Liz Thompson wants Barbadians and all others to take that message to heart.
Recruited by the United Nations (UN) in late 2010, the Former Cabinet Minister and Senator, said that overall her experience in NY has been very positive, but she cautioned:
“No country which has closed its borders has had full sociocultural and socioeconimc growth. The same applies to the US. Any walls literal or figurative walls that go up in the US will eventually have to come down. That is the lesson and experience of history Black and brown people also have a right of access, to live and work in the US. In fact, if all people of color were put out, the economy and society would be severely and negatively impacted, from hospitals to restaurants, to rental properties. There must be a resistance to wrong and injustice. It is sad that so many years after MLK, we are still fighting the same battles.”
However, she also called on Barbadians at home to wake up and do better.
“I think that we should reflect on how we treated the Guyanese in Barbados. The nasty things we said about them, the indignity with which even legal ones were dragged up and put out of the country. Think too about what it meant for the society and economy when they were no longer providing a range of services that it was hard to get people to do, and performing them at very competitive prices. Think too about all the goods and services they bought, food, housing, bus fare, rent, food and petrol and how that impacted the people who sold them.
“We are in a very interesting time here in the US and globally.”
Her comments to Loop came after she witnessed her second overt incident of racism since elections.
A white man “mashed her corns” literally, while another poked her with taunts, and as bad as these two encounters may have been, Barbadian Liz Thompson, firmly believes, a lot more of such negativity is in store for her and many fellow Caribbean persons and or African Americans living in the Land of the Free in 2017.
A published author, former parliamentarian and practicing lawyer, living in the United States currently, Liz had seen the racist slurs and heard of other people’s experience but she was on the receiving end quite recently.
She told Loop:
“It was just shocking. It took me over two weeks before I could write about [it].“
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
With this quote in mind, Liz has chosen to speak out when she could have remained silent.
She posted a Facebook status three days ago that hit home for some but left many shaken, upset and even depressed. It has received over 500 comments and has been shared over 500 times as well to date.
In the status, she mulled over two incidents that happened to her in New York in what she called “this the time of Trump.”