A certain section of our society is not really blinded by racism. They are merely spitting picong in a disrespectful and derogatory manner. These pockets of resistance citizens live in a culture of nature-nurture and communicating in their language criticising “c--lie” or “Indian” and saying it is a joke.
When I walk the public arena, I see God’s people of the varied races sharing the spaces of society. Take a stroll along the Brian Lara Promenade in the city of Port of Spain, and you will witness elderly folks, both Indo- and Afro-Trinidadian, playing card games in harmony. Pertinent issues along with abusive language from our leaders have increased to the boiling point of erratic and unpatriotic behaviour. And now that almost everyone is on social media, it is becoming worse in the aftermath of the 2020 general election.
It is high time to seriously expose the racist. We have become too complacent to racism and not really making a practical stand to genuinely maintain peace and our unique democracy.
Now that the issue of racism is making front page in the daily newspapers, there must be a drive to boycott places that do not adhere to our national motto: that every creed and race finds an equal place.
Many persons have voiced the wrong in our society, e.g. racism at nightclubs, churches, groceries and even security institutions.
Our human resources are our greatest asset; that our failure to advance further as a nation economically, politically and socially has been due mainly to our failure to genuinely mobilise the citizens of this twin-island state.
As the scriptures say in Leviticus 19-18, “Forget about the wrong things people do to you. You must not try to get even. Love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.” And since racism is a sin, it will be only those who are faultless have the right to pass judgment upon others. In other words, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Many have the wrong perception of issues, and usually the outcome of their words usually ends up in confusion.
According to Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon, citizens ought to quell the fires with love. We are not merely blinded by race, but are blinded by the fact that one cannot find an outlet other than social media to let off steam. These people ought to remain quiet.
We have just marked our 58th year of Independence and I am confident we will overcome to show the world that we are truly democratic and a peaceful and loving people who promote the true beauty of Trinidad and Tobago.
Gregory Joseph Neptune