Page 6 Problem Crime Tobagos and Trinidad
Title: CRIME IN TRINIDAD
Comments: Dear Editor, For many years I have been trying to come to some form of conclusions as to why so many Afro/Trinidadians resort to crime and murders in on this small populated island in comparison to the other half of the population which are equally Indians. At one stage I thought it might be due the slave trade. I thought that perhaps a certain strain of slaves were imported into the island,with some sort of violent trait which was inherited by every new generation. I however cast this idea in the bin. This was because ,bearing in mind that other races in different parts of the world have also adapted the same pattern of criminal tendency ie Mexicans for example. Now I have reached my final conclusion and while poverty plays and important part in generating criminals and crime. The man cause is not just being poor as for example we here have many poor Indian citizens. I have therefore now concluded that the main cause as to why so many Afro/Trinidadians turn to crime is not because of just being poor. It is because of deprivation within the environment in which they live and the examples set by their elders, which is past down by generations suffering from government neglect ,poverty and general deprivation. Politicians here despite colour, class or creed have continued to neglect the needs of the ordinary Afro/Trinidadian because of his skin colour together mainly because the criminality in places like Beetham and Laventille. Outside the corridors of power,the police and almost all those of status and in positions of authority have continued to treat Afro/ Trinidadians as the lower class of our nation. Every Afro/Trinidad living in deprived communities has been and are continuing to be tarnished with the same brush which puts their lives and living conditions in a state of permanent stagnation. It is hard to believe that in the days of colonialism the ordinary Afro /Trinidadians lived in a more humane life ,and in a better environment. Today however,despite the fact that since independence the PNM which consist mainly of Afro Trinidadians, and held the political rein for almost half a century have done very little to improve the living conditions and environment of people of their own race residing in their strongholds such as Laventille. They because of their positions of authority simply disregard their racial identity but still implement the attitudes of their colonial masters as seeing the ordinary men and women of their own race as the lower human beings in our society. Nothing with regards to crime and criminality where Afro/Trindadians are concerned on this island is likely to be changed less government and those of status and authority despite colour, class or creed begin to see and treat Afro/Trinidaians living in poverty and deprivation as part of our nation and are entitled to share equally in the wealth of this nation. If nothing is done to remedy the situation we can only look forward to the creation more villages like Laventille with the perpetual breeding of more Afro/ Trinidadians with a tendency to becoming potential criminals because of the deprived environment in which they are confined.