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The T&T Guardian lost an inte-
gral part of its family when 58-
year-old Wayne Raper, a super-
visor in the traffic department,
died after a stroke yesterday
Raper worked at the newspaper
for over 30 years and according to
colleagues, spent that time bringing
joy to his workplace.
General manager Douglas Wil-
son described Raper as someone
who was reliable, consistent and
displayed "a real commitment" as
part of his work ethic.
"If you look at any cricket side,
you have your core players. He was
part of the core of production and
traffic," said Wilson.
Raper was very active in com-
pany activities such as sports and
also frequently took part in the
Guardian s annual calypso com-
"His sobriquet in calypso was
Pacifist, and that s what he was,"
said one colleague.
Senior supervisor (advertising)
Charmaine St Louis described
Raper as a jovial man.
"He was normally a vibrant and
an upbeat person, who spoke to
She said the news of Raper s
death came as a shock to the entire
department. Raper had been ill,
she said, but she spoke to him on
Thursday evening and he made
jokes as usual.
"He would go out of his way to
help anyone, whether it was a
client, a sales rep, anybody."
Gary Stubbs, senior supervisor
(production) who had worked with
Raper for the past 32 years, said
Raper was the type of person to
take his job very seriously.
"If he was looking at an ad and
realised something was wrong, he
would frequently go to the editorial
department and speak to the edi-
tors about it. That s how he was,"
"He will be missed because of
his positive and respectful attitude.
He called everyone brother or sis,
and was always ready to help."
Stubbs described Raper as hav-
ing a fresh and unique perspective
on any topic and said he put a
happy spin on everything.
Raper leaves behind four broth-
ers and a sister.
He grew up in San Juan but later
moved to Cunupia.
His brother Elvis said Raper
would be cremated tomorrow
under Hindu rites. Family members
were undecided up to late yesterday
about where the cremation would
take place or the time.
A Hindu government and
Christianity. This is what is caus-
ing young black men to commit
This was the view of panellists
at a discussion on crime organised
by the Emancipation Support
Committee (ESC) at the National
Library in Port-of-Spain on Thurs-
"Christianity in schools is having
a devastating effect on children
because of the mindset it creates,"
said speaker Pearl Eintou Springer,
who passionately advocates pre-
serving African heritage and is a
devotee of the Orisha religion.
An issue involving race once
arose at a relative s school and the
teacher said, "Well, we all one
under the Lord Jesus Christ,"
Springer related, incredulous.
"That is what is going on in your
schools. Are you minding your
business? Are you leaving the edu-
cation of your children to the teach-
ers?" she asked the group filling
the audiovisual room at the library.
Springer also claimed children
from a school in the
Morvant/Laventille area were being
forced to learn East Indian dance
because it was the only type on
the drama curriculum under the
new Continuous Assessment
To add insult to injury, a request
for drums was denied and dholaks
were sent instead, she added.
Another programme in which
local artistes were used to perform
in at-risk schools was also stopped,
"The trauma of being made to
be a second-class citizen is becom-
ing endemic in those high-risk
Many vital lessons can also be
taught through the La Diablesse,
a female mythical figure with a
cloven foot under a long, white
dress, Springer insisted, but these
forms of culture are not being used.
Springer said it was slavery,
which forced African men to be
studs for a long time, that was
causing fathers to be delinquent
David Muhammad, the local
representative of Louis Farrakhan s
Nation of Islam of the United
States, said it was the Hindu Peo-
ple s Partnership Government that
was causing young black men to
"African youths are targeted.
You saw what happened when
almost 8,000 African youths were
arrested during the 2011 state of
emergency by a Hindu govern-
ment," he said.
Mohammed, who hosts a radio
show, The Black Agenda, said out
of 200-plus nations in the world,
five or six were run by Hindu gov-
"India was deemed the most
racist country on earth. And that
was because of the religion. If there
are Hindu leaders in a society
where there are Africans, they take
away their property, give them the
most menial jobs.
"This has been rearing its head
in T&T from time to time and
black youths are suffering from
this," Mohammed said.
Criminologist Renee Cummings,
another panellist, said crime plans
involving more policing were not
There is a need to dig deeper
into the causes of crime, which
can be traced to poor parenting
and broken homes and childhood
trauma which results, she said.
Cummings said child molesters
deported from the US were walking
free in T&T and there was also a
high level of teen prostitution.
Guardian supervisor succumbs to stroke
Hindu govt pushing
black youth to crime
Panellists at ESC discussion:
A boy skips over broken glass and debris from the apartment building on
Nelson Street, east Port-of-Spain, where six-year-old Ronase Osbourne
was burnt to death yesterday morning. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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