#BTEditorial – Is this how Donald Trump really sees us?

United States president Donald Trump is facing a maelstrom of protest, both at home and abroad, over inherently racist comments he reportedly made at an immigration-related meeting with lawmakers at the White House last week.

In the offensive remarks, which Trump has since denied, he allegedly compared Haiti, El Salvador and the countries of Africa – predominantly black nations — with faeces, and asked why America was taking in so many citizens from these countries as immigrants.

He reportedly expressed a preference for more people from Norway, a white Scandinavian country, to come and settle in the US. On social media, some Norwegian citizens scoffed at the invitation, citing their higher standard of living as reason to stay at home.

Whether Trump made the comments or not, the fact is that few people will believe him. His campaign for the White House had such racist overtones, even in his treatment of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who has been most gracious to him all along. There is also Trump’s association with the white supremacist movement.

The comments are a reality check for us in the English-speaking Caribbean.  As we share the same pigmentation with Haiti and the countries of Africa, the comments can also be taken as a direct reference to us. What will be the response of Caribbean immigrants in the United States to Trump and politicians like him?

This is definitely not a time to roll over and play dead. Caribbean immigrants, grouped together, have considerable political power and must now determine how they will mobilize and put it to more effective use to assert their dignity as human beings and, more importantly, influence US public policy.

The beautiful thing, though, is that while someone may call another a “shithole” – the word allegedly used by Trump — it does not make that person such. Without a doubt, words can be damaging but, in the final analysis, it boils down to whether the person believes he or she is a “shithole” and demonstrates such in their behaviour.

Some 20 years ago, our late National Hero, the Right Excellent Errol Barrow, took strong objection to what he saw as the indignity suffered by many Barbadians and Caribbean nationals in their quest to get visas to go to the United States.

“What kind of mirror image do you have of yourself?” he asked in that famous speech delivered in Independence Square on May 13, 1986.

“Your mirror image of yourself is that your ambition in life is to try and get away from this country,” Barrow said. “And we would call ourselves an independent nation? When all we want to do is to go and scrub somebody’s floors or drive somebody’s taxi in a country where you are catching your royal when the winter sets in?”

Barrow believed Barbadians could do better. Instead of trying to run away to America, he challenged us to think big, despite the limitations of our small physical space of 166 square miles, and to focus our energies on developing this country in the way Lee Kwan Yew developed Singapore so that Barbadians could pursue and attain self-fulfillment at home.

“Why don’t you sit down there and start trying to put people on the moon too?”

Trump’s shameless racism should be a wake-up call for us in the Caribbean to focus on developing the region instead of seeking to develop America, drawing inspiration from the words of our national hero who genuinely believed in the capacity of the Caribbean to achieve greatness. The question, however, is whether we believe that we are capable of achieving greatness.

Believing makes the world of a difference. Ancient wisdom tell us “We can if we believe we can.” The process has to begin with an improved governance framework that brings out the full potential of Caribbean people and puts it at the service of regional development. We are speaking of a governance that puts the development of people first.

Referring to the Singapore attitude and making a comparison with Barbados and the Caribbean, Barrow observed: “They are not looking to get on any plane to go to San Francisco. Too far away. The government does not encourage them to emigrate unless they are going to develop business for Singapore.

“They have a mirror image of themselves. They have self-respect. They have a desire to move their country forward by their own devices. They are not waiting for anybody to come and give them handouts.”  What is stopping us from committing as a people to doing the same for ourselves?

55 Responses to #BTEditorial – Is this how Donald Trump really sees us?

  1. Victoria Waterman
    Victoria Waterman January 15, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Wake up.

    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 6:35 am

      Explain? Please.

  2. Alphonso Elijah
    Alphonso Elijah January 15, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Yes for the last 400 years, question why are you so surprisingly surprised.

  3. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown January 15, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    I want to know, when these black Nations is going to wake up and return the favor of sending Trump ppl back to him. Trump want to make America white again, so why can’t Africa and the Caribbean glady accept their
    ppl and send Trump ppl right back to him.
    Next question, why the don’t they pulled the out of the UN and form their own alliance. Prime example of why blacks need to wake up and realize the more they think change, the more it’s like looking into the mirror for the last 400 years.

