Social commentator criticizes ‘imitating’ Barbadians

Olutoye Walrond


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.

Thelma Gill-Barnett (second left), of the Coalition of Exhibition Organizations in Pan-Africanism explaining to Foundation PTA members about characters featured in the photo exhibition.


25 Responses to Social commentator criticizes ‘imitating’ Barbadians

  1. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves February 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    its true bajans will criticize this and try to deny it but it is true in all ways

  2. Nicksie No Regrets Clarke
    Nicksie No Regrets Clarke February 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm


  3. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne February 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm


  4. Nicksie No Regrets Clarke
    Nicksie No Regrets Clarke February 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Yes…look around and see all the Remy hair that buying, all the eyelashes nails and bleach cream so they can “enhance their features” (or in other words look like someone else) …look at all the ppl that putting themselves in debt cuz their trying to live like the kardashians…

  5. Llyn Kent
    Llyn Kent February 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm


  6. Santini More
    Santini More February 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Speak it Brother, its the sad truth…I have gotten myself into so much trouble around Barbados by saying this kind of stuff. But the truth is the truth!

  7. Ol
    Ol'dog Likeme February 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    “the less you look like an African”.. Mr. Waldron, exactly what does an African look like?… I’ve seen many whites in the UK with dreadlocks… dressed in ‘traditional African garbs’. Some go to the tanning shops to darken their skin tone, they aspire to look as close to black as they possible can… Tho in the minority they do exist… Does doin all that make them any less Caucasian?….we quiver when some west Indians say that they’re not African.. But what we don’t highlight is that they also didn’t say that they’re European either…i for one, I’m a West indian or rather a native of the Caribbean., I’m A product of the transatlantic slave trade. An unfortunate occurrence that produced the perfect hybrid. some of the best human beings the world has ever seen, who have excelled in all spheres of life.. Sports, music, politics, science, education .. The African /European hybrid has outshone his African and European counterparts in many areas. That in itself is something of immense importance.. Names like Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Sir Garfield Sobers, Brian lara, Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, … Martin luther king jr, Barack Obama,.. Many more too numerous to mention… we’re way too consumed with the cosmetic adaptation of others.. Ppl always do what makes them happy… To each his own. It neither take away nor add to who we really are.

    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones February 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Ol’dog…I think you’re hedging here…we all know that the majority of Africans are black-skinned. True, the processes of colonisation and migration mean that there are now many white-skinned Africans but Africans are for the most part black-skinned. I have lived most of my life in the UK, though I am of Bajan birth and heritage and I appreciate what you say about whites wearing dreads and Kente garb, but this does not detract from the fact that the majority of Africans are black-skinned, albeit with variations along a black-white colour spectrum. Regrettably, many Bajans do have an identity problem . I’m pretty sure that had the students caught up in the Delta Programme debacle been white Africans. most of the wotless commemtators on here would have hadnothing to say. We as Bajans need to stop behaving like we ares a special unique category of people and recognise that we are African. No amount of ignorance or remy hair is going to change that.

    • Ol
      Ol'dog Likeme February 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Cecily…Yes we are black,and we’re of African decent, as well as European decent must i add. However I won’t go as far to call my self neither African nor European for that matter. I am a West Indian if you want to say then that the ‘West Indies’ was a mere distortion in Columbus’s mind. Then I am a Native of the Caribbean. As i stated Previously the perfect hybrid that was created through the blending the African Slave and the European Captor.. Unfortunate circumstance, but some of value rose from those ashes, us /we.. All ah we… As West Indians regardless of our skin tone a vast majority of us are a mixed up…a pepper pot or pelau… Or cook up. What ever you choose to call it. A lil white hay wid a lil daub of Chinese dey.. Black obviously, some East Indian included for added flavour. Our lineage and our off spring for that matter can attest to that. We often see siblings who share the same parents looking considerable different from the either . One dark the other fair. In some instances the darker one has the straighter hair while the fairer one has the kinkier hair. Some with blue or ever green eyes. All I’m saying is that there’re no hard and fast rules to being West Indian..Regardless of our skin tone we as West Indians ought to embrace all aspects of our heritage and ancestry. Not only subscribe to one. I’m a West Indian and I’m proud… Ps; the AmerIndians caribs, Arawaks Mayas, Aztecs.. Were actually more Chinese in appearance than Indians darker skin too.

    • Justice For All February 16, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Well Said. I truly agree with you

  8. Francis Blackman-StJohn
    Francis Blackman-StJohn February 15, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Think of the people who go away for 2 weeks and come back with accents

  9. seagul February 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    The truth has never been so funny, which is sad!

  10. seagul February 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Who can take a person seriously that would take another persons DNA and put on their head to enhance their appearance.

  11. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor February 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    wow Bajans r really some thing else but u can’t blame us … from the time i knew myself Bajans always love fashion and nice things, there ain’t nuffing wrong wid that u know …

    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones February 15, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Ain’t nothing wrong with fashion and ting..but there is a lot wrong with ignorance. I am Bajan born and a proud Bajan but the ignorance of many Bajans towards other Africans is astounding. I put it down to the fact that they are too frightened to criticise white people so reserve their ire for disempowered black people who happen to look like them but are non-Bajan. Tell the average Bajan that they are biologically African and they want to cry murder…we are an ignorant people, for the most part…

    • Candice Elenor
      Candice Elenor February 15, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Wow …for once ..a sensible bajan…you are very intelligent and i totally agree with you…you said some very intteresting
      Things i wanted to say…i truly like what you wrote here….well said

  12. Louise King
    Louise King February 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm


  13. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer February 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Nuff African women with bad looking weaves doah

    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones February 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      And I guess there are no bajan women with bad weaves?I I see plenty all the time.W hat does having a good or bad weave have to do with anything? Shamed to see just how ignorant Bajan people are. Not only ignorant of their African heritage , but frightened to take on their corrupt governments so instead engage in ignorant putting down of other black people. Poetry Dancer, do you really think a good weave makes you more intelligent? All it says is that you can afford – even if you had to choose between sending your children to school with good shoes and having a decent weave. It says nothing about your level of intelligence. And sadly tour comment speaks volumes. Check your history. You may well find that your ancestors are Nigerian. 100% certain that if not Nigerian, they are are AFRICAN. .

    • Poetry Dancer
      Poetry Dancer February 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Back up off me dear. I know you want to rant and rave but your diatribe would be best spent elsewhere because I ain’t reading. You just wasted 5 minutes of your time. Now who is the ignorant one here? Stupsssse hateful Bajan you are and vicious too.

      • Justice For All February 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

        That’s right. Totally agree with you.

  14. Drian Xyers
    Drian Xyers February 15, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Bajans remind of the Indians who gave all their gold and diamonds away to the Europeans for tin cups and mirrors.

  15. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson February 16, 2015 at 7:56 am

    he is a Social commentator ? well mr Walrond what do you expect people to do when the have been told what to do every day of the first 16 yrs of they life?

  16. jr smith February 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Caribbean islands, ask for independence some almost 50 years ago, certain people are still blaming, Westminster/ the white man for all our mistakes.
    We have lost our culture, to religion and the bible blacks are still praying and waiting for god. We have a new breed of Black women , they all look so disgusting like albinos with the new thing bleaching.
    Who is that going to be blamed on.


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