TV6 News reported last night a letter that has been circulating called this:
Society for the preservation of east Indian dominance in Trinidad & Tobago
...that is encouraging racial tension in the country. What is your opinion about it?
Comments: An Afro-Trinidadian wrote this in an effort to defame the East Indian society and encourage racial tension.
I'm black and saying this.
To highlight this Topic more I have added a poll that everyone can participate in about Racism in Trinidad & Tobago.
I am so hurt by the alleged printed and published manifesto this alleged organisation called the "Society for the Preservation of East Indian Dominance in Trinidad and Tobago"
I hope to all that is good in the universe that this organisation is not real. I did a Yahoo web search on the alleged organisation's name and was brought to this site where this alleged organisation and its alleged manifesto is discussed.
I am a 44 year old, single, black woman. I teach in a government secondary school. Someone gave me a copy of the printed racially worded text and quite frankly it made me very depressed and hurt that anyone Black or East Indian would print such a hurtful thing. It brought tears to my eyes and now I am deeply depressed. I have East Indian friends, I dated East Indian men, I have East Indian relatives. I am a person who gets along with everybody and anybody even the vagrants for god-sake!
Every country has a bit of racism. It's a selfish human flaw but the intelligent ones among us must promote harmony at all times.
I work so hard as a Remedial Reading Instructor. I give all of my racially mixed students equal attention, nurturing, and academic instruction. I spend money on my students' progress. I defend them, I scold them, I empower them no matter what race they are. I am passionate about people empowering themselves in a healthy non-offensive way. