Mr Richard Hoad has valiantly attempted to prove that Bajan - Whites did not run from Barbados after November 1966, were well represented at the first Independence flag raising ceremony and were patriotic, both at home (with the Merry Men) and overseas (Miss Frances Roach in Trinidad).
Unfortunately, in his attempt to prove this, Mr Hoad has misled the public. He has over - personalised the issue of Bajan - Whites and their relations with Black Bajans before and since November 1966. Thus, while he eloquently defended the Hoad family, he ignored the overwhelming evidence of undiminished power, privilege and prestige held by Bajan - Whites in general over this period. He clearly missed the opportunity to reveal to us that the Vaucluse plantation management did nothing after 1966 to reduce the deplorable physical suffering of tenantry laborers in their hovels and chattel shacks, with no electricity, running water or all - weather roads. We waited in vain to hear from him what those Whites who lived in Ladymeade Gardens did in 1966 and afterwards to provide safe passage for Blacks through Belleville, Strathcylyde, Balmoral Gap and Hastings Rock.
Mr. Hoad could have told us what such White - Bajans did to stop the South Coast and West Coast hotel owners from banning Blacks from their properties unless they were menial, manual workers. Did they fight to bring Staycations to Black Bajans before 2007? Did they denounce the practices of Whites only sports clubs, the recruitment of only white girls as the Cockspur Majorettes, or the BLUE BOX CART BAND, who insiststed every year on parading first at Grand Kadooment? Of course the Ladymeade people fought against the Yacht Club, Carlise Club and Aquatic Club's segregationist policies, but Mr. Hoad could have revealed his own campaign against the Work Permit advertisements, which have been part of the business culture since 1966 in the freest black country in the world.
Nevertheless, Mr Hoad has encouraged me to recommend that a scholarship be given for a young UWI student to research the following topic for a PHd in Social History: RACE RELATIONS BEFORE AND AFTER INDEPENDENCE, 1956 to 1986. Some of the chapter headings could be: (a) White Planters and Black laborers (b) The Bridgetown Club and the dynamics of city business (c) White hotel ownership and Black labor (d) private Schools Culture in Barbados (e) The " Color Bar" and "Ethnic Spaces" in Barbados and (f) Was Barbados de segregated by 1986?
Incidently, Mr Hoad should note that Codrington High School, founded in 1917 as a girl's school, accepted its first Black Bajan female students after 46 years in 1963. Among them was Betty Glasgow, daughter of Mr. Earl Glasgow, a teacher at the Lodge school. During the early 1960's, girls from Three Houses plantation attended that school, but the Ladymeade people said and did nothing about it.
Further , for Mr. Hoad's information, on November 29th, 1966, Corporal Trevor G. Marshall a 'little' 18yr old, Upper 6th Form student at the Lodge school, was one of the 120 cadets from Harrison College, Combermere and Lodge itself, who participated in the flag-raising ceremony at the Garrison.
Finally, the factoid about the small number of Bajan-Whites at the same ceremony came from retired Royal Barbados Police Force detectives, whose tasks on that night included checking on the "UNDER-FORTIES" (anti-independence group) and the numbers of NON- BLACKS for possible disruption of that massive outdoor event which involved the entire Legislative, the Royal representatives and other dignitaries.
Written by Mr. Trevor G Marshall - Barbadian Scholar, Historian and Pan African activist