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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Emancipation Sunset (08-01-2006)
Speightstown, Old Main Road
St. Peter, Barbados
A simple sunset can mean so many things to so many people. But for me today its meaning is EMANCIPATION.
As a child when we went on drives through the countryside or the coast, I really never thought of the struggles and plights that the slaves living in Barbados had to endure. I was free and believed it was always that way. Well, I know different now.
Today (08-01-2006) is Emancipation Day in Barbados. It is in recognition of the abolition of slavery here in Barbados. I did not attend the Emancipation walks today. Instead I rode my bicycle through St. George admiring what a beautiful country this is.
Now, I am capturing the sunset with the help of my niece. Her grasp of trying to hold or covet the sunset is my symbol of taking freedom into your own hands. This generation of Barbadians did not have to forge a revolt, escape shackles, or kill in the name of freedom. We simply have to remember many of our forefathers died in the process of making Barbados what it is today.
But slavery is not dead in the true sense of the word. There is still classism in this country. It is rooted. And like Tuberculosis, it is ever resilient to the daily penicillin of moral fiber, brotherhood, justice, family, law, respect, and all the other misgivings of inhumanity.
God Bless Barbados!