That Multi-racial Advertisement is Dangerous to Society

Submitted by Fatimah Farah Mohammed-Ali

This Trinidad and Tobago Republic Bank “Kern and Alana’s love story” advertisement is an attack on all Black women. Most of us are already struggling to survive as single mothers. Our Black men are often absent fathers in the home which is the main cause of so many of our sons, brothers and nephews being gunned down every day with their blood soiling the streets. Every day, two and three Black men are murdered like dogs. There are few Black role models for our young sons in the home.

And on top of that, you have our young black successful men leaving and making a new home with other women. The bank advertisement shows a fatherless young man living with his granny. He works hard making a backyard garden to eat food in the kitchen. He studies hard at university. He graduates. He buys a car. And after all that sacrifice and care with his grandmother, he gets a job and wants to settle. And who does he choose to marry? Certainly not a black woman. He is too ambitious and bright for that.

Where does this situation leave the Black woman? According to a 2018 U.S. survey, black mothers are four times more likely to be single and serve as the primary breadwinners of their home, as granny is depicted in the advertisement. The headline of a nbcnews item published in 2010 reads: “Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate”. The article begins: “Debate is growing within and outside the black community of how to address the rising rate of unwed mothers. Seventy-two percent of black babies are born to unwed mothers, government statistics say — and changing that is a complex issue.”

There is a clear link shown between family structure and delinquent or gang behaviour. Children who grow up in a single-parent household headed by the mother appear to be most at risk. This finding was published in an article entitled “Black Single Female-Headed Households and their Children’s Involvement in Gangs” published in 1992. These kinds of advertisements are setting a trend and promoting a model that is destructive to the black community with a negative impact on society with respect to an increase in crime by black youths.

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334 comments

  • Yeah Afri investment lol…your china’s girl now. I am still trying to get the 40 billion my late unknown nigerian uncle left me. It seems my bank account number I sent so they could deposit the check didnt match with their records

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    lol…am sure they cleaned out what ya had there….

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    read TWICE for clarity and understanding……i will not argue with anyone anymore, said it in an above comment…….any self-destructive proposals…i will agree with….because that is all yall seem to have…and capable of delivering…

    good idea….cause i know the first thing they will do is get rid of the useless breathers…yall have only had a couple hundred over the last 6 decades and look how much DAMAGE THEY DID….

    “And improve the lot of the “majority black population’?”

    getting rid of fools will improve the lot of someone…..not too concerned who once it;s not coming from my end….

    why they are so interested in other people’s sex lives, love lives that have nothing to do with them…borders on mental illness….i have never been interested in other people’s personal lives, it’s TACKY, intrusive and very malicious…

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  • This commercial caused a racist backlash 9 years ago when Obama was president, back then it was whites protesting

    Look how far we have come

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    ” African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) ”

    Hants….that bank already put something on the table..

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  • Okay. So women instead of men. Who finds it offensive?

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    And look who popped up on the Cheerios video…none other than Damian Marley’s son, Bob’s grandson…giving his dynamic performance for his grandfather’s 77th..

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  • Hants,

    I can’t be bothered with any of you, of ANY COLOUR.

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  • So… who has something against the offspring of inter-racial parents????????

    For the last time – marriage is more than sex. You are the mentally ill one who keeps insisting that it is.

    Marriage, in most ancient traditions, was not a personal or private thing. Marriage united families, tribes and countries and was mostly arranged to do just that. Whether the marriage was consumated even was EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS.

    Even my son knew that and pointed it out to me.

    But…..I don’t have to peep into people’s bedrooms. They come out in public and declare themselves married.

    It would be bloody stupid not to take into account how a person conducts his/or her private life in judging what type of person they are.

    Really bloody stupid!

    STEUPSE! OUR PRIVATE LIVES DECLARE WHO WE ARE!

    Now, enough of your nonsense for the day!

    DUN!

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    people’s private lives are their PRIVATE lives and nothing to OBSESS OVER…

    “Per·son·al
    /ˈpərs(ə)nəl/
    adjective

    1.
    of, affecting, or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else:”

    Opposite:

    “Pub·lic
    /ˈpəblik/
    adjective

    1.
    of or concerning the people as a whole:

    2.
    done, perceived, or existing in open view:”

    time to get a grip…

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    people definitely better keep their personal business OFF BU…

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  • You are right about that Africa. Have you taken hubby out for a walk today, doesn’t that make for a dilemma if he is both black and white.lol

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    Pacha….just saw this…

    “Russia has Enough Gas Reserves For Next 100 years – Gazprom.”

    looks like the population is set.

    but in other news, everything has definitely gone to hell in a handbasket.

    few will swim, many will sink…survival of the fittest…

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    Lawson….ya right to laugh.

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  • I guess if a man has a wife and I hear him bussin’ she ass, I should consider that their private business too.

    Not my marriage. Not my ass. Not my business. Buss’ she till she dead! Not my business.

    FOOL!

    Who one is wedded to is not a private affair any more than your birth, name or death. ALL REQUIRED TO BE RECORDED BY THE STATE. THE PEOPLE’S STATE.

