‘Disappointing’ turnout

Emancipation cover


That is reaction of member of Parliament Trevor Prescod to the participation in today’s Emancipation Day ceremony.

In particular, the St Michael East MP is concerned that persons in authority appeared not to appreciate the importance of the celebration.

Prescod likened the official activity to a heritage tour, which identifies colonial architecture rather than the celebration of the emancipation of our enslaved ancestors.

I must confess upfront that I am not disappointed at what we are seeing this morning in terms of numbers, I am

Member of Parliament Trevor Prescod
Member of Parliament Trevor Prescod

disappointed when we try to embrace people who, in my view, deliberately do everything that they can to undermine this most sacred and important historic celebration,” he said.

I recall in the early days when this celebration was started we had people coming from the north, south, east and west descending on this statue. I further recall that in those early days Fidel Castro was here with us to share in the celebrations. I recall that Hugh Masekala and civil rights activist, Al Sharpton, were here to share in these celebrations.

. . . Today we are facing the same struggles that we were facing for nearly 200 years. Every racial group can speak about themselves, their religion and their history, but whenever we raise these issues we are considered to be racists.”

From as early as 6 am, Pan-Africanists began to assemble at the statue of the Right Excellent General Bussa at Haggatt IMG_7088Hall, St Michael, to participate in the annual celebration.

In a brief address, president of the Clement Payne Movement David Comissiong made a passionate call for unity among the descendents of African slaves.

Arguing that emancipation is a process and not an event, Comissiong said: “Our people did not suddenly and eternally become free on August 1, 1834 or August 1838. Those were important landmarks, but the battle did not stop there. The dream had not been won then, it continues, emancipation is a process. When we come here on August 1, we reflect on all those men and women who have been part of that freedom march which helped to take us where we are today. We must reflect on the journey still to come. I believe that we are on the verge of achieving great things, but all that is needed is a little unity.”

Meanwhile, Pan-Africanist David Denny suggested that individuals such as the late Leroy Harewood, Ricky Parris and Martin Cadogan should be remembered for their outstanding contribution to the development of black awareness in Barbados.

He contended that the presence of the statue of Lord Nelson in Heroes Square remains an insult to descendants of the slaves who made the journey in the Middle Passage.


17 Responses to ‘Disappointing’ turnout

  1. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson August 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Bajans don’t care about history…dem want to fete!

  2. Dean Scantlebury
    Dean Scantlebury August 1, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Emancipation Day? What!!? Did I miss something? Who’s emancipated? Why do Bajans still act like slaves? Where’s Mother Sally??

  3. Kerri-ann Katrina Reyes-Bichir
    Kerri-ann Katrina Reyes-Bichir August 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I thought it was cancelled! I literally read something saying it was.

  4. jr smith August 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Bajans not taking part, may be they are waking up, no heritage , no culture, no land , no real owership of that dear island , no real management of they families ,everything own by the trinnis an island which have lost its character, we were a very proud nation.

    • Olu Walrond August 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Mr./Ms Smith, the Trinis didn’t walk into our country and take up anything. The assets were put on the market and were sold to them.

      Would you be griping if it were British or North American investors instead of Caribbean people?

  5. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd August 1, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I heard it was cancelled so maybe that is the reason for the poor turnout

  6. Jai Prescott
    Jai Prescott August 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    The Nation actually carried a story 4 hours ago indicating that the Emancipation Walk was also cancelled. Since this has proved to be untrue; maybe Pic O de Crop Finals has not been postponed either.

  7. Annie Theclown
    Annie Theclown August 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    it was stated that it had been postponed till tomorrow..so is it on tomorrow or not? hmmmmmmmmmm

  8. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne August 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Those in the know are making sure people remain ignorant. The Race has changed but the strategy remains the same.

  9. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte August 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    say free fete…… turn out would have been great

  10. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Speak truthfully, give an opinion and lose your job, invisible chains still exist. So what has changed?

  11. Cecily Jones
    Cecily Jones August 2, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Disappointing indeed, especially when considered against the larger Emancipation Day commemorations that took place across the diaspora..

  12. Carib Digita
    Carib Digita August 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Anybody tell dem Slavery done long ago? There’s a lot more relevant struggles which people have to deal with today rather than this long nob-issue.

  13. Carib Digita
    Carib Digita August 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Anybody tell dem Slavery done long ago? There’s a lot more relevant struggles which people have to deal with today rather than this long nob-issue.


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