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Letter: Crime and violence continues until... Part 2
Published on August 26, 2017Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Part 1: The foundation of the problem as to why violence and crime will continue! The following are my ideas of the solution.

The solution too much of the problems of violence and crime is for our black brothers and sister, old and young, to become conscious of who we are. If young black people were to understand white supremacy they would behave differently. It is for intelligent elder persons to learn the true history of Barbados and to help young people understand that history.

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It is for young people to use the information technology available to learn African (black) history and to share it with their elders. There are some simple tasks that can be performed (1) a tour of the Arlington House Museum in Speightstown (2) read Sir Hilary’s latest book -- ‘The first Black Slave Society’ (3) join the Barbados Family History Project (genealogy group) at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society (4) find out more about the global reparations movement and the role Barbados is playing in the movement.

Recently the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart made two statements that point to part of the solutions when he stated that “over the past 50 years we took the people out of the colony, and during the next 50 years we must take the colony out of the people”, and that his desire is; “to move the country to real independence”.

Are these statements rhetoric or are they indicators of changing times? To take the colony out of the people there are three actions that must be performed (1) remove the Royal Family as head of state (2) remove the image of a white deity (Saviour) from places of worship by black people and (3) remove the statue of Lord Nelson from its present position as was mandated to government in the 2000 report of the Committee for National Reconciliation.

These three symbols are the foundation pillars of white supremacy (crypto racism) in Barbados, which manifests differently as the nation develops. Until these three pillars are removed African Barbadians will remain confused and angry, and violence and crime will continue unabated and will increase. African Americans understand the importance of symbols.

The mothers and fathers of young people of today were confused of their identity when they produced children who are now doubly confused and doubly angry. The difference is that today’s youth have no fear of death and subconsciously believe that fundamentally no change will come until like in the 1816 slave devote and the 1937 uprising, that another social uprising in imminent.

The Catholic broadcast, an article in the Sun on Saturday, October 10, 1998, entitled 'A Racist Plot' warns us of a killer plan. Black on black violence contributes to this killer plan. The unprecedented shootings on Kadooment Day should be a wake-up call of the ‘racist plot’. From whom and how does these young people get the guns?


The front page of the Sun on Sunday August 13, 2017, ‘Exclusive’ helps us understand how white supremacy (crypto racism) works in Barbados. In addition on Sunday, August 13 on CBC Q FM’s Walter-Point-Two Father Paul of the Catholic Church informed us that the church is now beginning to come to terms that it had been part of the problem and need to apologize to the youth.

The United Nations has proclaimed an International Decade for People of African Descent for Recognition, Justice and Development to 2024. Therefore, I am hopeful that during the remaining seven years of the decade that the three pillars of white supremacy mentioned above will be removed if not by this administration by the next that form government. Signs are that a great change is coming.

The fact that the University of the West Indies will be launching a Centre for Reparations Research on October 10 – World Mental Health Day 2017 – should give us hope, that the liberation of our minds from mental slavery and other post dramatic slave syndrome such as lying, stealing, begging and killing one another would be address so that we may regain our African consciousness of the Africans we were before our enslavement experience.

It is encouraging to know that at the second Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Intellectual & Cultural Festival held at the University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, from June 25 to July 1, 2017, agreed that a call be made to all governments of Africa and all civil society organisations to endorse the ten-point plan of the CARICOM Reparations Commission on Reparatory Justice and to use the information as a base to establish reparations commissions to join the global reparations movement. Barbados is in a leadership position.

As a human rights advocate for over 40 years with experience of challenging both the Mental Health Act and the Prison Act as social control agencies I am aware of the many concerns in society with reference to crime and violence. I have published much information and gave interviews on some solutions. There is an alternative to our young men being sent to prison with no hope of change taking place, but government has continued to ignore my recommendations.

My booklet ‘The Beast: The Devil’s Friend’ (2000) was written based on my experience in prison to explain most of the crimes being committed in Barbados and CARICOM today. I have offered the booklet to government free of charge for them to print and distribute to parliamentarians, civil servants and other government officials as part of the solution, but government has rejected my offer.

However, it is my hope that the establishment of a Centre for Reparations Research by UWI and the launching of the Centre on October 10 – World Mental Health Day – will give support to October 12 as International Day for Reparations as proclaimed by the World Social Forum in 2013. I have been lobbying CARICOM to acknowledge this date from as far back as 1990 (27 years). This can be confirmed if one Googles ‘Bridgetown, Barbados City of Peace’

Rev. Buddy Larrier
 
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