Submitted by Charles Knighton
Reference is made to the Nation’s “People” feature of November 12th, sub-headed “Ex-Ambassador praises Barbados“, where we are informed the former (not ex) US Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, has “endorsed the suggestion that Barbados was perhaps the world’s best managed black country”. I immediately imagined what the repercussions would have been if, while courting my present wife I had “praised” her with “While you certainly can’t compete with White women or with Asian women, for a Black woman you’re the best”. I am fairly certain I would still be able to feel the much deserved slap to my face which would have followed such a “compliment”.
The feature’s denouement lauds Barbados’ reputation for educating its people, as Barbados “had a tremendous educational resource contributed to by Great Britain.” This seems to imply that left to their own devices the Black population of Barbados could never be capable of emulating the high educational standards of the more developed countries, perhaps relegating Barbados to world’s best educational system —for a Black country.
Faint praise, indeed.