Social commentator criticizes ‘imitating’ Barbadians
Former schoolteacher and journalist, Olutoye Walrond yesterday criticized Barbadians for imitating others and living in self-denial.
Addressing a Christ Church Foundation Parent-Teacher Association meeting in observance of Black History Month, Walrond said, “The racial self-esteem of the African Barbadian is probably the worst victim of Westminster’s chains. It would probably not be a reckless statement to say that the average Barbadian, black Barbadian that is, regards his blackness as an affliction which he would readily jettison if it were possible”.
Speaking in the topic Rising Above Our Ethnic Challenges – our Skin, our Hair and our Future, the social commentator went on to suggest that the condition is a colonial legacy of the entire Caribbean.
“In these islands, the less you look like an African, the more appealing your appearance is in the eyes of yourself and others,” he argued.
An exhibition was held as part of the activity.