The corporate plantation

| 21/07/2014

I have lived away from the Cayman Islands since mid-October 2013, but arriving home on 11 July 2014 produced mixed feelings in me. On one hand I was happy to be on the Caymanian soil I love but on the other hand I was afraid because I have not yet learnt to manage anger within me with regards our social, economic and political realities. It is clear to me that foreign capitalist and the Caymanian merchant class, especially the newer generation of professionals, are protecting what I will term a corporate plantation society.

The term corporate plantation society is being used to depict structured human relationships similar to those created during the period of chattel slavery in the Caribbean and the United States of America four hundred years ago.

The only difference in the two systems is that the first relied upon the production of agricultural products, mainly sugar and cotton, and the latter on the management of a financial system designed to rob the middle class and poor citizens of the metropolitan states of their collective resources, i.e. taxes and other benefits. This structured relationship, especially between former slave colonies and their former colonizers, has enriched members of our community who have found a knowledge and class base relationship with the old order.

What is disappointing to me is that our political as well as our social and economic and improvements for those lesseducated and racially and culturally different will now depend not on local politicians but on what happens in the struggles for improvement in the metropolitan countries that recognize the human distortions now caused by financial capitalism's destruction of the middle class and a return to the enslavement of persons of African descent within the penal systems of these countries and their former colonies.

The continuing enslavement of black and brown people in America and England, as well as their former and present colonies like the Cayman Islands, is obvious to those who have eyes to see. But for a vote of ignorance, our political leaders refuse to admit the magnitude of our challenges that have been brought about by the establishment of our country as a financial plantation.

The middle class, or at least those of us that may have become part of a middle class, are losing ground every day as we are replaced by foreign nationals from the metropolitan countries, many of whom were members of their own middle class but have been forced to escape to find prosperity among us. And of course they are being favored and promoted in Cayman and can afford to buy or will be given credit to buy the properties and business taken away by the banks from us by the financial administrators, all of whom are not Caymanians.

Roy Bodden's thesis, for which he should have long been rewarded with a PhD, told us what the end would be but he, like me and others, had to lay aside the truth in order to survive with a little dignity in our native islands. But the truth of Mr Bodden's thesis was that if our capitalist development was not managed well by national educated elite then it would enrich the foreigner and impoverish locals.

The local managers of our economy had been our local merchant class, which saw the survival of its power and prestige asbeing connected to the class and colour social structuring of our society. Therefore they married foreigners when they could not find persons equal to them in the sense of being of the same class and colour. Black educated Caymanians like me married white or foreign spouses, thereby lending support to the myth of 'whiting' as a sign of the lack of racism in our society.

This particular method of eliminating the racial nature of colonial and post-colonial societies (see for example Brazil) has been encouraged and glorified in many new world societies but it does not eliminate the use of colour nor does it remove the use of race to define and oppress those not whitened or those without the prerequisite class characteristic like education.

Whitening began hundreds of years ago in Cayman and continues today, actively supported and maintained by educated non-white people in Cayman who publicly disapprove of any political mention of the negative role racial or colour considerations play in structuring our society.

But Cayman is not less colour conscious simply because we have more interracial marriages or dating. In fact, it is more prejudiced. One must only look at the last election results in the Cayman Islands (especially in the District of George Town) to understand our acceptance of class and color as characteristics for trustworthiness and respectability.

It is therefore difficult for me to remember a time when native George Towners would not have been upset if no visibly black working class person was elected to the Assembly in a general election. To understand what happened to the racial political consciousness of George Town voters in 2013, it is necessary to recognized how black persons who did not swear total allegiance to white corporate Cayman were mistrusted and marginalized. The white Masonic opposition school in the political theatre of Jamaica and England were very much responsible for the 2013 election strategy, which denied even Ms Lucille Seymour a seat and discouraged Dr the Honorable Lindford Pearson from trying to re-enter George Town politics.

Caymanians, and in particular the George Town people, many of whom are now dark skinned and of Jamaican decent, must now ask why Premier Alden McLaughlin's Masonic handlers do not want multi-constituencies. My guess is that black people vote in large numbers for persons not considered black but white people, especially expat whites, will not vote for blacks that are not truly brainwashed into supporting an upper class notion of respectability and transparency outside of the Masonic Temple.

Unfortunately there will not be equality in voting until we understand that not being black in complexion does not make us socially white. And politics in Cayman will not address the challenges those at the bottom of the educational, economic and colour spectrum face until colour and class is a consideration by the new black Caymanian and not just the Masonic Lodge.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I think that I do understand Dr Frank. In this little Country there are too much jealousy against our own. Dr Frank was in the first group of Blacks to get an education. In those days when he returned home from acquiring a Doctrine the popular George Town dances was just coming to an end. Those of us who are still alive know exactly what I am talking about. Such the likes as Dr Frank, Ms Lucille and so forth could not go near because of the colour of their skin. Dr Frank had to be frustrated as he realized that he had a good vision for his Country and was more educated than those who kept him from attending those dances. Being a person after my own heart he could not contain himself and he was very vocal, while others similar in education and of the same skin colour kept their mouths closed and gained alot of love for doing so.

    When DrFrank was a Gorge Town Repreentative  certainly looked after the little man just like Linford did. He will always have my vote. God bless you Dr Frank. After such a long time it was certainly a pleasure to share some of my frustrations with you in the Immigration Parking Lot.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am glad someone else is seeing the Masonic influence in Cayman. For those of you who do not see it ill give you a few brief examples of Freemasonry out in the open of Cayman.

