Can you spot any white people in this tent audience picture?
Is racism and segregation alive and well and kicking in Barbados?
Is it all around you and it is just so common place you don’t even recognise it?
I read an article in the Nation newspaper entitled “Racism in our Hotels” where it identified our hotels as the only in the world that have guards and security barriers at their entrances, deeming them selves seemingly unreceptive to the general public they are suppose to serve.
The intention according to the writer, is to keep out the black locals and keep the white visitors separated.
Let’s look at other subtle forms of racial segregation which seemingly exists, calypso tents.
When was the last time you saw white people in a calypso tent?
As manager of Bacchanal Time tent operating since 1995 I cannot tell you I have ever counted 6 white people at any one of our shows, and that’s quite a claim considering we have events which exceed over 5000 patrons.
Usually when we do have an adventurous white couple who visit us when MC Mac Fingall highlights them as he always does, they are always “visitors” from overseas.
In other words the white people who live here don’t seem to go to calypso tents. (I know John Edwards attended last year, you don’t count John)
Is it because tents are usually dominated by black patrons.
White people attend their own events like polo and the others I don’t know about since I am black.
What invisible line exists which determines that you will only see only blacks at some events and mainly whites at others?
Is this a sign that in 2008 racism is alive and albeit quietly kicking in Barbados?
Where’s the white people at?*
How many whites in this tent audience picture?
Answer; 4; Congrats you win a ticket to Polo event next weekend
*Quote from Cleavon Little; 1974 “Blazing Saddles” movie