  4. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes January 15, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Now please tell me? How many Americans live in Barbados? How many Barbadians or Caribbean people live in the US? When those people come back, where will we put them, where will they get jobs? You think that people like Mrs Sonia Hinds-Raddix, who is a Judge in NY can return to Barbados and get the salary she now gets? There are many others with good paying jobs and lifestyles that they could not afford to live the same way in Barbados. We would have to accommodate thousands, we didn’t have room for the Guyanese so how is that possible to house all those people. The few Americans that are here would not make a difference for them.
    If the Caribbean leaders can’t agree and speak with one voice, what will we gain from leaving the UN and forming our own organisation? You think the rest of the world cares about Barbados, some don’t even know where it is, they think it’s part of Jamaica.
    People give off a lot of hot air when things happen but it will soon be forgotten as the silly season is approaching.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray January 16, 2018 at 6:07 am
    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner January 16, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Bonita Weekes you are so right on point it’s scary,folks in Barbados and the rest of the Caricom region don’t see the real big picture and probably never will.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 16, 2018 at 8:36 am

      True this country is already over populated and cannot support or feed itself. They would all have a big shock if they return here to live that is insane!

    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown January 16, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Wanna can’t even tell Feudal what to do in Barbados but think wunna could stop Trump from
      Sending back DACA receipients. Bonita Weeks from you response, you don’t even understand what a DACA receipient is. A DACA receipient is a child who came into the USA under the age of 18, who neither is a neutralize US citizen, not do they hold a green card. Next the only right side they are given is to go to college, join the military, apply for and be granted a work permit, and a drivers license. Next Trump is arguing on the grounds that Obama violated US constitutional Law by granting such right by issuing an executive order without approval from Congress. US laws are not like the laws in Barbados and they are theee forms
      Of government which all serves a purpose and allows for the system of checks and balance. You also need to understand the different court systems in the USA and they hierarchy of order and precedence. The mere fact that you mention a Bajan judge in the USA who could be sent back shows your lack of knowledge. One can’t not be a judge in the USA unless they are a legal
      Citizen, therefore she would not be sent back.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner January 16, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Anton Brown Bonita Weekes did not say that the judge can be deported all she was stating that she could not get the same kinda salary here in Bim for same job as she could in USA.Simple she was comparing the lifestyles and she did not even talk about DACA so seriously don’t know what you were reading.

    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown January 16, 2018 at 10:20 am

      And my point is, do not use a judge a compare to a Daca receipient. A judge with Legal status, would not up and leave the USA freely. DACa receipients are not being given an option to stay or leave. Trump wants them out of the USA. Since they are mostly adults now all gainfully employed in the USA, none of them will be able to make the salaries they make in the USA, some of these kids are in high paying jobs with their work permits, with bank accounts, retirement savings, etc. who are not at risk of being sent back regardless.

    • Bonita Weekes
      Bonita Weekes January 16, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Now you got to be fool number 1 when did I so that the judge can be deported here, am I that stupid? After a statement made about Barbadians returning and Americans leaving here, I was merely comparing the lifestyles of prominent Caribbean people to what they would be faced with if they returned here. My Father for instance is 91 lives in Florida, is still driving and very active. 2 times a month he is visited by a care manager who checks with them about their medications, weight gain or loss, makes suggestions about who they should see and so on. I was present last year on one of the care manager’s visits. He buys a whole chicken already done from Sams for 4.98. So why the hell you think that people like him would want to come back here, for what? So you don’t tell me that I don’t understand because I never said what you are accusing me of. You are the one who seem to be lacking in comprehension. I can take on any of you that come after me, I am no fool, find some one else to pick on. You are always going after people with comments that sometimes make no sense.
      Go back and read what I said the first time, if you can get from it that I said the judge can be deported, then something is wrong with you. To be a judge she has to be a citizen, how can a citizen be deported. (Although there are some here that I wish could deported)
      Before you make comments PLEASE read and comprehend.

    • Bonita Weekes
      Bonita Weekes January 16, 2018 at 11:23 am

      …….When did I say…….

    • Bonita Weekes
      Bonita Weekes January 16, 2018 at 11:30 am

      Rawle Spooner thank you, he must have read that upside down. He just likes going after people but he doesn’t scare me. It amazes me how some people can reply to you saying things that you did not even think or say.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner January 16, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Bonita Weekes You are welcome Bonita.We are all entitle to our opinion but we must also read and comprehend stuff before making outlandish replies.

  5. Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Now put offensiveness aside, D Trump is just being honest. Until black people realize they need deliverance from ALL these nations who hate you then we will always be surprise at racist statements like his. The mistake that Barrow made was to comfort the minority groups by NOT catering to the psychological building, of the damaged, eroded and now corrosive, black minds via the education system. Hence here we are today awaiting hand-me-downs and handouts The Uk was also doing something similar by only hiring certain specialist medical staff to minimize the intake of people (slickly) from Africa, Caribbean etc. Then the European influx of people started = benefits, hence Brexit. So all of them chain of thoughts are similar.