    I'll start with a history lesson. Sir Vassel Johnson was a FreeMason and he was single handedly response for bringing Cayman Currency to the Island. Vassel Johnson's work helped create the financial institution that exploded in the 80's. The common Caymanians the financial structures have never benefited them expect bringing people to the island to eat the fish they catch. Why is this important? That would take a whole seminar to discuss but research freemasonry and currency. You will find some wilds ideas but even the tame ideas are horrendous. People carry paper and have no real wealth. Just paper. It's only valuable because people are told its valuable and they believe it. Thus destroying the barter system that people on such a small island desperately need. 

    It is obvious to any Mason that calls the island realizes Cayman is held by the heavy hand of Freemasonry. Simply look at our area code -345 the Pythagorean Theorum use to measure triangles, the Freemasons favorite symbol. Im sure all the Masonic leaders/captilist laugh when they pick up the phone to call the island and dial 345. 

    Then their is the 345 beer that the poor drunks swill while pedaling their bikes. It has the 345 Masonic code plus the beer can is blue like the Freemason blue lodge. And the beer can uses geometric shapes. Another Freemason favorite. 

    For those of you who do know about Freemason imagery or their work, try reading some 1800s Freemason literature which can be read on google.  It's not that Freemasons are bad people but like Frank eluded to since the fall of the slave plantations Freemason have been working to make modern plantations so those at the bottom of the pyramid support the pinnicale. 

    Caymanians need to own and run their own island government. The problem with Freemasons is, they are puppets for the worlds elite. The strings are pulled and they dance robbing the island people of a political system that works in their favor and trade it for a political system that benefits the rich elite of the world. 

    • Caymanian IND says:

      I have no issues with Free masons at all, except I won't join for three reasons: 

      1. I don't to align myself with others to gain a reputation, wealth, power, and do charitable deed; I can independently with God's grace do that on my own.

      2. I don't like the idea that you have to swear or give an oath by your life to God. I understand some lodges blindfold you and place a knife at your throat or at your heart, and you have to swear to keep secrets. I don't see myself doing that!  

      3. I think it is setting yourself up when you align yourself with other men who may not have the same conscience as you … You are in a room with diverse thinkers and they decide on a moral issue to go in one direction, but you don't see eye-to-eye with them. Only a fool would sit at a table with other fools; and,  

      If you are a Christian it is worse. Free masons deny the divinity of Jesus, that Jesus is God. Jesus started His Church and as far as I know it is taught that all Christians shouldn't be unequally yoke with unbelievers. That is a must!  Every pastor and priest teach this. In terms of faith, Free masons tell you first of the financial benefits in joining the lodge, and then that all you need to do is believe that God exist as the Architecture of the Universe and that's it. The financial benefits are God's blessing. 

      So these are some reason why I wouldn't join. I don't find I need to be in alliance with other people to get ahead in life. And by God's grace I feel more secure and do pretty well on my own. Peace 😉 

      • Anonymous says:

        I would not join because it is a silly little club for mediocre men who can't make it in the world without joining a silly little club. 

      • Anonymous says:

        I thought about joining, but I really don't have much respect for any organization that would have someone like me as a member.

    • Anonymous says:

      Glad someone else noted that someone else is noting influence of freemasons.

       

      Now add to the history lesson above that Vassell Johnson was a Jamaican and look at the impact of Jamaican Freemasons on our ever-so-weak Caymanian men with their so-called Christian values and heritage yet they have sold out our country to the Jamaicans, period!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I cannot believe 102 people bothered to respond to the nonsense from Frank.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful spin by someone who is clearly racist and bigoted himself.  More "whites" have been slaves in the course of history, does no one remember Egypt and the Jews?  How about all the "whites" the Romans enslaved?  Also I'm not seeing a whole lot of an Arian race in our civil service and I am actually seeing a trend in inter racial relationships and marriages.  Me thinks the doc should really get the chip off his shoulder and not make excuses for his lack of acceptance by the community on race but instead on things like drug use and mysterious shootings and hanging with criminals

    • Anonymous says:

      There is simply too much black and white in this world.

      The black cries foulevry time things ontgo s way.

      The white man gives favourable treatent toother white people.

      When is this world going to be about the value of an indiviual.

      In this counry Caymanians are being treated as if they are slaves, ad yes most ae black people.

    • AnonymousX says:

      With Egypt and the Jews – If you look at King Tut and the Egyptian Pharaohs, they were black. I won't be surprise that the Jews were of different colors. For all we know Moses was a black man. That is why I think color racism is so stupid!

    • Anonymous says:

      Arians? It may surprise you to know that the Arians were a tribe that came out of the Indus basin about 10,000 years ago and moved west across central Asia and then Europe, they were the ancestors of the Celts and their entecedants are to be found in French Brittany, Wales, and Scotland. Their Characteristics are  black hair, dark eyes, and dark skin, and their symbols include the swastika!

      So Herr Hitler got it a bit wrong, and that is entirely appropriate in the context of this discussion, because so has Dr Frank!, but at least Herr Hitler kept it short and sharp!

  5. Whodatis says:

    Aaahh … beloved isle Cayman.

    The single anomaly of a western nation where the founding principles of racial dynamics mysteriously do not exist.

