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No place for discrimination

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 11 February 2013


While reading SUNDAY SUN classifieds, I saw an advertisement for a housekeeper, but what shocked me was the request for non-nationals. When I contacted the person for clarification on non-nationals, the English sounding female told me “just what it says, I don’t want any Barbadians”.   I then asked her “why is she here in Barbados”, she hung up the phone on me. This woman didn’t care that she was discriminating, nor did she care. The most upsetting part of this story was the fact that the newspaper printed the ad, without thinking about what it meant. What’s even more insulting, she would not be able to place an ad in a national newspaper in Britain. But she thinks it’s alright to do it here in Barbados.   I contacted the classified section to draw it to their attention and to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I also felt I needed to share my concerns with the general public.   Last year when Sir Roy Trotman made a comment about the treatment of the staff of Diamonds International, a big issue was made of his description of the employer, missing the issue completely.   Barbadians need to address these issues fairly and stop burying their heads in the sand. For all those people that don’t want to live or work with Barbadians you should be residing in another country.

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