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‘Stop poor-on-poor crime’

It is time to end the black-on-black and poor-on-poor crime in Barbados.

That was the fervent appeal today by this country’s Ambassador to the Caribbean Community and retired politician  Robert Bobby Morris as he delivered the Democratic Labour Party’s weekly lunch time lecture at the party’s George Street headquarters.

Morris, a former Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central, which includes Wotton, condemned the “scant respect” that was being displayed towards human life in today’s Barbados.

Residents of Wotton Terrace were sent into a state of paralysis at about 1:45 yesterday morning when gunmen unleashed a firestorm of gunshots indiscriminately, leaving a 16-year-old boy in intensive care and four other people injured, as well as damage to homes and vehicles.   

“ [It is time to] put a stop to black-on-black and poor-on-poor violence,” Morris told the audience.

The brazen display of gunfire in Wotton was followed last night by the slaying of 46-year-old Ricardo Bryan of Retreat Terrace, Black Rock, St Michael as he was about to enter the Lucky Horseshoe Restaurant in Warrens, St Michael.

One day earlier residents of Harpers Land, Sargent Village, Christ Church were expressing fear for their lives after 20-year-old Demarco Polo Coombs was shot and killed in what residents believed was linked to a robbery the previous night.

“A disturbing thing is happening in Barbados where people no longer value human life as in an earlier period of the island’s history. People are killing each other.

“I have a particular affinity with Wotton Christ Church. I cannot believe there are AK47s in Wotton. That frightens me because I am hoping that is not part of the next 50 years going forward,” Morris stressed.

The former trade unionist suggested that the violence was linked to disputes over drugs or territory controlled by drug lords.

3 Responses to ‘Stop poor-on-poor crime’

  1. Hal Austin September 3, 2016 at 5:30 am

    This nonsense passes as intellectual discussion. In a society with the vast majority of the population (85 per cent to 90 per cent) are black, the nonsense of black-on-black crime passes for serious thinking in a society that cannot think for itself.
    Black-on-black crime is a criminological importation from the US and later adopted by the UK. It is racist nonsense.
    Do we get white-on-white crime? Or Indian-on-Indian crime. Most violent crime is committed by people under the age of 24, an age when young people, mainly boys, are learning, experimenting, taking risks before settling down.
    Most white collar crime – fraud, obtaining by deception, false accounting, etc – are committed by white professionals, people you do not see in the courts and are not reported on by the populist newspapers.
    We need a proper study of the economics and sociology of crime: who commits crime, the cost, the types of crime, sentences, etc.
    In other words, we need the evidence of crime causation, not just speculation.
    Thee offenders are youths living in over-crowded communities, cheek by jowl, with very little leisure pursuits, apart from cricket and football, because they are cheap to organise.
    Instead of psychopathetic magistrates punishing youths for minor crimes, we should be thinking of ways of not burdening them labels for the rest of their lives.

  2. Tony Webster September 3, 2016 at 5:56 am

    @Hal Austin: I gettin’ worried: I ‘gree wid you again! My take, is that it is cricial for all our good “yooman traits”; morals; and summuch, to be carefully and faithfully passed from one generation, to the next one. If , for whatever reason(s); this process is interupted, or damaged, or distorted, the next generation, will have a corrupted/damaged version- which they will carefully, and faithfully and conscientiously …pass on to THEIR children. Hence the phrase “lost generation”.

    No… I am not going to get into dat “lost generation” thing of yesterday…that’s a very serious B.L.& P. management failure, which they have to fix for demselves.

  3. Nanci September 4, 2016 at 7:49 am

    The government have to do more about drug dealers, they don’t plant drugs at their house, but they want to use other people property. Confiscate their property, so they will learn a lesson.


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