Mia’s 3 fears
Mottley made the comments as she addressed a meeting of the Barbados Labour Party’s Christ Church South branch at St Christopher Primary School last night.
“We will not go anywhere if we do not get on top of violence in the country, violence in the home, violence in the communities, violence wherever it is found,” she declared.
The Prime Minister noted people would not get involved “in ignorance” if they “felt they have something to lose”.
“If people have a sense of shame, a sense that I don’t want to embarrass myself or my mother or my family or my spouse, or my children, that is the first thing that constrains behaviour,” she said, adding the second thing that constrained behaviour was the ability to articulate feelings.
That, she explained, meant education and language in schools were critical.
Mottley said in days of old the weapons of choice were a piece of 2x3 wood or a stone, but that had changed to automatic weapons in recent times. She added while a victim might survive a lash with a piece of wood and the aggressor would be charged with grievous bodily harm, the effects of gunplay were vastly different.
“We don’t have a buffer anymore and to that extent, we need to get on top of anger management, language communication, a sense of identity, a sense of pride in who we are and not wanting to get involved in things that will deprive you of liberty, life or education,” she said.
“And I say so conscious that this week we have had way too many shootings. I am not going to rest until we get Barbadians to understand that it must stop,” she stressed.
PINK RULED THE HIGHWAY yesterday as thousands of Barbadians came out for the annual Walk For The Cure to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money for equipment and medicine.Chief operating officer of main sponsor CIBC Firstcaribbean International Bank, Colette Delaney, said in the five years since the walk was instituted, it had raised US$1.5 million.The 5k walk/run was started by Prime Minister Mia Mottley who urged Barbadians to take chronic non-communicable diseases seriously as “how we live is how we die”, and “when you’re gone, you’re gone”.Here, cheerleaders from the Dynasty Cheerleaders Academy thrilling the crowd with their moves before the event. (CA)