    Stupid!

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    You will interfere in the right marriage one day…

    already made a fool of yaself believing you were interfering in mine….that one lasted for years, knew yall had some really serioius issues, but not even me thought it was THAT BAD…

    can’t understand how people could have SO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS to be malicious.

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  • Hi, play my theme song.
    I am a man of peace but capable of shredding a man to pieces.
    Play my entrance music
    TheOGazerts reporting for duty, Sir.

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    🤣🤣🤣🤣 that is a sickness….holy shit…it just hit me…

    but i was equally busy for YEARS with MY BUSINESS….so although i threw BAIT OUT THERE was not paying that much attention to see how deep that sickness ran.

    don’t know if they understand it…..but even their weddings are DEFINED BY THE COLONIAL SYSTEM, it was CREATED JUST FOR THEM…

    and apparently they use it to interfere in each other’s lives, now i know why these marriages are so HAPHAZARD…filled with VIOLENCE and accusations of all sorts and more often than not NEVER LAST……….these little beasts make it their business to apparently barge into the honeymoon and from there never leave the couple’s lives..

    girl, i was the very worse person you could pick for that backwardness…..you have no clue……ya may want to try getting a LIFE OF YOUR OWN..

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  • Interfering in a marriage, you ass???

    Whose marriage have I interferred in?

    Do you know the meaning of the word “interfere”?????

    You are one foolish woman, in trut!

    Look be off!

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    were i you, i would be ashamed, but i guess, some don’t even have that decency..

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    btw…there have been tons of accusations FOR YEARS ON END…that there is a wife beater and abuser in the parliament…why don’t you go DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT…

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  • By the way, are you suggesting that a woman has no life without a man?????

    How backward is that?

    I didn’t read your whole post, so I missed that piece.

    Oh dear! What an ass you are!

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    You have NO LIFE, if the ONLY LIFE you have….is interfering in marriages and relationships…..OTHER PEOPLE’S CHOICES which are none of your business…..

    …you are definitely going to mess with the right people one day…ya can’t help yaself…

    were i a man…wouldn’t want you..

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  • Accusations! Am I a private detective? I was referring to what I see and know not what I hear rumours about?

    The representative I voted for has no such allegations against them, you complete ass!

    Ashamed of what, you annoyance?

    Look, go and call the husband you say you have! Stop trying to prolong the conversation. I have more of a life than you do, it seems, because I am not bored enough to want to continue to engage with you. But you keep making these crazy accusations to provoke a response. What could be the reason? Have you nothing better to do?

    Always threatening people as though you have power. Now what could your stupid ass do to me, fool?

    STEUPSE !

    SHOO FLY!

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  • Were I a pig, wouldn’t want you!

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    We should now wonder when the government will ACTUALLY give the Afrikan population the information they need to SURVIVE THIS MESS…

    ..and WHEN they will put the ROUNDED education in the schools that this and future generations WILL NEED TO SURVIVE MOVING FORWARD…

    ..all without being underneath TIEFING CORRUPT MINORITIES…

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    If they could take information INTENDED for the Afrikan population and GIVE TO CROOKS…..they should give the people what they ARE ENTITLED TO….

    let’s see if the people sit back and allow them to DRIVE THEM INTO MORE DEPENDENCY on thieves…

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  • @ TheOGazerts

    The great Maynard Fergusson.Canadian eh.

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  • “There was a [Caucasian man] who went through his ancestry and realised that one of his ancestors was from Ireland, but married a black woman from the Foster Hall Plantation here. It was only then that he understood many of the things his father did throughout his life.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Pacha….Kush arrived.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    TLSN…check out the Telegraph and an article on the British Empire today’s article..

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  • @African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved August 31, 2022 1:25 PM “people definitely better keep their personal business OFF BU.”

    You really ought to have taken your own advice.

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  • Marriage is NOT private business. It never has been, Every culture, ever religion, every country that I have ever heard of require marriage ceremonies to take place in PUBLIC, in the presence of multiple witnesses. Every literate society requires that a WRITTEN record of the marriage is lodged with the PUBLIC and/or religious authorities.

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  • @Donna August 31, 2022 4:03 PM ‘Interfering in a marriage, you ass??? Whose marriage have I interferred in?”

    She seems to believe that you were trying to t’ief she swibbly old man.

    Don’t know what you would do with him if you “succeeded”

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  • World A Music
    Out in the streets they call it murder
    Out of Many One
    Cindy Breakspeare was crowned Miss World 1976 and Jr Gong Damian Marley was born 1978

    His musical works is arguably not as good as his Daddy’s or that of Peter and Bunny the other parts of the 3 Wailers, but he has become a successful legal ganja planter and entrepreneur who bought control of “High Times” so his Pops would have been proud of the boy

    Mixed marriages in politics should be considered in context of each politicians beliefs and policies where their politics are not correct.
    There are many token coconuts in the nasty party of UK Conservatives with questionable marriages and Clarence Thomas’ and wife is also a nasty piece of work. But, I see no evidence Yearwood is selling out his race by crossing the tracks going to the other side of town.

