARE THEIR WORST ENEMY.

    I WOULD RATHER SPEND MY MONEY WITH A SUCCESSFUL BLACK BUSINESS OWNER THAN SPEND WITH A WHITE BUSINESS IN BIM.

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  • BAJE…really?…so how is what i said any different to what you said…you know you can post without having to contradict anything i post…ya must try it…i have been outlining that the minority white crooks in the private sector should be no part of Black people’s business in the treasury, pension fund or loans…do you know why? because it gives them the economic power to DESTROY BLACK BUSINESSES…

    try posting without contradicting me…i won’t mind and neither would anyone else..

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    YOU SAID

    a really good example Neville’s Trimart business, he needed a loan, the rest is history..

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    DON’T LET FACTS GET IN YOUR WAY.

    JULIE’N FORMERLY OWNED BY NEVILLE ROWE WAS SOLD TO TRINIDAD INVESTORS AND BIZZY WILLIAMS THEN RENAMED TRIMART WITH NEVILLE RETAINING A SMALL PERCENTAGE AND GIVING A MANAGEMENT ROLE WITH SALARY INITIALLY BASED AT THE HAGGATT HALL STORE OFFICE.

    TRIMART (formerly Julie’N) NEVER NEEDED MONEY SINCE IT WAS CAPALISED FROM INCEPTION WITH NEW INVESTORS.

    YOU MAY CALL IT CONTRADICTING HOWEVER I CALLED FACTS VS FICTION.

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  • When looking at cash flow, the black majority has LESS ACCESS to cash flow which BELONGS to them… than the minorities TO WHOM IT DOES NOT BELONG…again look at the island size and population, if minorities are HOGGING EVERYTHING with their greedy selves….supported by thieves in the parliament AND BLACK PEOPLE’S MONEY…what do you think will happen to those black businesses that are forever struggling to survive….

    one or maybe 2 black businesses don’t have this experience, depends on their connections and which party they are connected to, some are connected to both political parties, just like the minorities, bribe them both and you guarantee your business will stay open and owned by you…don’t and they will sabotage you…..

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  • “a really good example Neville’s Trimart business, he needed a loan, the rest is history.”

    and that’s all i said..because i KNEW he needed money….you ASS U MED ..i did not know the history, i did not need to get into all of that…… he needed a loan that no one would give him because dirty, covetous bizzy had his jealous eyes on the business…remember when the greedy sit on all these bank boards..like many of the minorities do, bizzy i believed sat on nearly 30 boards……….they KNOW EVERYONE’S FINANCIAL BUSINESS….who is ready for the taking and which business can be successfully sabotaged…

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  • Down the rabbit hole we go, again.

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  • So where am going with this, is to get the minorities off the bank boards so they will no longer be able to SEE the information surrounding people’s personal bank accounts or business accounts and use the information to steal their businesses and their bank accounts…or STOP them from getting the necessary loans to keep the businesses open.

    same when they know how much money is in the treasury and pension fund at any given time, how much money in loans borrowed in the people’s names…told to them by the lick mout covetous, corrupt leaders in the parliament and the lawyers whom they own in the bar association…..they then set out and set up scams to rob those taxpayer owned and funded entities….once again pushing any progress for the majority population back by decades…

    the latest WTE scam now being perpetrated on the people by the fake professor and bizzy, remember the Cahill scam that Bajans arre now being SUED FOR…..was conceptualized by the crazy Canadian woman, bjerkham and tempro and signed off by DLP idiots led by Fruendel….because with bjerkham sitting in central bank, he knows exactly how much money can be stolen, if he is still there, he still does, so now bizzy is leading the latest scam, because he knows how much in LOANS WAS BORROWED and what he can take under false pretenses…..they are ALL BUSINESS PARTNERS….and crooks..

    again, all these parasites have to be removed out of the lives and money of the black majority….or nothing will change….la basura in the parliament loves nothing better than to PROMOTE THESE THIEVES to positions where they can continue to ROB THE PEOPLE and benefit…all of them..

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  • This blog is extremely difficult to follow. One of the reasons is that a story could be interesting and lessons could be learnt, but at the end of it, they draw out the stereotypes.

    This is not an attack
    “BAJAN BLACKS ARE THEIR WORST ENEMY.”
    The few Bajan blacks that I continue to interact with are fine people.
    I have often told my son “Because a man is black like you, it does not mean he is your friend. Because a person os different from you, it does not mean he is your enemy. Be sensible and proceed cautiously. Trust but verify.”
    Assess a man by what he does; if you lead with your color, you may have a few disappointments.

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  • Now if we are to see any REAL CHANGES…the BU intelligentsia should create ideas on how to put pressure on the government to get rid of these nonprogressive pretenders for business people who only exist to rob the people and country and benefit themselves … how to get them OUT OF THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE…

    because some of you will be blind enuff to believe all of this will end with their deaths, no it won’t they have already groomed their children and grandchildren to take over the scams of robbing the people and country and being parasites in their lives for another generation…..it’s easy money, they know the leaders will stay dumb and greedy..

    Let’s see who comes up with the best ideas….i am waiting, not holding my breath, but waiting…

    ah hope by the time i finish my swim, someone has at least one GOOD idea on how to exterminate two legged parasites.

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  • robert lucasJuly 14, 2020 11:05 AM

    In those days only one hue was supposed to be Vets.

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    Do you remember Dr. Donawa?

    What hue was he?

    He was a genius, diversified into restaurants, Brown Sugar, Pisces and Witch Doctor.

    Beef Eater too.

    Bit on the eccentric side but the best vet I ever met.

    Businessman par excellence.

    Thing is in those days everybody was a vet, my mother included.

    DD, FF etc worked wonders.

    Everybody had animals and cared them with little or no money.

    A vet was not a very profitable profession.

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  • Gazertz its an attitude like that that will get you kicked out of the liberal party, that and running around yelling hands up dont loot at the protests,

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  • Humphrey’s Veterinary Remedies!!

    Dosages for each animal by drops.

    Horses 15 drops
    Cows 20 drops
    Dogs 5 drops
    Cats 3 drops
    Sheep 10 drops
    Rabbits 3 drops

    Just found the medicine woman’s medicine.

    It always worked.

    Even worked on poultry!!

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  • Used to be only Dr. Proverbs.

    Then Dr. Huey came.

    Dr. Donawa was after them.

