Black Advocacy in T&T

By Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
October 18, 2016

Dr. Selwyn R. CudjoeI wish to take up where I left off last Sunday to examine the implication of the “Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Dissent on Its Mission to the United States” for Trinidad and Tobago since there is an assumption that these reports have no relevance to our society. Sometimes we even refuse to believe that the slave experience lies at the base of our society masking our origin under the umbrella of an illusionary multiculturalism.

Slavery touched Africans in a multiplicity of ways. Enslaved Africans were beaten mercilessly by their masters. When they complained to the magistrates about their ill-treatment, they were beaten for complaining. The female slaves were beaten because the masters could not control their tongues. Sir Ralph Abercromby, governor of the island (1813 to 1827), argued that “it required great patience to bear with the provoking tongue and noise of the women” (Anti-Slavery Monthly Reporter, November 1827).

In 1827, after an 1823 Order in Council prevented the whipping of enslaved women, the planters pleaded to resume the practice. They feared the women because they were the eminence grisse or the decision-makers behind much of the resistance against slavery.

In 1888 Canon Philip Douglin (1845-1902) outlined the psychological damage slavery did to Africans of T&T descent. He was born in Barbados but served in Rio Pongas, West Africa, as a missionary of the West Indian Church Association for the Furtherance of the Gospel for twenty years (1867-1887). In 1887, he came to Trinidad as rector of St. Clément’s Anglican Church.

On August 1, 1888, on the fiftieth anniversary of the emancipation of slavery, he offered a remarkable insight into the psychological implications of slavery on black people. He said: “There are secret agonies, known only to God, which are far more acute than any external torture. Oh! It is not the smiting of the back, until the earth is crimsoned with the streams of blood-it is not the pursuing of human beings with blood hounds-it is not the branding of the person, or the amputation of the limbs-it is not the killing of the body-it is not these that are the keenest sufferings that a people can undergo. These affect only the outward man and may leave the majestic mind untouched.”

He continued: “But those inflictions which tend to contract and destroy the mind-those cruelties which benumb the sensibilities of the soul-those influences which chill and arrest the currency of the heart’s affection-these are the awful instruments of real suffering and degradation; and these have been made to operate on the Negro” (“Jubilee of Emancipation,” San Fernando Gazette, August 11, 1888). Until then, no observer, anywhere in the world, had articulated slavery’s impact on the psychology of colonized people.

The Working Group of Experts acknowledges three important aspects of the problem. It says there is “a profound need to acknowledge that the transatlantic trade in Africans, enslavement, colonization and colonialism… were among the major sources and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, Afrophobia, xenophobia and related intolerance.” Such a concern was implicit in Fitzgerald Hinds’ warning that a group of businessmen and former PNM ministers agreed that Dr. Rowley was too “dark-skinned” to become Prime Minister (Express, February 2014).

The report also called for the erection of monuments, memorials and markers “to facilitate public dialogue.” It says, education “must be accompanied by acts of reconciliation, to overcome acts of racial bigotry, and legacies of racial injustice” and the school curricula should reflect “appropriately the history of the transatlantic trade in Africans, enslavement and segregation.”

As a start, each UTT student should be required to take a year-long course on the history and culture of Trinidad and Tobago if s/he wishes to be considered an educated T&T citizen. Within that rubric, s/he should be taught the fundamental role Africans played in building this society.

People of African descent in T&T are faced with a conundrum: they see the PNM as being interchangeable with their fundamental group interest. But if PNM is “the rallying cry of all” as the party proclaims, can it advocate, in a serious way, the liberation of black people without alienating the other groups upon which it depends for its support?

Trinidad and Tobago is not a homogeneous black society in the way in which Jamaica or Haiti is, nor for that matter is the interest of black people necessarily coterminous with that of PNM or UNC. Who, then, is supposed to advocate black interest in T&T?

The Chinese, the Syrian and the Indians, to name three groups, know who advocates their causes. Can we identify who advocates for and makes similar claims for Afro-Trinbagonians?

The society should ponder this question if we wish to move forward, together.

20 Responses to “Black Advocacy in T&T”


  • “People of African descent in T&T are faced with a conundrum: they see the PNM as being interchangeable with their fundamental group interest. But if PNM is “the rallying cry of all” as the party proclaims, can it advocate, in a serious way, the liberation of black people without alienating the other groups upon which it depends for its support?…….Trinidad and Tobago is not a homogeneous black society in the way in which Jamaica or Haiti is, nor for that matter is the interest of black people necessarily coterminous with that of PNM or UNC. Who, then, is supposed to advocate black interest in T&T?”
    Dr Cudjoe

    http://www.carolhanisch.org/CHwritings/PIP.html

    Correct Doc. Prudent advocacy , as played out by a vibrant,fearless, socially conscious, Afro Middle class , willing to first work together ,in efforts to fight for / promote the interest of their own. It’s long overdue.
    I’ve repeatedly ask some of my fellow – seemingly progressive-bloggers , who I suspect, cares about these and similar issues ,the question- “What is the End Game?”
    From the responses received , one can conclude ,that many never learned to play Chess,or fully understand, what the finer intricacies of politics entails.
    Here is the deal however, of which you are of course, aware of Doc. Underachieving , tribally fractured, classed fissured Trinidad and Tobago , can never evolve into that much envied, socio-economic – com political ,shining light , it can be , if one fraction of it’s people,continue – with few exceptions- to bring up the rear, in every aspect.
    By extension, the region, and World at large , will likewise fail in achieving most of the much coveted ideals ,that were envisioned back in 1945 , upon creation of the UN , if again, one Race, continually ‘get’s the short end of de stick’ – be it from their own , or ‘the other,’ from without.

    “He who has understanding and great wisdom does not think of harming himself or another, nor of harming both alike. He rather thinks of his own welfare, of that of others, of that of both, and of the welfare of the whole world. In that way one shows understanding and great wisdom.”
    — Anguttara Nikaya (Gradual Sayings) Fours, No. 186

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/jones/wheel285.html

    As one end game Doc, let’s together work in the hope of halting historical individual/ collective Trauma , amongst Global Africans.
    Some across the globe was able to parlay Victimhood , into a win/ win enterprise , that helped drag their people, out of what appeared , as a never ending ,socio political quagmire.
    There is no reason why African folks cannot do likewise.
    As a first step, let’s learn to ’emulate success,'(where examples exist) embrace a neo pragmatic philosophy , while removing the shackles of Hopeless PESSIMISM-often brought on by escapist religious / political Dogmas.
    There is work to be done Doc. Keep enlightening us, via your insightful commentaries.
    Much appreciated.
    Love Humanity People!