    What a wonderful place in which we live.

    *Gtfohwtb.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dr. Frank makes several valid points in his article. Children of “white” Caymanians have always been encouraged to marry someone who is Caucasian. Whether this is because Caucasians are thought of as better than Negroes (or mixed ethnicities), or if they just happen to be the ones with the money is questionable.
    In some cases, the “white” Caymanians realise that it is a danger to marry those within the community due to the shortage of genes in the pool. However, there are many who are just prejudiced. We are also a part of a recent tradition where foreign labour is no longer welcome due to many locals being unable to find a job. Since most of the top jobs go to foreigners who are Caucasian, fuel just continues to be added to the fire, resulting in a Caymanian versus aloof Caucasian expats. If you don’t believe it, even the CIG is guilty of this practice ESPECIALLY within the education system – paying white policy makers over $120, 000 per annum, while teachers make only $40, 000 in the same year.
    Caymanians also seem to despise the laborers who come here in large groups. They are concerned about their culture (to those that say we don’t have a culture, elaborate intricacies do not a culture make), they are concerned that they are outnumbered, and they are concerned that they are endangered.
    And yes, the “slaves” of the middle and lower earning classes are often treated unfairly. They are threatened with unfair dismissal, permit cancellation, and deportation. Not to mention the pittance they are paid for their hard labours. These classes work to pay bills, which the companies (headed by Caucasians) collect. Essentially, the whites collect the money of the blacks. Social mobility is difficult, and is made moreso difficult by the system and its prejudiced heads.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree that too many jobs are given to persons from Canada, USA and Britain  and other metropolitan countries when those jobs can be held by local Caymanians. However, there has never been any distinction among locals being favored for jobs if their skin is of light complexion as opposed to dark compexion. In addition, there has never been any division in wealth in this country among the local populatiion based upon skin color. As for "white" Caymanian children children being encouragedto matu foreign Caucasians, I tink there is more encouragement given to darker skined Caymanians to marry foreign Caucasians.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think it is true for many so-called white Caymanians and also for the darkest Caymanians.  

    • Anonymous says:

      "Children of "white" Caymanians have always been encouraged to marry someone who is Caucasian".

      You're making it up as you go along! Where is your proof for that preposterous statement?

      Rabble-rousingnonsense. And pure racism, in its worst, most ignorant, form.

      • Anonymous says:

        I'm not the oiriginal poster but it's not preposterous at all. It is a fact well known to every generational Caymanian by life experience. There have been times that children who did not comply were ostracised from the family. Their parents would not even come to the wedding.     

  7. Rp says:

    I have lived in many places in my life but I have never seen a nation (or a 50,000 people for that matter) promote such division among its people as I am experiencing here, most of which is propagated by Caymanians:

    1) white vs black

    2) paper or imported Caymanians vs "real" caymanians

    3) UDPers vs ppmers

    4)  west buyers vs GTers vs east Enders vs Bodden towers etc

    5) bracers vs grand caymanians

    6) old vs young

    7) rich vs poor

    8) expat vs local

    9) qualified vs unqualified 

    10) 6th generation vs 5th 4th etc

    …and the list goes on.  Stop the division and unite because after all we are all Caymanians.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just build some nice gated communities to keep out the West Bayers and the poor and maybe then we can talk.

  8. Anonyanmous says:

    Until "the white" Caymanians admit their "black" grandmothers nothing will change and Dr. Frank is correct in half of what he writes. We love to sweep the dirt under the carpet but the only thing that this will solve is to let the pile get bigger and eventually it will stink up the place.. the same thing that is happening in the society now if we had only address the proper issues and the decline and break down of the social fabric of the society back in the 1980.

    I don't always agree with Dr. Frank but many times he was proven right he has somehow lost his credibility and it was done by him and no one else.  A smart man but he needs an attitude and life adjustment.  The voters of George Town gave him a chance and he blew it but this does not exclude him from using his talents as a sociologist to improve his country.  Many people who come on here and post very negative things about Frank do not know his story prior to him being elected to government and what he has done for his country.  I remember when Frank newly returned back home in the mid 1970s armed with good ideas for his country and people, when he worked for NCSS which was behind the Library in the old PWD compound just where the bus depot is now. That young man, worked tireless to implement a head start program for the young children, I think that's when the Miss Nadine Pre School was started in GT and it was his vision to have the program across the islands.  Yes Dr. Frank was the first person I heard talking about and explaining social stratification in Cayman and how he intended to develop policies and programs to help the less fortunate achieve greater social equality through education and the need to provide free education to all Caymanians up to college/university.  I remember Frank being involved in the Inn Theater back in the days of Jeff Cresswell and our young people were developing in the arts and had a venue to release their talents in acting, young people were all too eager to go to the Inn Theater which kept them out of trouble.  I know of one bright young lady of whom I will not write her name here who would have had a career in acting if the vision had continue but sadly it did not and she just went down the wrong road and unfortunately some of her own children have followed the same path.

    So, to all the Johnny come lately and newbies, caymanians and Natives, I say to you go research the life of Dr. Frank McField before you try to write his story know the facts.

    Dr. Frank, I say to you cast the load off you back and chip off your shoulder and get back to constructing your society in a positive way, yes you can help to do so without being in the government.  

  9. Anonymous says:

    And this, my children, is why drugs are bad.

  10. Anonymous says:

    If bullsh*t could be set to music, Dr. Frank would be a brass band.

  11. Prolly wants a cracka says:

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    Time to get a new parrot and sandwich board. But take note; this "White Man" is already home. 

  12. Libertarian says:

    Doctor McField, it is unfortunate that you have played a role in building a negative reputation upon your own character, and that has somehow cause many to ignore the messages you are trying to convey. Most of what you write I shall say has elements of truth and is food for deep thought.

    The tone of your article is intense with a variety of mix emotions. Almost like you are alone somewhere looking at what is being done to Cayman, the structures that are setting us up, everyone heading in the same direction, and you are not able to change the course by yourself. This overwhelms you and in your words do you admit that you “have not yet learnt to manage anger with regards of our social, economic and political realities.” At the end of your article you also indicated that much to the defeat of your political ambition of getting elected and others like Miss Lucille Seymour and Honorable Lindford Pearson, was because of skin color, and what color has to do with status quo, electorate’s perceptions.

    Yes, true, there were old Caymanians that carry on the notion that white people are more educated, trustworthy, and respectable; and although todayI see it is more of a class/status issue, I must admit in truth this same whitening belief is cherished today by our local merchants and certain owners of businesses in the Cayman Islands.

    You are frustrated that certain Caymanians have carried on this whitening or favoritism tradition, but I would have you to bear in mind that in other places of the world there are worse circumstances where lines of demarcation divide up races and religious affiliations. Cayman has not reached to that extreme. Despite members of our Legislative Assembly are Lodge members, be optimistic at the idea that education and informing the public has always been most effective of bringing what is hidden in the darkness to light. It means we have to fight for a more people-participatory democracy by educating others with patience and humility. I don’t see hope of a superpower rift in destructive capitalism making any positive impact to these islands. It will have to be a grass rooted effort – not from the top-bottom. It is a silent work of changing the conditionings of young people’s minds. The Masonic Lodge and its connectors should not worry us; the new generation matters.

    One thing I wholeheartedly concur with you – there is a gradual replacement of Caymanians by foreign nationals taking place. Indeed my dear friend Roy Bodden has summed “if our capitalist development is not managed well by our national educated elite then it would enrich the foreigner and impoverish the locals.” But how I see it, part of this economic-political plantation development is not restricted to the mere color of a person’s skin and favoritism, but as far as I see it is more in terms of greed and employee control.

    At a more serious note, I must again questionthe reality of a movement designed to funnel wealth received by our forefathers, the duties, fees, and special benefits into the hands of a well-off few, which will on a national level effect the whole country, blacks, browns, and white Caymanians of low-wage. That of course under the all seeing eye of our beloved FCO, which ever rooster heads the chickens with the most eggs be in a lodge or not, is able to pull political strings to our detriment as well.

    Figure the rest, Regards

    • loll says:

      Grass-rooted effort?  Don't worry about the lodge?  ummm I don't know about that

    • Anonymous says:

      A very good summation or translation of the original article and after reading many of the other responses/reactions, it reinforces my belief that most of the posters on this page are not so bright!

      • Anonymous101 says:

        You meant informed.

      • Anonymous101 says:

        That's because people here don't know how to empathize or relate. Once theyhear or see a story that stirs up their prejudices, from the top of their heads, they are so quick to say or text whatever comes out of their minds. About 90% of the comments here are pure foolishness. Have they read thoroughly what Dr. Frank said?  No. Are their comments tied to the contents of the article?  No.  But they are so quick to bring up McKeeva Bush, Frank's past, his character, and insert jokes into the article. When will they ever consider posting wholesome and informative comments that will benefit everyone?

        • Anonyanmous says:

          You are correct, this is why I like to read the posts on the Royal Gazette, they are usually well written and the comments are always tied to the contents of the article.

  13. Anonymous says:

    What's the problem with the Masonic Temple Dr. Frank?

    A good friend of mine who is in the Lodge told me many years ago that you were his Grand Poobah or something of the sort.

    Now he is not that bright, but we have been friends since childhood. Some people would say that he is developmentally delayed, but I think he is more akin to expecting a package from the Post Office; instead of delayed, I suspect that it will never arrive.

    • Anonymous says:

      Relationships built within the lodge members is being abused such that favourable treatment is being given its members. This situation is being blamed for a lot of decisions being made in this country. The Lodge in itself might not be bad but how the members operate is creating big problems. I have heard of high level promotions choice of board members even court decisions on crimes committed as being benifits for its members. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Then we should all join, or start our own lodge.

      • g.t. says:

        but you have this sort of corruption happening everywhere else … the lodge is not the only secret alliance with agendas

      • Anonymous says:

        Errr…that's not abuse. That's the whole point of the Lodge and that's how Lodges operate everywhere which is why they are a menace to good governance. 

    • Anonymous says:

      What a piece of foolishness.  If you have nothing to add to the debate then why don't you simply stay out of it?  Boy go sit down!

  14. Anonymous says:

    A couple of points:

    1. Racism works BOTH ways in Cayman.  Black people discrimate against others. White people discriminate againts others…  and so on and so forth.  Welcome to 2014.

    2. Would someone be so kind as to start a website, or something, where this Masonic conspiracy can be brought to light? It is so frustrating to constantly read the whispers without any hardcore proof of who, what, where, why and when.

