Rhianna’s beauty is an example of what we have in Barbados when this melting pot of races are “stirred”. Her mother is from Guyana and probably has some Scottish, Amerindian and African blood. The Fenty name may have survived but there are Fentys that are quite dark skinned and as distant in family connection to Rhianna as anyone can be. She shares her wealth with Barbadians at ALL levels and complexions with the contributions she makes to health care in the island. Why on earth should she feel any more responsible for our Irish homesteading ancestors especially?
Rhianna’s ancestry is as much African as it is European – and perhaps only a small part of her racial origin might be Irish. She does not consider herself Irish, or Scottish or Dutch or Spanish or West African. The Caribbean is a melting pot of all of these peoples – Rhianna does not think of herself as Irish any more than an English woman would think of herself as Celtic or Gaelic or Norman or Anglo Saxon and feel responsible for the many atrocities of conquest, slavery, and forced miscegenation between these peoples. Rhianna’s only true identity is Barbadian, and she has contributed to many developmental projects for ALL Barbadians. The term “poor white” in Barbados is an unfortunate carryover from an age of predominant African slavery when it was used simply to distinguish between people in similar conditions. No exceptional suffering or insult is implied.
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