NOW should be ashamed
The National Organisation of Women and its spokesperson, Marilyn Rice-Bowen, should be ashamed of themselves for the response to the verbal abuse by Chris Sinckler of June Fowler, the President of the Barbados Investors and Policyholders’ Association.
Fowler was only representing the interests of her constituents, the 35,000 persons who have invested in CLICO and BAICO.
In response, she was regaled as a “jack rabbit”, a “moojin”, as being “as ignorant as a bald pooch cat” and as “not the sharpest tools in the tool shed”, along with other dirty invective.
No private citizen and no woman should ever be spoken of in such a manner by our politicians, no matter which side of the divide. It would be equally bad if a BLP politician had done something similar.
As Corey Worrell pointed out in his column February 14, 2013, Fowler is a fine, upright citizen who made a major contribution to his life and the lives of other young people in this community. He also noted that school children are already repeating Sinckler’s base comments.
“As ignorant as a bald pooch cat” has gone into the Bajan lexicon, at least among school kids.
Now, is that fair to Fowler, to our women and especially to our children?
And the response of the National Organisation of Women is to find Sinckler’s comments to be just “unfortunate?” Not deplorable, or offensive, or unworthy of any politician, but “unfortunate”.
And they proceeded to call on Owen Arthur to reinstate Mia Mottley to a position she did not hold within her political party. Ms.Mottley was not the deputy leader, so how could she be reinstated to that position?
It is really sad when any organisation can allow itself to be so politically biased that it would completely abandon its mandate in order to score cheap political points. I, for one, am totally disgusted.
I am also disappointed that no one from the shurch, which has been calling for a clean campaign, has spoken up in rebuke of Sinckler. If they want to exercise moral authority and leadership, then they must reproach him for going so far across the line of indecency.
— David Brathwaite