Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 21st 2015 Contents Ibeg to differ with the position that we
are all corrupt put forward at the Let's
talk Governance discussion put on by the
Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corporation
recently. There are many social, histori-
cal, cultural, anthropological and eco-
nomic views on corruption, however it all
boils down to a choice that people make.
The most widely used definition of
corruption is dishonest or fraudulent
conduct by people in power or simply the
abuse of power. Society is doomed to ac-
cept dishonesty and abuse of power as a
way of life if we subscribe to the unfor-
tunate premise that we are all corrupt.
I have personally experienced many
occasions where people have made the
right moral choices that were reflected in
their actions. Some micro examples are
the cashier who calls you back for your
change, a bank teller who tells you to join
the line when you try to do a side trans-
action, the taxi driver that holds onto
your phone when you leave it behind.
We cannot afford to get overwhelmed
by the corrupt actions of others even if it
seems widespread. I always tell my chil-
dren "not because everyone is doing it,
it's right." Let your spiritual and moral
values guide you and make no compro-
mise that will take you away from your
Our system has to subscribe to the
positive benefits of a meritocracy. This
allows for people who are qualified to
get positions and not to allow false docu-
ments to prevail at the expense of hard
work and honesty. Those who need to
work harder to become qualified for their
dream opportunities will know that their
efforts are not in vain.
T&T has been fortunate to be given
opportunities that most other countries
may never experience. One example is
free tertiary education which is a gift
that our citizens enjoy as a benefit of be-
longing to a country blessed with natural
resources that are marketable and in de-
We have no need to be corrupt and
perpetuate a culture of corruption when
we are naturally endowed with sufficient
resources to allow opportunities to flour-
ish. Greed is one of the root causes of
corruption. Greed has blinded many but
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For black power to exist,
there must be white power
in the system existing
If one is not white, he is
black, plain, simple and
straightforward. There is no in-
between. Grey is nonexistent.
A stark reality when one ven-
Do not pappy show your-
selves. I hope that clears it up
once and for all.
Today marks the 45th
anniversary of the State of
Emergency declared by former
PM Dr Eric Williams as he
attempted to quell and suppress
the Black Power Revolution.
Note I said "attempted." You
cannot kill the idea.
Marches were held simulta-
neously in Port-of-Spain as
well as in Canada.
The NJAC originated out of
Black conscious youths
adopted African names to iden-
tify, support and endorse the
movement. Makandal Daaga is
a prime example.
The heroes of the day includ-
ed Fidel Castro, Kwame Ture
and TUB Butler.
Any literature by Franz Fanon
and Che Guevara was banned.
Black consciousness spread
rapidly after 1970.
When one looks at the names
of individuals the African influ-
ence is obvious and pro-
The correct meaning of these
names must be known.
Our music was also nurtured
by the Black Power Movement.
Brother Valentino and Brother
Resistance come to mind.
NJAC said and still encour-
ages "Africans and Indians to
Let us learn more about each
other and be our brothers
keepers. Men like George
Weekes, Clive Nunez, Winston
Leonard and Basdeo Panday
marched and also ran.
They braved licks and jail for
the betterment of all of us.
There was an attempted mili-
tary coup. A state of emergency
was declared. Many were
I remember applying for a job
and was told to send a full
length colour photograph.
I did what was requested and
I am still waiting; I am a
very patient person. I hope that
I will not be waiting in vain for
Another time I was asked
what religion I was and told
that membership in one organi-
sation was too many.
Get the best part: when I
returned home there was a
rejection letter mailed in my
post box that I was unsuccess-
ful.The postal service can be
extremely efficient sometimes.
My fellow Trinbagonians, let
us take nothing for granted.
Men and women sacrificed
and suffered so some of us
could be where we are today.
Do not hide your heads in
the sand, we still have a lot to
be accomplished. Just look
We need to be progressive so
that every creed and race will
find an equal place.
Black Power opened the
doors of employment.
Those who don t know their
history are doomed to repeat it.
If one does not know from
where one originates, one can-
not know where one is going.
No matter where you come
from, once you are a black
man, you are an African.
My grandfather had to run.
My father had to run.
I am out of breath.
I am not running any more.
Keep the faith.
Let us emancipate ourselves
from mental slavery, none but
ourselves can free our minds.
Happy anniversary T&T.
Black is beautiful.
Any fight against corruption at
present is going to be a losing
battle without draconian measures
There is just too high an estab-
lished ratio of corrupt, influential
people of wealth and in positions of
power and authority compared with
this tiny population.
These corrupt ones are found in
the politics, the police system, the
justice system and in the business
The transfer of corrupt practices
together with the official master-
minds and smart men of corruption
takes place from one administration
to other at the end of every election.
If any real attempts were ever
made to end the mode of corruption
especially in government-operated
departments this would have al-
ready been noticeable.
The control of accountability and
transparency is deliberately left in-
tact with established rules of ex-
cuses to be made when anyone is
caught out for any wrongdoings.
It is a sort of unspoken mafia
arrangement between the wealthy
crooks in our society.
Corruption is so embedded in our
society that even if outside experts
were called in to try to end it they
would have little chance of success.
A good example of this is the
failed attempt by Mr Gibbs and his
deputy to try to penetrate the cor-
rupt affairs of our police system.
This attempt was put to end with
the help of corrupt politicians' sup-
We shall continue to hear and
read of much more corruption from
week to week, committed by those
in authority and power, but who will
never spend a day behind bars be-
cause of the turning of a blind eye
by a corrupt judiciary.
There are not enough honest, rich
citizens here who may be willing to
throw down the gauntlet and use
draconian measures and face the
army of corrupt citizens that exists.
The ordinary citizens are too
racially divided in order to form a
united front to demonstrate and
take the necessary action against
the well-established masterminds of
Despite all the promises made in
the past and still being made today
by politicians and other people of
status, to end corruption, things will
still be the same in five years' time,
unless action is taken to halt this
These greedy masterminds and
smart men of corruption, who could
best be described as financial prosti-
tutes with their mafia-style mental-
ity, are not going to cut off their
noses to spoil their faces.
Someone has to start taking the
necessary draconian actions to halt
the expansion and to reverse the ac-
ceptance of corruption on this is-
BLACK POWER OPENED DOORS
...still a lot to be accomplished
safety as they
stand guard at
the corner of
at the Holy
Corruption is a choice
Draconian action need against local corruption
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