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    “Too Trusting”

    “Gorbachev trusted Too Much” – former CIA officer”

    Pacha….i totally see how this happened.

    The asses are the ones believe they are STILL INVOLVED IN MY MARRIAGE…..and still don’t know what’s going on around them…or HOW IT’S IMPACTING THEM……..because everybody’s business they believe is their own…

    some people get married and NO ONE EVEN KNOWS….

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    If you don’t have A FIRM GRIP on the situation regarding ya welfare, well-being and FUTURE….ya int worth shit…cause ya too busy in other people’s private lives……

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  • I ain’t saying nothing about nothing about some such ticklish subject matter

    “Getting down to the Nitty Gritty”
    was a popular idiom with the Jolly Old Brits
    But it’s true meaning has been lost along the way
    and you will never find it on google search
    But I man shall reveal the real deal
    it means fucking a black woman
    and comes from the slave ships
    white folks have watered it down
    and will try to say it means
    the gunk at the bottom of the ship
    after washing the “slaves” wenches
    so they are so fresh and clean
    before they are fucked by sailors
    frigging in the rigging
    as there is fuck all else to do

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  • “And on top of that, you have our young black successful men leaving and making a new home with other women. The bank advertisement shows a fatherless young man living with his granny. He works hard making a backyard garden to eat food in the kitchen. He studies hard at university. He graduates. He buys a car. And after all that sacrifice and care with his grandmother, he gets a job and wants to settle. And who does he choose to marry? Certainly not a black woman. He is too ambitious and bright for that.”

    Too late for me to go back and read all of the comments and when I was here I previously I was very focused and yet distracted,

    The statements above are just on black men. I dislike when we start the unnecessary division of our men and our women. it is true that there may be underlying issues between them, but inter-racial relationship also includes the black woman marrying others.

    It is necessary to add the following …
    Note: For some the above may contain trigger words, but clearly it does not take a stance on one side of the other. It is not for or against.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    BU has become too divisive…and gradually got that way even when there were multiple warnings…..

    ..this is the time for unity and inclusion…..and when i say that IT DOES NOT INCLUDE INSERTING YASELVES IN EACH OTHER’S PRIVATE LIVES…

    ..learn to separate the serious from the superficial…..if ya can.

    have no clue where they got the anti-social idea that they are entitled to make choices for other people..

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  • I do not want to join the battle on one side or the other (black men vs black women) but if you look on social media you can see young black men and women launching what I consider as viicious attacks on the opposite sex. This is not productive and often reinforces negative stereotypes.

    A bad relationship with one individual does not mean you should apply the same outcome to all future relationships and start labelling others of the same group. It is a fact that people (men and women) will lie, cheat, steal and even murder. You will encounter one or more of these during your passage here, but that doesn’t mean you should condemn a whole group based on a few ugly experiences.

    And we need to stop the negative phrases
    N word
    “crabs in a barrel”
    Blacks don’t buy from blacks



    a whole lot of negative nonsense that we eventually drill into our children. Those are phrases that divide.

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  • These are phrases to describe a behaviour that is being demonstrated. No cover up. If you come to BU to discuss issues and instead prefer to froth all day about black people on a 2×3 island who are ignorant, corrupt, jokers, buffoons etc, the blogmaster reserves the right to describe the condition for what it is – CRABS IN A BARREL!

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  • I try to be a good person, but at times I make mistakes.
    I try to walk away, but there are times when you have to say to hell with it and blast away.

    Yesterday, I saw my name mentioned twice early in the morning, but I did not reply.
    What I said the night before was done and over and not really worth repeating.

    When the day is over and a new day begins, leave the old fights behind.
    Fight if you must, but don’t let it carry on over several days.
    —————xxx——————–
    Have a great day
    L8r g8rs

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  • To be clear.
    That was not meant as personal attack.
    And others besides you use the phrase.
    I should have stopped there, but the devil in me must add .. who the shoe fits 🙂

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  • Magnificent a.k.a Magno – Yu Heard Formula: C₂₁H₃₀O₂ IUPAC ID: (−)-(6aR,10aR)-6,6,9-trimethyl- 3-pentyl-6a,7,8,10a-tetrahydro- 6H-benzo[c]chromen-1-ol

    “And on top of that, you have our young black successful men leaving and making a new home with other women. The bank advertisement shows a fatherless young man living with his granny. He works hard making a backyard garden to eat food in the kitchen. He studies hard at university. He graduates. He buys a car. And after all that sacrifice and care with his grandmother, he gets a job and wants to settle. And who does he choose to marry? Certainly not a black woman. He is too ambitious and bright for that.”

    [I best chose my words carefully when there are bitches around]

    Reading between the lines of this false advertising storyline with some next level intuitive intelligence and gut feel which never lies
    This Black male model actor look’s gayish there are several inverts in the acting industry
    [No Homo]

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  • Me no like Dem
    Dem no like me

    School Days aka Big Red Bum Ball
    Remember when we were at school
    You were my playmate
    Teacher taught the Golden Rule
    To love one another like sister and brother
    That is right. It is so right.