  • “People of African descent in T&T are faced with a conundrum: they see the PNM as being interchangeable with their fundamental group interest. But if PNM is “the rallying cry of all” as the party proclaims, can it advocate, in a serious way, the liberation of black people without alienating the other groups upon which it depends for its support?”

    Yes they can make policies that will elevate Africans without ‘alienating the other groups’.. And, it will benefit the entire society as a whole..

    Anyway…

    “Rowley vouches for Afro males
    11/5/2003

    Planning and Development Minister Dr Keith Rowley is adamant that the issue of male under-achievement especially among Afro-Trinidadians is an issue of serious national concern requiring the attention and intervention of the government.
    And he is standing by his defence of a Ministry of Finance document on social development policy which said that the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) should place greater focus on the recruitment of Afro-Trinidadian males.
    Rowley said he was not concerned about being labelled a racist or afraid of facing any risk to his political career by defending the position because his public record spoke for itself.”

    http://www.trinidadandtobagonews.com/forum/webbbs_config.pl?md=read;id=1262

    • mr. Cudjoe , the best writing for a long time.
      Just adding . Charity starts at home , I also agree on this .
      Somebody said : ” People are easier to control , when they think they are Free “.
      Cudjoe : ALWAYS REMEMBER … and …discover YOUR HISTORY before SLAVERY .
      Charity starts at home . Reparation in your own House Trinidad Tobago.
      Independent .. In dependent .. dependent on who ?? when you are supposed to be FREE ??
      Remove .. Emancipation day , Independence day , Republic day
      Is slavery really something to celebrate? It’s a slap in WE face.
      – the Colonizer the British is Laughing –
      Get out of Commonwealth . Repeat the word , say it slow divide it, to Common Wealth , to Come on Wealth and the Wealth does , into the POCKETS of WHO ?? also .. You are the Commons and We the British have your Wealth . Demand Sovereignty .
      REPUBLIC : Elizabeth is still the HEAD !!
      Christianities impact on We Soul and Spirit .
      Chinua Achebe http://www.shmoop.com/things-fall-apart/ click
      RELIGION made us helpless and we became beggars ( GOD PROVIDES FOR ALL ) Let’s Pray . We stopped helping each other and cannot stick together . Women should leave the churches and the priest mostly a man will stand alone . Only a hand full of women are mentioned in the Bible .
      She has no place in the Male Hieraki .
      AFRICAN HISTORY before Slavery on the School-Curriculum
      Peter Tosh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9AsdjUzrAA&list=RDc9AsdjUzrAA&index=1 click
      Look at the IQ – scale . We score lowest IQ 70 . We get lower grades even if we are the best .
      RENAME the streets , the cities , the capital . Get help from the Natives .
      REPARATION : Not less than Sovereignty for ” All ”
      ( free and fair elections ha ha ha )
      NO MONEY, it will be spent on ” THEIR THINGS ” . It is Money back where they came from .
      ruth

  • Certainly it is a great idea for black advocacy groups all over the world. GOPIO has advocated for East Indians and functions as a connecting bridge to the Indian sub-continent. They are not a strong advocacy group but nevertheless as time goes on they can “morph” into one. The case of Fiji was indeed an example of a need for mediation and strong advocacy. Despite over 150 year presence in Fiji Indians were seen as outsiders denied the lands that they worked on, Chaudhry sought to change that and all hell broke lose. The reign of terror reminded Indians of their vulnerabilities, India did nothing for fear of aggravating the situation, similar to Nehru response to China’s invasion in the 1962 war where he told Indian soldiers to “stand down” for fear of a prolong conflict.

    But back to the topic at hand. The African continues to suffer immensely in America. I was looking at a number of videos and saw white police abusing black men in the worst way, in one instance shooting a man on his back after telling him to run. A clear case of cold blooded murder. Obama has broken the record of commuting the sentences of 214 criminals. Many of them given very long sentences in American prison culture a world within a world the largest prison system in the Western world.

    The need for advocacy for black folks in America is a necessity consider these statistic “According to the BJS non-Hispanic blacks accounted for 39.4% of the prison and jail population in 2009, while non-Hispanic whites were 34.2%, and Hispanics (of any race) 20.6%. The incarceration rate of black males was over six times higher than that of white males, with a rate of 4,749 per 100,000 US residents.[22][23][24]” A black man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for throwing hot water on his girlfriend gay son and lover. A white boy was sentence to 6 months in prison for raping a drunk woman. It was later reduced to 3 months probation because it would ruin his career. The justice system in America is anti black, herein is the need for watchdogs and advocacy groups to highlight these inequalities and demand change. A new generation must arise because evil don’t rest to replace to elderly civil rights leaders….

  • mr. Cudjoe , the best writing for a long time.
    Just adding . Charity starts at home , I also agree on this .
    Somebody said : ” People are easier to control , when they think they are Free “.
    Cudjoe : ALWAYS REMEMBER … and …discover YOUR HISTORY before SLAVERY .
    Charity starts at home . Reparation in your own House Trinidad Tobago.
    Independent .. In dependent .. dependent on who ?? when you are supposed to be FREE ??
    Remove .. Emancipation day , Independence day , Republic day
    Is slavery really something to celebrate? It’s a slap in WE face.
    – the Colonizer the British is Laughing –
    Get out of Commonwealth . Repeat the word , say it slow divide it, to Common Wealth , to Come on Wealth and the Wealth does , into the POCKETS of WHO ?? also .. You are the Commons and We the British have your Wealth . Demand Sovereignty .
    REPUBLIC : Elizabeth is still the HEAD !!
    Christianities impact on We Soul and Spirit .
    Chinua Achebe http://www.shmoop.com/things-fall-apart/ click
    RELIGION made us helpless and we became beggars ( GOD PROVIDES FOR ALL ) Let’s Pray . We stopped helping each other and cannot stick together . Women should leave the churches and the priest mostly a man will stand alone . Only a hand full of women are mentioned in the Bible .
    She has no place in the Male Hieraki .
    AFRICAN HISTORY before Slavery on the School-Curriculum
    Peter Tosh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9AsdjUzrAA&list=RDc9AsdjUzrAA&index=1 click
    Look at the IQ – scale . We score lowest IQ 70 . We get lower grades even if we are the best .
    RENAME the streets , the cities , the capital . Get help from the Natives .
    REPARATION : Not less than Sovereignty for ” All ”
    ( free and fair elections ha ha ha )
    NO MONEY, it will be spent on ” THEIR THINGS ” . It is Money back where they came from .
    ruth