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  • Dr. Huey still practices at the RSPCA.

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  • @Lawson
    Will update to :But keep your eyes on any one with a surname of Lawson.
    @john
    Drops of what??? Here we go! Down the rabbit hole. I know you are waiting for someone to ask.You have me googling to find out if Humphrey was a Quaker

    Blame Lawson for sending me off course.

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  • TheO’s remedies
    Lawson 1 drop
    John 2 drops
    Lorenzo 3 drops.
    Good for rabbits and yard inhabitants

    Have a great day folks. See you later.

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  • The point is there was little need for vets.

    People used Humphreys and common sense and nature did the rest.

    There was one vet in Barbados I remember as a boy, Dr. Proverbs.

    A person became a vet out of love, not for financial advancement.

    Nice remembering Dr. Donawa and the times my family spent with him and his family.

    Made me realise that in the 20th century practically all businesses were black owned.

    The only difference was the owners thought of themselves as Bajans, not black.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Skinner, do you REALLY believe your 8:51 to be a true and real analysis or moreso the type of soaring narrative that we lull ourselves into accepting as true!

    Is it acceptable that after 2,000 years on earth we can argue that ANY business person should be unaware of the ‘nuts and bolts’ work needed to make the machinery of a business successful or that any entrepreneur (who has the nous to move his idea to operational reality) is so ‘ignorant’ of the programs/agencies available to assist his/her business!

    No senor… that makes little sense to me.

    The reality – as alluded to above- is that many SB operators are indifferent to proper regulations/accounting/official processes; deliberately want to cut corners; scared of being dominated by a perceived corporate evil (of banks, investing partners, govt consultants) and thus DELIBERATELY get the horse-cart connection ass‐backwards!

    I am sure that like me you can cite any number of REAL SB stories where owners are quite successful but yet one banana peel slip from total annihilation due to their deliberate actions and NOT any lack of exposure “to all relevant information in a business oriented environment.”

    Two cases come readily to mind … one a transportation entrepreneur the other a contractor.

    Both operated humbly under the radar but were making lots of money without ANY specialized benefit of govt courses and all that. Their monetary business success was clear when they had to expose their assets (due to divorce proceedings) … it was CLEAR then that what they were claiming on their books and what they ACTUALLY earned was absurdly fraudulent …. and oh so, successfully done for years. Fortunately, for them the matters remained ‘under the radar’ even at that exposure point

    So all that to say this: what Black SB entrepreneurs need to UNDERSTAND is the absolute benefit of providing ALL the official documentation needed to ensure that the business can access any and all applicable programs/grants/loans… and doing so with the secrecy and careful management of their income/expenses … in short, don’t fear fraud exposure, rather master business accounting (lots of accountants out there to assist)

    Not advocating fraud but simply stating facts of life …

    If you want to play the business game then learn the rules properly so that you do not lose out … offsides goals or no-ball wickets DON’T count… in life or in business…
    AND no one needs more than one exposure to that disappointment to know the importance of that rule.

    Get the books in order, pay your NIS and get the chance to claim those govt funds… the SB guys and gals KNOW what and how they need to act.. they just HAVE to play better at finessing requirements!

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  • NorthernObserver

    @DIW
    Recent Canadian experience dictates similarly. Several federal ‘Covid aid’ programs are very undersubscribed. The reason is that SB, regardless of the business area, do not file or remit many things. Hence they are “ineligible” because they cannot provide the documented proof to open the aid flow.
    Some like small commercial landlords are caught, for the aid is ultimately for business tenants, but is unavailable if the landlord doesn’t unlock it.
    I too was guilty. When I opened my first business, industrial distribution, I got caught in a cash flow crunch (take note WW&C…cash and cash flow are not the same). My only credit source was suppliers. I used to submit understated sales tax figures, bec I didn’t have the funds, and the tax collector didn’t care. Then later, I would overstate, when I had the funds, thereby avoiding late payment penalties.
    Years after, I would learn I was a dream. I actually paid. Several never registered, and kept the sales tax money. Until??? Many would use fake tax registration #’s. So only a portion of sales were actually reported
    Governments (tax collector) generally do not have the resources to go after many. And so many live with the myth of the relative importance to public coffers of SB.

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  • As long as alyuh know i did not make any of this up. This clip was sent to me. Thing is this is the same clown refusing to remove a statue gloifying racism and slavery against Black people, and fully expect UK to take that type of idiocy seriously when THEY ARE REMOVING ALL SYMBOLS OF RACISM AND SLAVERY IN UK…she really needs mental health. Really.

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  • So while we are on this topic, it was brought to my attention that when DLP was in power they had already made a list of people who are in THEIR MINDS ONLY entitled to REPARATIONS…so they used to hold these meetings at Regency Cove then owned by Hal Martin, deceased….according to them only 120,000 Black Bajans on the island are entitled to reparations for their enslaved ancestors…so am like, somebody don’t undersand math, because in my estimation if there are over 260,000 Black Bajans on the island some from other islands they are ALL ENTITLED TO REPARATIONS…..they all fall into the category of being descended from slavery in THE CARIBBEAN in one form or another….so it’s obvious DLP already had some scam going and when someone brought it to their attention, they stopped the meetings, because it’s obvious they were counting their chickens which had not yet hatched…and their asses thankfully got kicked out of the parliament for all their corrupt troubles..

    so now am wondering what scheme or scam BLP have going to EXCLUDE Black bajans from qualifying for what they are entitled to…

    they should all take note that minority whites and their issues with UK from Cromwell times is completely separate and none of the Black population’s business…and no one should try to make it anyone’s business…they all know how to contact UK if they need to, some of them carry the same shitty colonial titles, pimps and thieves that they are…

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  • I am going to give Mia the benefit of the doubt and say she did not think this through…i will definitely take her seriously when she gets the greedy private sector out of the lives of the Black majority, out of their tax money, out of their pension fund, out of loans borrowed in their names, out of any decision making that can negatively impact their lives…out of any decision making for the island PERIOD, it’s not their place, there is not enuff of them to generate shit on the island, they LIVE OFF BLACK PEOPLE.

    ……and take nelson to hell down..

