The Racial Divide November 16, 2020
When T&T gained independence in 1962 we reveled in the possibility that we had set ourselves upon a path to deal with the problems of colonialism, particularly the sinful racism, that had disfigured our society. In 1970, disappointed that Black people were still being denied jobs and position because of their color, the Black Power Rebellion added the struggle of anti-blackness to the national agenda. Full Article
Basta Trump; Welcome Biden November 09, 2020
It's 5:15 am on Friday morning. CNN has announced that Joe Biden has taken a lead in Ruby Red Georgia by 917 votes and many of us believe we can begin to exhale. We are about to get a president who will allow us to breathe again. Full Article
The racial ghosts of the past November 02, 2020
I place myself in the category "too scared to believe it even though I wish for a positive outcome". I refer to Tuesday's US presidential election and what the polls wish us to believe. In spite of what the polls say about Joe Biden's lead, I can't get over the 2016 presidential election where Hillary Clinton was supposed to make mincemeat out of Donald Trump. Full Article
God and the State October 26, 2020
In his 1980 presidential debate with President Jimmy Carter, Republican opponent Ronald Reagan looked the audience in the eyes and asked: "Are you better off [today] than you were four years ago?" Full Article
President Trump's Disruptive Power October 05, 2020
When I arrived in the U.S. in 1964, the presidential contest between Lyndon Johnson (Democrat) and Barry Goldwater (Republican) was underway. They disagreed on many issues (for example, the use of the atomic bomb in warfare and U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War), but their major difference revolved around how to tackle the legal barriers that prevented African-Americans from voting in federal and state elections. This initiative was the culmination of ten years of sustained struggles by African-Americans against all forms of discrimination against them. Full Article
A Plea for Humility & Equanimity September 28, 2020
At the beginning of last week, a disturbing video began to circulate on social media. It shows about a dozen school children dancing while music played in the background. These children seem to be "holding and drinking what appeared to be alcoholic beverages." In the video, a woman is heard to be saying to another adult, "Is that what you have the children doing?" (Guardian, September 25). Full Article
Thinking Race/Understanding Color September 21, 2020
In his epoch-breaking work Capitalism and Slavery, Eric Williams noted that racism is a product of slavery. "The reason," he says "was economic, not racial; it had to do not with the color of the labor, but the cheapness of the labor." On the other hand, in White Over Black, Winthrop Jordan argued that racism predated slavery, citing three distinct prejudices that conditioned the English responses to Africans: our blackness, which signified filth, sin and evil; being uncivilized; and our not being Christian. Full Article
A Cautionary Tale September 14, 2020
Over 6.5 million people in the United States are afflicted with the coronavirus, while 194,000 people have died from it. More Americans have died collectively from this virus than those who died in the Korean, Vietnam and Iraq wars and the World Trade Center bombing. Full Article
The black superhero September 07, 2020
Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, died last week Friday. The next day, former student Olivia Funderburg wrote me the following note: “Boseman’s death feels similarly shocking to Kobe Bryant’s death, in its suddenness. I was recalling how excited I was when you took us to see Black Panther. It meant so much to everyone that they got to see the movie with their friends, and with you. The way that Boseman embodied the Black Panther character and historical figures like Jackie Robinson, makes his death feel that we have lost a real-life superhero.” Full Article
Embracing all our history August 31, 2020
It is gratifying that we are looking anew at many of the institutional arrangements and practices that we have accepted blithely over the years.
Counting our blessings August 24, 2020
On August 2, about eight days before the last election, I took part in a programme that was hosted by the Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre on the absence of election observers in T&T's election, hosted by Dr Kumar Mahabir.
In defeat, defiance August 17, 2020
Last Tuesday, Joseph Biden, the nominee of the Democratic Party, selected Kamala Harris to be his running mate in the next US presidential election. If she is elected, she will become the most powerful woman in the Democratic Party and a strong candidate to become the first US woman president.
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