  • “Despite over 150 year presence in Fiji Indians were seen as outsiders denied the lands that they worked on, Chaudhry sought to change that and all hell broke lose. The reign of terror reminded Indians of their vulnerabilities.”
    Mamboo

    Though not surprise , I noticed ,that you conveniently omitted the Indian foreigners , that were likewise brought to South Africa, and Sri Lanka.
    Tell me Mamboo, would you be surprise , if one day , a South African leader-less foolish, than the self serving bums, who took over , once White racist / Genocidal Apartheid ended- decides to force every so called Colored, South Asian Indians from their country , who during the barbarian system , all the way to present day , have lived a more lofty life than native Bantu Africans, who are yet to see any justice?
    You see Mamboo, White ,conniving ,evil ,Imperialist Massa ,has played a clever game with all the other tribe they’ve encountered, during their expansionist , economic plundering adventures. It can be summed up under three words- ‘Divide , and Rule.’
    No group has allowed themselves to be played like ‘suckers ,’like members of your tribe. Hey they told dem, look guys , you are almost like us, except for your Black skins.
    You are smarter than dem natives. You are extremely civilize, and possess a noble culture. Problem is however, that White Massa , did not remain ,once she granted independence, and it was then dat the Blowbacks occurred.
    Here is the deal , and the cause of most of your tribe’s socio political maladies . 1. Can’t live amongst people , eat the fat of the land , elevate yourselves , from low end Untouchables , to high end ,economic powerhorses , then resort to typical ungratefulness, for there’ll be a backlash.
    2. Can’t live in a country for 150 years , refuse to assimilate , remain solely interested in your ancestral culture , do nada to promote nationalism , then act surprise , when you are viewed as an outsider.
    3. Can’t play that unpatriotic game ,by only showing love for your country,and it’s varying national institutions, when things are going your way, then do a 360 degrees turnaround , and denounce your country of birth , once things work against you.
    4. Can’t bring your ugly cultural practices – including barbarian treatment of females , marriage to underage kids, ultra corrupt , money grabbing , and power lustful, aggrandizing behaviors at all cost , then when others object, or seek to persecute where appropriate , resort to loud howls, like Constipated Hyenas , about discrimination.
    5. In similar fashion to the Arabs , your tribe likewise ,enjoy placing their women in chains , so that African savages won’t get their paws on them , then you ,and fellow hombres , will use all the tricks at your disposal, to sneak around , and indulge in amorous liaisons ,with every ‘Afro Kinky head female creature , on the planet, that cross your part.
    What’s dat Mamboo,The fastest rising demographics in T&T , and Guyana , namely our Dougla ethnic blokes , only evolved because of systematic rapes of your women ,by insatiable ,African sex freaks? Yeah right , and if you , and the, Demerara River Bank Linden/ Berbice ,tribal gangs , say it long enough , ‘you alze,’might be able to convince yourself , that such is the truth.
    In the interim , the ugliest, old White hombre can get you to hand over your 18 , and younger daughter’s hand in marriage , at de drop of a hat , Y por que , otra Vez?
    Don’t answer.
    One of the obvious traits, one can always observe , when it comes to behaviors of your tribe across the globe / outside of Mama India / Pakistan/ Bangladesh, and Nepal , is this Mamboo:-
    A. Since you obviously feel inferior to Euro Whites, there’ll be total silence , subservience, acquiescence , if you live in societies ,where White folks are the dominant force.
    B. If however , your tribe is the minority , and folks you feel superior to – chiefly Africans- are the force, then suddenly , you know what’s the meaning of Fundamental Human Rights, exploitations, and discrimination.
    Sorry , but that’s not how the real world works. There will inevitably be consequences ,for that sort of Schizophrenic , or more so,calculating attitude towards ‘the other.’

    I take pride in the fact , that I am one of the few , who refused to classify you as dumb , as you pretend to be Mamboo, but don’t get it twisted – as we like to say on de street- with this attempt at slickness.
    The headline of the good Doc Blog was – “Black Advocacy in T&T.”
    He then succinctly laid out a valid case for such , based on the fact that ,after centuries of White European Barbarian Slavery, Africans in this country , are still suffering- to this day- lingering traumas , brought on by that diabolical , dehumanizing system- whether they are aware that this is a fact , or not.
    ” The Chinese, the Syrian and the Indians, to name three groups, know who advocates their causes. Can we identify who advocates for and makes similar claims for Afro-Trinbagonians?” Dr Cudjoe
    As part of his ‘end game ,’ Dr Cudjoe, also placed on the table his prime concern- aiding our Society , in moving forward.

    Whether you and kind, believe Black Advocacy is good , or bad, is of no value .
    Whether you think it’s only necessary in America alone, since blatant acts of racial discrimination , economic inequities, and socio political injustice, exist there as opposed to T&T, is likewise irrelevant.
    The time is here , for a vibrant Middle class to step up , and advocate for their own , as part of an overall strategy, to help elevate our society as a whole.
    A word of advice to you ,and fellow members of ‘de delusional ,competing , anti Afro Trini – dog with ah bone , me me, gimi gimi tribes ,’Mamboo- ‘Beware of a man with nothing to loose.’
    The same ugly violent Blowbacks we see over time ,which occurred across the Globe, can also develop here. We can hope not.

    “A journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step.”” Laozi

    https://youtu.be/MmIqOeJrBsE

    One month ago , I ran into Bro Tambu ,at EXTRA Foods ,Supermarcado , located in Grand Bazzer, and I greeted him with this song,followed by a question.
    ‘Why I asked , can’t we have Kaisonians ,using their skills ,to nudge our people along, raise consciousness, and or, address issues/ problems of critical importance that affects us anymore?’
    To which he responded – “these guys today , their DNA aren’t made up that way, like it was in times gone by…”
    ‘Where you at ,’Iwah, and Too young to Soca-Double M?

    https://youtube/JRP7RmrJl8Y

    Tell you what folks,this Brother was in LaTrinity a few days ago ,to perform in Lavantille , and while there , he heard of the efforts that were being made by our neo progressive Sando Mayor along with local NGO’s , to provide some aid , for our struggling cousins in Haiti , due to the recent Matthew Hurricane disaster.
    He promptly called , and enquired ,as to how he could help, which he did.
    There it is – grown folks , making a difference, si?

    http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,234676.html

    Watch out Bob Gildoff, and U2 -Bono , the T&T Live Aid concert, to end pover…. , well ,….

    Let’s keep hope alive!