    … how can you seriously engage with UK about reparations when they are taking down all their symbols of racism and slavery because they SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL… and still you are trying to stubbornly keep racist nelson in your people’s faces…seriously…wuh i don’t think the UK thinks that is funny at all…at least show them you are serious…

    i will repeat…UK knows who everyone in the Caribbean descended from the slave trade are, we are the ones, most of us, who don’t know who we are….UK has a responsibility to these people to not LET THEM BE ROBBED should there be any reparations pay out..

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  • “When I opened my first business, industrial distribution, I got caught in a cash flow crunch (take note WW&C…cash and cash flow are not the same). My only credit source was suppliers. I used to submit understated sales tax figures, bec I didn’t have the funds, and the tax collector didn’t care. Then later, I would overstate, when I had the funds, thereby avoiding late payment penalties.”

    learning experience…i registered a company in Canada years ago ..let’s say today, about a month later i got tax forms, company had not even got off the ground yet….Revenue Canada don’t give anyone breathing space….that’s why ya had to get very creative or end up in default, unless ya are Loblaws…..lol….

    …no wonder all the crooks love Barbados…the only people who don’t get a break on the island is the majority population..

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  • I have a few questions and comments about the campaign “buy only from blacks, but not from everyone else”.

    Black businessmen are portrayed in this blog as little helpless children. How ridiculous! The black Barbadians I know as businessmen are very successful and at least as cunning as Baloney and Bizzy. But they keep a low profile and leave it to COW to torture the public with pinpricks from time to time. LOL.

    On the implementation of the campaign: What is a black and a white businessman? What about mulattos? Don’t you need some kind of Africa certificate and guidelines for dealing with half, quarter and eighth blacks? What about “honorable blacks,” that is, whites who fought for blacks? What about the one drop rule? Are Baloney and COWs to be treated as blacks as well? Do southern Indians and Australian natives also fall under the concept of black?

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  • @ Hal July 14, 2020 11:15 AM

    That Vet. thing was a real eye opener. My personal experience has been tempered by the fact that blacks willing take part in the whole charade on behalf of whites.

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  • @ Robert,

    You are a clever man. When the Haitians expelled the French in 1804, the first thing they did was to get rid of the slaves who spied for the massa. It has ever been thus. You must separate out your commitment to black advancement and your relations with individual black people.
    I grew up with plantation watchmen who would break a hungry kids’ back with his stick for stealing sugar cane. In Barbados there are more private police than there are official ones. Every supermarket, every office, every petrol station got so-called security men and women. They are the modern watchmen. The police force was created to police black people, not whites; they still do.
    @Robert, as a matter of policy I used to give work experience to nearly every young person who approached me, including black and white Bajans, including the son of a well-known businessman.
    Almost to a young man and woman, the English would always say thank you at the end, some even sent thank you cards. The Bajans, black and white, never said a word.

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  • Hal isnt that what they were putting jeffrey epstein away for

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  • @Lawson

    The Canadian side of you is showing.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Tron
    Skipper you have to stop that sh!!te talk, you catspraddle de apple cart and had me collecting apples for an hour.

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  • For the nelson sympathizers….can’t believe people would be so stupid in this day and age to be making excuses and telling lies for this savage dead animal…a Guardian article from 2 years ago described him accurately…

    “One of the obstacles all these abolitionists had to overcome was the influence of Nelson, who was what you would now call, without hesitation, a white supremacist. While many around him were denouncing slavery, Nelson was vigorously defending it. Britain’s best known naval hero….used his seat in the House of Lords and his position of huge influence to perpetuate the tyranny, serial rape and exploitation organised by West Indian planters, some of whom he counted among his closest friends”

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  • This is not an attack
    “BAJAN BLACKS ARE THEIR WORST ENEMY.”
    The few Bajan blacks that I continue to interact with are fine people.
    I have often told my son “Because a man is black like you, it does not mean he is your friend. Because a person os different from you, it does not mean he is your enemy. Be sensible and proceed cautiously. Trust but verify.”
    Assess a man by what he does; if you lead with your color, you may have a few disappointments.

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    I WAS MAKING A RESPONSE TO THE STEREOTYPE MENTIONED BY @robert lucas OF BLACK BUSINESS MEN IN BARBADOS BUYING NICE CARS, MANY WOMEN ETC WHICH IS EQUALLY THE SAME AS MANY INDIANS AND WHITES ON THE ISLAND BUT WHO GET A PASS WHILST THE BLACKS ON THE ISLAND CONTINUE TO PATRONISE THEIR BUSINESSES WHILST ABANDONING BLACK OWNED BECAUSE OF JEALOUSLY, ENVY AND HOW DARE YOU.

    BLACKS ON THE ISLAND ARE STILL THE LARGEST SUPPORTERS OF THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSMEN WHO DO THE SAME BUT GET A PASS.

    PETER HARRIS CGI
    BIZZY WILLIAMS WILLIAMS INDUSTRY
    ALLAN FIELDS
    KAILASH PARDASI PROMOTECH

    HENCE WHY I SAID ARE THEIR WORST ENEMY. I CAN NAME MANY NON BLACKS BUSINESSMEN WHO ARE INVOLVED IN WORSE STILL HAVING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES IN BIM.

    PICK SENSE INSTEAD OF SHOWING IGNORANCE TO THE FACTS.

    HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH CHARACTER OR WHETHER SOMEONE IS NICE OR NOT.

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  • William Skinner

    @ DPD
    I stand by what I wrote. I know three black millionaires who started from scratch. I know there are always exceptions to the rule. Whenever real facts are brought to light, there are always those who would pretend that there are just winners and losers. I know different.

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  • I WONDER IF THIS WAS A BLACK OWNED BUSINESS IF WOULD STILL BE OPERATING:

    I KNOW THE NON BLACK OWNERS ARE MILLIONAIRES.

    Oran workers protest job conditions

    Workers at Oran Limited downed their tools this morning around 9 o’clock, saying they could no longer tolerate the ‘unsanitary and unsafe’ environment in which they work.

    When a Nation team arrived, more than 50 general workers in the production department were huddled together talking amongst themselves.

    They said there was a rodent infestation and the flooring where they worked was dangerous, as were some of the chemicals they were being asked to use to make window frames and doors.

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/246678/oran-workers-protest-job-conditions

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    SOME YEARS AGO ONE OF COW WILLIAMS CURRENT OR FORMER WHITE WIFE DUMPED GARBAGE ON A BLACK WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER STORE COUNTER IN SPEIGHTSTOWN, NOT A FELLOW ARRESTED AS SHE WAS ASSISTED BY GOONS.

