quotWhitesquot Local Syrians Trinidad
LDS, honestly I know first-hand the stupid colour-prejudices of Trinidadians. My family is mixed, so I get called "white" while my sister gets called "black", one brother gets called the "indian" one and others are "reds". I've had people ask me if I'm adopted, or whether my mother had an outside man.
However, watching the so-called 'death march' I was angry. I was angry because I saw "white folks" who I know, that regularly smoke ganja, marching against crime. I saw some of the most corrupt businessmen in our community, hailed as leaders and asked to give speeches. I saw them take the name of some of world history's most horrible and brutal moments and turn it into a street-parade.
When I asked members of the Keith-Noel committee, what their purpose was, in that march - they got angry, cussed me and told me they wished that all Trinidadians like me were dead. Silly me, I just thought that if you were standing up publicly against something, you ought to have at least one idea for a solution to the problem?
So, while I do understand completely the problem "white folks" in Trinidad encounter, I do not have sympathy for the Keith Noel Committee. The way I see it, if Steven Cadiz cared as much about the man as he claimed to after the brutal murder, he would have paid him a salary that would have allowed him to move out of his mother's house and marry his fiancee of 9 years. So no, I don't have sympathy for that particular bunch of hypocrites.
Your second example though, does still happen here - I have seen that sort of thing, first-hand. I believe though, that if that woman instead of being afraid or disgusted with the horrible black policemen, had approached them in a normal fashion, she wouldn't have had that much trouble... I also know that from experience.