    • Neal, again you have miscalculated, misunderstood and thrown out of context what I have written. Doc Cudjoe must be terrible embarrassed at your ethnocentric diatribe.

      The need for a Global Negroe Movement, to unite my black brothers and sisters is badly needed. This is what the doc identified as a necessary step for strong advocacy. The Negroe has been disenfranchised from the economic wealth made to live paycheck to paycheck. In TNT, he was turned into a house Negroe where 75% of the civil servant jobs went to him under slick Willy. This killed the entrepreneurial skills of the Negroe and created a mass dependency syndrome. The doc is an exception to the rule he managed to escape the house Negroe massa mentality. But Neal unfortunately you are still lost in the past and are still living in the 50s. Social integration with 22% of the population with claiming mix heritage. They determine the future of the nation.

      All is not lost there is still hope for a Global Negroe Movement to demand repatriation money for slavery. To advocate for more land, to challenge the government to provide better prison systems along with conjugal visits, to assist black youths and to steer them away from violence. Yes there are many more causes that demand such action.

  • “Neal unfortunately you are still lost in the past. Social integration with 22% of the population with claiming mix heritage, they determine the future of the nation…..The Negroe has been disenfranchised from the economic wealth under slick Willy. ”
    Mamboo

    Ha, ha, ha, well there it is , and about darn time. Mamboo has evolved into a grateful Progressive , and broke away from the ugly traditions , as practiced by De Faddah of his Nation, Basdeo Panday,aka Nerhu Incarnated.
    Even threw the idiot talking points, as regurgitated daily by greedy elites, from his tribe, out the window.
    Yeah Mamboo , I agree , the Douglarization of our population is an excellent thing.Certainly many positives can emerge, when the two competing races , sexually engage.As a matter of fact, Social integration , is only the tip of the iceberg.
    Just think Mamboo, where Basdeo , and yes ,your UNC would be today , if Princess Melicka Inderia Panday, was allowed to marry a certain .. ummmm….nameless ,one time Tethron Gangreen Captain,who moved on to achieve political fame,under your Kamla PP regime,but was eventually dumped like a load of rotten tomatoes, once he and his eventual wife , became politically useless, hmmmmmm?
    Tell you what Mamboo, you won’t get any argument from me ,about Black folks , living as second class citizens in La Trinity , due in great measure, to the non actions of Papa Deffy Eric , and yes, we should throw in, Smart man George Chambers,and Phony Christian , Self Serving nepotistic bastard, Patrick Manning.
    For the record, I purposely left off Tobago’s own ,in Ahhh weee, Bouy ,ANR Robinson, since , his government was sabotage , via the actions of your Basdeo, and rabid , criminal Islamist, in former Horse police , football goalie, Lennox Phillip ,aka Yasin Abu Bakr.
    Now be careful my good fellow , for if you are finally admitting that dem African, good for nada Savages, suffered over the past 54 years of our Independence,and or , chiefly Afro leadership, then you’ll be forced to admit, that the major rival tribe ,did quite well, at their expense.
    Last we checked , the latter got all the lands, dominate the private sector, and did just as well , in the Public Service- even if the neo tribal trade Union party ,only won 3, out of 110 elections during said period,si?
    Now for the record, a few children were sacrificed, to dem opaque ,gods ,to achieve that, but who is checking? A few wives were handed over to the bosses ,to achieve that end, but we won’t ‘tell ah soul.’
    A few under age , catch tail, poor , bare feet, and hungry ‘Indian girl Pickenees,’ were married off to the highest fat cat Indian bidder , for a bit of power,land,and chance of upward mobility, but that too can be viewed as muy enterprising , ain’t dat the truth Mamboo?
    Yep ,unlike ID Dada Amin Uganda, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Fiji ,here in our T&T, every Creed ,and Race , can find an equal place , and we have one race to thank for that Mamboo.
    I’m talking about members of ‘Afro Kinky head Nation,’ who have not hesitated to neglect the interest of their own , so that others can flourish- be they Indians, Chinese, Syrians/ Lebanese, local water down Whites,Eskimos,si?
    In ending let me add the following:-As a big proponent of mimicking success , I say , to hell with Global advocacy movements! Let dem Africans in Pax Americana,Continental Africa, and Franco /Latin America, and wider Anglo Caribbean , work out their own problems.

    In Matthew 7:3-5 , we are reminded of the following , and I’m certain Brother Yoruba , would agree:-
    “3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
    Just imagine for a second, if Socio Political activists Stokley Carmichael, CLR James,and George Padmore , had not wasted their productive ,glory years ,fighting for ungrateful African bastards , in both Norte Americana , and Continental Africa,but instead ,use same to light a fire , right here in La Trinity , their homeland.
    I subscribe to the tested, and tried view, that ‘something is good if it works.’
    Diabolical, Hindustani Chieftain, and Kamla Spiritual Guru ,in Octogenarian,Satnarayan Maharaj Sanatan aka Sat Maraj, and his Maha Sabha, worked to perfection ,for Trini Indians, and so would an Afro Trini National Advocacy Entity,with the same mission focus ,hmmm?
    There you go Neal. End the old talk ,and get your Neo Buddhist advocacy Network , up and running.

    http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/154537

    There is work to be done , and centuries old , Afro suffering to eradicate. Time to be a difference maker- irrespective of the delusional detractors , that lurks.
    Long Live the Republic of Tobag…oooops, lo siento , Trinidad &Tobago!

  • to all
    http://www.commondreams.org/further/2016/10/10/excuse-progress-celebrating-genocide-slavery-and-cultural-extermination
    the excuse of progress : celebrating genocide , slavery and cultural extermination .
    ruth

    • It was American Anthropologist Margaret Mead , who once said the following:- ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

      There are those who wish to change the world ,and it’s their right.That’s where I part company folks. To me , it starts in T&T.
      To Dro Cudjoe’s pertinent question -where are the difference makers,ready, and able, to address causes por la Afro Trini Community, is most apropos, si?

      “The excuse of progress…..”Ruth

      Interesting perspective Ruth. I see great merit in ending Columbus day .
      as I read the article , I’m reminded of the line ,’ Bell, bell .bell de cat, but who will bell de Cat?’Some much wiser than us both , might even add-we as prospective Advocates , have to pick, and choose ,which Cat is worth Belling, hmmmmmm?