  6. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards January 16, 2018 at 1:16 am

    The rightful Prime Minister of Barbados Sir Errol Walton Barrow set the stage for all Barbadians home and abroad but yet we as black people still set in our slavery mentality ways this is a “CURSE” it is so deeply inbeded in us that if white people disrespect you you’ll not even recognized the effects that came upon you, workers in barbados still dress up in monkey suit and have a Santa Claus outfit on giving out gifts to tourists what a shame so now trump has disrespect all black African nations we have take notice it’s been happening in your own back yard for a very long time and still we continue to brush it off from our shoulders

    • Mudiwa Cisse
      Mudiwa Cisse January 16, 2018 at 4:31 am

      You are 100% on point…I have been saying the same thing for far too long..Black folks need to wake up from that mentally enslave attitude

    • Ian Edwards
      Ian Edwards January 16, 2018 at 5:35 am

      Mr.mudiwa cissy but some black don’t see that far they a re comfortable in their own skin we have been beating down so bad that it’s hard to get up

  7. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor January 16, 2018 at 4:47 am

    So it’s ok to fight fire with fire huh? Wake up ppl…. Trump or no trump, acting like him makes you all the same as him! Ian Edwards u worrying about monkey suits…. Imagine that! And we got slavery in a disguised form! Work, employment, a job!

  8. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards January 16, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Sharon Taylor you are mistaking of what I am trying to same of course you have to fight fire with fire so you will sit and be insulted and degraded in a way that you don’t even know it because you have to work etc,with this monkey suit statement it happen in barbados a hotel a person dress in a monkey suit giving out gifts to tourists you don’t see nothing wrong with that I guess not but there you go we are ready to insult put other black person under the bus but if a white person insults you then you skin your teeth black bajans will always be insulted,degraded to a point that it’s a way of life for them look at what goes on now I said in your own back yard now they let bajans enter dome parts of there establishment and we are hustling going saying wow this is nice but do you thing they want us there to them we are monkeys etc he will continue to insult say racial stuff under the radar and it’s ok so yes fire with fire

    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 6:33 am

      So Ian what MIGHT do we have???

  9. Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 6:21 am

    people keep talking about waking up. Can someone please tell me what one has to do to wake up???

    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 6:29 am

      Or what waking up entails.

  10. Carson C. Cadogan January 16, 2018 at 6:39 am

    I doubt he said those words.

  11. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison January 16, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Donald Trump is a racist pig but he’s not alone. The vast majority of Americans feel as he does and think that the US is the best at everything when in fact there are very few areas that they excel above other countries. Americans feels this way because the have been indoctrinated to believe their own hype and the vast majority have never left that country to experience a whole world out there.
    The US has for the entirety of it’s existence been a racist country and the only difference all those years is that instead of lynching people of color they are now gunning them down.
    So Trump is just localizing the views of a large segment of the population.

  12. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 16, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Good article but BT get ya dates and times correct Errol Barrow died in 87 and speech was in 86 so it can’t be 20 years ago.Let’s be real trying to compare Singapore and Barbados is like comparing a plum to a watermelon.Barbados politicians from these political parties old useless and backwards thinking while Singapore politicians even if they old very progressive and think outside the box that is why it’s such a develop country.So simple regional leaders stop trying to play tough against USA because this administration not even losing any sleep over the region because in reality Caricom nations can’t even unite about anything to make region better.

  13. Sue Donym January 16, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Short answer: Yes!
    What else would he have to do to prove it?
    It took court intervention to stop him trying to prevent fair access to housing by blacks.
    He said he despised the thought of blacks counting his money.
    He has variously described entire nationalities or ethnicities as lazy, rapists, terrorist.

  14. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love January 16, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Donald Chump is just saying how most white people really thinks …(covertly)

  15. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown January 16, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Bonita if Trump don’t want them and sends them back, each country have to take them plain and simple. It’s up the their country to decided what to do with them. There is a difference between a person with DACA status and a naturalize US citizen. DACA recipients are not naturalize US citizens. They are over 600,000+ DACA recipients in the USA who entered the US with no status as children, they are not legal citizen and for the most part were allowed to go to college, join the military and receive work permits They do not hold green cards either, therefore If the court rule Obama was in the wrong and reverse his ruling, you better bet they will be deported. Remember Trump already have on of his judges sitting in the US Supreme Court. You better believe the fight is real and scary and every country who will be receiving these young adults needs to be prepared.

