Mottley: Barbadians need to mentally emancipate themselves

As this country paused Tuesday to observe the 179th anniversary of emancipation, Leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Mia Mottley said many Barbadians had yet to be mentally emancipated.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of C’est La Vie fete on Tuesday night, Mottley contended that transitioning to this new stage of enlightened thinking was important now more than ever for Barbadians who are facing serious challenges.

She argued that even though Barbadians were physically free from the limitations of slavery, they were still mentally inhibited from achieving their full potential.

“It has taken us a long time to remove a lot of the vestiges of discrimination and exploitation. However, we still have a long way to go in terms of the mental emancipation and be able to free ourselves from those things that inhibit us from taking control of our own personal circumstances, community circumstances and those of our country.

“So we look forward to working with Barbadians across all levels to attain empowerment, inclusion and enfranchisement. Unless we control and mentally emancipate ourselves and move to the next level, we won’t carry the battle forward,” the BLP leader said.

Mottley encouraged deep introspection among the populace in an effort to get past the mental hurdles.

“Next year is the 180th anniversary of emancipation and we really believe that Barbadians should use the next 12 months to determine how on an individual and community level, we can literally move to the next level of emancipation. We know that in this second generation of independence mental emancipation would be critical,” Mottley stressed.

7 Responses to Mottley: Barbadians need to mentally emancipate themselves

  1. jrsmith August 4, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Hail, hail to (Mia)… ( Call to Mia)…. but how do you personally remove the massive denial of scared , frightened black masses who is still in (Mental lock down) in barbados……………………
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    Would (Mia) be honest and truthful to the black masses , that politicians/ both parties, is out of touch with the black masses in barbados,…………
    A government in power who is rude , arrogant, non productive , disrespectful , lying and mostly dont care , they do what they like, when they like and say what they when they like and this is with out democratic challenge…………….
    Bajans need our country back , we have lost our culture , we have no real heritage to left for the young one to cherish, we are almost losing our way of life , this bajans must blame ourselves for , we allowed to be kept (Lock down) by politicians and the 1% who control our nation…………………………………………………..
    ………………………………………..We need to wake up get our fingers out , we need legislation to make sure that we will never ever again in barbados, allow politicians of any party ,we cast our votes for brain wash and morally crush us and we couldn’t do anything other than take the pain while waiting for a ……(risky….. general election to remove them from office………………..
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    My take we need an (Act) of parliament namely so the (ACCOUNTABILITY ACT 2017 ) which automatically give the voters the right ,to use the same cast votes to put our (MPs) in office using the same to remove them from office if they are not working for and on behalf of the people………….
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    The first real challenge of people coming together was the (20,000 ) march blacks and whites, this in itself upset the government , the first bloody nose the government have had in 9
    years of tormenting the black masses in barbados ………

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  2. Commander Ralph W Talma Royal Navy (retd) August 4, 2017 at 7:24 am

    1. Well said Ms Mottley. First – and having seen first hand what has happened around the world in my 36 years a sea – we need to revert to the mentality and regimen we had in the 50s and 60s when B’dos was inter alia the most educated; financially viable and stable country in the Commonwealth. Second, we need to behave/act like Bajans – what’s this with foreign dress and mannerisms/behaviour? I am a West Indian and we have our own hard-won culture. Use it and be proud thereof.
    2. B’dos has become too promiscuous in many respects. We seem to want things we cannot afford and to achieve them crimes/murder are on the increase. We regretfully have spared the rod and spoilt the child. Urgent action needs to be taken. It will not be to everyone’s liking, but I hope the BLP will have a suitable programme to make a start as soon as possible after it is hopefully elected.

