Don’t whitewash our black marks
I CAN IDENTIFY with Trevor Marshall’s annoyance at a blatant attempt to sanitise Barbadian history to suit the agenda of a few. After all, it has been happening for far too long.
The history of events like the celebration of 375 years of a Parliament that had kept Blacks enslaved; the signing of a charter at Oistins that had nothing to do with Blacks; the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and other recent Eurocentric historical celebrations all point to a preoccupation with the history of our oppressors and a negation of our own history.
For these above-mentioned events, there was much hue and cry for at least a year in advance in some cases, but now that it is the time to celebrate the milestones of our revolutionary heritage this year and next year of Bussa, General Green, Clement Payne and others, there is nothing more than the occasional ephemeral hackneyed remark with no huge announcements accompanied with promises for mighty commemorative celebrations. Actually, there has been a foreboding silence.
This is truly sad for a people who are where we are as a result of the struggles of those revolutionary martyrs of long ago and on whose shoulders we stand.
We therefore are making a mockery of our Independence by talking about being “strict guardians of our heritage” when, in truth, all we are doing is reinforcing the slave-like status that has hemmed us in for countless years.
– IAN A. MARSHALL