    • Anonymous says:

      Google grand Lodge cayman and you will get a start

      • Anonymous says:

        Seven out of ten "hits" were about diving, but the other three gave email addresses, phone numbers, and details about when and where they meet. Any Lodge that I join will need to keep better secrets than that.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you! That was a great start and pointed me in the direction I was after. Where might I go next to find more?  🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      Racism and Discrimination are 2 entirely different things.

      Everybody can and does discriminate/harbour prejudices.

      Racisim can only be effected by those races in power, who have the power to enact racist policies, laws etc that affect other races.

      Which is why I find the whole "Blacks people can be racist too" in the context of the USA to be preposterous… they have no means to be racist towards other races as they have no power. To be prejudiced and to discriminate, I agree.

      • Anonymous says:

        As usual, poor whites are never considered a factor since they were all once slave owners or have secret allegiances to the rich -at least that is what the media preaches. Change any of the organizations names below from "black" to "white" and watch how racists blacks show thier true colours.

        When are we ever going to learn how some people(Elite rich, black and white) have made millions off race baiting and creating a fake controversies when the reality is socio-economic that is true for both blacks and whites. 

        American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)

        The Association of Black Psychologists

        National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.

        National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD)

        National Association of Black Journalists

        National Black Business Council, Inc.

        National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)

        National Black MBA Association

        National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)

        National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW)

        National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW)

        National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

        United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

        100 Black Men of America

        • Anonymous says:

          Prejudice – maybe

          Discrimination – maybe

          Racism – no

        • Anonymous says:

          None of those associations would need to exist if black people were readily accepted into the "regular", read "white" organisations.

          White people seek to exclude others, and then get upset when others fom their own associations.

          Blacks arenot the only ones who do it, there are organisations for other "minorities" as well.

          You only need to attend functions held by some of the "regular" associations to see how inclusive they really are.

  15. Me seh says:

    oh if me could only smoke a pot of ganja right now!!!

  16. Knot S Smart says:

    Since CNS blocked us from responding to the "Bush hits back at Bloggers" artice – I will have to respond to Dr Frank twice:

    Dr Frank – are you ready to tell us who shot you, and where you were, and what were you doing, and what color the shooters were, and where they come from?…

    And unna bloggers had betta leave poor Mac alone cause unna hurtin his lil feelins and makin him whine…

    • Anonymous says:

      A pity, that article had the potential to break CNS record for the number of posts.

      Since we can't say anything about him, I'll have to say that I knewanother politician, and when he said that he was in favour of a free press, he thought it was something like free rides on someone's corporate jet, free limos on family trips, free hotels, free food, free drinks, etc. etc. etc.

      • Anon says:

        Like that other politician who thought sub-prime mortgages where just what we needed too.

    • Yes S Smart ;-) says:

      You know that alot of things Bush said in his article is true?  But you you want to comment and discredit what he says and not place your name to your comments. Perhaps CNS seeing that he is going somewhere with the FCO has made a prudent decision not have hate-stirring commenters like yourself blur people from political truths. 

  17. Daytimer says:

    Intellectual masturbation at the best. A long diatribe of nonsensical ramblings of a person who seemingly from the article does not understand fundamental economics. A blatant disregard for common sense and a clear aversion to a mixed society. Ripe with stereotypes and racial divided. Seemingly written to produce anger and hate for our fellow man, of being of colour or not. No value can be gained from this article. It is a divisive piece of thought jargon to elicit raw emotion. The theory and premise is of the worst quality and can only promote hate and fear. I would fear anyone who took this article seriously especially at an academic level. However I would not be surprised that such drivel does get thought in far left wing school.  

    • Anonymous says:

      I can spot a Guardian commentator from a mile away….

      "intellectual masturbation" indeed….

  18. Anonymous says:

    He should run in elections with policies like that  . . .

    • catz says:

      don't eeeeeven mention it

      • Pat says:

        My lady cat, people like you are really ignorant of what is going on in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere. I am not saying that we have big racism like other places, but just because you don't see racism on this rock, does not mean it doesn't exist, and that we should continue to educate the public about it. I don't like Frank McField, but if he is speaking out against what he see is a growing problem in Cayman, allow him to do so. Peace  

        • Anonymous says:

          Yup,

          Racism is alive and well in Cayman…. but much like elsewhere, it never seems to be a proble to those who perpetuate it…

        • Anonymous says:

          Amazing that within a week of arriving back from some Central American jungle, Dr. Frank can see everything thats going on in Cayman.

          He must hae been drinking the kool aid don there to have such vision.

           

          • I DONT BLAME HIM says:

            I truly believe when Frank came back from his vacation and heard that they are still refusing the OMOV campaign promise, and how McKeeva and Alden(both Premiers) opposing it to keep their chances of repeated elections, it must have triggered something in Frank's heart.

  19. CaymanianGone says:

    You should go back whereever it was you were and take your racist views with you. Maybe you and Al Sharpton could bunk together. I've never read such horse sh!t.

  20. smh. says:

    I don't understand Frank. Someone must have really victimize you and that is why you wrote this article. Cayman is so mixed up with nationalities. I am black but my father is not black and you will find many Caymanians in my category. I don't get it – how can you portray our islands bound in racism like the color racism you would find in the United States???

  21. Joe B says:

    The only way you will get the respect you belive iscoming to you is to never talk again.  Or e-mail.

