I am not sure what Czech-born philosopher, writer and journalist Vilém Flusser may have made of it, but I suspect that there is more than a coincidence in the “photo twinning” (below) of University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles’ ethical inking of a reparations deal with the University of Glasgow and the UWI Chancellor Robert Bermudez’s visit to The Bahamas in July.
In hindsight, informed by a mindfulness of UWI’s susceptibility to the kind of scholastic skulduggery that Jeffrey Epstein and Gislaine Maxwell practiced, Bermudez’s Bahamas visit could be construed as a premonitory prelude to the death and devastation that hurricane Dorian has inflicted on that multi-island state.
The “biblical” battering that Dorian inflicted on the the majority black Bahamian populace may be construed as a signal of the perversity of Sir Hilary’s signing of a pact with the University of Glasgow which risks giving legitimacy to the mind boggling bigotry that he, David Comissiong and other morally bankrupt or ethically disabled/handicapped Afrocentric advocates have allowed to pollute Caribbean people’s legitimate claims to reparations for the inhumane brutality and related excesses of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
As I have previously documented, Beckles and other reparations campaigners have injudiciously turned a deaf ear to my own and others warnings of the injustices that rapacious, reverse racist mishandling of the legitimate claims of many Caribbean people to redress for that trade’s brutality and lethal legacies risks.
Indeed, Dorian’s “abomination of desolation” approximating depopulation of Abaco island and other Bahamian residential spaces could be construed as a manifestation of divine justice for key Bahamians’ complicity in Beckles’ and others’ hijacking of the legitimate claims of people everywhere, in every era of human history to justice and peace.
The relative diversity of the Bahamian population is notable in this respect. The country’s majority black population can be considered a demographic gloss, concealing submerged wheels within wheels of Pan African, Pan European, Pan Caribbean (including indigenous American Indian) and other complementary and conflicting interests.
And by key Bahamians, I mean persons who, like Beckles, Comissiong and Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley in the Barbadian context, are failing to use the lofty positions that they have ascended to, to properly look out for and care for the welfare of all in their societies.
And I also mean some of those who may be at the lower levels of society, who the Glaswegian rap artist and social commentator Darren McGarvey likened to a baby giraffe in quicksand, in this critique of the notion of upward “social mobility” that I heard on BBC Radio Four on Sunday, September 8.
And McGarvey’s possible struggle reconciling his idea of personal resilience with his patent partiality toward a socialist world view is reminiscent of my own, to some extent.
It also recalls the vaginal vacuity of Beckles’, Selma James’ and other Marxist model muddled economic historians’, fundamentalist feminists’, carnivorous capitalists and other inflexible ideologues’ failures to engage meaningfully with women’s role in reproduction and child-rearing as the nucleus of matriarchal power and authority.
Where is the Giraffe’s mother?
Has she abandoned it?
Or might it have followed her into a social mobility trap?
McGarvey’s metaphor recalls the failure of bioarcheologist Stacy Hackner and other “science communicators” to recognize how women’s primary partnering role in procreation is undermined by the institutional excesses of scholastic, commercially co-opted and related fascist tendencies and vulnerabilities of an emergent, evangelical Christianity mirroring, homosexual experience homogenizing gay rights orthodoxy.
And anyone familiar with the desolation of the dancing Quaker population in the United States through their own puritanical, insular, homo-ideological marital policies will appreciate the validity of comparing them with fundamentalist evangelical homosexual advocates like Sir Elton John immediately (I may have opportunity to address the role of William Sayle and other British Puritan settlers in the evolution of Bahamian society elsewhere).
He may not have anticipated it anymore than Flusser might have anticipated my metaphysical “appropriation” of his photographic phenomenology, but the Glaswegian McGarvey’s baby giraffe resilience reference coincides with and complements the investigation of Dorian’s depopulation of The Bahamas rather providentially.
It certainly facilitates the floating of notions of homo-ideological bloating that attach to the submersion and subversion of the notion of biological motherhood, and by extension, the prominence of women in communication, through their role in early childhood language development: their role as propagators of what I and other linguists call Motherese.
And I am convinced that the conscious or unconscious devaluation of Motherese and other high sensitivity dependent communication skills by Hackner, Sir Elton, Stephen Fry, Beckles, his Garveyite theological comrade Robert Beckford and others is in large measure a manifestation of their own “baby giraffe in quicksand distress”.
