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Jordan: Silence on racism complicity

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Jordan: Silence on racism complicity

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Minister of Labour Colin Jordan has called on Barbadians to confront “pervasive and systemic” racism, which he said still exists in Barbados.

During debate on a Private Members’ resolution on Black Lives Matter in the House of Assembly yesterday, Jordan said he would not be silent on the issue.

“Today at this time I believe that we have come to a pivotal place in our history where we have to say we are duty-bound; we are bound by our own morality and ethics to say that enough is enough. Racism must be debunked as a theory and it must be dismantled,” the St Peter MP said.

In a debate in which much attention was directed at the call for the removal of Lord Nelson’s statue from National Heroes Square, Jordan also called for the erection of a Speightstown monument in honour of Cuffy, a slave rebellion leader from St Peter, “to represent the struggle of black people in this country against racism in all its forms and against slavery in all its forms”. (GC)

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