  22. Anonyanmous says:

    Absolutely nothing will change in Cayman when it comes to race, we are not a racial society per se but most of us like to stress and acknowledge our white grandfathers but we will never mention our black grandmothers and will hide it away at all cost. Most Caymanians will be considered  as blacks by American standards anyway.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/jefferson/mixed/onedrop.html

    • Anonymous says:

      Trith be known many 'white' Americans in the South would be deemed black by those standards, according to a study by one of the DNA testing companies.   

  23. Anonymous says:

    Dr Frank is correct that racism exists in Cayman as it does through out the world but Dr Frank's problems are not due to race. Lack of integrity, criminal firearm cover up & public drunkenness would better explain Dr Franks's dificulties in Cayman. 

    Denial returned with Dr Frank to Cayman soil.

  24. G Pikey says:

    Two things Doktor Frank yes this masonic crew need a reality check to put it nicely stop their corrupting Influence on power and politics and need stop using the government as their personal bank and ATM and directing and diverting the cashflows to their personal pockets and intrest. 

  25. Anonymous says:

    Racism, xenophobia, neo-Marxism and gibberish.  Mix well and call it a Viewpoint.

  26. Anonymous says:

    The Jesse Jackson of the Cayman Islands.

  27. Anonymous says:

    frank unfortunately even with your doctorate, you are not a very wise man. you have a chip on your shoulder and live in mental slavery.

    Its not about colour or money friend,  more about class and integrity.

    life is not fair. get over it.

  28. Kato says:

    What makes me so angry about this article is that when you were voted in by the people of this nation, what did you do? You made a jackass of yourself and the people who voted you in!!! Dr. Mcfield considering where you started  from and was one of the home bred Towner, you should have used your term to make a difference so that caymanian generations to come would have someone to look up to and be an icon to a nation. 

    People like dr. Martin Luther king, president J.F. Kennedy, Malcolm X and bob Marley are icons I will remember in my time for they stood for something, they made a difference and they stood up for their people and most importantly, they gave hope. Instead we now have a group of politicians who places self before people. Look at the majority of them in fancy cars, big houses, shine jewelry, etc…..when we have people, the same people who voted them in unable to make ends meet, houses forclosed, loss of employment and the list goes on.

    I think it's time to bring in OMV!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Dr. Frank, I believe you were black the first time we elected you.  Fool me once shame on you.  Fool me twice shame on me.  Despite the complex rhethoric there is a simple answer here.  We just simply didnt want to be ashamed.

  30. Dr.Do-Little -Too - Late says:

    Frank! The one thing I agree with you on, is: That most of the problems we are now enduring financially, socially and otherwise has come about because of greedy uncaring politicians [including yourself]  and others who [over the years] have wielded too much power while sitting in Government.

    Until we have a recall clause in our constitution where we can remove "do nothing politicians" we will continue to see the exorbitant spending and the blatant wastage of our scarce financial resources.

    Better yet! Have them sign a contract based on promises made to us. If they have kept their promises they get a 20% bonus and are eligible to run in the next election, if they have cost us money we will deduct that amount from their pensions owed to them! 

    Nepotism, cronyism and all those other vices some of them possess, have continued to spread, and are condoned within certain areas of our government. So until we are ready to admit that these things exists, and are willing to start fighting this corrupt system, it will continue as it has while it grows exponentially worse!

  31. Anonymous says:

    An equally interesting test, Dr the Honorable McField, would be to identify the characteristics in candidates that lead voters to decide that they're NOT trustworthy or respectable. Gunplay, perhaps? Wrestling with the constabulary? 

    • Anonymous says:

      Where did he get the Honourable from?

      • Jap says:

        Honorable is American

        Honourable is English

        I hope this helps

        • Anonymous says:

          Not really since he is neither Honorable nor Honourable. He does not have that title. 

      • Anonymous says:

        He got it from Mac's book of………..once an MLA, Honourable for life apparently.

        • Anonymous says:

          No, it wasn't that bad. It was that any current or former Premier, LOGB or Speaker of the House would be called "Honourable". Dr. Frank fits in none of those categories. He had the title while  he was a Minister.

  32. Anonymous says:

    As one of the disenfranchised educated black Caymanians who refuse to pledge allegiance to the white/corporate elite or any other nationality to be honest, I must agree 100% with Dr. Frank's article.

     

    Excellent viewpoint sir.

    • Samm says:

      I wonder if there is a black/corporate elite too … no a chinese/corporate elite … a caymanian/corporate elite … or probably a russian/corporate elite… ah what the hell… everybody is trying to disenfranchise somebody!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Quality always beats quantity!

    With words as with most things, be brief, and get to the point.

    This lengthy article isnt just wrong, it trakes ages to be wrong!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back Dr Frank. I always enjyoyed reading your letters.

    I have a question though. Were you not able to find an equal in a black woman to marry, why did you also end up marrying a white woman.

    The destruction of the black race has been a master plan for some, for some time. Psychological warfare is the latest weapon. The divide and conquer strategy never fails. The low opinions that black women and men have of each other, and consequently of self, is by design and not by accident. The media is playing its role to perfection.

    The educated such as yourself fell for it, what hope do the less educated have?

  35. Anonymous says:

    I am not Caymanian.  I am a Jamaican who has been fortunate to live and work in this beautiful country.  I am black and I work with people who are from about 15 different countries in my office.  The majority of these people are white.  The Caymanians with whom I work are from diverse areas of the Islands and they don’t identify as mixed race or white or black.  They identify themselves as Caymanians.

