|It is obvious to me they were mocking her and treating her like that because she was "white".|
|Trinidadians are quick to point what the white folks say and do but their fellow Blacks and Indians do the same thing and nobody complains about it|
|... they always stand out in any crowd and because of the ignorant mentality (that always assume) that they have money, they can be easily targeted.|
|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.|
|I do not think most Indians would appreciate to be called "coolie" , a chinese person "chinee" or a black "n..." and so on|
|So... maybe it's all up to the person to take offence, in my humble opinion|
If there's one place I've never tried to find logic LDS, it's in any racially-motivated argument!
It's always struck me, that the people who scream "discrimination" the loudest, are among the guiltiest of the same bias(es).
Before I say anything else, Hello to all of you. This is my first time posting here (aside from the introduction).
As a local "white", I just had to comment on this. Being "white" makes the average person on the street look at you differently. Generally, you tend to get a lot more attention because you're an oddity. People stare, men "soot"...I personally get more than my fair share of strange comments. Undoubtedly some of this has to do with being female, since it seems that the Trinidadian way of treating women is to act like we are merely objects to be used.
I don't feel particularly threatened when I walk down the road in broad daylight (certainly no more than anyone else of any other colour), but I would never dare to stay out after dark or to use public transportation to get to a remote area simply because of the colour of my skin. The very fact that I am so easily noticed and recognized makes me a target for criminals. I imagine the same would be true for Chinese and Syrian-Lebanese people; there always seems to be discrimination against minorities, even in the great "first-world" countries.
I have also witnessed "white" people get treated poorly at the hands of police. A friend of mine - who is also "white" - was involved in an incident which landed him at the police station for a couple of days and in court as well, and someone from a news bureau at one television station or the other actually told us, "The police always call reporters whenever they arrest somebody white." We also overheard a police officer saying they were going to do everything possible to keep my friend in jail and to convict him of the crime he had allegedly committed, and in these terms nonetheless: "We go f*** de lil white boy."
I know that not everyone has these prejudices, but it's still disturbing to hear these kinds of things, especially from the people who are supposed to impartially protect and serve you.
Thank you! This is exactly what I was talking about. I notice most Trinidadians have a problem accepting this as fact. As a foreigner in the country, this is what I have observed for years. That's why I do not believe discrimination is only towards those who are "dark" skinned.
|but I would never dare to stay out after dark or to use public transportation to get to a remote area simply because of the colour of my skin. The very fact that I am so easily noticed and recognized makes me a target for criminals|
Precisely. And none of these views make any sense. The average Trinidadian definitely has a long way to go in terms of tolerance and equality, which is curious when the man on the street randomly accuses Syrians and whites of running the country and discriminating against Afro-Trinidadians and Indo-Trinidadians.
First of all, there aren't enough Syrians and whites to be able to "run" the country. I do see racism among the few local whites I know, however, and while I don't approve of it at all, I believe it comes from the fact that they experience this type of discrimination on a daily basis. Which is also why you tend to find whites living in the same areas and hanging out in the same clubs; it's a method of self-preservation. A bad one, but I suppose it is to be expected.
|That's why I do not believe discrimination is only towards those who are "dark" skinned.|