Ms Jearlean John, in calling for the removal of the “myths” that PNM is a “black party” and the UNC is an “Indian party”, could you enlighten me on how you categorise these two political parties, in terms of their behaviour over the years?

Since Independence, not once was there an Indian leader of the PNM, nor an African leader of any of the following parties—DLP, ULF, CLUB88 or UNC.

Also, considering the members of other races in these parties and the boast of unity, don’t you think that behaviour to be strange?

We are looking at 58 years here—ten decades—and counting.

What about where a political party changed the holiday from “Arrival Day” to “Indian Arrival Day”? It befuddles the mind thinking about someone singing our National Anthem, “where every creed and race find an equal place”, then making a decision like that.

Ms John, who do you think the word “united” represents?

We talk about it being time for a national conversation to discuss race. I believe politicians must be man/woman enough to call a spade a spade. We are not living the dictates of our anthem. If change is to happen, we must start treating people fairly; and for this to occur, I have a suggestion—prayers.

Whenever we pray, we should ask our Creator to make us honest with ourselves and in dealing with others. Once you are genuine in prayers, positive results happen.

What I have learned from my observations is that to be honest, one must always deal with the issue and not focus on individuals.

Ms John, if we adopt that maxim, perhaps life could be a lot more meaningful and satisfactory.

Politicians, please give it a try; it works.

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