Voting ‘Indian’?

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By Peter O’Connor
May 09, 2010 – newsday.co.tt

Today we need to address an issue which cannot be glossed over by euphemisms and pretences. And this has less to do with some of our increasingly silly politicians, and more to do with a large segment of disillusioned voters.

We are hearing comments from the increasingly large number of embarrassed former PNM supporters, now unable to support the flailing and failing antics of Patrick Manning, Marlene MacDonald and Colm Imbert, but who remain in a dilemma because they claim they “cannot vote Indian”.

What precisely does this mean to you, dear reader? Have you heard anyone making this comment? Have you asked what the speaker means — assuming that he (more likely than “she”) has any idea at all what he is saying?

Why exactly can one feel that they cannot “vote Indian”, or indeed, White, or Chinese, or Black? But the truth is that I have never heard this expressed until recently, and only in the context of “Indian”. And let us at first accept that this statement will only come from a disillusioned PNM supporter who is Black, or as we say these days, Afro- Trinidadian.

So here is my question to all of you who harbour this obviously deep racist prejudice — not, I think against Indo Trinis, but against “voting Indian”: Tell me why you feel so? What is it that you fear? And what do you think will happen to you if God should grant you some intelligence and you actually “voted Indian”, instead of voting corruption and incompetence, which you recognise, hence your disenchantment with the PNM? And what will happen to you if “Indian” and the UNC won the election?
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2 Responses to “Voting ‘Indian’?”


  • YES. AND DAT SHOE WIPE THAT LITERALLY RUNS GUYANA, IS WEST INDIAN WHEN IT SUITS THEM AND SOUTH AMERICAN WHEN IT DON’T. HE HAS HANDED OVER HUGHE TRACKS OF LAND TO THE EU FOR , GET THIS “PRESERVATION”(!!??) WITHOUT EVEN ASKING THE NATIVE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIVE IN DE RAINFOREST! PLUS DISINFRANCHISE MANY AFROS.
    MANY WANT CHANGE. FAIR ENOUGH, BUT GET CARRIED AWAY BY THE HORSE AND PONY SHOW. THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUR DOWNFALL. REAL CHANGE WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE WHEN WE STOP TENDING DE FOOT HOPING FOR A CURE IN DE EYE. THING IS WE CAN ACTUALLY HELP OURSELVES.

  • TRUTH HURTS AND THERE ARE THOSE OF US WHO WOULD RATHER WE SAID NOTHING. I DON’T SEE WHY, SINCE MOST OF DOING NOTHING ANYWAY. MANY CAN’T SEEM TO OVERSTAND THAT TRUE AND LASTING CHANGE FOR ALL DEALS WITH THE AWFUL CAUSE IT AIN’T SHIFTING UNTIL WE DEAL.
    NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR THAT THE PRESENT “RUNNERS” OF GUYANA GAVE A SOVERIGN NATION OTHER THAN ITSELF THE RIGHT TO CARE FOR THE RAINFOREST. NOBODY ASKED THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIVE IN IT! NEVER MIND THOSE WHO GOT DISINFRANCHISE AFTER THEHY “ELECTIONS”. MASNY DON’T LIKE THIS, BUT GO ASK THOSE WHO LIVE WITH IT FIRST BEFORE YOU DELETE. THANKS

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