Dr Rowley, you wrong. Ms Springer, you wrong. Mr Kambon, you wrong.

Firstly, those who were shipped from the continent called Africa and even the present inhabitants do not respond to that identification but instead are animated by their nationality. Secondly, referring to them as “black people” only confirms a deep ignorance and your acceptance of that degrading association. These are simply people with black skin.

It is easy for a dominant group to create a system that discriminates and subjugates. Those who do not measure up to that system are categorised as under-performers and relegated to second class or worse. If you put a horse and a turtle to race in the sea, guess which will win?

Would you conclude that the defeated underperformed or that the environment did not lend itself to equal opportunity?

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So many of our systems, education the leader, put people unfairly in a caste and they are not given a second chance. Every system has a rating and the further away it is from the top the lower the ranking. Those who find themselves on the bottom rung have great difficulty coping with the elevated systems. Self-esteem is low and in their perceived helplessness may even drive them to employ violence to counter-punch suppression.


Described as unprecedented and catastrophic, the destruction wrought by Hurricane Dorian on our Bahamian neighbours has thus far left five dead amid devastating scenes.

Scientists say climate change is causing powerful hurricanes like Dorian to increasingly stall over coastal areas, which leads to heavy flooding. Officials in the Bahamas feared “unprecedented” devastation after Dorian hovered over the islands for several days, pummelling it with rain.

Those who pay attention to pop culture would recognise the title of this column as the plaintive refrain in a song by Destiny’s Child, in which the lead singer, Beyoncé, is speaking to her lover on the phone but he is tentative. He is fumbling—“err! uhm”! But she is on to him. Something is not right.

As of 11 pm. Eastern Standard Time on September 2, Hurricane Dorian was a category four storm battering the Bahamas. At least five people were killed on the island of Abaco when it hit the Bahamas as a category five hurricane with wind speeds of 185 mph on September 1 in the afternoon. It’s a historic tragedy that require analysis and its victims will need massive assistance.

Inhumane, inconsiderate, cruel and heartless—that’s the only way I can describe those responsible for terrorising the animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo with the fireworks noise on Independence night. Why does anyone think it’s a good idea to frighten poor, defenceless animals?

If we were to believe the letter penned by a writer in Monday’s newspaper one would surely think that Carifesta XIV was a waste of money. Often I wonder when will Trinidadians—I repeat, Trinidadians, not my brothers and sisters in Tobago—show appreciation for their culture?