|I do see racism among the few local whites I know.|
|This is exactly right. While whites and Syrians and Chinese and whatnot may well discriminate against darker-skinner people, most discrimination is against the lighter races. And it's all due to the human instinct to dislike those who are different. It's due to the fact that we're simply the minority.|
|I'm sure some people still bear grudges against white people for slavery and indentureship, but that's not fair|
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Feel free to check the Trinidad and Tobago board, there are plenty of controversial topics there. We may well not agree on lots of them ;) but I look forward to your opinions. Some "controversial" ones:
I actually read this in another board, possibly "Primitive People", but I found it relevant to add here. A non-white woman is commenting on how other non-white people interact with her foreign white husband:
|"We get a better quality of service wherever we go. It is amazing how the level of service rises to a new level when Andre is around," she said. |
"One day I went into a local fast food chain in St James. I remembered asking one of the girls behind the counter if the special was still on. She ignored me and Andre walked in. The girl who was Indian jumped up immediately to serve him."
Sigh, I think our "colourism" and our insistence on ethnic/racial prejudice is probably Trinidad's main problem to overcome if we really want to reach this whole Vision 2020 idea. That would solve a lot of things - like why most people insist on voting party instead of person. But that's another story for another thread.
I think what separates people is not colour but breeding and manners. I get along with people of any shade who have been raised with morals and values similar to my own, not with people who have upbringings drastically different from my own but who are white.
Coincidentally, a white friend with a mixed wife had a baby the other day, and her entire family has pretty much claimed the child as their own. They haven't said so outright, but reading between the lines, they're all completely ecstatic that he has blond hair. People are so attracted to what is different, yet at the same time they can fear and resent it for the silliest of reasons.
|Rather off topic, but...|
Trinidad does have a problem with primitive thinking. Which is not to say that we are a primitive people. If parents would train their children to be respectful and tolerant of another differences, we'd be off to a brilliant start right there. But certain widespread ideologies absolutely have to change before we can make that all-important transition into "first-world" status.
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|Coincidentally, a white friend with a mixed wife had a baby the other day, and her entire family has pretty much claimed the child as their own. They haven't said so outright, but reading between the lines, they're all completely ecstatic that he has blond hair|
Comments: Hello, I hope I'm doing this correctly. I'm a white female and my boyfriend is a black Trinidadian. I will be visiting Trinidad for the first time this year during Carnival. I hope we wont have any issues... we currently live in NYC and have little issues there. Do you think we will have problems?
Jen, I don't think you will have problems at all compared to the issues you may face in the US. When you come to Trinidad, you will see such a huge diversity of races and ethnicities (even more in Carnival time) that you will feel quite okay about it. Trinis love to stare at people so you may get that but they do it with everybody. All the best.
|People in Trinidad call everyone names. It's just the way it is - no judgement calls here... "nigger", "coolie", "chinee", "whitey", "reds". The fact that she got called a name, is no different to someone else being called anything under the sun|
We break from Trinidad Syrians And Local "Whites" to share wisdom from days of old:
Today is: 18th February (GMT), in history on the 18th of February, 1478 AD the following death happened:
Duke of Clarence: Forced drowning in a wine barrel