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  • Under Heavy Manners
    One Golden Rule to use in polite public discourse or conversation socially mingling is not to discuss race religion or politics or join in with others doing so. BU is found guilty on 3 counts of these 3 rules and not following polite protocol. Social media ain’t social and civil war ain’t civil.

    When they don’t like someone’s song lyrics play them the album

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    Unfortunately, there has been so much time-wasting over the years, that now people have to ask questions they should already have all the answers for..

    am wondering how Heather is coming along with her site…am sure she is appreciating the intensity involved, success is the end result..,,have not seen her in ages.

    too busy to be bothered with the mediocre mind games that never go anywhere, preparing my WP site for coders it seems like months now, lots of work to keep myself gainfully occupied……

    ..everyone should be totally FOCUSED ONLY ON their welfare seeing as the news is getting more and more concerning……no matter what language used, if ya INT PREPARED…that’s on you..

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    “Michael Holding says people must ‘call out’ and ’embarrass’ racists”

    i posted this on here last year, but people are more interested in calling out and attempting to embarrass each other, no matter how much IT FAILS…….while giving racists and corrupt politicians who enable all of it a pass…

    guess it’s still not a priority…

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  • Poor Michael Holding was humiliated in front of his Portugese wife when no taxi in London would stop when he hailed them.

    “Let your wife do the hailing!” was the advice someone offered him.

    “I’d rather walk!” was his reply.

    I believe it was the experience of being dehumanised in front of his wife that made him cry long water on internationally watched TV. Bet it wasn’t the first time he faced racism. But it was the time that he FELT IT MOST!

    OH DEAR!

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  • @ Theo
    You must guard against the propagandists. They are a frustrated lot, hoping for the ship of state to refloat, so that they can come here and gloat. In the meantime expect them to act rather erratically.
    I have asked this question a thousand times: Where is the proof that Black Barbadians don’t support their own?
    Black business enterprise has been systematically and successfully sabotaged and in many cases , and simply could not go to the next level, although there are some who have escaped and have been hugely successful. Unfortunately there are in the minority.
    There is no business in Barbados that could have reached its zenith without black support and there is no Black business in Barbados that could have succeeded without Black support.
    If we did not dominate Broad Street and are not dominating Warrens , it has more to do with the historical structure of business in our society than any desire or boycott of business by our own people.
    We have been caught in draconian higher purchase whirlpools because we simply were not earning enough money to have resources for real investment to any large scale. This opened the door for economic exploration by minority groups and a failure of successive governments to pursue a progressive policy of economic enfranchisement.
    In other words when all the fancy talk is done, we just could have not accumulated real generational wealth .
    There are less than six major black businesses that now have the opportunity to achieve that . Hopefully they will survive for the next two generations and beyond.
    Sometimes in efforts to protect the powerful , we turn on ourselves .
    We have the non productive ability , to take serious discussions and turn them into the mundane.
    Peace

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  • Should read this opened the door for economic “exploitation” by minority groups.
    Not “ exploration”

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  • ““Michael Holding says people must ‘call out’ and ’embarrass’ racists””

    It is not a pleasant job but somebody has to do it
    Bu is full of them ugly nasty racist screw faces who need mace sprayed in their face
    in no particular order or odour I will name some but not all
    Dullard, William, Harry, Abigail, The 0 who are all found guilty of Talking Loud Saying Nothing
    The most insidious thing much more than the Bajan Rum is the Bajan anecdotal fairy tales to teach and spread ignorance and hate

    Three Wicked Men
    the is Three men I don’t trust in this world
    Those Three Men is a danger to me
    Mr Slave Drive
    Mr Exploiter
    and
    Mr Criticiser
    Those 3 men i Don’t Trust

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    Just when I thought I was old enough to be safe from unsolicited and unwanted propositions…..

    Along came a fella. dark, upright, strong and fit looking, and by the look of him, not quite as old as I am, pleading with me to give him a chance. “You can’t write me off just so!”

    I laughed so hard that he that I hurt his feelings. I haven’t seen the man since.

    But wrt the aforementioned husband…. I really don’t know what I would do with him either. He’s probably past his “sell by” date.

    But lookah how you come to start up the crap again! You really must learn how to behave yourself!

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    “In other words when all the fancy talk is done, we just could have not accumulated real generational wealth .”

    not with all the racism, oppression, disenfranchisement, suppression and THEFTS for the last 100 years ya couldn’t…..

    …..still can’t because it’s still ALL IN PLACE…..and about to go UNDERGOUND but FUNCTIONING STILL if ya don’t pay attention…

    i got a new focus….mending fences across continents, started the process already…don’t know how people could have so much time to do so very little or nothing…about what is CONFRONTING THEM…

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  • William Skinner is the master specialist of the euphemism to provoke and encourage the bile to ooze out

    Some call them 2 faces
    but I call the Cunt faces

    “Peace” “☮”

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  • I noticed today that barbados has 71 contrarians for every 100000 people having been reading BU for a while now…. I would have thought it was a lot higher.

