Tuesday, April 23, 2024

TALK BACK: Readers reprimand Sir Roy

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There was no shortage of shocking or controversial news this past week, first with the tragic slaying of Nicole Harrison-Watson and then union leader Sir Roy Trotman’s comments about businessman Jacob Hassid which sparked days of heated debate.
During the May Day celebrations Sir Roy called Hassid an “Egyptian Jew”. It prompted a response from Hassid, who accused Sir Roy of inciting racial hatred and fear.
Pan Wallie: “To whom much is given, much is expected! A certain code of conduct is expected of those holding office and representing this country and by extension the workers. That code of conduct does not include name-calling or derogatory comments irrespective of what untoward circumstances . . . . We must always remember to respect as we would wish to be respected. Mr Hassad needs not play that fear factor hand, however, because Bajans are not of that ilk.”
Bajan Fishermen: “There is no place in Barbados for this kind of racist-tinged statement by anyone, furthermore the leader of the BWU. Those in leadership positions in this country must speak out and let their voices be heard, for to sit idly by and do nothing sends the wrong message.”
Michael Atwell: “If Mr Trotman did not offend anyone, how come so many people have made comments about his statement (Egyptian Jew) and asked for him to retract it or apologize? Racial comments are not ‘calling a spade a spade’. . . .
Gazanfer Karaman: “He has a social and professional responsibility to explain himself and why he used such remarks. He is a person who needs to be an example to the society and contribute to its harmony and peace . . . .”
In the midst of the controversy and anger, we did have one story from Thursday’s DAILY NATION that resonated with readers. It was the story about postman Tyrone Evelyn being handed an envelope – containing money and bills – which had been lost by a legally blind man. Evelyn went and paid the man’s bills. Readers expressed their admiration of Evelyn and said they hoped this kind of behaviour remained a key feature of Barbados.
Richard Power: “How refreshing! Now that’s the Barbados I grew up knowing. When you hear stories like this it just erases all the ugliness  and gives people a glimmer of hope. This is one of the feel-good stories of the year . . . .”
Bajan Fishermen: “This is the Barbados we all know that must never be allowed to die, with the changing times. Mr Evelyn, does not want glory for his honesty. (So too) doesn’t the person who found (the envelope) and gave it to the postman. This is the Barbados we used to know.”
Kathryn Daniel: “I will only say that this looks like a very happy ending for all concerned. There are still honest people in the world.”

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