Comments: I do not know if these comments will make it through the screening process as I am putting forward a view that runs contrary to the prevailing opinion here but let's give it a shot anyway.
As an expat Trini, I have never understood the preoccupation of other Trinis with what the outside world thinks of the actions of Trinis abroad. In all my years outside of T&T, no person has EVER come up to me pointing a finger and laughing while calling the name of the latest Trini who has done something stupid.
I am more likely to be embarrassed by the inability of the government of T&T to successfully tackle the spiraling crime problem affecting our people back home. I am more likely to be embarrassed by dotish politicians making dotish statements about 'ethnic cleansing' in T&T or saying that the government will not put up with more murders in 2009 than in 2008 when more murders have already occurred in 2009 than for the same period in 2008. I am more likely to be embarrassed when the response of the local authorities to the savage attempted murder of foreigners is far greater than that for finding the killers of yet another Trini. Do not get me wrong, I am happy the couple survived and are now back in their native England but shouldn't ALL savage criminal acts get the same level of response? No foreigner's life is worth more than that of a Trini.
I would more than likely be embarrassed if when I went back home, simply flashing my US passport would suddenly elevate my case to get the 'preferred' degree of responsiveness if I were to become a victim of violent crime while my mother's other son, who still has a Trini passport would get the level of responsiveness relegated for Trinis with no foreign connections.
There is no way I am going to waste my time and energy being embarrassed by the negative actions of Trinis outside of T&T. What would people so 'easily embarrassed', have done several years ago if that sniper killing those innocent people in the Washington DC area had been a Trini instead of Jamaica? Kill themselves in shame? Whatever jurisdiction these law-breaking people are in the laws will deal with them appropriately and the world will keep spinning. I am embarrassed to say that sorry, but Trinidad and Tobago is not the center of the universe.
If all the positive things about T&T, and believe me there are many, can be so easily overshadowed in people's mind by the criminal or questionable actions of a Trini who you don't even know, then you must have your own deep-seated problems that go beyond that embarrassment.
I do not understand it at all so to me it is all about self hate.
|If all the positive things about T&T, and believe me there are many, can be so easily overshadowed in people's mind by the criminal or questionable actions of a Trini who you don't even know, then you must have your own deep-seated problems that go beyond that embarrassment.|
Hey let's not forget Dr Conrad Murray, the one who is responsible for Michael Jackson's demise! I was devastated when I heard Michael Jackson was dead and I was even more stunned when I learnt that a Trini was involved in his demise. I think the perception of Trinis would be, dishonest, greedy and murderers. It is quite shameful. It is bad enough that we have crime spiralling out of control here but for our own people to go abroad and instead of attempting to improve their own lives, they bring us down when we learn about the heinous crimes that they commit. I believe the only positive thing that foreigners would see in this country would be Carnival!
Comments: When it comes down to the nitty gritty, we are just a tiny island nation. We do not hold a monopoly on anything or anyone and who know about T&T, and more so most people in USA know nothing about history or its context.
For all practical purpose, we are just a town in Jamaica and we all look alike! That is a typical American response. No doubt some of us are more stupid and ignorant (yes, it is true, mi gente!) than the rest of us Trinis.
Comments: IC, Please Trini, please!
Ignorance abounds everywhere not only in T&T so we hardly have a monopoly on that! I see stupid Americans all day along with other people(s) but that does not mean all Americans are stupid! That would only show the severity of my ignorance and it would not be fair.
Another Trini doing non-sense abroad, and his crimes are truly horrific:
Trinidad is a tiny nation but they surely now how to make an impression abroad. rolleyes This Trinidadian is New York City's most wanted criminal, listed by the NYPD for nearly a decade, and the only New Yorker currently among the US Marshals" national Top 15 Most Wanted Fugitives.