      Maybe the Black Advocacy movement in Venezuela, Spain, and Pax Americana , can pursue the dream ,of eliminating Columbus day , since they celebrate such, but in La Trinity , ‘me think, ‘we have bigger fishes to fry-as we like to say on the streets.
      Our propose La Trinity Black Advocacy Movement , must not start off on the wrong footing, as it were, running willy nilly, behind issues , that has no bearing on our reality.
      Let’s instead, start with a long overdue, Fatherhood Project , where we encourage , embrace, and honor ,Black men , who are judicious , in terms of controlling their sexual libidos.
      Can’t call our selves men , if the end game, is only to impregnate every female in T&T, then when the baby arrives , do a disappearing act, leaving exasperated, Afro Mujers, to raise them, by their lonesome, or even worst , prematurely bring , destructive Stepdads into the family fray.
      Well we know how that usually work out, for most poor desperate females ,and their innocent ones, huh?

      http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20151214/news/step-dad-on-150000-bail

      All that will produce ,is millions of angry Black Women, and too many Low life-Black Males , just waiting in the wings , to continue the cycle.
      Said girls , might have strong role models in their Mamas, but they are still angry ,since they felt abandoned by the first male , they should have been in their lives.
      They in turn ,evolve in ultra controlling , girlfriends, and if lucky wives,that will scare away ,most desirable males, and hence the reason , the Black male , once he is liberated from the dysfunctional homes, wants nothing to do , with a woman , who remotely reminds him ,of Mama- or worst yet , cannot survive, unless he has a Black female dictator ,in his life, who can tell him , what color underwear to put on 7 DAYS PER WEEK, or how to wipe his butt, until he is 95.Am I right, or am I right, ‘Sistaz Ruth?’
      On the flip side , the African woman , cannot continue ,as if she is still on White ,evil , conniving Massa Plantation , producing a multitude ,of unwanted children – as if she knows nothing about contraceptives.
      Worst yet , she cannot make 10 illegitimate kids, for 10 different hombres, half of which are unemployable, or doing time, in some Prison,then sit around , for the next 35 years, lamenting her plight, as to how evil men are.
      We got to teach them about the merits of making better choices.
      Here is the deal Sistaz Ruth. None of us, needs a Phd in Sociology, or Phycology , to know ,that the African race ,starting in T&T, is in their present Socially precarious state , in great measure , due to the break down in family.
      What say ye?
      The author of the article , seem to see much progress in the fact ,that Spain, Native Americans, and Venezuelans , are ready to destroy any symbol , of that evil Italiano bum , Christobal Colon, to which I say hooray!
      Last I checked ,millions of Spaniards still sit around with glee ,in packed stadiums , while Matadors slaughter Bulls , and they call such entertainment. As a Vegan myself, and one who advocate non violence, I see that as savagery, but if the civilize Spaniards sees that as their culture , then it’s their right.
      Answer me this Sistaz Ruth- did the Spaniards , ever acknowledge the barbaric genocides , they committed ,against our North African Moors cousins , as they drove them out of Europe?
      Yep Venezuela , where every poor girl child , and her parents , dream to be a Miss World, or Miss Universe- no matter how ugly they are. It is said that , families spend thousands , doing surgical unmentionables, trying to create that perfect body- long before puberty, one should add.
      Such vanity! Fighting to end Columbus day, but cannot get rid of a Undemocratic , political tyrant Maduro, or the ghost of military henchman Juego Chavez, even as that ghastly country , is on the verge of imploding, si?
      Native Americans , remind me of the cat who screams long into the night , as if from pain, and pressure, when in fact , the horrendous sounds we hear, are the result of pleasure.
      They are happy , with the status quo. As long as the elites, within the various tribes, can make their yearly billions , from non taxed ,Gambling Casinos , they are fine with the White man , and his racist political system, who stole their lands , and have them relegated to 4th class citizens, in environmentally unsound reservations.
      Trust me , when I say Sistaz Ruth, Columbus day , ain’t much of a priority for Pocahontas Great Uncles ,Sitting Bull, and Long Dong Silver.
      Let us therefore get our acts together , organize, prioritize , and join in solidarity with each other,so as to help make Dr. Cudjoe’s Dream a reality.
      Black Advocacy , must be more than some stupid , feel good , back slapping ,catch phrase, or worst yet ,some laughable balancing act attempt, against the competing tribes ,in La Trinity.
      Trust me when I say ‘Sistaz Ruth,’dem thriving ,Trini Indians,insular Chinese,chiefly non Afro Latins,elite Arabs, Jews, Eskimos , and Water down Euro Whites, aren’t loosing sleep, worrying about the despicable state, of Afro Trinis.
      The time for action is now, Oui?

      Stay Vigilant People!

  • “On the flip side , the African woman , cannot continue ,as if she is still on White ,evil , conniving Massa Plantation , producing a multitude ,of unwanted children – as if she knows nothing about contraceptives.
    Worst yet , she cannot make 10 illegitimate kids, for 10 different hombres, half of which are unemployable, or doing time, in some Prison,then sit around , for the next 35 years, lamenting her plight, as to how evil men are.”

    I was driving along today and saw a 13 year old girl and a boy about the same age but he had the body of a grown man. He held tenderly from behind and wrapped his arms around her and they walked a slow grind he grinning and she enjoying the attention in true Africana tradition. Contraception may work but as you know Nealos these things do break. Yes the lil sister is going to grow up quickly with all that attention. And soon babies will be popping out! It is fact that most school love don’t last especially when cherry trees are climbed early. Rather the girl goes on to have multiple affairs and become the mother of many.

    I worked with Africana girls over the years by age 18 they had dropped out of school and all popped out babies. We lost touch with them. Why? They craved affection and they thought babies will grow up to love them unconditionally. Most of them came from single parent home or lived with grandma. What they missed was the wholeness that came from a strong mother/father child bonding.

    The African from mother Africa carries a long cultural tradition. They get married, the mother, father and child stay together. They are similar to Indian tradition of family getting involved in their lives in a big way. Not so for Caribbean Africanas unfortunately the women are lacking in self worth and give in too easily to the demands of the man. What is needed is a rebuilding of family values and the value of marriage. If that could be done through education and family the future can be much diffrent. I implore the doc to do some work on marriage and its socio economic benefits. Too much single parenting. This from someone who have spent more than half his life being married. Cheers.

    • The African from mother Africa carries a long cultural tradition. They get married, the mother, father and child stay together. They are similar to Indian tradition of family getting involved in their lives in a big way. Not so for Caribbean Africanas unfortunately the women are lacking in self worth and give in too easily to the demands of the man. What is needed is a rebuilding of family values and the value of marriage. If that could be done through education and family the future can be much diffrent. I implore the doc to do some work on marriage and its socio economic benefits. Too much single parenting. This from someone who have spent more than half his life being married. Cheers.