    COW BUSINESSES ARE STILL FLOURISHING EVEN THOUGH HE LATER BANKRUPTED APES HILL GOLF COURSE AND SQUANDERED MILLIONS OF NIS $.

    BLACK BAJANS AND GOVERNMENT STILL SUPPORT.

    HOWEVER NARROW MINDED BLACKS ARE QUICK TO POINT FINGERS AT THEIR OWN TO LABEL THEM AS TO WHY THEY FAIL.

    THE BLACK BESS WHITE BOYS HAVE HAD FAILURE AFTER FAILURE WHILST COOKING THE BOOKS YET SEVERAL OF THEIR BUSINESSES ARE SUPPORTED BY BLACK BAJANS.

    LOOK IN THE MIRROR INSTEAD OF BEING HYPOCRITES AND STOP BEING NARROW MINDED.

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  • WURA-War-on-UJuly 14, 2020 7:46 PM

    While many around him were denouncing slavery, Nelson was vigorously defending it.

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    Did you know Wilberforce also defended slavery?

    http://revealinghistories.org.uk/who-resisted-and-campaigned-for-abolition/people/william-wilberforce-and-abolition.html

    “However, Wilberforce disagreed, and argued that enslaved people were not ready to be granted their freedom. He pointed out in a pamphlet in 1807 that:

    ‘It would be wrong to emancipate (the slaves). To grant freedom to them immediately would be to insure not only their masters’ ruin, but their own. They must (first) be trained and educated for freedom’.”

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  • … and 1807 is after Nelson died at Trafalgar, 1805.

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  • @ Baje

    You are right on two points. The Goons who invaded that woman’s boutique and walked away without any repercussions. No doubt they were armed. We know some of the boys on the block are also armed and if that is the way they want to play it then the boys should face them down.
    Every one of those Goons should have been hunted down and told not to do it again. If we allow the whit es and Muslims to intimidate us then we have already lost the country. We mus t press for the rule of law.
    The second point, @Baaje, you are right about is the care free way in which Barbadians spend their money. They have no concept of consumer power and do not want to.
    Remember the Bajan saying: This is my money, did you work for this. Deconstruct it and it embodies massive ignorance about consumer power.
    Bajan shoppers should boycott some stores. One day Massy’s, the next Cave Shepherd, the next Chefette’s etc. I am always amazed when you see the crowds rushing in to Abed’s, the Syrian/Lebanese store in Swan Street.
    They clearly cannot remember when crowds of people – their parents and grand parents – rushed that store after allegations that a manager had hit a black woman. Now we have these Lebanese aspiring to be members of parliament and to influence the so-called Social Partnership.
    @Baje, we need clear leadership. By7 the way, when is police officer Gittens going to face the courts? When is David Denny going to march for justice for the wife and mother of Gittens’ victims? Or is it easier to march in support of a victim 3000 miles away, or to remove Nelson’s statue?
    We must organise, organise, organise.

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  • Black John…this was the person REALLY RESPONSIBLE for the Abolition of Slavery, the book he wrote gave Wilberforce the weapon he needed, as he had access to the parliament and did some work, everyone thought it was his idea….

    “The Equiano Project | Olaudah Equiano
    equiano.uk/the-equiano-project
    Equiano published his autobiography, ‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African’ in 1789, at a time when he was a principal opponent of the slave trade. The British Transatlantic Slave Trade was officially abolished by an Act of Parliament in 1807.”

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  • You are confusing the abolition of the slave trade (1807) and the abolition of slavery (1833/4).

    For sure Wilberforce championed the abolition of the slave trade, but he was against the abolition of slavery and had to be persuaded.

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  • The indigenous African in some Caribbean islands are generationally robbed of their ownership of intellectual property rights by Black corrupt governments to promote and enrich others who look nothing like them. Barbados governments are famous for stealing the intellectual property rights of the creatives and inventors in the Black majority population and either keeping it for their friends and families or selling it out to minority thieves. They have done it for decades and disenfranchised generations of creatives and their beneficiaries on the island with their disrespect. Only recently they were exposed internationally for violating the rights of creatives when they STILL REFUSE to observe those collective intellectual property rights.

    So it is only right and fitting to let this government know that any knowledge, ownership, possession, development etc regarding the Marijuana is the SOLE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY of those who have that information, some I understand have already been PATENTED outside the island, so these dirty little intents by government to steal from those creatives what is rightfully theirs, the evil intent to starve and reduce to poverty those with the knowledge so you can sell them out to those whom you already sold out the plantation lands to build marijuana slave plantations to reduce your people to slaves once again, to disenfranchise your own people again, in your greed corrupt state, will be met with push back from the international arena. This most malicious intent by corrupt government ministers to enrich and promote minorities at the expense of the African descended and their descendants, still, in this 21st century, will end in this era.

    ▼Article XXVIII. Protection of cultural heritage and intellectual property

    Indigenous peoples have the right to full recognition and respect for the ownership, dominion, possession, control, development, and protection of their tangible and intangible cultural heritage and intellectual property, including its collective nature, transmitted over millennia from generation to generation.

    The collective intellectual property of indigenous peoples includes, inter alia, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, including traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, ancestral designs and procedures, cultural, artistic, spiritual, technological, and scientific expressions, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, as well as knowledge and developments of their own related to biodiversity and the utility and qualities of seeds, medicinal plants, flora, and fauna. States, with the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples, shall adopt measures necessary to ensure that national and international agreements
    and regimes provide recognition and adequate protection for the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples and intellectual property associated with that heritage. In adopting such measures, consultations shall be held to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples. and regimes provide recognition and adequate protection for the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples and intellectual property associated with that heritage. In adopting such measures, consultations shall be held to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples.

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  • You are talking about Wilberforce whom i don’t give much prominence to….his intent was financial as are most of those who claimed that they abolished anything….slaves fought for their rights TO BE FREE….and slavery, enslavement, the trade was becoming UNPROFITABLE….too expense for UK and Europe to maintain any longer,, they just did not have a readily available replacement at that time, too greedy, perverted and vile to think of anything other than enslaving another human being, hence the reason that decades after abolition, slavery remained a staple in the lives of the African descended, decades after emancipation, slavery by another name, still remained in the lives of the African descended, it was always slavery by another name, a little harder to implement these days, but not for a lack of trying…..

