An Inclusive Litany

10/2/02

Delegates at an anti-racism conference held in Barbados voted to expel non-blacks from the meeting because discussing the legacy of slavery in front of them would be too traumatic. Conference chairwoman Jewell Crawford later told the Barbados Daily Nation that, as those expelled were leaving, "I suggested that they get together amongst themselves, just like we're doing now, and plan and strategize, talk about ways that they can help to eradicate racism."

[Ed.: The Barbados Advocate later reported that officials turned to local white-owned businesses to pay off the conference's $200,000 debt, arguing that they have an obligation to assist the black community on whose patronage they depend.]

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