independence, I want to publish three responses to my columns:
are you waiting in T&T for?
the Illiterates, the murderers and kidnappers, the drug lords and
bobolists to catch their tails in Quagmire land. Before you go back to
your place of birth, try this:
cursing the dark. Light a candle to show the poor, exploited, ignorant,
indigenous Afros and Indios the way.”
proud, fed up and frustrated, bun and bread Trinbagonian.
migrated to Canada with my husband and kids last year. I often check the
Guardian to see how things are at home.
did not chose to leave Trinidad. I felt I was forced out, the race issues
and the crime leading the pack of reasons for leaving.
takes a lot to leave your home. Though many of us (professionals) have
left, we still would come home if things would change.
tried to make a change. I wrote articles to the papers that were never
printed. I spoke endlessly to friends and anyone who would listen about
the killings in Trinidad.
seemed okay for the label gang-related to be attached to any murder, and
that made it acceptable. No one could see how wrong that was.
does not have to be a ghost town. I would still come back and try to make
told me I was leaving for a country in which I would be a second class
have felt more like a second class citizen in my own country. I cannot do
that to my kids. My kids are small now. I don’t think they would ever
like to read articles that make sense and point out the ridiculousness of
leaders. It gives me hope that change may come one day.”
3 (Voice in the wilderness)
am a policewoman with 24 years of service. I want you to know that
teenagers with guns killing each other and innocent people in cold blood
are not the root of crime although they do the most damage.
don’t know any better. They have no pity, because nobody has ever had
pity on them. They are victims of neglect of the state and parents.
can’t read or write. Nobody tells them that books will take them far.
Nobody corrects them when they molest a girl or drop out of school.
only male role models are absent fathers, drug lords with tempting guns,
and men in and out of their mothers’ beds.
fault is that?
desperate, jobless, uneducated women have four, five, six children for
different men, and treat it like a job.
irresponsible men and women are breeding criminals.
of encouraging gangs, a ten days here and there, the government should
look to providing single mothers with education and jobs, so they can take
care of themselves and not have to breed children to get food on their
government should be looking closely at all the children in schools who
can’t read and who have no guidance, especially the teenagers. They are
next year’s criminal crop.
crime fund should be directed at them.”
voices of independent Trinidad.
first voice doesn’t recognise that it is a journalist’s job to hold up
a mirror to society; that a true reflection of ourselves doesn’t
forgets if we go far back enough we are all immigrants in this new world.
second voice is one of longing, one that remembers a gentler Trinidad in
which children once walked freely and safely.
third is a silent scream at a dead 14-year-old, at guns in the hands of
teenagers pointing at the problem and solution.
43-year-old flame is on the verge of being extinguished. To see that is to