Phrase ‘not said to offend’

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COOL YOURSELF, Bizzy.

The phrase “freest black country in the world” was not meant to offend you or other Barbadians of your race.

It was just a reflection of what black Barbadians endured in times as recent as the 1950s.

This was the response from eminent historian and retired vice-principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of West, Professor Pedro Welch.

He was delivering the Democratic Labour Party’s weekly lunch-time lecture at party headquarters at George Street, St Michael, yesterday.

Williams, in the wake of the January 6 gala to launch the celebrations for the island’s 50th anniversary of Independence, said he felt slighted and crushed after watching a video presentation which he felt did not recognise the contribution of Whites to the island’s growth and stability in the pre- and post-Independence years.

Please read the full story in today’s Saturday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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