  16. Nathaniel Samuels January 16, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Rawle, the only thing I agree with you on is the fact that we cannot compare Barbados with Singapore. Their leader was a really long dictator. If anyone was asked to work one or more hours over their allotted time and they refused, that would be a serious breach. Imprisonment would be the response.
    Singaporeans are not free in the true sense of the word and I know which country I would prefer to live in despite the hype that is Singapore.

  17. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown January 16, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Bonita if Trump don’t want them and sends them back, each country have to take them plain and simple. It’s up the their country to decided what to do with them. There is a difference between a person with DACA are not naturalize US citizens and neither do they hold a green card given them legal status. The only thing a DACa receipient is given is the chance to go to college, join the military, a work permit and can apply for a drivers license. Next that status have to be renewed every two years and if it’s not you do not have any status in the USA. A city judge or state Jude ruling in the USA can be over thrown by the Superm Court by which Trump just apponted a federal judge who shares His ideology. If you are a judge in the USA fromanother country you are not a DACa recipient, you have legal status and are a Naturalize US citizen. Do you all know what DACA even means or stand for, or how it came about or the legal issues surrounding DACA? Trump is arguing Obama ruling on DACA is unconstitutional and was not approved by congress or voted on. Do you even understand US constitutional Law or the legal fight surrounding DACA? I don’t think so.

  18. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop January 16, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Who cares what this man says? Concentrate on what is happening in this here Barbados instead of giving your time and attention to this idiot!

  19. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop January 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Bajans have too much to say and a lot of it is nonsense.

  20. Carson C. Cadogan January 16, 2018 at 10:33 am

    “” the way Lee Kwan Yew developed Singapore”””

    One thing about this news media, they dont let the truth get in their way!!!!

    Lee Kwan Yew was a dictator who lock up, tortured, and murdered huge numbers of his own people.

    Is that what Barbados Today wants for Barbados as well???

    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 10:47 am

      The white man did the same to blacks and his people too and subject the people to his bs laws, education and other systems, cultures etc and u people did not have a problem with any of it. Or u forget he already. Them ain’t even have any remorse.

      • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 11:16 am

        Wanna learn to accept he, love he. care he, man wanna would even kill for he in he trumped up wars. Any change is rough at first till you get people assimilated, funneled and broken in.

        • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 11:21 am

          Or is it because he eyes slanted???

  21. Davie Etwaroo
    Davie Etwaroo January 16, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Never believe the Media, they can twisted a story. ..

  22. Kelly Brasier- Gray
    Kelly Brasier- Gray January 16, 2018 at 11:17 am

    These comments are so out there! Please don’t make assumptions about the US or presume to know how each person there feels. And don’t buy into the media lies! People do need to get awoke! Start really seeing things for what it is instead of just spreading more lies and gossips and half truths that the media started.

  23. Nicholas Bott
    Nicholas Bott January 16, 2018 at 11:25 am

    What a load of baloney. Like my Canada, you’re a Commonwealth country. A big plus in the eyes of the US government. If some tin pot dictator tried to run BIM down, the US would be there in a heartbeat. But keep running your economy the way you’ve been doing in recent years, and you will become a s$&thole country before you know it. I’ve seen the decline on the island every time I return there for holidays. You’re in deep trouble.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner January 16, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Have to agree with ya.

    • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 11:57 am

      What we really need is for some caring, remorseful white people to rally for reparations for the TAS Trade so that we can prevent going into the $hi* hole, to create a better sustainable island for all to progress and enjoy. I do not think you guys in Canada would have any issues with your queen either.

      • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 12:01 pm

        Those FAKE JewISH get billions a yr for a “6 000 000 holocaust”.

        • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

          To build that middle east missile hub/war base state.

        • Carson C. Cadogan January 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm

          Not holocaust, HOLOHOAX!!!

          • Belfast January 16, 2018 at 9:33 pm

            In today’s Germany the outright denial and even the trivialization of the Holocaust in public is a federal crime, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Why is that? And since when do these legal provisions exist?

            We would not be too please if slavery is labelled a hoax

        • Belfast January 16, 2018 at 9:34 pm

          Or reject Germans.

    • Carson C. Cadogan January 16, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Talking RUBBISH!!!!

      • Jennifer January 16, 2018 at 1:02 pm

        Ok CCC.

        Nicholas can also volunteer to start some rallying in Loving Canada after-all………. I’ll wait without sleeping.

  24. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed January 16, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Who us??? I think the WORLD has the USA held to high up as some kinda beacon or ” standard setters” …..I think we as a region should set out to find new “friends”….


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