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  3. Commander Ralph W Talma Royal Navy (retd) August 4, 2017 at 7:24 am

    1. Well said Ms Mottley. First – and having seen first hand what has happened around the world in my 36 years a sea – we need to revert to the mentality and regimen we had in the 50s and 60s when B’dos was inter alia the most educated; financially viable and stable country in the Commonwealth. Second, we need to behave/act like Bajans – what’s this with foreign dress and mannerisms/behaviour? I am a West Indian and we have our own hard-won culture. Use it and be proud thereof.
    2. B’dos has become too promiscuous in many respects. We seem to want things we cannot afford and to achieve them crimes/murder are on the increase. We regretfully have spared the rod and spoilt the child. Urgent action needs to be taken. It will not be to everyone’s liking, but I hope the BLP will have a suitable programme to make a start as soon as possible after it is hopefully elected.

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  4. Samantha Walker August 4, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Should have been No.1 on the list before anything else since Emancipation in 1834….. After 400 years of slavery and trauma, individuals CANNOT just compete with those who were not enslaved. Much needs to be taught eg. how to build and maintain strong families, what is love of self and love of others. Morals and values because the enslaved were not taught these things but people expect that the enslaved should be able to perform like all the other races who were not enslaved. It is highly unlikely that they can, they were traumatised and conditioned to serve others not themselves !!

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  5. Othneal August 4, 2017 at 7:53 am

    What is being discussed here is psychological conditioning. A state of mind developed over hundreds of years through systematic physical, emotional, and psychological brutally.
    It must be acknowledged that our leaders are products of that process also, they too bear this legacy.
    It will take a concerted effort to de-construct the slave mentality inflicted on African Americans and African Carribeans by white Europeans.
    This must start with educating our children to be proud and aspirational. Our children need to be self assured immunised against the programmed conditioning associated with our colour that Europeans have inculcated in their culture and language and in so doing, have influenced the entire English speaking world.
    That gives us an idea of the task but we need not despair. The Civil Rights Movement in the United States made process with the “black is beautiful”campaign.
    I dare say “uncle Tom” will be with us for some time yet though.

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  6. jrsmith August 4, 2017 at 10:45 am

    @, Othneal , hail, hail, your (7:53) good shot , but, to deconstruct the slave mentally on our black masses, that in itself will never happen, so long the confusion of the bible ,the manufacturing continuously of , fancy name religious organizations……….. This is how the new generation , of past slave masters is still having our people in (lock down )……………………………………..

    We must look at the (US) and the blacks , looking back 50 years all we are seeing some local person starting up a civil rights movement , which passes to some home made reverend , looking out for himself and this is the beginning and ending backing up to the altars and pews , amen , hallelujah as like the others…….
    This is in a country , with a (constitution ) ( bill of rights ) and ( Civil-rights ) ………………..
    We in barbados ,has nothing to learn from any black people or movement around the world……………..We are suppose to be educated , still needing education for the 21st century, but we must also act as we are educated ………… Our politicians is using the same control as the white man to keep black bajans in (Lock down) …… By using local bajans to carry they intentions
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    Lines and paragraphs in the print media , or a radio phone in programme is not changing anything, but banners with written words and 20,000 people marching , have the effect which should have been done 5 years ago…………….We must stop our selves standing at the cross roads , with tin cup in hands waiting and begging for crumbs …………………….. Us black bajans should get our fingers out and start to build the future we must pass on to our young people…………………………………….

    We need (Engineers for our roads…….
    We need (Engineers and proper management for our transport.
    We need (Engineers for our water infrastructure and sewage….
    We need (engineers for our Light and power…………
    We need (The medical teams for our health service……
    We need ( the computing information and technology which control most of our lives…… making problems easier…….
    We need (The law enforcement technology to rid our island of crime…………………………
    We need to direct our education where its needed and not educate people for education sake…………………..
    ( WE MUST DO FOR OURSELVES, STOP WAITING ON THE WHITE WOURLD ) STOP BEGGING………………………….

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  7. Cavil Best August 4, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I hope they really do before they ever think of electing someone with your mentality who a former Prime Minister claims that you are not mentally, spiritually nor politically fit to lead this country because you are demonic sorry I meant demon possessed and you need an exorcism. Asked the Honourable Member of Parliament for Ch. Ch West she agreed with him.

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