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Jordan: Silence on racism complicity

GERCINE CARTER, gercinecarter@nationnews.com

Added 24 June 2020

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Minister of Labour Colin Jordan. (Picture by Jameel Springer)

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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