      Imagine Dat… Mammo, allyuh erased all traces of your true Indian Identity (Dalits) and adopted names that do not even exist in India (Sanskritisation).. Now, yuh so brave, you are trying to sell ‘perfect Bharat’ here.. We doltish, ent?

      I don’t know… I guess ‘we’ cannot grasp what the Professor is saying about ‘licks’ as a slave… Frederick Douglas said, the ‘whip’ was his most chilling memory of being a slave…
      Mammo, they beat those ‘Africanna Family Values’ outa we…
      Now, go figure out why African Americans use the term ‘MF’ so much…

      http://www.planet-wissen.de/geschichte/menschenrechte/sklaverei/portraetsklavereinarbengjpg100~_v-gseagalerieportraitxl.jpg

      Rear view of former slave revealing scars on his back from savage whipping, in photo taken after he escaped to become Union soldier during Civil War. Location: US Date taken: 1863

      • “Imagine Dat… Mammo, allyuh erased all traces of your true Indian Identity (Dalits) and adopted names that do not even exist in India (Sanskritisation).. Now, yuh so brave, you are trying to sell ‘perfect Bharat’ here.. We doltish, ent?”

        I have no association with India despite being Indian by heritage. Why is that so difficult for some people to understand. I never knew about Dalits until someone brought it up on this board. I can’t comment on this system of oppression but I can say that slavery stole much of the Africaness of our African brothers and sisters and we must try and help to bring healing to this segment of the population. We see it everyday, the abandon child, the absent father, the promiscuous mother all from the vestiges of slavery. Such oppression must end RamK

        The slaves carried the name of their massa. Cudjoe for instance would not be an African name. Selwyn also a name extracted from Anglo Saxon heritage. Must you blame him RamK or the people who choose names that were part of a tradition long ago. It is people like you RamK who is anti progress and lacks common understanding of our collective history. You wallow in your ignominious thinking as a proud lark whose voice is bayed for everyone to hear. But not on this board son getta a life.

        • Mamoo, you are correct … It make no sense getting into any spat with y’all here…
          I see oil prices are on the rise and The PNM is in power once again … With an ANGRY Afro-Trini on the demand… I am taking bets that Affirmative Action will be the order of the day within the next year or so… Not even the Indian ‘bought and paid for’ Dashiki wearing Kneegro can stop this train…
          So you are right… less talk… More Action…. Affirmative Action that is…

          African Lives Matter…

          • Finally, you are the only who makes sense amongst these tribalistic writers. They cry me a river after ruling this nation since independence. Don’t worry about the Bas and Kam years they were still deeply controlled by an entrenched PNM beaurocracy.

            The sick puppy of victim hood for a strong proud Africana people is dishonest and shameful at best. The richest people in TNT are Africana people. Just ask Emporer Orville where the billions unaccounted for went. Every project in Tobago went over with cost over run.

            Here is a shining example RamK of PNM management of the economy.
            —– Kerwyn Garcia, husband of Christine Kangaloo, gets $530,000.brief from government
            —-PNM Chairman Franklyn Khan wife get a $60 million contract days before the 2010 election
            —-$5 million worth of materials from the Tobago Hospital went to develop Dr. Keith Rowley wife private project
            —–Robinson-Regis husband $50,000 per month job at B
            —–Tobago Hospital going from $136 million to over $800 million in overrun
            —– Tarouba Stadium going from $275 million to over $1 billion in overrun

            —–Patrick Manning $240 million Palace with $3 million drapes
            ——Calder Hart$368 million contract to his brother-in-law
            ——-$2 billion summit of no return

            —–$650 million incomplete Legal Affairs Tower
            —–$700 million incomplete Chancery Lane Complex
            —- $500 million incomplete South Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA)
            —-$576Million Rapid Rail feasibility study scandal

            No victim no no and they are back for more.

  • “I never knew about Dalits until someone brought it up on this board. I can’t comment on this system of oppression…slavery stole much of the Africaness of our African brothers and sisters…. We see it everyday, the abandon child, the absent father, the promiscuous mother all from the vestiges of slavery.”Mamboo

    He never knew, but now that he does , he won’t comment. Hilarious stuff, that even the late, great T&T comic, John Agitation, could not top, hmmmmm? Tell me people, doesn’t this speak volumes , about these despicable creatures?
    Remember folks , A Mamboo , could one day be a Policy Wonk helping to shape National policies , a political handler for some Politicians,high end CEO ,a Civic leader of high influence, or even worst , a politicians of the likes of say a Dr Goopiesing ,Dr Suraj Ramberchan, or Anan de Ram goat lover, with this mindset.
    We knew it was only a matter of time,before enough rope would be garnered, that would enable you to eventually hang yourself Mamboo.
    You have admitted, that most of the ugly, social behaviors, as displayed by our Afro Trini population , can be linked to slavery, and “loss of their Africaness”- which means, behaviors ,that were introduced to them, by their White , evil, conniving, barbarian Massas, as they toiled on his plantations, si?
    Now ,as to your allegedly ,more civilize people ,and their well established, ‘Indianness,’ which incidentally,was never removed from them- since Indentured laborers , kept all their wonderful cultural habits , in addition to numerous evil,destructive practices?
    Yep,we are of course referring to a- well documented -predilection for Suicides,corruption, sexual/ physical abuse of your subservient females,and fondness for marrying underage girls,starting as young as 9 years.
    Oh, and by de way , Mr Marriage adorer , rumor has it ,dat as part of his strategy to get the final nod, as the nation’s Commissioner of Police, our acting Chief/DCP Phillip,is demanding a thorough investigation , into all the alleged suicides, that took place in T&T , over the past 5 decades , to see how authentic most were, and decipher where possible, if some were homicides, as he and I suspect, in many cases.
    In India , Pakistan,Bangladesh, Nephal, and we could throw in Tamil laden Sri Lanka ,Honor Killing, Bride burning, and stoning of chiefly poor Indo females ,are the norm,so one can never tell, what’s de case in la Trinity- since unlike dem ugly, African savages , who lost their Africaness , during slavery, our Indian hermanos , Y hermanas, kept their Indianess.
    Am I right, or am I right Mamboo?
    Just messing with you… maybe!
    We the more astute , will for give you a pass, mi country hating Paizanno. It wasn’t your fault, that your good for nothing, married Papa ,and traumatized Mama ,kept you, and your other 25 siblings, away from school.