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  • This is a good link to understand how Wilberforce became an Evangelical Christian.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/people/williamwilberforce_1.shtml

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  • Information on how to BUILD A BLACK NATION….for the Black men and women who are not weaklings, mentally enslaved and fowl slaves.

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  • Mounsey article on Government’s small business package

    Wily has a question, is the poor take up the result of lack of interest or RED TAPE and LACK OF FUNDS by government. Knowing business it’s not in their nature to pass up free money or essentially free money. Has the author stumbled on another Barbados issue, a significant number of Business’s I are operating without being legally registered and therefore can not partake of the offer. Did government know thus when they made the offer knowing it would result in limited payouts. Wily is always suspicious of Barbados announced incentives as it more TALK THAN ACTION, photo op and grandstanding.

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  • The second point, @Baaje, you are right about is the care free way in which Barbadians spend their money. They have no concept of consumer power and do not want to.
    Remember the Bajan saying: This is my money, did you work for this. Deconstruct it and it embodies massive ignorance about consumer power.
    Bajan shoppers should boycott some stores. One day Massy’s, the next Cave Shepherd, the next Chefette’s etc. I am always amazed when you see the crowds rushing in to Abed’s, the Syrian/Lebanese store in Swan Street.

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    HENCE YOU HAVE FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE POINT THAT BLACK BAJANS ARE THEIR WORST ENEMY.

    KEEP PROPPING UP THE WHITE MAN, INDIANS BUSINESSES ETC WHILST ABANDONING YOUR OWN BLACK BUSINESSES BECAUSE OF PETTY BELIEFS, STEREOTYPES AND ENVY.

    I REMEMBER AN INCIDENT WHICH HAPPENED IN ONE OF BIZZY WILLIAMS HARDWARE STORE WHERE A WHITE MANAGER INSULTED A BLACK PERSON WHICH MADE IT INTO THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER.

    THAT BUSINESS ACE HARDWARE IS STILL FLOURISHING WITH THE WHITE MANAGER NEVER TERMINATED AS FAR AS I AM AWARE.

    95% BLACK BAJANS STILL WONDER WHY THEY ARE IN ECONOMIC SLAVERY.

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  • Mia on MSNBC with Peter’s idea.

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  • That is all they are good for Donna…steal other people’s/their own people’s ideas and intellectual property(s) rights and claim it as their own and sell it ……listen out for the next theft of ideas…..they are intellectually barren…they have no shame.

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  • Stupse!

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  • In April 2014, a Black customer, Mark Dates accused store manager of the Bizzy Williams owned Ace H&B Hardware, Brian Hinds, of accosting and insulting him. A gentleman, Steven Pollard, organized a protest outside Williams Industries in Cane Garden, St. Thomas. On that day, the only individual present was Pollard.

    However, Bizzy said, since the incident, he was inundated with several telephone calls from people complementing Hinds on his excellent service, sales have increased, while customers and the general public continued to be supportive of Hinds.

    Our reluctance to support Black owned businesses is another reason why they fail. We prefer to patronize businesses owned by whites, Indians, Arabs and Chinese. Look at Chefette for example. After the COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants were ‘relaxed,’ you should have seen the long queues waiting at the ‘drive through.’ Bajans suddenly became tired of home cooked meals, in favour of salty, greasy fried chicken.

    I’ve heard several people selling chicken, pork, fish & chips on weekends, saying they had an increase in sales, which ended abruptly, when Chefette’s ‘drive-throughs’ re-opened…… and now the restaurant is fully opened…….

    There is a store on Palmetto Street named ‘Flame Shop,’ where its Arab owners pay their employees for 40 hours per week, which is legal. But, ‘here’s the catch.’
    From Monday to Thursday – off day = 3 days x 8 hrs = 24 hrs.
    Friday = 7am – 7pm = 12 hrs – 2 hrs for lunch = 10 hrs
    Saturday = 8am – 2pm = 6 hrs
    24+10+6 = 40 hrs. And, note any time in excess of 8 hrs is regarded as overtime. They are exploiting the employees and not paying O/T.

    We are following the ‘trend’ shouting ‘Black lives matter,’ in support of an African-American, who was murdered by white policemen, while purposely ignoring how Haloutte treats his employees, or how Abed, Arab, Indian and Pakistani store owners in Swan Street have been exploiting their Black employees for years…… as if their ‘lives don’t matter,’ as well.

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  • Wait…Fowl Enuff…wuh i thought you were on MSNBC…ya busy enuff these days…ya are a regular rockstar….ya going places…but next time when the UK or Europe ask ya what ya want FOR THE PEOPLE …be prepared to tell them, it can’t be no secret behind closed doors, no secret negotiations…it looks corrupt and sleazy…like ya trying to hide something from the people to whom the reparations belong…reparations don’t belong to yall…ya do not have black slaves in chattel bondage, but economic bondage …yeah……ya should have ASKED THE PEOPLE HOW and …in what form do they want THEIR REPARATIONS….it BELONGS to the over 260,000 BLACK population..it’s not yours to hem and haw with, not yours to consult with a bunch of racist minorities about….be prepared next time, think it through……SPEAK TO THE BLACK MAJORITY….yall want to consult with them about the removal of that dirty piece of stone nelson…when ya had a consult over 20 years ago and certainly don’t need one now…….so why not consult the people about THEIR reparations NOW….

    ya must think the people act at your level…no they don’t or their very impressive skills could never have lasted over 400 years…yall are amateurs…wuh ya can’t even take little ancient me….

    don’t be like DLP…who already had a scam in place to tief from the reparations of over 120,000 African descended in Barbados…because ya know tiefing from ya people is what you do…..and if one of u little cockroaches fly out to tell me am lying…ah will call the name of the senator who was at that meeting at Hal Martins hotel…

    ah go soon start charging alyuh…ya are extortionists…ya have money in the people’s name and always crying broke..

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  • Ease up on sending bailiff, Lashley urges WHITE retailers

    The pandemic crisis is not yet over but WHITE retailers are chasing down BLACK householders to pay their bills, former social transformation minister Hamilton Lashley has said, pleading for sympathy with the plight of those made jobless by the COVID-19 environment.

    Since a three-month moratorium ended in June, many BLACK people are being threatened that the bailiff may come knocking on their doors any day now, Lashley told Barbados TODAY.

