“How Blacks have Irish Last Names”

Triangle Below Canal Street

Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans have Irish last names? Is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t think Gone With The Wind and the O’Hara plantation. What a lot of people don’t know is that Irish were slaves too, hundreds of thousands were sent to work in the West Indies and they blended with the black slaves thus we have Irish names like McFadden, McDonalds, etc. white-slave65a

Irish descendants

They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.
Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. They were burned alive and had…

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Barbados newspaper describes rape as “male medicine”

#Rape #GenderBaseViolence

Feminist Conversations on Caribbean Life

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One of Barbados’ most widely read national newspapers recently reported the rape of either a gender non-conforming lesbian woman or transgender man in its gossip column.

They described the rape as “male medicine,” a clear allusion to “corrective rape” whereby lesbian and gender non-conforming persons who were assigned female at birth are targeted for sexual assault.  Female bodies are pathologized as inherently violable and gender and sexual transgressions are often punished with sexual assault.

The report of the rape within the gossip column trivialises the violence and recasts it as entertainment to be consumed.  This invitation to collective ridicule works through dehumanization of the victim.  Homo- and lesbophobia and transphobia converge to mark some of us as responsible for the very acts of violence against us.

The outrage against the Nation was swift and multidirectional.  They have removed the article from their website and issued an apology.

Unfortunately, the way they…

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The Impossibility of Loving Prince While Hating Queerness

Natasha Thomas-Jackson

Today, the world is mourning the passing of a legend.

And as is the case with all cultural icons, the grief is being felt in all corners, by people of all races, ethnicities, economic classes, gender expressions, etc. There is no doubt that his Purple Majesty touched people all over this world.

For me, Prince was confirmation of the heights one could reach when they weren’t afraid…to be different. Non-conforming. Confusing. Questionable. Nuanced. Hard to understand. Hard to explain. Though I was deeply appreciative of his musical genius, Prince was more of a psychopomp for me, a guide through some of my a shining example of how to obtain the deepest form of liberation: being your damn self.

But as the world collectively grieves and the memes, songs, and videos flood my timeline, it does not escape me that there are some people currently praising Prince and his progressiveness while harboring…

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Alan Emtage: The Codefather from Barbados

Proud son of Barbados

Repeating Islands

code._plugin122Georgia Popplewell (Caribbean Beat) writes about Barbadian Alan Emtage, calling him The Codefather because he is the computer scientist who wrote the piece of code that gave birth to Internet search. Here are excerpts, with a link to the full article below:

“I wrote a piece of code that gave birth to a multi-billion dollar industry. I didn’t make any money off of it, but I wouldn’t change anything.” Uttered by a man with a Barbadian accent, those were the opening lines of the Huffington Post video released last April that introduced many in the Caribbean to Alan Emtage, the forty-eight-year-old computer scientist who did indeed write the piece of code that gave birth to a multi-billion-dollar industry called Internet search. Whenever we use a search engine such as Google, we’re referencing the work of Emtage, who, in spite of only just being discovered by his home…

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