Every morning I find myself listing to the 5 and 6 o’clock news expecting to hear of another murder. I am convinced that I am not the only one with this troubling expectation. As I listen to the lyrics of John King’s song ‘How many more’ I know that it is not only the mothers but also the fathers that are feeling pain. To have another murder on Fathers’ Day is worrying.
On Friday, June 14, after the address by the President of Ghana His Excellency Mr Nana Akufo-Addo, while in parliament yard I had a brief conversation with both the Attorney General Dale Marshall and Jeffrey Bostic of whom I am waiting to have meetings to share some of my ideas of bringing the killings to an end.
My understanding of the present situation comes from the research I have been doing for the past 40 years, and from my experience of time spent in a mental institution and a top security prison in England in 1977 and 1994 respectively, the latter caused me to relocate to Barbados immediately on my release. While in prison I learned a number of things about the mind of a criminal and of the drug culture that allows me to compile a draft booklet entitled ‘The Beast the Devil’s Friend’, which captures most of the challenges we face in society. My finding is to be shared with Barbadians and other CARICOM nationals in particular.
In 1997, I published the booklet to help young people understand what society is all about and why they would behave in the way they are behaving today. From 2016 I have been visiting H.M.P. Dodds on a monthly basis counselling inmates who were/are on remand and have been given the nickname the Human Rights Man.
Last year I pleaded to three ministries of government to assist in printing the booklet to be distributed free of charge to all parliamentarians and civil servants but was turned down. If I could have provided the booklet from my own resources I would have done so, because I was afraid of what was about to happen, and is happening. I also wanted to make the booklet available to inmates.
The solutions to the problems in society are steering us in the face but we believe that the qualified expert psychologists, sociologists, and criminologists are the only ones with answers. I am a Pan-Africanist human and civil right advocate, a specialist trainer and consultant in race relations and. consciousness raising.
From 1977 I took on the British Health Authority on Human Rights violations with regard to mental health.
From 1991 I took on the Barbados government on the issue of violating the civil rights of persons with regard to the voting system. From 1994 I took on the British with respect to the prisons system, which led to me relocating to Barbados and standing as an independent candidate in the general election to further my research on the voting system. A daily paper of August 24, 1994, carried a front-page story entitled BUDDY’S AN EX-CON! This only strengthened my resolve to contribute to finding solutions to the fact of the challenges by society.
As a constituency council member for Christ Church South, I was asked to assist a school where the form four boys were given trouble. After five sessions with the boys, the head teacher said to me “I don’t know what you did, but these boys are not the same”. However, to my surprise, she never invited me back to that school again. The same was repeated with some form two girls at another school, again the head teacher said; “the changes in the students were unbelievable”, yet like the other school she also never invited back to the school. Therefore, my research has convinced me that there are some persons in society who do not want social change.
Finally, through my research over the past 42 years (from 1977) I was prepared for the announcement by the British Prime Minister Theresa May, in April 2018 when she apologized to 12 CARICOM member states for the policies of the 1950s to 1970s and agreed to pay compensation to the victims of those policies. My human rights case against the British health authorities for over 41 years (1978) is central to the Windrush generation scandal. I am hopeful that the case will end this year. I am looking forward to being in England at the launch of the annual Windrush holiday of June 22.
My concern for Barbados is that the murders will continue until the government does what must be done. I have shared some of my thoughts with a number of ministers by letters, including the prime minister. The state visit by the President of Ghana His Excellency Mr Nana Akufo-Addo on June 14, gives us the opportunity to do what must be done.
I will wait, but in the meantime I must ask the question; How Many More?