Comments: I guess I've been away from the ole country too long. T&T has changed since I lived there, as Trinis always pride themselves in diversity and accepting of all ethnicities. Factly I think all this primitive thinking is brought over from people coming to T&T from all the other islands that a frankly not race tolerable. Anyways my family is of Afro-Indo-Hispanic and white We have mixed our lines all the way through.
Comments: LDS - your comments while obviously reflecting your point of view are not accurate representations of 'town.' Trinidad is made up of many different communities and race/ethnicity plays out differently in all of them. POS is different to country, South can be different to West. There is a lot of historical circumstance for this. Your views generalise massively and as a Trini I dont think you have a grasp on the issues from a local perspective. You place your own biases on the debate and bring a different notion of race and racism that isnt the local
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Your views generalise massively and as a Trini I dont think you have a grasp on the issues from a local perspective. You place your own biases on the debate and bring a different notion of race and racism that isnt the local.
Comments: All the Syrians I know, I pretty like, friendly, much rather lime with them than some other, to be quite honest, and I like learning from them, how they they spend, how they view things, how they economize etc.
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I was reading an article of Imbert referring himself as white so I searched a bit about what it means to be a Trini White which is different from being Caucasian and this is what I found:
Comments: Interesting discussion..This thread is very resourceful.
Well let's Begin with YES Trinidad is obsessed with race and color. It's a no brainer that if you take a group of different races of people and put them to live in an area as concentrated as Trinidad you are going to experience Race issues. The entire county and way of life is built around it. And Trini's who get the opportunity to live in foreign Countries can see it . Most who live here don't because the are caught up in the world of Trinidad and can't escape. I'm a born Jamaican who grew up a Trini. I've lived an many different countries including the United States and YES again Trinidad is much more racist than the United States..Trini's are just ignorant to that fact because it has become embedded in our way of life. In America you can not refuse entry or admission into any business place based on race. In Trini you can..I am black and have experienced that at a night club and casino...The U.S U.S has laws that protect right and they work. I could give many other reasons...I lived in the U.S for 6 years and never experienced racism on any level not even from the cops.The People there are some of the nicest I've been around. DO NOT get brainwashed by their media!
I have a lot I can say about this topic but I'll end by saying this....Trini's don't see themselves as Trinidadians until they leave. I live in Trini right now with all the craziness and the first thing Trini's need to do is stop seeing themselves as white Syrian Chinese black or Indians and just as Trini's....then things will get back to normal....PEACE be unto you all in this new age of UNCERTAINTY.
Comments: Well its kind of insane that you are embodying yourself as the colonizer. You guys really need to learn post colonial theory. Second of all the majority of Syrians do control the agricultural/mercantile industries in the Caribbean as a whole.