    When someone as important as Dr. McField uses race to put forward his message as to why we have an economic disparity in the Cayman Islands, I find it insulting to the vast majority of Caymanians in these Islands as well as to those of us whose skins have been kissed by the sun.

    Dr. McField is of the view that because Caymanians have bought into racial stereotyping, they are unable to make decisions as regards their elected representatives.  He is of the view that because most of the people who have been elected to the Legislative Assembly are nearly white, this means that Caymanians, particularly those in George Town are incapable of making decisions based on the persons who held themselves up for elected office, be they black or white.  I think Dr. McField is really insulting his fellow Caymanians.

    In the 1970’s there was another politician in the Caribbean who had these views about race and who felt that a politician who was not born in Jamaica was not capable of being Prime Minister.  As a result the song that was sung, my leader born yah, implied that because Edward Seaga was not born in Jamaica, he was therefore not capable of being Prime Minister.  Almost 40 years later, Jamaica is still struggling with the programmes that Michael Manley, (who himself was not black by the way) forced upon Jamaicans and have left us indebted to this very day to every lending agency the world has ever known.

    I have attended most of the political meetings that were held during the last election campaign.  I listened to the views of the politicians and to those attending and even though I do not have the ability to cast a vote, I live here and therefore I am interested in the decisions that politicians make that will impact my life.

    I am disheartened at what I see happening in this country.  There are too many for sale signs going up in communities all across the Island.  There are too many old cars at the side of the road with for sale signs on them.  There are too many notices in the newspaper about homes being auctioned and there are too many foreclosure signs posted on the side of the road.   There is too much crime and violence.  There are too many of our young men killing each other over nonsense.  There are too many of our young men and women who don’t have a skill.  The education system needs revamping.  There are a whole host of issues that have absolutely nothing to do with race.  It has to do with the people who Caymanians elect and whether they are minded to solve the problems of the past.

    I wish that every issue could be solved as easily as Dr. McField thinks by pointing out that if a black person had been elected, things would have been better.  It is not as simple as that and Dr. McField, who is a well respected educator, political thinker and Caymanian should have known better than to try and posit this view as fact. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly. 

    • Anonymous11 says:

      I wouldn't be so quick to put down my guard about color racism. Its a real thing bro. and I am not speaking for frank. Racism in cayman and anywhere else is real and does play apart in business and political affairs. The older generation know what I am talking about. 😉 

      • Anonymous says:

        Look around you, how much weight should our "older generations" views be given nowadays?

        It doesn't take a genius to figure out that holding on to these is one of the big reasons that Cayman is currently crippled in its development.

        Silver spoon mentality, outdated views or opinions, the continuance of the Church interfering with Goernment policy and law, I could on and on.

        Cayman needs to evolve in every aspect and get with the times.

        • Anonymous says:

          The only people with silver spoon mentalities are the expats who are suing the government when they feel they should decide when to leave even if they pass retirement age, or came here illegally committed crimes, or never had it so good and refuse to leave so unite and make sure OUR MLAs pass laws to suit them.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is a masterpiece. It is a tragedy the author of this comment will never be able to stand for public office in Cayman

    • Jm says:

      For your information, wasn't Edward Seaga that brought in guns into Jamaica through the CIA?

  36. Knot S Smart says:

    Ok – enough talk of slavery, plantations, the merchant class, colonialism, racial problems and island politics, and Michael Manley – wait. How did 'Michael Manley' get typed into my post?

    Lets start a fresh conversation on low cost housing built from cheap sheet metal…

    That sounds like a good idea…

  37. Anonymous says:

    I can't believe I'm even responding to this crap, but I feel I must.  Maybe some of Mr. McField's points have relevance (maybe!) but he throws it all away at the end with his claims that black working class people were not elected in GT.

    Firstly, no WHITE working class were elected either.  Generally speaking, in today's politicla climate and the fact that we are part of a gloabl economy, voters expected their representatives to be of a higher standard than working class (not saying there is anything wrong with that class, just that they do not have the expertise or experience to handle the issues Cayman's Governnmnt is dealing with). 

    Secondly, neither Ms. Lucille nor Mr Pierson could beconsidered working class.  Both are highly educated and Mr. Pierson lives in a multi-million dollar home (and more power to him for that!)

    Thirdly, with highly qualified black men like Winston Connolly and Marco Archer having been elected, its not like blacks can't get votes (and at least one of them is a Mason for crying out loud!)

    I do believe that there are political forces wielded by the Masons, and that does bother me slightly.  But the Masons certainly aren't racist.

    Let me stop.  I've wasted enough time on this madness.

    • Dread on Dread says:

      Awo can an Masonic FOI be done, it shall reveal that they ate large and In-Charge in the Cabinet and in the Service. Is there a reporter bold enough to ask the question during a press briefing, " Hon Premier can you tell the people of this country if you and members of your Vsbinet ate Free Masons". Do it and let's see the reaction.ill they deny the Order te people deemed to know dem.

    • Anonymous says:

      Please name the white persons that were elected in George Town this last election.  Also remember the 'one-drop' rule!

