Minister of the Environment Trevor Prescod says he is concerned that 180 years after emancipation Barbadians are still not fully embracing their African ancestry.
Using the small turnout at this today’s Emancipation Day march, the pan-Africanist argued that it was still apparent that persons still viewed an association with Africa through negative lenses.
“This is not an argument based in contempt but rather it comes from reality and it comes from you believing that you are inferior and that everything that is African is inferior and that African people are barbaric people. They sold it to you during slavery and you still believe it and it has continued under neo-colonialism. I want to urge you to pick sense from what I am saying to you, it should never be a case where although the crowd is much bigger today than previous years, this is less than a microcosm of what we should be seeing here,” Prescod passionately told the dozens of marchers preparing to walk from the Bussa statue to the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
“I want that when we return here next year that I see thousands of people and I will urge this Government to do what it can to mobilize people. What it means that in the interim year we have to impart knowledge so that people can be motivated,” he added.
This morning’s march, which was led by the Barbados branch of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration was also supported by the Coalition for Pan Africanists and the Commission for Pan African Affairs. Also in attendance was the Charge d’affaires of Venezuela Alvaro Sanchez as well as representatives from Cuba.
A cross section of young and old marched alongside Minister of Culture John King, Minister of Labour Colin Jordan and Minister of Elder Affairs Cynthia Forde.
It was indeed a lively affair as persons chipped along the ABC Highway to the revolutionary tunes of the great Bob Marley, which was played by a tuk band.