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MORE WEIGHT IN BARBADOS by Dr. Godfrey Vincent

posted 16 Dec 2013, 05:04 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 16 Dec 2013, 05:28 ]
Abdul Malik
In 1986, the poet Abdul Malik penned a poem entitled “More weight” in which he described how the right wing policies of “trickle down” economics and the IMF and World Bank policies of Structural Adjustment negatively affected the working class and working poor. 

At that time when he penned this poem, the NAR, the Manufacturers’ Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Employers’ Consultative Association went on the offensive against the workers in the East West Corridor. The “unholy trinity” pursued wage freezes, retrenchment, factory closures, privatization and other anti-working class policies. 
 
Fast forward to 2013, we are witnessing history repeating itself, only this time in Barbados. There, according to the Trinidad Express report, 3,000 Public Servants are slated for retrenchment. When I read it, I immediately dialled up Malik’s poem and I can hear him saying, “more weight, more weight ‘an we pon’ di ground. More weight, more weight, and dem kicking we down.” 
 
All over the continents, the policies are similar, “more weight.” Are we going to continue ‘taking the weight.”? Malik had a solution to the “more weight.” He asserted “man/woman yuh have to fight to survive; yuh have to kick to survive." Because he noted, “more weight is avaricious. More weight is contagious. More weight is monstrous.” I would add we have to organize nationally and globally to survive. 

This is our only hope of breaking the chains of “more weight.” Failing to so do, we will be like Lazarus “eating crumbs falling from the rich man’s table.” Will this be our legacy? Or are we going to make history?
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