  38. Caymanian /// smartie pants says:

    Dr. Frank thank you for the article … but all I have to say, you were a previous MLA of our Legislative Assembly. Who am I to judge and say you don't know anything about the powers-that-be. I am an average brown Caymanian, my father is very white, my mother is very black. I know the power of the secret alliances and they do have agendas that effect us all both white and black. However, I think you are stressing yourself over too much about racial conditionings of people's minds. Racism has been around since antiquity and not only blacks were targetted. You have alot of black people in the United States who are racist, anti-police, and troublemakers themselves. You have white people who are subject to racism as well as Jews, Asians, and Arabs. So I see the racial conditionings of people's minds going way beyond the color spectrum. To me it is more a spectrum of how much $$$ you have. In the U.S. you have rich black people over poor broke ass white people, and these blacks are considered equal friends with the white rich people because they are rich! The rich black person could care less if a poor ass black person is in dire need. I see women of all nationalities and colors drop men like flies because they don't have bling-bling, and I see men don't want anything to do with a woman that looks poverish and non-attractive. Its just the human mind conditioning of the world. What can we do about it?  Nothing!

    Dr. Frank I think you need to ACCEPT that there is nothing you can really do about it, but continue write articles and educate the public. But my advice to you is that if you are going to educate others about racism and conditionings of people's minds, be fair and open about it. Just don't make it into a black-white thing! There are many prejudices that are interwoven in our society that needs to be addressed.  

    As for the lodge, you have to realize there are other lodges and covert groups of special interest, and at times they are at odds with each other, and we hear of new rules and laws that effect us but really it is them against each other. This is worldwide too. In the case of Russia, Ukraine, and the interference of the US/UK in the crisis. CNN, FOX and other news outlets tell a different story, but little do the public know that Russia's Putin is a member of an economic powerhouse group called BRICS which means Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa … they met in Brazil during the FIFA World Cup and during their meetings, the US market took a dip. You see the aim of BRICS consisting of about 50% of the world's population is to create a world-wide banking system that would oppse the IMF and World Bank system which the US/UK have so many connections with. As Putin left the meetings in Brazil on his way home his plane flew over Ukraine 30 minutes before Malaysian Boeing (which flew over the same route) that was shot down killing 298 people. The head of Malaysian airlines is an ex-CIA. The two planes looked identical and the missile was really forPutin's plane. But CNN and FOX won't tell you any of this because they are American news outlets. 

    Not saying Putin is not corrupt himself, but the world knows little about what goes on with the special interest, and we Cayman know little too. The next day we have CCTV camaras across the island. We are told its to fight crime – or is it really???  CCTV camaras has also been used to control society as a whole. Laws are made for their interest and news broadcast to us differently to keep us at bay. That is how it works. Like they say whilst elephants play the grass gets hurt. We are the grass – the money elites are the elephants.    

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed, "Big Brother" seems to be watching. CCTV cameras, tapped telephones, and police helicopter flying above etc. etc.

      • Anonymous says:

        How bout a step further – interogation of local police officers to intimidate them, threatening the local news media and journalist, comparing our politicians with TCI politicians by making a big fuss about corruption …  

  39. Anonymous says:

    As a disgraced and expelled former Mechanic Lodge member of an organisation (which it is understood attempts to emulate and be quasi Masonic) but is not recognized as such by the latter, this rant is perplexing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Your sentence is confusing. Who is the disgraced Mechanics Lodge member, you or Frank?  Who isn't recognising whom?

      • squid says:

        First time I heard anyone expel from a lodge and living to tell the tale. He must have not been really high-up in degrees to know enough about their secrets.

        • Anonymous says:

          13:46

          "Living to tell the tale…"

          Maybe that's where the "gun shot" came from? It would explain the secrecy surrounding that entire event!

        • anonon says:

          you're going to share secrets with talky frank?  don't blame them one bit.

      • Anonymous says:

        Confusing eh. Then go back to school.

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually, the original poster should go back to school to improve his written English. It is a poorly constructed sentence.

  40. ALLEYEZONME says:

    I think you might be onto something Dr. Frank. Unfortunately the establishment and expat bloggers will try to dismiss your latest article as the ramblings of an angry black man. Instead of understanding the increasing social disharmony and frustrations of native Caymanians of Afro-Caribbean origin. 

  41. Anonymous says:

    Just as deluded as Mac. You have been missing from Cayman's picture for half a year and you return with a racist diatribe about the white / foreign man knocking off black people.

  42. Anonymous says:

    And all this from a man who married a white woman. Frank, you were not elected because you lack credibility as a representative, not because of your skin colour. That was not something done to you, it was something you did to yourself. Do you really believe that any sensible voter could take you seriously after the gunshot in the foot incident and your refusal to explain even to the police the circumstances in which you were shot? Really?

    Dr. Pierson and Ms. Seymour have had their day in politics. It is now a new era.

    We agree about one thing though – therre is now a sinister masonic element to government in Cayman.    

  43. Anonymous says:

    Frank X tilting at windmills.  Always worth a chuckle.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Your absolutely right Doc.  

    Every rich person is a racist, even the black ones.  Local people cannot get ahead no matter how smart and/or hard working they are.  The ones that do succeed then become racist.  And the whole system is rigged against you and people like you.  

    That must be why there are so many starving children in Cayman and so many Caymanians desperately trying to escape to the new world in America by setting sail in row boats with ramshackle motors made from lawn mower parts.

    Oh wait.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Di Lodge run tings roun yah so, mi bredda!

    • Anonymous says:

      Only for a short time longer. 18 months at the most. Cayman will be returned to its people. I have this on a higher authority than the Lodge. They will not even see it coming.