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    lol…Lawson ya noticed…

    these are people not worth paying too much attention to…or ya will end up just like them…with no clue about what is really going on…..or what to do about it…

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  • Grace Jones Vs Pretenders / Private Life

    Your private life drama baby leave me out
    (repeat 3 times)
    J’ai les glands with your theatrics
    Your acting’s a drag
    It’s o.k. on TV ’cause you can turn it off
    But don’t try me
    Yes your marriage is a tragedy
    But it’s not my concern
    I’m very superficial I hate anything official

    Your private life drama baby leave me out
    (repeat 3 times)
    (backup chorus)
    You’ve been lying to someone and now me
    Stop
    (repeat 3 times)

    Your sentimental gestures only bore me to death
    You’ve made a desperate appeal now save your breath
    Attachment to obligation through guilt and regret
    Shit that’s so wet
    And your sex life complications are not my fascinations

    Your private life drama baby leave me out
    (repeat 3 times)
    (backup chorus)
    You’ve been lying to someone and now me
    Stop
    (repeat 3 times)

    You asked me for advice I said use the door
    But you’re still clinging to somebody you deplore
    And now you want to use me for emotional blackmail
    I just feel pity when you lie, contempt when you cry

    Your private life drama baby leave me out
    (repeat 3 times)
    (backup chorus)
    You’ve been lying to someone and now me
    Stop
    (repeat 3 times)

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    Pacha…….am sure ya checked out CAR.

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  • Skin to Skin
    Sleeping with the Enemy
    There are some who will not sleep with the other kind which is their prerogative
    and there are some others who will not speak to them which is backward and not forward
    Capleton – Dem No Like Me

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  • ” The Barbados Police Service is assuring the public they are in control of the crime situation in Barbados.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2022/09/01/top-cop-force-control-crime/

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  • Mr. Skinner

    Your September 1, 2022 9:04 AM contribution was very interesting.

    You asked, “Where is the proof that Black Barbadians don’t support their own,” and then ‘said,’ “Black business enterprise has been systematically and successfully sabotaged and in many cases, and simply could not go to the next level”….. which, if we look at “support” within the larger context of the history of businesses in Barbados…… essentially provided an answer to your question.

    I agree with you wholeheartedly that Black people support Black owned businesses in Barbados, whether it’s Carlton Supermarket, the ‘one door’ village shop, wayside vendors, ‘de sno-cone man’ or Donna selling fried chicken, fish, pork, chips and pudding & souse from her kitchen on weekends.
    However, if the ‘proprietor’s’ customers boycott her business after she decided to ‘add on two more doors pun de old shop,’…… or Donna, simply because she opened a small restaurant…… resulting in them having ‘to shut shop,’ then, surely you’ll agree their businesses were “systematically sabotaged”! as well?
    There is a lady who, for years, has been selling ‘roasted corn’ at a specific location on the ABC Highway. One night a few years ago, I decided to buy a corn, but realized the person there wasn’t her…… she was further ‘down the road.’ She told me the guy arrived there before her, to ‘set up shop,’ perhaps hoping to solicit her regular customers. He took advantage of the fact that the highway is a ‘free fuh all.’
    Didn’t the guy engaged in an activity to “systematically sabotage” the lady’s operations?

    This is the REALITY of the SITUATION, whether you WANT to BELIEVE or ACCEPT it…… or not.
    We have to examine ALL FACTORS that NEGATIVELY affect businesses.

    Unless, of course, you want us to believe “systematically sabotaged” must ONLY be facilitated by political policies or the lack thereof, prejudices in the financial system or by competing business owned by minority groups.

    I agree “there are some who have escaped and have been hugely successful.”
    The KFC franchise is owned by a Black man, who has been competing ‘neck and neck’ with Chefette…… even though under different conditions, as it relates to the provisions of the KFC franchise and the opening of new outlets.
    Chicken Barn, Cherish Cosmetique, Popular Discounts, Channell’s and Trimart Supermarkets, Carlton & A One Supermarkets, Teriffic Tiles, are examples of successful Black owned businesses.

    There are various factors that led to the unfortunate demise of businesses, such as, according to you, “failure of successive governments to pursue a progressive policy of economic enfranchisement.”

    However, you must also realize there are two types of businessmen…… a businessman and ‘a
    man in business.’
    And, more often than not, persons in the latter category are those who fail.

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  • @ Artax
    Can’t find any real differences with your post. The competition for space and so on has a lot to do with our failure to properly develop vending in general
    As for the petty jealousies that arise as we envy others who are improving , I think it is a cultural negative but it hasn’t , to any great degree , stopped enterprises such as : Grannies, Enid’s , Pink Star and the several fish and other vendors at Oistins from succeeding.
    The largely home based pudding and souse, sweetbread and so on Enterprises have kept their customer base for decades.
    However , I was quite in agreement with you when you posited:
    “ I agree with you wholeheartedly that Black people support Black owned businesses in Barbados, whether it’s Carlton Supermarket, the ‘one door’ village shop, wayside vendors, ‘de sno-cone man’ or Donna selling fried chicken, fish, pork, chips and pudding & souse from her kitchen on weekends.”
    This has been the major point of what I have been saying for years.
    I have problems with those of us who make the blanket statement that “ blacks don’t support blacks.”
    As you correctly said sabotage should be viewed in a broader context but I hold firm, that minority groups and a failure of governments to engineers more progressive black enfranchisement economic policy have greatly contributed to the failure of having a more dominant Black corporate/ business class.
    We are very much on the same page.
    Peace.

