Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 15th 2015 Contents Racist comments hit
Racist statements continue to flood social media
this time threatening radio entertainer Rachel Price
while some other users are calling for a boycott of
businesses which support the PNM.
One person, alleged to be a UNC supporter, called on
citizens to "boycott the business of the PNM for the
next five years and hit them where it hurts."
Administrators of social sites have even warned against
"racial slurs and expressions" saying those who used
them would be removed from the group.
Last week, the police warned members of the pubic
that it was an offence under the Sedition Act to incite
racial hatred as some matters were already being
In a statement on Facebook, Price said her
inbox was full as some (citizens) accused her of
racism and even threatened her and her daugh-
Some users took the comments to heart and
called for members of the public to boycott a furniture
store which Price is known to be used for in their com-
"The picture/profile is not me. I repeat: the profile
is not mine nor have I ever posted such words and
sentiment anywhere on Facebook. While the picture
is mine (from a past show) that picture has never been
used as my profile picture, on my Rachel Price Fan
page and my Rachel Price private page."
In one post, the entertainer questioned if she ever
used racist terms on stage.
This did not deter some of her fans who claimed
they loved her and her work.
"I am Rachel Price and in no way have I ever been
politically aligned to any politician nor political party.
I am Rachel Price and no one with the hope of winning
can ever accuse me of racism against the Indo-Trinida-
Meanwhile, another supporter posted that citizens
should boycott all known PNM's financier's business.
"Boycott their car dealerships, cloth stores, electronic
stores, fast food restaurants, furniture stores, insurance
companies, newspapers, radio stations, retail
outlets, sports stores, supermarkets, TV chan-
This post had over 80 shares with over 51
Some of the users named several stores and
car dealerships claiming that they already started
"This is not nice" and "I think you all are going to
far" "Sigh hate is such a heavy burden to bare...why
not try love!" some posts read.
Another user also said it was Divali next month and
the supporters of the Hindu community did not want
"anything from his administration, his ministers" or
him wearing a "Kurta" and "don't even say happy
Assistant commissioner Carlton Alleyne said the
police were looking into it and would seek legal advice
on how to move forward.
"We have the IT unit looking into the posts and we
are moving forward with that. It is a new phenomenon
under the communication act but there are offences
which can fall under other laws. We will get
advice on how to move forward," Alleyne said.
Activist Wayne Kublalsingh, in a media
release, said the Bhagavad Gita does not sup-
port clannishness, tribalism. "The Gita, one
of the newest testaments, in the rich celestial
history of ancient India, does not support
We have to start educating
the youths so they will not
become racist. Racism is
embedded in the older people
and they cannot change so we
have to start with the young
We can deal with racial
tension through education
and awareness. We have to
let people understand the
repercussions of racial tension
and only then it will stop.
I think we can get rid of
racial tension if we have
more interaction. We can
get people of all races to do
projects together like
cleaning the street,
planting a flower garden or
planting trees. If we can organise community
projects where everyone can work together, we
will get rid of racial tension.
We have to teach people to
love one another. Only then
can we deal with racial
Deshni Kissoon, 24,
Racial tension is too deep to
deal with. There is nothing we
can do about it. No amount of
education will help because it
is up to an individual to decide.
No matter what we say or do,
there will always be racial
Daily paid worker
Diamond Village, San Fernando
We can deal with racial
tension if we stand together,
play together and interact
more with each other. We have
to educate one another and
the religious leaders must also
play a part. I don't think that
we have a problem with race. It
only shows around election time.
Racism is an animal
instinct and it is
embedded in our
genes. The education
system is not
working. Maybe if we
research the root
causes of racial
tension we will find a
way to deal with it.
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