    Just walk the length and breath, of underachieving T&T , and you’ll find thousands of subjugated females- from all classes – suffering the dehumanizing impact, of domestic violence , at the hand of controlling hombres.
    The men who choose to perpetuate such abuses , will oftentimes , come from dysfunctional homes themselves, where a married Indentured derived ,Mama / Papa ,was there to nurture them, along with those , where there were only a single, unmarried , slave descendent ,female parent.

    http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2016-09-08/mom-chopped-death

    There are of course a myriad of reasons , that can be placed on the table, to explain away ,why said females , decided to remain in their revolting situations – many like local Oprah Wannabe journalist ,in blond hair Marcia Henville,Pennywise heiress,Dian Paladee,Slain Prison officer (alleged )Suicide victim wife ,Sherry Ann Seecharan ,savagely murdered, 31 year old ,Terisha Heerilal,and Racheal Sukhdeo ,until it’s too late.
    I am not certain as to why 31 year old Terisha Heerilal , who made her first baby at age 16 stayed, but as for Rachel ,she dropped charges, and reconciled with her now loving- married – hombre, while shouting , Don’t judge me ,both I , and my millionaire , real estate and car dealer guy,Sheron Sukhdeo,were together since I was 14 years old, and we built the business from nothing.’
    Interesting ehhhh Mamboo. All married folks , stuck in dysfunctional homes, doing more harm to their kids, all because of ….?

    Somewhere out there , the adoring wife of disgraced ,PP Government Minister , and alleged ,high caste Pundit Sharma ,is smiling,along with his outside baby mama, one time Bollywood wannabe/alleged , independent ,success business success story, in feisty Chica ,Sascha Singh, is smiling, for they are aware, as to how complex, these morally stressful , taboo subjects can be , ehhhh Mamboo?
    Yeah, we know Mamboo, it’s Afro Trini Girls, and their overbearing , domineering , still angry Mamas , who remain the promiscuous , sex freaks , not dem delicate females of yours, from de tribe. NUNCA!
    All the latter do is, go to dem Mosques, Temples , and Churches ,to pray everyday, or stay at home , to dutifully service their sex starved , wild hombres, and, or ,wipe the noses of their often miserable , out of control kids,si?

    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/2016101http://www.looptt.com/content/womans-domestic-abuse-story-goes-viral3/news/who-are-you-to-judge-me

    In like manner , if you open any of our dailies,glean the internet , and listen to the news ,on our nation’s radios, or TV , you’ll be bombarded, by numerous cases of mayhem, abuse , and psychological traumas , that are daily committed on our defenseless kiss.
    Many have died , as a result – but who is checking ,or really care, when kids do not vote in T&T, and so apparently, are of little value to the two competing, tribal parties ,along with their neo elitist leaders?
    What’s dat ‘Mr one trick pony -Mamboo,’ for even if it’s technically statutory rape , children from your more culturally sound tribe -since they maintained their Indianess- can marry ,even though they are underage ,and this is a step up from dem African savages, who impregnate,then discard them,to a life of destitution?
    Well, I might counter Mamboo, Dr Keith Rowley did not marry his underage sweetheart , and eventual baby mama , neither did Dr Goopiesing to his , and those two turned out fairly well, didn’t they?
    Nope you said, those two were exceptions to the rule, and grew up , in spite of the negligence of their Papas?
    Got dat, and we should add, Goopiesing’s son , almost turned out to be a budding , cutlass -‘planassing’ criminal- had it not been ,for the timely intervention, of his politically fortunate papa,who ensured the fat bum, did not serve time ,in Golden grove, where he would have most certainly , become the Mujer, of some 6 ft, by 11 inches , Afro Mandingo Prisoner, si?
    Good point.

    It was that old, one time Slave owning ,log cabin Illinois bloke , turned lawyer, and later, assassinated President, in Abraham Lincoln , who once said -“I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.”

    I unlike him , and Mamboo, got to care , since as the latter put it , ” the vestiges of slavery ,”are still here, impacting many lives. What I won’t personally do , is allow modern psychological chains to still keep me shackled , but that’s me- socially conscious , liberated sou, that I am.
    There are however, thousands , who ,for diverse reasons , cannot escape the past, and needs help shifting the meter from point A, to B.
    To the Docs more poignant concerns, it’s were new , prudent activism -of the African persuasion -is needed, to – in like manner to others- help confront issues / “causes,”and problems , that directly threatens, the human existence of all. .
    There are the naive , or more so, the stupid / delusional few, who think that it’s only Africans in our country, who have a problem , and so , they can come on this forum , engage in childish , silly, condescending banter,while simultaneously, elevating their tribe ,as some noble , ultra success, and to them I say, what folly!
    The evidence does not help bolster such idiotic claims , that any one group , is doing better across our country- or wider global community.
    Here is the deal:-The modern sins of ‘greed, selfishness, envy , hatred,venomous anger,distrust, and a disgusting predilection, for humiliation of any, not linked to their tribal gene pool,has caused more pain and suffering,across T&T,than we realize.
    The guns, knives , and similar deadly weapons that contributed to our 300 plus murders, are mere tools ,to achieve deadly, destructive ends.
    There is work to be done yet. Awake from your slumber, and be a difference maker.
    Love Humanity People!

  • no mudd-slinging please !!
    to Neal !
    Heartbreaking reading . About the spanish and reparation …. no repareation , they still remember their fight with the Moors … check it ..the meaning of the bullfighting and in Spain letting a bull running in the streets .They also remembered not long ago , having big problems in EU , saying : WE had better days under the Moors .
    — Charity begins at home — Mamou agree —
    Religion … Our Women worship a White Man , dont forget that .
    Reasons heard , why having ex. 4 children with 4 different men
    1: to make ends meet .
    2: choice of another race .. lighter skin .. soft hair
    Solution : The government can help with a family law . Instead of single – dobbel parenting , responsible father and mother ,
    also when living apart .
    To all men … refuse a Girl Women who uses chemicals .
    No Pennywise and wicks .
    Ruth

  • Dr. Cudjoe !
    A TREE without ROOTS … will FALL .
    Ruth

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSxk59lQ4WI

    Speaking of ‘Black T&T Advocates,’ as eloquently addressed , by the ever astute , Professor Cudjoe, tell me people, just how de hell , does folks like Iwah George, and Kamla’s nephew in Law Double M, sleep at nights , when all they are fixated on is winning Carnival road march /Yankee BET awards, and performing in boorish , escapist ,Trini feats- even as they remain silent ,on critical social issues ,that affects their underachieving , socially traumatized country? No Se.
    On dat note , let me add,thank you Explainer,and we should add, the late great Mighty Penguin of-” we living in Jail” fame -, for an era, where Musical artists , were quite cognizant ,of their social responsibilities. Yep, make your money, sing your jump and wine , but unto whom much is given , ain’t it fair to say much is expected?

