As this country paused Tuesday to observe the 179th anniversary of emancipation, Leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Mia Mottley said many Barbadians had yet to be mentally emancipated.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of C’est La Vie fete on Tuesday night, Mottley contended that transitioning to this new stage of enlightened thinking was important now more than ever for Barbadians who are facing serious challenges.
She argued that even though Barbadians were physically free from the limitations of slavery, they were still mentally inhibited from achieving their full potential.
“It has taken us a long time to remove a lot of the vestiges of discrimination and exploitation. However, we still have a long way to go in terms of the mental emancipation and be able to free ourselves from those things that inhibit us from taking control of our own personal circumstances, community circumstances and those of our country.
“So we look forward to working with Barbadians across all levels to attain empowerment, inclusion and enfranchisement. Unless we control and mentally emancipate ourselves and move to the next level, we won’t carry the battle forward,” the BLP leader said.
Mottley encouraged deep introspection among the populace in an effort to get past the mental hurdles.
“Next year is the 180th anniversary of emancipation and we really believe that Barbadians should use the next 12 months to determine how on an individual and community level, we can literally move to the next level of emancipation. We know that in this second generation of independence mental emancipation would be critical,” Mottley stressed.