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Not the Barbados I've known

marciadottin, marciadottin@nationnews.com

Added 21 December 2012


I am a Canadian teacher from Vancouver, who has been coming to this beautiful island for 30 years. On December 1, I watched an Independence parade in St Philip, and was appalled. What has happened to Barbados? I remember mannerly, well dressed schoolchildren who would offer elderly people a seat on the bus, beatific smiles and attitudes, and so on. On that day I saw a Barbados I did not recognize and one I could not recommend to others. That parade was obscene, totally disorganized, sexually disgusting, and smacked of filthy, smutty innuendos.  It began at aproximately 11:30 a.m. and we were stuck in traffic until 4:30 p.m. because we were not allowed to continue driving, as police were monitoring some altercations around Well House. There was no designated parade route as such, so that people visiting,  or needing to be at The Crane, or somewhere else at a certain time had to wait or be rerouted to areas unknown. Young men were urinating at will along the road; the language coming out of their mouths and some of the young girls was loud, profane and shocking. Plastic cups, food containers and other garbage were literally thrown everywhere. When one not so young girl was chastised and asked to pick up her litter, she insolently replied that the garbage men would do that. Is this what free education spawns? I think I would prefer to see Barbados of old where nothing was free, manners were taught and both young and old Bajans had postive attitudes and respect for their country, people, and property.   Finally, it was obvious from the beginning that nobody had bothered to explain to any of the revellers the accepted codes of conduct while on a parade route. I am disappointed, Barbados.  


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