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  • Waru

    There’s a danger in lionizing people still alive. Maybe the best assessments are made after life for everyone has positive and negatives which must be balanced.

    Michael Holding was always a Jamaican upper middle class boy.

    For his ilk in Jamaica within a household the boys are still called ‘master ‘this and that’. The little girls are called ‘ms this and that’.

    House helpers must wait until the masters have eaten to have their fill. Different ware are required of course. There is a long history of this Black middle class behaviour in Jamaica, Haiti and elsewhere.

    In Barbados 20 year hence we still can’t get a single politician to cite the crypto-racism charge made by the UN.

    Holding has spent all his professional life in media being an apologist for White systems of oppression and in defense of his class interests. Ignorantly imposing an unlearnt view of phenomena.

    His central argument is that racism is getting better than before. There is no such evidence. What he means to do is to protect his White friends. You’ll never hear his voice on any critical issue which will discomfort White people. This is the character of the sambo types.

    To this writer Michael Holding was arguably one of the best pace men to ever walk this earth. But as for anything other than that, well.

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    “House helpers must wait until the masters have eaten to have their fill. Different ware are required of course. There is a long history of this Black middle class behaviour in Jamaica, Haiti and elsewhere.

    In Barbados 20 year hence we still can’t get a single politician to cite the crypto-racism charge made by the UN.”

    they never want change, or address and if it’s inevitable expect someone else to do it for them, then they turn around and demonize that person…and can’t see themselves.

    “His central argument is that racism is getting better than before. ”

    given his tears i guess he learned there is no good, better or best racism…

    “What he means to do is to protect his White friends. You’ll never hear his voice on any critical issue which will discomfort White people. This is the character of the sambo types.”

    got it right on here…the apologists, too weak, yellow-bellied and cowardly to say the things that i say naturally and don’t give a shit whom it offends…but after i tell it as i see it, then they jump out to attack..

    but now they will have to SAY IT THEMSELVES since my focus has shifted,..can’t wait to see them….

    unless i see the dangerous government using their usual sleight of hand and lies to scam, disenfranchise or oppress those who genuinely don’t deserve it…….or set up the criminal minorities to take the rightful place of Afrikans…….then i will have my say…but until then, am busy with other priorities..

    the problems run deep….the victims not wanting to offend the criminals…a black dilemma…..but much prefer to continually give them shit eating grins and bear it…..but readily attack, badmind or spite each other…..the place is filled with WEAK “sambo types”…

    am so over them……achieving what i set out to do…..so they are not needed…never really were..

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    they never want change, or HAVE TO address it…

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    Pacha…..all of them have the same mindsets….hold on STEADFASTLY…to the evil colonial system that enslaved their ancestors and still has them LOOKED DOWN ON AS INFERIOR…..WORLDWIDE…….trapped in generational poverty and struggling consistently………..but REFUSE to crush it or remove themselves from it because they see themselves as nobodies without it UNTIL IT BITES THEM….

    those types deserve to ROT IN IT…..they are the non-progressives…

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  • Waru

    Some here on BU have talked about unity of Afrikan or Black people.

    That is impossible to do not based on all the truths, internal and external.

    One truism those misguided appeals ignore is that classism is no less vicious as an internality than racism is, both as an internal and an external construct.

    Well cited, only ignorant people and apologists talk about racism as if on some scale between good and bad, in gradations.

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    “”That is impossible to do not based on all the truths, internal and external.

    One truism those misguided appeals ignore is that classism is no less vicious as an internality than racism is, both as an internal and an external construct.”

    both templates feeding off the other……same concept of one group better than or superior to the other….otherworldly ignorance …that black victims wholeheartedly EMBRACE…..would FIGHT TO KEEP…..and it makes perfect sense to them..

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    “Some here on BU have talked about unity of Afrikan or Black people.”

    waiting to see that talk turned into action without the divisiveness displayed on here in the past few years………they have the floor and all the opportunities in the world and should take it….it’s now over to them..

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  • We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • “The competition for space and so on has a lot to do with our failure to properly develop vending in general.”

    Mr. Skinner

    We must bear in mind the business environment that is rapidly changing.
    And, in such a dynamic market, business owners must adapt quickly to those changes by developing new ideas, goods and services…… to keep abreast with technology and new business trends.

    A “progressive black enfranchisement economic policy,” would’ve been to build a multipurpose market facility on the site where the ‘Freedom Park’ is now located.
    Design with flexibility to adequately accommodate simultaneous events and various small businesses, such as vendors, barbers, hair dressing salons,bbutchers, shoe repairs…… and offering commercial office and retail spaces.

