In this season of giving, social activist and former parliamentarian, Hamilton Lashley, Tuesday hit out at corporate Barbados for lack of support towards the working class communities in this country.
Speaking at the Parkinson Resource Centre located in the Pine, St Michael, Lashley said it was quite disturbing to see communities being neglected by corporate entities.
“Our biggest problem is to get corporate Barbados to support the communities in this country. When I say the communities, I don’t mean selected communities. I mean particularly the housing areas that really need the assistance,” he said.
“ . . . if they [corporate Barbados] were smart enough, they would target the housing areas because ninety per cent of the population of Barbados resides in the Government housing estates,” he added.
“It always bothers my mind why the neglect, particularly by corporate interests, of the communities because that is your biggest target group. That is where the people are but somehow the resources go primarily to the middle class which is quite unfortunate.”
The former St Michael South East parliamentary representative also took aim at the media, accusing them of promoting working class communities in a negative way which he described as hurtful. Lashley said communities such as Pinelands, Grazettes and Eden Lodge – all in St Michael – need to be highlighted positively once they have done well.
“So when a social problem develops in Barbados and you see what the press does is credit you in a way that hurts because, of course, if Pinelands, Grazettes, and Eden Lodge, the housing areas win and do something phenomenal in Barbados, you would get a little thing in the newspapers but let a man get shoot or stab up, press there in one with headline news ‘Pine man gets shot’. ‘Violence in the Pine’, that is the negative,” he said.
“So I am saying an investment in the communities in this country is an investment in the future of this country. What I like to call the social development capital,” Lashley added.