Prof Theodore Lewis is a conundrum. He is a black university professor resident and teaching in the United States, well established and respected among his peers.

He tells us he grew up in very disadvantaged circumstances but was able to rise above his origins and succeed in a very challenging and competitive environment.

However, he appears to have a blind spot where young black children nowadays are concerned.

He apparently thinks they are incapable of achieving great heights in education, or any other field, without getting special assistance, preferably financial.

His approach is to set a baseline from his own achievements and, from there, proceed to create a scenario suggesting that black children are not expected to aspire to the level of his achievements.

The message is that black students need special help to make it in this world, a message that is so misleading that it would sap the will of weaker persons.

The point has been made previously that many black Trinidadian scholars have succeeded in all fields of endeavour on their own with no assistance from the State.

Black people are not incompetent or lazy.

They are not afraid to face the world on their own. Prof Lewis himself is a prime example of this.

He should seriously consider establishing a school of high performance for talented black students to open up opportunities for them to access superior standards of achievement.

Such a school in the Beetham area would reap truly meaningful rewards.


The prime minister’s attempt to frame the issues leading to the collapse of the Police Service Commission and subsequent events as political “janjhat and ra-ra” is sadly ­misguided.

On August 12, an unnamed high-level visitor to President’s House made an intervention that stopped the delivery to the Parliament of the Police Service Commission’s (PolSC) merit list of candidates for Police Commissioner.

It saddens me to write what I am about to, but it’s a harsh reality that we must face and fight, or, if we are the unpatriotic cowards many believe we are, then we might consider joining millions of others across the world who abandon all hope in their native lands and become refugees, moving like nomads anywhere the wind and fellow refugees take them.

The inept handling of the affairs of the Police Service Commission and, more particularly, the imbroglio surrounding the office of Commissioner of Police leading to its eventual collapse have created an ongoing crisis that seems to have no end.

It is quite unseemly for the President to propose names of persons for appointment to the Police Service Commission without responding to the call from large sections of civil society for an explanation of the comess that occurred over the last several weeks.