Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 17th 2018 Contents bloodshed we are experiencing
right now is saddening, but
to be deterred by the lack of
support of the masses would be
even more folly than the acts
against which we fight.
Our carnival mentality will not
change in this generation and
quite possibly neither in the
next, but it is our responsibility
to water the seeds that were
planted by our forefathers
and to teach our children
to continue to water them
generation after generation. We
must instil in our children
a sense of persistence and
unwavering leadership. It is our
responsibility to raise up the
next generation of champions
who will fight for change
regardless of the cost.
And in closing I’d like to leave
a message to those who aren’t
willing to try. For the very
least, just stay quiet and keep
your negativity and doubts
to yourself and say thank God
men like Antonio didn’t listen to
naysayers like you.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
What utter nonsense from the promoters of the Red
Ants fete, that keeping the volume for the music at a fete
within the specified levels would kill carnival.
These band leaders-turned-fete promoters have been
killing carnival for years with their lack of creativity in
costume design. Every year we see the same bikinis,
feathers and beads. The only difference is everyone is a
year older and who played in red last year, will play in blue
Congratulations to the EMA for finally deciding to impose
the law. Hopefully they will turn their attention to
It’s not noise control
that’s killing Carnival
I would like to commend the Environment Management
Authority (EMA) on the position it has taken with respect
to the noise level at fetes and other cultural events. I have
no problem with people enjoying themselves at these
parties, but like anything else, it cannot be at the expense
of law abiding citizens going about their normal business
or simply wanting to enjoy the peace and quiet of their
I am heartened that finally a law enforcement authority in
this country is prepared to enforce the law. Maybe if other
such authorities follow suit there would be a significant
reduction in the level of lawlessness in this land.
It is my fervent hope that the EMA does not bow to any
outside pressure and disregard the rights of ordinary
citizens for the enjoyment of their property.
Finally, I would like people to take note of the suggestion
of the Managing Director of the EMA that maybe it is time
that the promoters of these big fetes consider holding
these events at venues where there would be minimal, if
any, inconvenience to the general public.
Stick to your guns, EMA
Martin, Montesinos and Machel
MARSHA L RILEY
Over 500 years ago a Dominican friar uttered the first
words against racism. Back then it wasn’t even a word. The
word wasn’t even placed in the Oxford Dictionary until
the 1900’s. Imagine standing up for something that didn’t
even have a name yet! Close your eyes for a moment
and think about how this sermon would have been
received. Imagine how useless the masses viewed him.
How many people would have said to him that he was
wasting his time and that oppression due to race was
never going to change.
A voice in the wilderness would be an understatement.
Antonio de Montesinos left only a seed and for the next
500 years brave men and women watered it, yet in 2018,
while we have made significant strides, there are still
those who oppose the marriage of British royalty to a
Black American and while those gone before us must
have rejoiced in Heaven when the US elected its first black
President, we cannot pretend that there isn’t still a very
long road to be walked.
Change does not occur overnight and I started off with
this tiny history lesson to demonstrate just how patient
we must be when championing a cause and what realistic
expectations must be set.
Our culture is so rich, but unfortunately, it has over time
become more and more vulgar and subtle messages
encouraging women to not only quietly accept abuse
but to now crave sexual attention in manners that are
disrespectful, have become more and more brazen. Men
have been taught that it is okay to “tief ah wine” all in the
name of culture and those that oppose this are being met
with much resistance.
I was saddened that on a day as special as Martin Luther
King Day, one of our local icons would appear in the press
as having publicly encouraged lawlessness. I could not
believe my eyes to be honest, so I sought the footage
and there it was “they go hadda lock up all ah we, cuz we
whining on anybody we want.” What a waste of influence.
What a total waste and even bigger shame.
The inability for most people to see that these seemingly
little acts are the vary factors that contribute to the
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