jeudi 27 novembre 2008
 Axel Janko

Le chemin de la fraternité inter-caribéenne est damé de sentiments malencontreux... Un racisme s’est développé à Barbade contre les immigrants d’origine Guyanienne (près de 40.000 pax à ce jour, avec toutes les interactions imaginables), discrimination mâtinée d’escarmouches jalouses, et qui ressemble à s’y méprendre à des relents qui puent dans notre paysage antillo-guyanais...

En voici un écho-témoignage publié dans le périodique "Nation News" de Bridgetown le 15 Novembre, et une krèy de liens pour qui veut appréhender ce phénomène proche de nous - mais que, pour des raisons de barrière linguistique, nos médias tardent à nous rapporter...

I Confess : Give Guyanese a fair chance

I AM A GUYANESE and I would like Bajans to realise that we are people too, and to stop being unfair to us. Most of us only came here to make a better living for our family. We’re willing to work hard and don’t want any trouble, yet people always seem to be going out of their way to do us something wrong just because we talk different and come from overseas.

Bajans, the women in particular, need to realise that the Guyanese coming here are no different from their family who work and live in the United States, Canada and England, and because they earn good money are in a position to send back clothes and barrels of food to them. So why treat us any different ?

In my case I had to leave two jobs because the women I worked with told all sorts of lies on me to get me fired. I don’t know them, I never had talk with any of them, but they just didn’t like me, so they made my life hell. Those jobs were at stores, and I knew that work as I did that in Guyana.

Now I am in a different job and getting the same hassle. I’m working in an office with a woman who says very little to me, but always has some remark to drop about foreigners coming here to take away Bajans’ jobs when she is on the phone.

Imagine, she is my supervisor, but when she comes in on morning she does not even have the decency to say ’Good Morning’. Instead she would walk in, unlock the drawer in her desk and put away her flask and bag ; then she would wipe the desk and phone down with Lysol spray. I told her on more than one occasion that sprays affect me because I suffer with my sinuses, but since then she sprays even more.

It is at that point that she would ask me which workmen called in sick, if any clients called with problems, if any of the suppliers called, and any other question she could think of to make me stay there and smell that spray though she knows it affects me.

The thing is that though I reminded her of how sprays in general affect me, all she said was ’okay’, but the next morning came back in and did the same thing. Only a person with no conscience would do something like that !

Work situation got worse

My work situation has gotten worse of late because the manager always talks and jokes with me, while he ignores my supervisor and the other two women who work part-time in the office. So now my supervisor drops remarks suggesting that I am favoured because the manager likes me. She is that nasty.

But the really hurtful thing is that not only ordinary people behave like this to Guyanese for no good reason. Would you believe that even Christians, people you would think should know better, treat us bad too ?

A friend of mine from back home, who is also living here, told me about the horrors she got when she started attending a certain church. The single women in that church started dropping remarks that she was coming in there to get a Bajan husband, while the married ones said she was looking for a man to look after her. They never realised that though this girl acts humble, she is well educated, has a good paying job, and is qualified for citizenship here as her father is a Bajan who went to Guyana to work on contract and stayed on.

In my case, a group of women do not speak to me now – and I am sure they are the ones that started rumours about me – because I am now going out with the most eligible man at the church.

The thing is, these women and I used to talk really well ; one even used to pass and pick me up so that we could go out together. For about seven months we got on really well until I started talking with this gentleman. Not one of them went out or was going out with him, but from the time I started talking with him they became stand-offish as if I did not have a right to talk with him. Then the talk started about ’this Guyanese woman who came here to carry away Bajan men’. After that the rumours began to fly left, right and centre.

What is so wrong with me having a Bajan man ? I am woman too.

Guyanese preference

Based on how pretentious and hypocritical I see many Bajan women act, I understand why the men here don’t want them and prefer Guyanese.

You see, we are simple and straightforward women. We treat a man like a man. We give our men the respect they deserve and take care of their every need. That is the only way the majority of us know how to love, so we do that.

I think Bajan women recognise this in us, and this is why they dislike us Guyanese women so and start all sorts of rumours about us to make their men turn away from us. But, thankfully, the men have more sense than that and are sticking by us through thick and thin.

My gentleman friend, for example, has asked me to marry him, and we plan to get engaged early in the New Year ; so all the bad talk and backbiting against me has not worked. Maybe if Bajan women focused on looking after their men properly instead of being nasty to other women, then they would be able to keep them.


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