    He said he has been receiving complaints, mainly from BLACK women heading large households, that they are being pressured to settle their debts, or face the consequences.

    Lashley said that while he fully understands the legal obligation to repay debt, he believes that the managers OF WHITE OWNED BUSINESSES should understand that given the significant job cuts caused by the pandemic, many people are struggling to make ends meet.

    He also pleaded with landlords to work with newly unemployed tenants who are finding it difficult to pay rent.

    The former St Michael South East MP said that rather than WHITE businesses harassing those who owe them, but are unable to pay them at this time, they should meet with the debtors and find proactive solutions that would benefit all parties involved.

    Lashley said: “I find it very insensitive. Nobody is saying that BLACK people are not to pay their dues, but the thing about it is that this is a special time and special considerations should be given to those who are struggling.

    “Of course an extended moratorium should be extended to them and I believe that those that are struggling should be asked to come in and make new arrangements, rather than having them suffer the psychological drama, and in some cases disorientation after being threatened to have their debts paid before the marshals and the bailiffs and eventually the law courts get involved. In these COVID-19 times special considerations should be given to the new normal that we are facing.”

    The social activist said a new approach is needed to deal with the marginalized and disenfranchised during the pandemic. He expressed concern about a devastating rippling effect on disadvantaged BLACK communities across the country.

    He urged the private sector and Welfare Department work together to assist people who are receiving cash assistance from Government.

    Lashley told Barbados TODAY: “I believe that a tripartite relationship could be worked out between the private sector, Government, and certainly those persons that have been affected in these categories by the pandemic. When one looks at the fact that you have a great number of BLACK hotel workers affected and impacted very negatively, then this consideration should be given.

    “I think the very last resort should be having BLACK people going before the law court because it is not going to serve any good, rather than further traumatize BLACK families. So I am saying that special considerations must be given rather than harassment they need to simply sit down and work out proactive approaches to avert this kind of mental stress.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/07/15/ease-up-on-sending-bailiff-lashley-urges-retailers/

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  • @ Artax July 15, 2020 2:02 PM

    This is not about black and white people, but about the underlying problems.

    If the owners of Coca-Cola or Chefette were black people, would you advise Barbadian children to fill their bellies with this poison every day? People should indeed eat fish and salad – because it is healthy. It’s similar with our contractors. If a black contractor bribes local politicians and uses the NIS as an ATM, is that laudable? Certainly not.

    The main problem of our contractors is their lax attitude towards party and political funding. In addition, they are not innovative, as you can see from their completely outdated ideas. Conversely, I warmly welcome PLT’s initiative to promote entrepreneurship. Not as black folklore, but to promote economic power, because there are far too few entrepreneurs in Barbados.

    Similarly, the discourse in the USA about blacks and whites obscures the larger problems. The police violence against blacks is not only an expression of racism (of course I don’t deny that), but also due to a lack of professional training. Or take a look at US universities: Blacks there get a bonus on their entrance test and are thus officially treated as fools. It would be much better to offer good schooling in the socially challenged residential areas and to support children at school to make it to university.

    It does not help to fight the fire only if the fuel is still there.

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  • @ BAJE July 15, 2020 2:51 PM

    If I follow your logic, I draw a reverse conclusion: That black retailers may squeeze their white customers like lemons.

    Possible, but not imperative, is even the conclusion that black retailers are allowed to squeeze their black customers like lemons.

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  • That is what happens when ya give them all ya money and then ALLOW them to own everything, ya gave them your economic power…we have been telling yall about this for years…but don’t mind me, thank Madame Plague for allowing you to stop the pretense before more generations are destroyed by these thieves and your no good leaders….if you allow your children and grandchildren to suffer….that’s on you..

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  • uMkhonto we Sizwe “Spear of the Nation” was armed wing of ANC which Nelson Mandela launched after Sharpeville but they represented thousands of freedom fighters and protestors, men women and children

    People only talk about African and American leaders like Mandela and MLK but there are hundreds of revolutionary leaders and famous people who fought against Slavery, Apartheid and Segregation and for Freedom and Equal Rights like Steve Biko, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, George Jackson, Toussaint L’Ouverture, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Jomo Kenyatta, Stokely Carmichael, Black Panthers, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, Mohammed Ali, Jack Johnson, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin,

    There were many song with lyrics which could not be censored
    beware of the advancing blacks
    now that you have touched the women, you have struck a rock, you have dislodged a boulder, and you will be crushed

    People spent their whole lives fighting for their causes which was their calling and sense of purpose, but was a long hard battle and sacrifice which they had to be committed to risking their lives, being killed, arrested, beaten, hospitalised, paralysed

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  • Same private sector crooks had no problem robbing the people and country for at least the last 40 years though, all up in taxpayer’s money and NIS Pension Fund…always got some scam to run on the public purse….blame your leaders.

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  • Interesting clip on COVID

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  • William Skinner

    @ Artax
    You wrote:
    “We are following the ‘trend’ shouting ‘Black lives matter,’ in support of an African-American, who was murdered by white policemen, while purposely ignoring how Haloutte treats his employees, or how Abed, Arab, Indian and Pakistani store owners in Swan Street have been exploiting their Black employees for years…… as if their ‘lives don’t matter,’ as well.“

    Thank you. The above is another travesty that this society has been sweeping under the carpet for donkey
    years. That is why @ WURU Is correct about the black political class and that is why I ignore those spineless apologists on BU who continue to prop up the political class.

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  • Beware, Verwoerd! (Ndodemnyama)

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Artax, oppression, discrimination or prejudice anywhere is wrong everywhere it is manifest… thus any attempt to compare and contrast the ‘trending’ calls of Black Lives Matter in the US and set it against local anger over Syrian/Lebanese/Indo-Pakistani discrimination towards Black Bajans is a false narrative: all are oppression and plain and simply stated just WRONG!

    This ‘trend’ as you call it has been an enduring burden on the lives of Black Americans for generations… frankly, it is well past time for it to be shouted from the roof tops and bridges endlessly … so let us not create a false narrative that Bajans cannot 1) identify with and embrace that fight and 2) also effectively localize it to energize our struggles against our own long standing discriminatory behaviors.