    This project could have been included in a Bridgetown redevelopment program.

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    Pacha…TLSN…sometimes i wonder what really goes through these people’s minds, i am never thrilled to glimpse it from their world view….but while writing, i have no choice sometimes but to delve…..

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/01/evicted-chagos-islanders-descendants-to-get-british-citizenship

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    remember when i kept chanting that Diego Garcia was not a person….these are Afrikan descents whose foreparents were stolen from Madagascar and Mozambique and brutally mistreated post slavery…

    and some on BU still wallow in the nastiness and believe they have arrived…

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  • @ Artax
    You are absolutely correct. While I understand the building of the vendor stalls, I am still convinced that ideas such as the one you presented here have never been on the radar of successive governments and this limits the creativity and change that is needed.
    The concept is still from the 60s: build a stall, the vendors sell some items; attract a limited clientele and then sell some drinks and the boys lime and play dominoes. Nothing wrong with our culture but sometimes as you have said, we have to adapt to the new dynamics of the society. We simply have our minds stuck in mud.
    There was a time when going into the market was a throughly enjoyable experience .
    We keep putting people in a box and always believe in giving them very limited opportunities.
    It goes deep into our psyche and others exploit this minimum opportunity approach to economic development.
    Peace.

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  • riddle me this
    riddle me that
    guess this riddle
    perhaps not

    Can you keep a secret
    Can you keep it in your mind
    small populations are small markets
    small markets should have small businesses
    it is called the flea market
    they may open on Sunday

    Population – Knowledge

    Bendown Plaza

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  • Mr. Skinner

    St. Lucia has two multipurpose markets.
    And, St. Vincent has one. The last time I was there, the police canteen was located on the top floor.
    Yet, according to the old folk, ‘we like finding fault of the low islands.’

    We have ‘Queen’s Park,’ ‘Errol Barrow Park’ and ‘Jubilee Gardens’ in Bridgetown.
    I cannot understand why ‘government’ felt it necessary to hurriedly construct ‘Freedom Park,’ especially in close proximity to Independence Square’s ‘Barrow Park.’

    ‘Queen’s Park’ was officially opened as a national park on Thursday, June 10, 1909 and is essentially a historical site.
    ‘Government’ could’ve considered a complete restoration of ‘the Park’ and the historic gazebo that is located near the children’s playground.
    Additionally, we all know ‘Queen’s Park’ is the ‘home ground’ of Spartan Club.
    The club was “formed in 1893 for middle-class black and creole cricketers who were denied entry into all-white cricket clubs such as Wanderers and Pickwick,” making it one of the oldest cricket clubs in Barbados,
    Taking its history into consideration…… and, ‘the Park’ is owned by the state, ‘government’ could’ve also redeveloped the cricket ground and repair the stands as well.

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  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
    This advert is targeting young demographics not the old age pensioners who frequent Bu.
    Did you know children don’t even recognise or know about race. The ignorance is taught to them by elders who are not wise as children. So watch what you say in front of the little ones as they will copy you and the chain will never be broken. People are more than their physical body as they are more than physical matter. There is no colour when you die. Death is something everyone has in common. Death should be the only religion.

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  • @WURA September 1, 2022 5:48 AM “…some people get married and NO ONE EVEN KNOWS.”

    A LIE.

    At least 5 people need to be present at a marriage. The 2 people being married, the marriage officer, and 2 witnesses.

    So at least 5 people will know whenever a marriage takes place,

    No such thing as a secret or private marriage,

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  • @Donna “But lookah how you come to start up the crap again! You really must learn how to behave yourself!”

    My parents are dead, dead, dead.

    My children are raised.

    I am not looking for a man.

    I am not looking for a job.

    I don’t have to worry about the opinions of a father outlaw or a mother outlaw.

    I don’t care what the pastor or the neighbors think.

    I don’t have to behave,

    Lol!!!

    Living my sweet life.

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  • @Donna September 1, 2022 9:26 AM “.You can’t write me off just so!”

    Cuhdear Donna. Ya got me feeling for the poor man.

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    “At least 5 people need to be present at a marriage. The 2 people being married, the marriage officer, and 2 witnesses.”

    …have you ever heard of secret marriages where the witnesses are sworn to silence……and some couples only have who is officiating and 2 witness, no one else….

    anyway…..the registration state or city is PUBLIC

    the marriage ceremony……if a big crowd with family friends, most of which…..bedroom surfers like you are NEVER INVITED TO….is public if desired..

    the MARRIAGE ITSELF IS BETWEEN TWO PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS and not open for gossiping and interfering from PIMPS like you….that is their private lives…

    but yall been people’s business for so many years…ya die in that condition..

    ya will have to go through every marriage certificate in the registry to know who is married to whom…if they allow you and it’s time to put a law in place to CRIMINALIZE busybodies like yaselves who have NOTHING ELSE BETTER TO DO but interfere

    yall are an embarrassment and a disgrace, want people to be impressed by the mediocre and treat ya like ya special BIG FAIL……

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  • Wrong again Africa… You need 6 one two officiate , the couple, one person to try and talk the guy out of it and two to hold the broom.

