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(10,173 posts)
Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:44 AM Nov 2018

The resilience of Barbados counters Trump's shithole remarks.

And not Barbados alone.

Rarely stated so bluntly, this racist trope is widespread. As always, Trump gives vulgar expression to quiet prejudice, making him sound “honest” to about 40 per cent of Americans no matter how many lies he tells. As Sarah Huckabee Sanders noted after a similar revelation last year, Trump’s straight-shooting bigotry is one thing his fans love about him.Those who don’t love him need to fight back with specific examples from the real world. Time and again, we need to highlight the big, complex reality that Trump and many of his supporters call “fake news.” Otherwise, his twisted version of the truth will continue to displace objective reality.

Ground zero for slavery and racism

Settled by the English in 1627, Barbados became one of the most brutal and profitable slave regimes in human history. An astonishing 600,000 Africans came in chains to Barbados, about five per cent of all the victims of the Atlantic slave trade. Smaller numbers of Irish and Native American captives were also “Barbadoz’d,” exiled to this early jewel in the British crown.

Few of them survived for long.

The people spent their days under the tropical sun, cutting and dragging eight-foot canes to cattle-drawn sugar mills. There the stalks were crushed between heavy rollers and boiled in huge cauldrons. Many slaves had their hands caught in the rollers; others, exhausted by 24-hour shifts, fell into the cauldrons. Dental records show that the Black majority nearly starved each winter when food supplies were scarce. (Sugar monoculture left little room for corn, squash or yams.) Malnutrition led to frequent miscarriages and stillbirths. Babies crawled around in soils full of worms and tetanus, leading to catastrophic death rates for infants.

As early as 1661, well before Black slavery had taken hold in North America, the Barbados assembly passed a code describing all “negroes” as dangerous brutes, liable to the same kinds of discipline —branding, whipping, gelding —as livestock. This code was later adopted by the British colonies in Jamaica and South Carolina, and Barbadian slaves were sold to buyers as far away as Boston.


Transition to peaceful stability

Most “Bajans,” as the islanders are known, valued honest work, humility and forgiveness. Gradually and painfully, they wrested political power away from the old planter elite, forming strong unions during the Great Depression and finally breaking away from British rule in 1967.

Today, Barbados is a democracy that combines British and Bajan traditions of parliamentary supremacy, the rule of law and social justice. Prime Minister Mia Mottley leads the Barbados Labour Party, which prevailed over the Democratic Labour Party in this spring’s elections. She is the first woman to serve as prime minister. This is not to deny the nation’s many social problems, especially since the collapse of the sugar industry during the 1980s and because of the lingering effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Rather, it is to recognize Barbados as an example of human endurance and solidarity within a pitiless world.

So watch what you say about “sh—thole countries,” Mr. Trump. At the present hour, tiny Barbados inspires as much hope as the mighty United States.

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Judi Lynn

(161,382 posts)
1. Thank you so much for posting this. I had to share it immediately after reading it.
Thu Nov 15, 2018, 03:16 AM
Nov 2018

I had no idea of the number of souls who were trapped in Barbados for the rest of their tragic lives. My god.

I hope the sky fell in on everyone who participated in inflicting this hell upon other human beings. I hope they will suffer, and I hope the spirits of their victims will find peace, and what happened to them will be healed, somehow.

Those who relish the hatred they inherited are not going to fare any better than their perverted forefathers who lived to steal lives and hope from people far better than themselves.

Your article passed along a lot of important information we need to know. Thank you, again.

Judi Lynn

(161,382 posts)
3. Very much so. It's a real shame so much vital information has been blocked, or buried from so many.
Thu Nov 15, 2018, 05:34 PM
Nov 2018

In time, it's all going to be known. People will find out how depraved and inutterably, obscenely cruel some people have been trying to steal people's whole lives, health, peace of mind for something as worthless as their OWN power and importance in the world. They took everything, and far more, from living beings, and brought terror, torment, grief, and suffering to them before they died first, probably, of broken hearts, followed by broken bodies, spirits, minds. Their pasts were emptied of value, too, the moment they realized they would never see those they loved, or breath a free breath of air, again, before their early deaths.

This world will never be clean, life will never have meaning until every single one of these live-to-hate monsters is gone.

We really needed to hear about the island, and all those souls who were forced to give up their lives there. It should never have been for nothing than some mens' evil pride.

Heaven will happen when what they lost is restored to them, guess it's going to have to be the next life!

No words can even be found to describe what needs to happen to the ones who defiled the entire human race.

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