    I am bemused that we adopt such a contrarian approach … BLM is … the oppression of Palestinian rights; it’s the Kenyan masses’ struggle against their police brutality or that of the Brazilan forces who so aggressively go at those in the favellas; it’s the old and new face of prejudice in South Africa to which the cricketer Ngidi gave his voice…or about which Mike Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent spoke so passionately recently; it’s young Pakistani Malala who was almost herself killed years ago for speaking out against gender discrimination in her country and yes it’s surely about our OWN enduring problems with racial inequality, classism and political elitism…it’s new only in name and currency but otherwise ‘that is’ a painful cry that has been with us forever and many a day!

    We should be using it as a source of inspiration to our local benefits… as all others around the world are!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Well stated @Kiki/555Dub at 3:16. You more eloquently said what I tried to say… I missed your post otherwise I would have remained silent with a ‘like’.

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  • Tron July 15, 2020 2:55 PM #: “This is not about black and white people, but about the underlying problems.”

    @ Tron

    My friend, surely, you jest!

    Years ago, I worked at a white owned company that employed the UNQUALIFIED sister of a WHITE supervisor, as an office clerk. Whenever she encountered any difficulties relating to accounting, she would ask me for assistance. One day as I was examining the monthly payroll, I realized her NET salary was MORE than my GROSS.

    In other words, her remaining salary AFTER deductions was MORE than mine BEFORE deductions. I refused to render her any further assistance. What I also realized was, the white employees were paid significantly higher salaries than their Black counterparts.

    Bear in mind, the financial controller and his assistant were BLACK.

    Let me give you another example. I went in the then Inland Revenue to collect TD5 slips for a client. I was waiting for almost 10 minutes, when a white man came in. Three officers immediately rushed to the desk to assist him. One lady greeted him and asked how may she help. He told her he wanted TD5 slips and she gave him, ‘no questions asked.’ All that time the other two officers returned to their desks. After, without any greeting, she then turned her attention to me. I told her I wanted TD5 slips as well, to which she abruptly replied, “is this first time filing? Because if um is first time filing yuh khan get none, yuh would have to wait for when duh come in de mail.”

    I hope you note the differences in customer service.

    Black hotel guests are more likely to be stopped and questioned by security guards, than white guests…… and more likely to be served in the restaurant AFTER white guest. It’s mainly because we have this ‘instinctive perception’ that ALL tourist are white or straight haired people, while Black people are ‘hustlers, beach-bums, black coral vendors or thieves. This attitude seems to have come from way back in the 60s or 70s into 2020.

    On the other hand, we don’t make things easy for ourselves, either. Some employees lose their jobs for stealing things as simple as ice cream. I know of a pastry chef who was fired for stealing flour and eggs…… another for stealing bread; a chief steward lost 28 years for 7 slices of cheese; and a cook for 10 flying fish. Things employed people could afford to buy.

    But, yuh know a Black employee could not get pass security with 7 slices of cheese or bread, but a white employee was able to leave the property with over $800,000 in computer equipment; and a white purchasing manager was able to use the hotel’s duty free concessions to import items for her interior decorating business.

    And now I’m on about tourists, whites usually say Bajans are friendly people. Why? Let me give you an example. White people board a crowded Transport Board bus and black people are more then eager to offer them their seats. Yet, they sit comfortably in the seats specially provided for the elderly, pregnant ladies, ladies with babies and the disabled, refusing to get up when any from those categories board the bus.

    Now, here are some really very friendly Bajans for yuh.

    Tron, it’s all about ‘black and white.’

    By the way, what are the underlying problems?.

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  • Of course blacks are discriminated against. Especially in the United States. I wouldn’t be so sure in Barbados. What you’re describing is:

    Nepotism amongst relatives. I assume most whites in Barbados are related somehow since it is a very small community. If I remember correctly, our ministers do the same with their relatives. Don’t they?

    Preferential treatment for people who are considered rich customers. It’s the same in every tourist destination. How do you think white people in some places like Geneva kiss the a** of rich Arabs, Asians and even Africans, LOL …

    Bad administration. Some expats complained to me that they had to queue for an hour to have their driving licence renewed – in the meantime some relatives of the public officers were allowed to pass them.

    Harassment of workers. It happens everywhere. In North America and Europe, employers fire employees for 2 dollars, while highly incompetent managers are praised away to the board of directors.

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  • My next door neighbor happens to be a white guy. He and his wife visited Barbados based on the fact that I am from there. On his return he boasts of how friendly and how generous Barbadians are.

    Yes generous.

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  • In historic move, North Carolina city approves reparations for Black residents

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. – In an extraordinary move, the Asheville City Council has apologized for the North Carolina city’s historic role in slavery, discrimination and denial of basic liberties to Black residents and voted to provide reparations to them and their descendants.

    The 7-0 vote came the night of July 14.

    “Hundreds of years of Black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today,” said Councilman Keith Young, one of two African American members of the body and the measure’s chief proponent.

    “It is simply not enough to remove statutes. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature.”

    The unanimously passed resolution does not mandate direct payments. Instead, it will make investments in areas where Black residents face disparities.

    REPARATIONS: How much would the US owe descendants of enslaved people?

    “The resulting budgetary and programmatic priorities may include but not be limited to increasing minority home ownership and access to other affordable housing, increasing minority business ownership and career opportunities, strategies to grow equity and generational wealth, closing the gaps in health care, education, employment and pay, neighborhood safety and fairness within criminal justice,” the resolution reads.

    What is systemic racism? Here’s what it means and how you can help dismantle it

    Increasing generational wealth should be the focus, supporter says
    The resolution calls on the city to create the Community Reparations Commission, inviting community groups and other local governments to join. It will be the commission’s job to make concrete recommendations for programs and resources to be used.

    Councilwoman Sheneika Smith, who is Black, said the council had gotten emails from those “asking, ‘Why should we pay for what happened during slavery?'”

    “(Slavery) is this institution that serves as the starting point for the building of the strong economic floor for white America, while attempting to keep Blacks subordinate forever to its progress,” Smith said.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/historic-move-north-carolina-city-125936878.html

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  • “This ‘trend’ as you call it has been an enduring burden on the lives of Black Americans for generations… frankly, it is well past time for it to be shouted from the roof tops and bridges endlessly … so let us not create a false narrative that Bajans cannot 1) identify with and embrace that fight and 2) also effectively localize it to energize our struggles against our own long standing discriminatory behaviors.”

    @ dpD

    Sometimes you have a penchant for misrepresenting or misinterpreting other people’s contributions, forming your own opinions and responding accordingly.