    No one needs to tell yours truly , that ‘history matters ,’ or dat the psychologically debilitating impact, that ‘White -Barbarian , evil Slavery , had on still traumatized Africans ,dragged out from the Virgin Continent.
    Socially conscious/ Political animal , that I am however, I then to be wary , of folks ,who use Slavery as some ‘opaque crutch ,’ to explain away , all the social ills, of a neglected -fast becoming hopeless people – who appears, on the surface , to be stuck in that ugly socio- economic – com -political Quagmire, of despair.
    Worst yet , my skepticism remains for the unmentionable, ‘selfish, greedy , me me , geme , geme/ dog with ah bone ,delusional , conniving ,neo tribal, cyber clowns ,who prefer, to point everything, towards slavery , so as not to accept the role , their own tribe played , and is still playing ,to ensure Africans in T&T, remain second class citizens, while they garner all the spoils, and non of the guilt. Comprende?

    The fact of the matter is folks , Slavery might be used to explain away , the serious problems – the result of self hatred – that has afflicted African slave descendants in La Trinity, but it cannot explain away Rwanda/ Burundi, Congo, Sudan, Nigeria Liberia , Serra Leone , and similar African fiefdoms , where inter tribal savagery , murder, mayhem , and dehumanizing social degradation against women , children, and insignificant ,lower classes , remains the norm.

    http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,235544.html

    On the crime front:- As tragic , and revolting as the above callous act is , I can drag up 2020 more , that are similar in nature , as committed , over the past decade,by the competing tribe , against their own , all across T&T- and lest we forget , globally , in their ancestral homelands, si?
    I wish someone can explain away ,their reasons for so indulging. Africans can perhaps point to slavery , but they cannot. Am I right, or am I right?
    I subscribe to the view, that we should always -‘Beware of a man/ woman , with nothing to loose ,’ people. There was a time ,when law enforcement officials lives- especially Police – were sacred. Hard core criminals knew , that they ,and families were off limit, unless there was a lose/ lose , death wish, to bring the heat on their enterprise.
    This isn’t the case anymore, Y Por Que?
    There is an often ignored issue , that perhaps our intellectually lazy Social SCientist -Criminologist Gurus ,& compromised 4th Estate blokes , need to consider , when trying to move forward , re this ugly reality of violence, that has dominated our social landscape , thus making our “T&T , A War Zone,” as the Pastor claimed.
    Historically neglected Tobago, has always suffered a brain drain,as well as experienced ,major migration ,by the young, more ambitious , to Trinidad – our PM Dr Keith Rowley , is one such case in point.
    Fast forward to 2016 , and we can see the trend has continued unabated, but with a slight twist. Numerous citizens, from big brother Trinidad , disgusted with the escalating ,crime wave ,are running in droves to make more peaceful Tobago their home. Many , like their fellow citizens from Little Sister Tobago, are dedicated family oriented , hard working , resilient folks,
    but sadly though, criminal elements , are within the ranks , thinking they can commit act of violence, or engage in ugly lifestyles/ nefarious activities,then run to Tobago , so as to hide on a 116 square miles , piece of real estate. Many have lost their lives, for the gun man world , has long hands.

    Something tells me , that likewise ,many criminal elements , are running into law enforcement Organizations , naively believing that it can protect/ insulate them, from revengeful enemies, that lurks, with long standing, evil intent.
    As a kid growing up, I’ve always learned, that it’s impossible to be Police , & Thief , all at the same time.
    Some much wiser than yours truly , are whispering , that this sad reality ,might be the result of Queen Kamla , and her political gang , anti Public Servant, anti African / Pro Tribe / cronyism -political purges , where ,within 5 years in office ,at least 100,000 or maybe more undertrained SRP’s ,were forced into the Service – many with questionable characters.
    Does anyone with a brain , naively think that an DCP , acting as Commissioner of Police for said 5 years, would have had de Cohones , to stand up to such?Then again , he is still acting , under de Red , and ready , Rowley gang, so go figure!
    However , I digress.
    Now with guns entering Watchdog -Kamla’s lawyer Israel – eat ah food -Inspector son,David Khan’s Prison, and young Tethron Gang Green -bandit Soldiers, doing all sorts of criminal monstrosities in La Trinity , one can conclude , that those now politicized departments, were equally compromised.
    Something to chew on.

    Hey folks, as you perhaps know by now , I was fortunate, to be raised by my late , extremely wise, Tobago( paternal )Granny – after being abandoned by a good for nada Papa, and discarded by my extremely young ,Trinidad mama.
    A favorite line she always made to yours truly , before she departed , when I was a mere 16 years – which still reverberate, with yours truly , even today -is that ,’every disappointment , is for a good.’
    In the spirit of new advocacy, and on our good Doc , overall major theme , of need for Black T&T advocacy, just maybe , this Pastor , will take the lead ,re the death of a member of his flock, who so happened to be the mama of a young -allegedly threatened -Police Officer, and speak up against violence , while making tangible efforts ,to be a difference maker,as opposed to solely fixated on getting Souls to that Christian -Revengeful -Blue eyed Good -Sky heaven , hummmmm? ‘Where you at ,’ Pastor Dottin? Yeah we know , still spending Auntie K’s 30 pieces of vote getting silver. How about you Stephen Cadiz? Yeah we know ,your Keith Noel 186 Committee , served it’s purpose , and you were rewarded , by your PP, then behaved as if cat cut your tongue, on runaway crimes , for 5 years . Tell me people, do I need to glean the news , to see if this once relevant Chagurnas East -political weasel, is braying like a castrated ,Arima Donkey , otra Vez , about T&T Crimes? Nunca!
    Right up there with Culture Vulture , ex MP Winston Peters, aka Gypsy. Busy lamenting about ‘de Little Black boy , ‘and Chambers Sinking ship, but silent as a Mayaro Mouse , once he was eating Curry Duck , next to his Captain , during the PP travels. Nuff Said.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nn4Tylq7_o

    Sing with me ,and Damian, if you wish People . ‘In ah Gun man world , life is so stressful– is it worth it all, those sleepless night , da da de.How many lives before a gun man switch, ba bab me.Is it worth it all ,if one man rise , while a next one fall/ One child smile , when a next one bawl! ‘
    I luv this land , Y tu?
    Stay Vigilant T&T!

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