Mental Bondage is Real

The blogmaster is sure the significance of Emancipation Day is lost on the majority of Barbadians. In recent days the commentary swirling in the spaces frequented by the blogmaster centred on the cancellation of Crop Over for a second year running, a break from going to work or attending to an activity unrelated to the purpose of Emancipation Day. A key ceremony to celebrate the day at Bussa statue will muster the usual suspects.

On a day that should have deep significance for a majority Black country, one which played a leading role perfecting the slave society model, raises the question – why are a majority of Barbadians numbed to our past? The chorus of Redemption Song by the great Robert Nesta Marley should be recommended listening for all Barbadians

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery

None but ourselves can free our minds

Have no fear for atomic energy

‘Cause none of them can stop the time

How long shall they kill our prophets

While we stand aside and look

Some say it’s just a part of it

We’ve got to fulfill the book

Bob Marley’s Redemption Song

It is instructive that at this juncture in our history the economy has stalled and we are country saddled with one of the highest debt to GDP in the world. A generation unborn will be subjected to the responsibility of servicing (not repaying) the debt.

A 21×14 country with too many motor vehicles of all engine sizes and makes on the road causing gridlock all hours of the day.

Our supermarkets stocked with too many brands of the same product to appease our taste for foreign.

We are blessed with a large middleclass whose definition of personal achievement is at minimum a 800k mortgage, 2 cars in the driveway and an annual vacation to North America or Europe. The biggest irony occurred in 2018 when the government administered a ‘haircut’ to investments held by many of the middleclass – “Oh what a tangled web we weave…”

The consumption behaviour translates to an oil and food import bill north of 1 billion dollars. This contrast starkly with an agricultural sector that accounts for less than 4% of GDP. “A country that cannot feed itself cannot have self pride….”

Our best large companies are owned by non Barbadians. What is the identity of a Barbadian if we are unable to puff our chest that comes from the confidence of being ‘strict guardians of our heritage, firm craftsmen of our fate’. Is it a surprise we are unable to connect to what Emancipation Day means?

How will we be able to change it? How will we be able to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery? A relevant program of education (indoctrination?) must start in our schools, youth groups, civic organizations, churches etc. In the words of the great poet Maya Angelou – “… if you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centred at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place”.

How do we educate our people to see the benefit of threading our past with the present to be able to experience the best future?

127 comments

  • @Rum&Coke
    The same paragraph caught my attention. However, I wanted to ask for the tasks where Dame Sandra demonstrated excellence.

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  • The same place as almost all the rest, loyalty to party.

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  • Someone ought to tell Hilary that not everyone wants him speaking for them, i certainly don’t want him speaking for my current and future generations…i never appointed you my mouth piece, we hold views that ARE WORLDS AND DECADES APART..

    the Black world needs to make its own choices…end of..

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  • Waru

    Beckles is a sellout, par excellence.

    He may even be considered on par with the classical house niggers willing to serve institutional Whiteness till death do them part.

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  • @ Rum & Cokes August 3, 2021 3:29 PM
    (Quote):
    The new Barbadian President will perform the same functions that Dame Sandra currently performs. But our new President will be performing these functions in her own right, and not as the subordinate or agent of the Queen of England.
    I, personally, would not be surprised if the combined House of Assembly and Senate choose Dame Sandra to be the very first President of Barbados– in light of the excellent job Dame Sandra has done as Governor General.
    In the new Republic of Barbados, the Prime Minister, the Government Ministers, and the other MPs will perform the same functions that they currently perform.
    (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The ‘royally blue’ vexed question which the same ‘His Excellency’ David C. has to answer is whether he will be prepared to address the same ‘selected’ President as ‘Dame KCMG’ while fully regaled in that old Royally-British encrusted medallion called the Crown after November 30th.

    If not a transitional Dame, would it be a brand new man already called ‘Sir’?

    Oh what a regal pantomime both scenarios would be when the Bajan monkeys, still in the mental chains of elitism, come out to parade in their royal costumes marked KCMG, QC et al!

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  • well that’s the bed he made, him and all the other trickled down colonial agents..

    “Right now, the Queen of England holds the position of Head of State of Barbados– with Governor General Dame Sandra being her subordinate or agent”

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  • Beckles is a historian bringing some stone cold facts shining a light on spiritual ignorance

    I invoke the Medicine Buddha by sending my prayer to the supreme heights where illness and spiritual ignorance is healed.

    Inner Tuning: I return to this mantra whenever I observe the illusion of separation affecting my actions, thoughts and deeds.

    Medicine Buddha
    Teyata Om Bekanze Bekanze
    Maha Bekanze Bekanze
    Radza Samut Gate Soha

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  • I don’t want any colonial agents speaking for or representing me or my family in any situation…period..Am very serious about this.

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  • He is a veteran and pioneer in the call for reparations, but hasn’t managed to cross the finishing line to win the race.
    Look at him as part of a relay team passing the baton on for the final straight.

    Although you may a bit of a hot head with a short fuse and too much of a revolutionary to do it without a war.

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  • ANOTHER MENTAL BONDAGE ALL BLACK FOLKS SHOULD SHED IS THAT A WHITE MAN IS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOUR.

    O WHAT A WEB WE WEAVE WHEN WE ARE PRONE TO BE DECEIVED.

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  • Missions are Possible

    Simon Biles has pushed the boundaries of her sport to the next higher level blowing all the competition away on her way.

    However, she suffered a case of twisties and lost her confidence and may have reached the limits of her peaks making the impossible possible.

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  • nothing so dramatic, she had a death in the family…family comes first……family before fame…

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  • Have you seen the documentary about her. It was interesting talking about adoption by her grandparents and learning difficulties with ADHD Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder.

