What’s Trending: Racial Fear
Fri, May 04, 2012 - 9:37 AM
What’s Trending: Racial Fear
The Nation’s Associate Editor, Sherie Holder-Olutayo takes a look at what’s trending today in Barbados.
Businssman Jacob Hassid has spoken out about Sir Roy’s labelling of him as an “Egyptian Jew”. Hassid said it was an unfair and unjust attack and could stir up racial hatred in the country and could affect foreign investment. Several of our online readers were quick to weigh in on this front page story.
Ryan Kellman: From the comments above we realize the lack of commonsense in the country. Racism goes both ways and we black people are some of the most racist people on the planet but are always the first to throw out the race card. This little episode may not affect future foreign investment but it does not make it correct. There was no need to mention the man's religion or nationality as these have nothing to do with the workers situation. Right is right and wrong is wrong.
Wayne T. Griffith: Wow. The comments here are a sad reflection of the xenophobic nature of many Bajans. And to think that we all have a relative who lives in the US or UK or further and would be appalled if their family was subjected to similar circumstances.
Raquel Gilkes: Roy's (I don't think I can bear to use sir anymore for this contemptible racist) comments were sickening and unworthy of his stature. Simply because everyone in the world hates Jews does not mean we should castigate them in the worse way. Simply because other people in the world have said bad things about us does not mean we should behave exactly the same way to other people.
I understand that years of oppression may have coarsened our manners and sensibilities, but one would think that such an experience would teach us not to do this disgusting thing to other people!
Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande: Racism is never right and should never be excused but excuse me if I cannot find the sympathy in this case. I have witnessed white on black racism subtle and not so subtle by white employers who know that they control the capital and since we blacks inherited nothing of financial worth from our forefathers were deigned to let it slide or find another job. Sir Roy was wrong in his remarks. I just find it difficult parting with my tears especially after I resigned from a job where blacks are subjected to some emotional stuff by the white owners.
Simon Gooding: What Sir Roy said cannot stop foreign investors from investing in Barbados. It takes high taxes...violence ...corrupt dictatorship governments....and Barbados doesn’t fit in this bracket. You all people gotta stop this fear mongering about investors wouldn’t invest.
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