Sir Elton’s insatiable appetite for media attention and festive flooding of parental vacuums in his life through his much documented conspicuous consumption points to such distress, surely.
Just as current British prime minister Boris Johnson’s “big girl’s blouse” insults point to a rather childish preoccupation with physical strength and a corresponding, “complementary” failure to value the soft power of vaginal, feminine vulnerability.
But unlike the speculative coordinates between the Beckles and Bermudez photo twinning, a serendipitous event facilitated by UWI’s alumni connecting Nexus magazine, a mapping of the links between Britain’s submersion and subversion of the careful, care-filled conversation that is mothering and the instructively named Johnson’s Bin-Lorry-Bin-Ladin Harry Clarke recalling hard Brexit strategy can be established rather easily.
As easily, at least, as the task of measuring the competencies and skills that characterize persons, like Hannah Walker, reputedly, with high degrees of sensitivity.
I note that the flooding of the Bahamian employment market with doctors, was raised by Bahamian Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd when Bermudez visited, as reported in this news story.
Can there be a clearer demonstration of the cost of inadequate social mobility strategies?
And the perverse profiteering of some Bahamian pilots reported in this article recalls some of the worst race racketeering, exploitative, decency outraging behavior I witnessed in 2001, not least when Comissiong, Aaron “Buddy” Larrier and other Pan Africanist reparations campaigners turned on me, because I insisted that the role of Africans in the slave trade as traders should be fully ventilated.
And to read today (September 8) the possibly predominantly Amerindian-European descended Comissiong’s words about “the complexity and magnitude” of the Africans reparations claim!
Comissiong’s claim to African identity is as tenuous as Jimmy Savile’s was to altruism I think.
But Comissiong remains a darling of Diane Abbott, “Sista Doctor” Sandra Richards, Beckles and other academics, journalists, politicians and others who control the Caribbean’s mainstream news feeds.
People like Barbados Today publisher Peter Harris, the Barbados adopted “Black Bajan” of Indian ancestry.
“Calling it another ‘elephant in the room’, Minister Lloyd addressed the concern of subvention payments for Bahamian students attending UWI. He suggested that there is an uncertainty of whether all students who are receiving those subventions are actually Bahamians. Both the Minister and Chancellor agreed that a system needs to be put in place to ensure that only qualified students are accepted, and benefiting from such subventions,” the article reporting on Chancellor Bermudez’s visit to the Bahamas reads.
Might Bermudez, a prominent Trinidad and Tobago born business leader fingered by Beckles for the top position at UWI have spoken the tropical system that birthed Dorian into existence unconsciously?
If we accept the link proposed by chaos theory between the flapping of a butterflies wings and the development of hurricanes like Dorian, does it not also make sense to consider the consequences of plosives and other linguistic disturbances of the physical cosmos by our verbal utterances?
To what extent might it be said that Beckles, Bermudez and other elites presiding over UWI, do so like the destroyer Dorian, which sat over The Bahamas penetrating her deeply?
To what extent might it be fair to say that the Bahamas was seduced and raped by a false sense of security?
And what lessons may those of us who see the hand of God in acts of nature learn from this Bahamian depopulation or desolation tragedy?
Responding to Dorian’s desolation of the Bahamas, Barbadian prime minister Mottley has taken the view that Caribbean and other states are most vulnerable to but not responsible for the devastating consequences of climate change.
This view is rather simplistic and does not take account of the influence that Barbadian politicians, business people, religious leaders and other solitary or celebrity figures can exert, openly or secretly, like Epstein and Maxwell, on international affairs.
Might a phenomenological, chaos theory based study of former Barbados government minister and “porn prince” Donville Inniss’ activities over the past several years put him in the path that hurricane Dorian traced from Africa to the Caribbean?
The destructive Dorian did pass “extremely close” to Barbados.
Or taking a longitudinal meta-linguistic approach, what might we deduce from Dorian’s visitation of devastation upon The Bahamas if we study it as a fractal photographic commentary on the legacy of that country’s controversial “Father of the Nation” Sir Lynden Pindling?
Apologies to all who may find my metaphysical analysis painful.
I mourn with those who mourn, truly.
Condolences to the people of The Bahamas.
May you find the grace of God in this time of need.