Barbados celebrates its 50th year of Independence on November 30. Guyanese Online will be featuring a number of articles on Barbados. This article is from Barbados Underground, a Barbadian Blog.
Submitted by Heather Cole
One can argue that the state in post independent Barbados has never provided the environment to foster economic independence to the majority black population. Despite this a few black businessmen managed to gain economic independence but the majority of the black population has settled for becoming the employed and never the employers. On the other hand, the minority white population has more employers and entrepreneurs.
Except for a limited apprenticeship period early in the history of Barbados – and in poverty stricken areas like Martins Bay- the minority white population has always had economic independence and social independence. At emancipation, the blacks were given social independence; it was not economic because they were not paid reparations for the time they had spent as slaves. At independence in 1966, the island gained its political independence from Great Britain.
Herein lies the present structure of inequality of Barbados…
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