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    Dear Limited in Intellect:

    Husbands and wives CANNOT TESTIFY AGAINST EACH OTHER….because whatever happens in their MARRIAGE is PRIVATE…..and not open to the courts or gossipers and bedroom pimps…

    have a nice day….

    Lawson…good one..lol

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  • I was talking to a young guy at the Carlyle many years ago he was going to Diego garcia as a mechanic on planes I guess he said more than he should have two mps came and took him

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    Yep…Diego Garcia is NOT the name of a person…

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  • Gonna get beat up for this

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/09/01/men-needed/

    Don’t worry 45,000 (of all races) 🙂 are on the way.. On the advice of my lawyer. I inserted ‘of all races’ 🙂

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  • “Sniff Sniff Sniff” I smell some smelly Cunt (that will make you retch)

    Troubled Land
    Bullwackie’s All Stars

    Oh Troubled Land
    This Land is Troubled
    Our Father who lives in Zion
    Ruler of all nation
    Give us this day our daily bread
    And forgive those who trespass against us
    Thou shall praise no other God but Jah
    Ruler of the Land
    Haile Selassie
    Creator of our nation

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  • Waru
    Well dealt with. Those who prefer to play silly, childish, got yuh games, thinking the limits of their knowledge is all there is to know.

    Trapped by such limits disregard is thus the ultimately nonresponse.

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  • “Husbands and wives CANNOT TESTIFY AGAINST EACH OTHER….because whatever happens in their MARRIAGE is PRIVATE…..and not open to the courts or gossipers and bedroom pimps…”

    Except for D.I.V.O.R.C.E. proceedings where it is the War of the Roses

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  • In canada your fella can probably testify against you dub … bill c-32 …..but he might not be able to in the US

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    “Those who prefer to play silly, childish, got yuh games, thinking the limits of their knowledge is all there is to know.”

    we tend to get sick and tired of the stupidity that they love to project on to other people…..imagine that these claim that they are or were married and yet on a public forum spewing rubbish, even if anonymous, or so they think…….and DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE..

    ……am positive not many young people, if any, read their shite or come on the blog at all, but if they do, it is MISLEADING TO THE YOUNG……and akin to ABUSE and FRAUD…damaging young minds with LIES…

    it is clear if we depend on these types for any knowledge at all …which is their branded style of ignorance…we will be slaves for another 100,000 years…they are becoming more and more DANGEROUS DAILY…

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    Pacha…it’s very clear they were not listening to or even understood the officiating priest or rev who clearly SAYS LAST before pronouncing:

    …that whoever….god, don’t know which they bow to……JOIN TOGETHER, let no man or gossiper or bedroom pimp….PULL or TEAR ASSUNDER..

    yet here they are on BU talking nonsense……FOR DAYS NOW…

    we could never make any of this up, and can only wait and see what other idiotic fantasy or fairytale they come with next…

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    btw…yuh would notice that they have a problem with the Afrikan race marrying into other groups, but THEY HAVE been wrapped up, wedded to and in bed with WHITE POLITICS and voting for their own DEMISE for nearly 100 years and SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT…

    they really need to TAKE STOCK and CHARGE of THEMSELVES starting with their mental health…

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  • In canada your fella can probably testify against you dub … bill c-32 …..but he might not be able to in the US

    You should work on your material of playground insults bad jokes
    you sound like someone in the bottom stream in school aka remedial class or special needs
    try harder or not at all

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  • Steupse! Arguing against a point never made, as usual.

    Anyway, if I do hear big licks and screams coming from my neighbour’s house (not that I ever have) and if I hear threats of murder, I will remember not to call the police.

    Not my business. The sanctity of marriage and all that.

    Neither will I give evidence after the murder. Still not my business.

    The lengths to which some people will go to argue against a point never made is amusing!

    The act of marrying someone is not a private affair. Somebody representing the State has to know for it to be valid. A couple cannot simply declare themselves legally married in the privacy of their homes. The records will be there.

    In many modern cultures, and certainly in the one in which I live, what GOES ON BETWEEN husband and wife is a private affair, MOSTLY. There are exceptions to this rule, as with every other rule.

    I have always abided by that rule.

    But that has absolutely nothing to do with my initial opinion.

    Let those who most mistakenly think that their intellect is boundless, one day find out what the rest of us know!

    IT ISN’T!

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  • @Donna
    “.You can’t write me off just so!”

    @Cuhdear
    “Donna. Ya got me feeling for the poor man.”

    That line was too desperate. Trying to think of what would be the next line
    after that one but there is none. All are just a restatement of that line.

    Guy needs to back off a little and start setting up for the next encounter
    1. Give it some thought before you say no. I see you here often. We can talk about ‘it’ next time we meet.
    3. Life is often full of pleasant surprises. You have to be open to receive them.
    Give life a chance.(Similar to the desperate line)
    4. I can understand your reaction. But I think you are prejudging me. Get to know me and you may find I am different to what you imagine.

    Play for time …

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