    Perhaps it’s YOU who’s “creating a false narrative.” There isn’t anywhere in my contribution I mentioned anything about Bajans CANNOT IDENTIFY with or EMBRACE whatever you wrote.

    Firstly, I mentioned “trend,” within the context of an apparent ‘re-emergence’ of BLM movement, after the death of George Floyd, which has now been recognized world-wide and embraced by Bajans. This enthusiasm has been transferred to calling for the removal of Nelson’s statue.

    Secondly, I’ve also seen videos and read articles highlighting ‘Karens,’ identified as white women who believe their skin colour affords them some sort of special privileges; white bank tellers refusing to change cheques for Black customers and calling the police; white people questioning Black residents of certain neighbourhoods, saying they don’t belong there and calling the police. And others too numerous to mention at this time………..

    ……………… ALL highlighting Black people being RACIALLY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, which the people or groups responsible for disseminating the information to the public, ASSOCIATE with BLM.

    ‘Pray tell, how can highlighting similar cases of discrimination in Barbados be REASONABLY DESCRIBED as WRONG or PUSHING “a false narrative?”

    Similarly, discrimination “has been an enduring burden on the lives of Black (Barbadians) for generations… frankly, it is well past time for it to be shouted from the roof tops and bridges endlessly.”

    Thirdly, your comment re: “We should be using it as a source of inspiration to our local benefits… as all others around the world are!”……. not only CLEARLY EXPLAINS my comments, it CONTRADICTS the other comments in your contribution as well.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Artax
    You said: “ Black hotel guests are more likely to be stopped and questioned by security guards, than white guests…… and more likely to be served in the restaurant AFTER white guest. It’s mainly because we have this ‘instinctive perception’ that ALL tourist are white or straight haired people, while Black people are ‘hustlers, beach-bums, black coral vendors or thieves. This attitude seems to have come from way back in the 60s or 70s into 2020.”

    Thanks again. I can tell you that white (Bajan)gigolos have no problems going into the hotel rooms with the tourist women. However the black gigolos are stopped .
    I know of plenty black Americans tourists who complained of indifferent treatment.
    Remember decades ago how the black prominent Smith family sued the Hilton for discrimination.

    Racism is rampant in the local tourism industry. Always has been.

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  • First, I’m forced to ask if your July 15, 2020 6:40 PM contribution is a response to my 6:06 PM?

    If it is, could you please indicate where in that contribution, I IMPLIED there’s a ‘mutual relationship’ between ‘nepotism’ and ‘discrimination?’

    RE: “Preferential treatment for people who are considered rich customers. It’s the same in every tourist destination. How do you think white people in some places like Geneva kiss the a** of rich Arabs, Asians and even Africans, LOL …”

    Your comment about “preferential treatment” may be true, but it is IRRELEVANT in this case. As a hotel employee, how would go about trying to determine “who are rich” or to whom you would give “preferential treatment,” when a room rate of US$1,500 per night at Fairmont Royal Pavillion, for example, REMAINS the same whether the guests are Black, white, “Arab, Asian and even Africans?”

    RE: “Bad administration. Some expats complained to me that they had to queue for an hour to have their driving licence renewed – in the meantime some relatives of the public officers were allowed to pass them.”

    TOTALLY IRRELEVANT.

    RE: “Harassment of workers. It happens everywhere. In North America and Europe, employers fire employees for 2 dollars, while highly incompetent managers are praised away to the board of directors.”

    Again, your comment may be true, but it’s TOTALLY IRRELEVANT within this context. The examples I presented, are COMPARISONS between how THEFT is DEALT with when two different ethnic groups are involved.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Excellent Senor @Artax, I interpreted your BLM remarks as counterpoint to the ‘Bajan condition’ so I am glad that in fact you were expressing a strong connection of the struggle to root out oppression and discrimination however it may be manifest…and that we are on the same page.

    English is my only language so it’s quite unfortunate that yet 1) I misinterpreted your remarks so terribly and then 2) was so unclear in my remarks … particularly when I perceived that I was crystal clear. Alas!

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  • n a media release through the Barbados Government Information Service, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, explained earlier today, that following the positive diagnoses of five returning nationals last weekend, a decision was taken to extend the quarantine period of persons seated in close proximity to them.

    And although they would have tested negative twice seven days apart, “they remained under close supervision of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and were told to self quarantine for another week, out of an abundance of caution”.

    It was on the third examination that the woman tested positive for the coronavirus.

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/246692/positive-covid-19-test-repatriation-flight-pushes-total-104

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  • The indigenous African in the Americas has the right to be involved in any developmental plans that negatively impacts their quality of life and that of their present and future generations.The African descended in Barbados and the Caribbean should not be deliberately kept in the dark by governments they elected and pay a salary to manage their economy. There should be no secret deals and meetings as it relates to the people’s money in their treasury and pension fund, government ministers should not be doling out taxpayer’s and pensioner’s money by the hundreds of millions of dollars to crooked minorities WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE BLACK POPULATION TO WHOM IT ALL BELONGS.

    ▼Article XXIX. Right to development

    Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and determine their own priorities with respect to their political, economic, social, and cultural development in conformity with their own cosmovision. They also have the right to be guaranteed the enjoyment of their own means of subsistence and development, and to engage freely in all their economic activities. 2. This right includes the development of policies, plans, programs, and strategies in the exercise of their right to development and to implement them in accordance with their political and social organization, norms and procedures, own cosmovisions, and institutions.
    Indigenous peoples have the right to be actively involved in developing and determining development programs that affect them and, to the extent possible, to administer such programs through their own institutions. 4. 5. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water, or other resources.4/ Indigenous peoples have the right to effective measures to mitigate adverse ecological, economic, social, cultural, or spiritual impacts of the implementation of development projects that affect their rights. Indigenous peoples who have been deprived of their means of subsistence and development have the right to restitution and, where this is not possible, to fair and equitable compensation. This includes the right to compensation for any harm caused to them by the implementation of plans, programs, or projects of the State, international financial institutions, or private business.

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  • Both wicked governments allowed cow williams to pick up the people’s water wells as though he owns them, both corrupt governments sat back and allowed this to happen because who ain’t got shares in Apes Hill as ministers/lawyers WHO SHOULD’NT…..corruption….., collected bribes for selling out as usual..

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