Letter

Here in sweet Trinidad and Tobago, we have jumped on the bandwagon and stood up and expressed our diverse views on the ongoing racial tensions in the United States, but I ask us to step back and look at our country.

Do all lives matter here in sweet T&T? Are all lives privileged with the same access to water, education, healthcare and earning a liveable income? In certain political strongholds those who reside there are not “privileged”.

Instead, we see extreme poverty that should be a shame to a once oil-rich nation. Do all lives matter in the “hot spots” where young black males are killing each other like flies but the root of the problem is never addressed?

Do all lives matter for the single mother earning minimum wage and struggling daily to feed her children?

Do all lives matter to the average man on the street who can’t see his way to build a home, but billion-dollar companies are flaunting their wealth?

Ask yourself: do all lives matter to the citizens who live in flood-prone zones, but we have yet to fix the problem after decades of mismanagement?

You see, here in sweet T&T wealth is not accessible to all, jobs are not available to all, water in your pipes is selective and the school your child attends is usually aligned to the neighbourhood you live in!

So, before we continue giving our gratuitous opinions on the United States, let’s look at our sweet home and ask ourselves as citizens: does my life matter?

Michelle Dymally Davis

Cedros

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