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All Indian is scyaaamp and
drunkards, black people
lazy or dem is bandit, see-
reean is bandit in suit, de White-
man is ah oppressor from colo-
nial days (and should jess hush
he mout), chinee only like money
If we are honest with ourselves,
the racial stereotypes listed above
are very familiar to us, or have
even crossed our own lips at
some time or another.
Elections 2015 opened a fissure,
exposing the dark heart of
racism, prejudice and negativity
that pumps hatred through the
veins of this nation.
That people were surprised by
all the nastiness, points to either
a well-nurtured naiveté or garden
We are masters of pretence,
masking our foibles with the
pantomime of mirth, conviviality
and plastic unity.
I recall my time in the media
when every state function was
opened with performances by the
Shiv Shakti Dancers and the
Malick Folk Performers. Repre-
sentatives of the two major races
revelled in cultural expression
together on the same stage!
Then, attendees would have to
sit down, then stand up, then sit
down again as Pundit, Imam,
Bahai, Pastor, "Seven-days"
delivered interminable blessings.
This flimsy charade neatly
encapsulates our attitude towards
race relations. We bury our heads
(not in the sand though) and
pretend that we are a melting pot
nation, a diverse mix of races and
cultures all living in harmony.
Facebook, in the aftermath of
the elections, became an envi-
ronment of unfathomable toxicity.
Even as Dr Keith Rowley deliv-
ered a particularly-gracious victo-
ry speech, designed to assuage
the hostilities of the elections, to
wake people to the reality that
we must all live and work
together, the mob on the ground
had different ideas.
Political zealots surged at the
fences, hurling putrid abuse at
the former Prime Minister, cava-
lierly condemning this woman as
a creature of loose morals, a
hyper-charged libido and an
agent of iniquity.
For their part, the UNC sup-
porters, wounded in defeat,
mounted their own racist offen-
sive. The party s page was trans-
formed into an unofficial, smoul-
dering hate group.
The comments laid bare a soci-
ety unbound by conventions of
civility and grace.
One common incendiary notion
is that "Africans" are intellectual-
ly inferior and, as such, are ill-
suited to a leadership role in the
This warped ideology in turn
had the effect of attracting PNM
supporters to the page. Spoiling
for a fight, they deposited their
own racist posts. What was
remarkable is that the anti-racists
are blind to their own racism.
One post read "all of those
nasty comments on the UNC s
Facebook page, the only cure for
that is Lanate."
That person couldn t appreci-
ate that he was guilty of the
same offence the post was meant
Elsewhere, a video surfaced of
some men attempting to burn, an
apparently fire-proof UNC jersey.
The video was peppered with
guttural obscenities and racist
Others, who felt themselves
above the fray, also contributed
to the noxious atmosphere. It
was widely suggested, by many
people from whom I expected
better, that those who didn t vote
for the PNM, are on the side of
immorality. Invoking the name of
Jesus (in Jesus name!) as the
weak-minded are often wont to
do, PNM supporters posit that Dr
Keith Rowley s victory at the
polls was somehow ordained by
God; he was sent from up above
to rid this country of the wicked
Jesus name, H.I.M.
Thus, you have introduced into
the equation the ethos of good
No platform for unity can be
built on nakedly inferred religious
But calls for "unity" among
citizens are an illusion.
What we truly want is acquies-
cence. In 2010 and now, hush
yuh mout we time now!
Additionally, it was laughable
to read puerile quips about East
Indians with respect to alcohol.
We are in fact a nation of
drinkers so that is just the pot
calling the kettle Indian.
Quibbling over who drinks
more than whom is practised
We blame our politicians for
fomenting racial and other vari-
eties of hatred but politicians
merely exploit the hate resident
in the hearts of our people.
Facebook was a snapshot of a
pervasive scourge in society. Any-
one who believes that the post-
elections vitriol was restricted to
social media, is either a fool, a
liar or both.
Hatred in the heart is difficult,
if not impossible to expunge.
Older generations are lost to this
We must inoculate our children
against the heredity of racial
hatred and mistrust.
There ought to be an aggressive
and sustained education cam-
paign to teach our children about
appreciation for cultural differ-
Modules must be introduced in
our schools to programme future
generations with an understand-
ing of cultural diversity in T&T.
They must be given the mental
software to counteract the hatred
encoded in our national DNA.
Many will deny it, but both
sides of the political divide were
guilty of great atrocities.
Trinis love to say: "One love,
we all have to live here."
Of course, we all have to live
together but, as this week aptly
demonstrated, we don t have to
HEART OF DARKNESS There ought to be an
aggressive and sustained
education campaign to
teach our children about
appreciation for cultural
differences. Modules must
be introduced in our
schools to programme
future generations with an
understanding of cultural
diversity in T&T. They must
be given the mental
software to counteract the
hatred encoded in our
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