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Extraordinary Prejudice

Religious Discrimination Against Sancho in Jamaica in 1922?

Extraordinary Prejudice
The protest by some individual in Barbados against the flying of the Union Jack at half-mast in Barbados, on the death of the Pope is Extraordinary but the following instance of Prejudice against the Catholic Church is the limit. “The Catholic Standard” states that it heard with no little surprise a few days ago that Miss A. K. Elliott, daughter of the Catholic Head Teacher of our Bachelor’s Adventure School who left for Jamaica to enter the Shortwood Teachers Training Institution, was refused admission on account of her religion – Miss Elliott is a Catholic. The statement savoured a of a canard, but is was proved true that she had been refused admission, and that Mr. Sconce, our commissioner of education, had been asked by cable, if he had any objections to her being sent to St. Joseph’s College, a Training Institution conducted by the Catholic sisters of St. Francis. No doubt every unprejudiced mind will regard such conduct as scandalous, Shortwood, “The Standard”, rightly says is a government institution, supported by the taxpayers of the island, amongst whom are Catholics. The students sent from this colony are maintained there at the expense of the taxpayers of British Guiana, in general – Protestants and Catholics. Both Jamaica and British Guiana are British Colonies. Why, then, should a British subject be ostracized solely on account of religion in a British colony from a British institution supported by Catholics as well as by protestants? I have no desire to initiate a religious controversy but this incident speaks volumes, and the world owes several of it greatest blessings to Catholic minds.
Source:
“Here and There” The Daily Argosy, Demerara, Sunday, March 5, 1922: Page 5.

PLEASE NOTE:
Miss A. K. Elliott is Annie Kathleen Elliott.
Annie Kathleen Elliott is a great granddaughter of Bentick Sancho of Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara.
Annie Kathleen Elliott is a daughter of Tappin Johnson Elliott and Annie Sophia Sandy.
Annie Kathleen Elliott was born in Nabaclis, East Coast Demerara, British Guiana., Annie Kathleen Elliott died on May 05, 1935.
Annie Kathleen Elliott and Cecil Orpheus Philbertus Patterson married on Aug 10, 1932.
Justice James Patterson is a son of Annie Kathleen Elliott and Cecil Orpheus Philbertus Patterson.

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