By Tedra Kirby
(First published in the Facebook group “Bagga me come from (Rich history)” on April 17, 2018)
Dear People of Barrouallie,
By now many of you have seen the iWitness News video clip earlier today, showing our people on the beach cutting up White Fish (Killer Whales/Orcas). For those of you who have not, it is visible on IWNSVG’s Facebook page, should you care to watch.
This video, in my opinion, was filmed with malicious intent, in an attempt to undermine our whaling community by painting us as barbaric and uncaring. The comments the video has accumulated have also done this and much of the people commenting are doing so from a standpoint of pure ignorance regarding whaling in Barrouallie. They are not us, nor do they understand us. They do not understand the significance of this industry. We know different! We know whaling isn’t just a hobby. We know whaling isn’t just a tradition. Whaling for this community is a matter of economics! How will so many of our families survive without whaling in Barrouallie?
Whaling doesn’t just help the whalers alone….it helps the vendors who are able to support their families and send their children to school, it helps to boost business for many small shop owners since we spend our money there, it helps to keep many people occupied, who otherwise would be sitting idly by. It even contributes to a significant amount of sales at the gas station in Bottle & Glass.
Know that those looking to end whaling or paint a negative picture of our community are not doing so with our best interest at heart.
We need to get ahead of this storm. We need to make our voices heard before it is too late. As a community we need to approach this as ONE, and SHOW people the significance of whaling to our community. You may think you don’t eat blackfish so it doesn’t affect you, or you may think your family doesn’t sell blackfish so it doesn’t affect you, but believe me, it will affect us all if they are successful in banning whaling.
UNEMPLOYMENT AND CRIME GO HAND IN HAND.
To this end, I say as a community, we should host a town hall meeting to air our side of this story. We should all come out in support of this. There is strength in numbers. We will invite the same media looking to break us, in an attempt for them to realise the economic importance of this activity to our community.
Those looking to ban whaling, you better believe many of them have secret agendas…..many of them will be able to apply for grants and funding to promote their cause….that money will NOT come to the people in Barrouallie.
We need to organise a town hall meeting. Those willing to step forward to be a voice, please do so.
We have to protect what is ours, because when all is said and done, they will work to get their way and absolutely no one will care how the removal of whaling will affect us.
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