Written by on January 12, 2017

The archdiocese of the Bahamas has made negative statements in regards to the birth rate amongst poor black Bahamians.

On Tuesday, Anglican Archdeacon James Palacious, of the Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos, said black people in the Bahamas are “recycling poverty” by having too many children they cannot afford.

Palacious was speaking at the 50th Majority Rule Day march, a national holiday celebrating the instilment of majority rule in political elections.

In his speech to hundreds of Bahamians present, Palacious said “black people breed too much” and rely too much on the government to do things that “we should be doing ourselves”.

Saying “We live in a society where the rich get richer and the poor get children”, Palacious referred to comments made by his colleague Attorney Richard Lightbourn – who is white, suggesting the state should consider tying the tubes of unwed mothers who depend on the state to raise their children.

Palacious said he ‘totally agreed’ with Lightbourn’s point though he may not have expressed himself properly. He said by adopting such measures, fewer classrooms would be needed and fewer people would come out school seeking employment, thus the mothers could live a better life.

He told women “God didn’t put you here as any baby machine. He put you here to be a productive citizen of this country, and asked women who cannot afford to have numerous children to “give themselves a break”.

Archdeacon James Palacious recently celebrated the 41st anniversary of his ordination. He is 65 years old.

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