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  • So what do yall plan to do about it, other islands are organizing themselves, no man is an island…

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/08/03/political-scientist-lambastes-government-for-stance-on-move-to-republic/

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  • the removal of the redundant figurehead is not a drama except for DLP drama queen party who are out in the cold

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  • Who is the white lord and saviour?

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  • “Who is the white lord and saviour?”

    maybe he was referring to white jesus or 45 donald trump (GP thinks both were ordained by God)

    the church of a black jesus is a deep underground rebel movement like original christians once were

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  • @TLSN
    Surprised this happened in Jamaica. One would have thoughts that Rasta beliefs (religion) and their human rights would be firmly established and respected in Jamaica.

    This is much more than a haircut; it is an attack on the core belief of this group. It is disrespectful and a violation of the young lady’s human right.

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  • Jesus was an Afroasiatic black brown man born in Bethlehem Palestine between 6 and 4 BC. Jesus’ preaching began around AD 27–29 and lasted one to three years. The death of Jesus as having taken place between AD 30 and 36. He taught jews and gentiles the philosophies of Buddha. Buddha taught the 8 steps to mindfulness breathing meditation about 2,600 years ago.

    (1) Breathe In and Breathe Out and become aware on the In Breath that you are Breathing In and become aware on the Out Breath that you are Breathing Out and become anchored in your awareness which means do no think of anything else.

    (2) Follow the In Breath and Out Breath all the way In and Out as it moves In and Out your Body.

    (3) Feel your body and become aware of the Oxygen in your In and Out breath reaching all parts of your body. Breath into different parts of your body by becoming aware of the breath in each part of your body.

    (4) Relax when you breath in and out become aware of each part of the body becoming relaxed.

    The first 4 steps are about the feelings of the body
    The next 4 steps are about the emotions that you feel

    (5) When you breath in and out feel the joy of breathing In and out

    (6) When you breath in and out feel the happiness of breathing In and out

    Buddha said the difference between Joy and Happiness could be likened to someone who is in a hot desert and is thirsty craving water. When he/she see an oasis in the distance he/she feels joy as he/she moves towards the oasis anticipating the quenching of his/her thirst. When he/she reaches the oasis and is able to drink cool water from a stream h/she feels happiness.

    (7) When you breath in and out also experience and acknowledge all other emotions feelings and memories which can be positive, negative or neutral. Do not ignore or bury negative feelings such as pain as they are like people who wish to be recognised and do not wish to be ignored.

    (8) Using mindfulness turn the negative feelings and neutral feelings into positive feelings by thinking how you can improve to make things better. Imagine you are planting lotus seeds in the mud and mindfulness thinking nurtures them and causes them to grow into beautiful lotus flowers.

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  • There’s a natural mystic
    Blowing through the air
    If you listen carefully now you will hear
    This could be the first trumpet
    Might as well be the last
    Many more will have to suffer
    Many more will have to die
    Don’t ask me why


    How long shall they kill our prophets
    While we stand aside and look?
    Yes, some say it’s just a part of it
    We’ve got to fulfill the book

    Won’t you help to sing
    These songs of freedom?
    ‘Cause all I ever had
    Redemption songs
    All I ever had
    Redemption songs
    These songs of freedom
    Songs of freedom

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/08/03/regional-police-launch-probe-into-allegations-that-police-forcibly-trimmed-rastafarian-woman/

    Bustamante hunted them down for death, dead or alive, whether they committed a crime or not, there were many extrajudicial murders carried out by the animals for colonial agents, a deadly breed of subhuman creations..

    …all the islands had some degree of terrorizing the Rasta community for not conforming to the Slave system, that it’s still happening today in Jamaica shows just how toxic the embedded slavehood and its negro agents are, just a year or two ago a Slave judge in Jamiaca tried to criminalize a child not 7 years old…tried to stop her from going to school for having natural locks, beautiful braids on her head….don’t have to tell you how social media tore into that Slave’s ass and the fraud was rescinded, why do you think i don’t want Slave leaders from colonial parliaments speaking for or representing me anywhere….they are generational Slaves who fully conformed to the colonial system….and claim to be leaders, they should all be BANISHED from among humans….they are an EMBARRASSMENT..

    all you have to do is listen to them speak and you hear the engineered Slave right away.

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  • “While investigations into the matter are ongoing, it must be stated categorically that the cutting of people’s hair – particularly that of Rastafarians – has no place in the modern JCF.

    “Any such behaviour on the part of a JCF member would be inconsistent with the JCF’s Diversity Policy and our values of respect for all persons and their human rights. Any police officer, who in 2021 would violate any person’s rights in this way, would not be suitable to continue as a policeman/woman,” the JCF said, adding “we assure both the public and our members that a transparent and fair investigation will be conducted”

    it’s time to flip the script on these colonial slaves, that corporal should be looking for both her hands this morning..it’s still not too late, Slaves need to keep their hands off real humans…and know their place..

    do you see how Mia disrespect and illtreat the Rasta Community, violate their rights AGAINST INTERNATIONAL LAW and act as though she has some righ,t like she was trying with the vaccine against the whole population…..that needs to be made an example of….Slave leaders are a stain on our earth..

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  • Told yall since last year or so that when all this Covid and everything else that is coming at us at warp speed is over ALL THE SLAVES WILL BE REVEALED….and identified, and unless Mia who confessed on ITV London that the poeple on the island have a high level of mental enslavement, finally bring in psychologists and other professionals to undo those centuries and decades of mental damage, these individuals should be shunned, they are an ongoing danger to any African society…

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  • Europe & America creates poverty in the developing world.

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