THE MOST DANGEROUS BLOG IN THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN
CALLS FOR AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION CAUSE OBSTACLE IN ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE RSS FEED
|Aww..Google Caribbean...no naughty Negs nowhere|
The FLOGG stumbled across the phrase 'pages contain potentially dangerous content,' while hacking its own blog at Google's Blogspot to try to put an RSS feed in place to make free digital subscription easier.
Ironically, the top example used by Google as evidence of The FLOGG's 'dangerous content' was from an article on agriculture called THE STEM CELLS OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
|Read the last line. Google thinks we're dangerous|
The story referred to St Lucian small farmers as descendants of the Neg Marrons who defeated the British in 1794 and forced the slavery system into debt and crisis long before Emancipation was declared.
|International symbol of Caribbean terrorism?|
"We have to bet chips on that horse," the article ended.
Apparently, GoogleAnalytics or whatever interpreted this as inciteful or revolutionary or something. Cool. Supercool.
While some FLOGG supporters who were emailed in advance of this article have reacted with anger and suspicion, FLOGG editors have cited publicity value and historical context as good reasons to appreciate the citation.
"While we are for high ethical standards, we at The FLOGG are not above self-promotion," said Sheep, an imaginary dog who works as a social media consultant for the blog. "In addition, labeling us dangerous for promoting sensible agriculture puts us in the company of some of the greatest unsung heroes of Caribbean history, whose names we cannot remember now because none of us did history at CXC."
A brief survey of St Lucian history shows that Google's opinion that the agricultural development article was dangerous, possibly subversive content is, in fact, consistent with Caribbean history.
|Rebel food...used to be illegal...just like....|
This meant that almost everywhere the Neg went, their food was already waiting for them. Neg traveled light and therefore faster. It was part of the reason that St Lucia was the Eastern Caribbean capital of Liberte, Egalite, Franternite.
During the Neg Marron Wars of the 1790s, dasheen cultivation was made illegal and British soldiers were required to uproot and destroy dasheen wherever they found it. This was a big part of the reason slavery and British rule were restored to the island while Haiti continued to be independent.
|Subversive fruit alert! Report! Report!! Report!!!!!|
|"Today, a balanced diet...tomorrow, the world!|
But while food production was on the increase, governments of the Caribbean were not yet prepared to adjust to the new economic realities and put food security squarely at the center of national development where it belongs.
And so you get what you have here. Which is the way they want it. And they'll get it, as long as we stay addicted to imported food.
It is strange to think that the most revolutionary thing that Eastern Caribbean people can do right now is to grow food. But that is only because we have forgotten our history. Food security helped win St Lucia's first independence in 1794.
Food security will help reduce our dependence today.
A lot of people are relying on us NOT TO DO THAT.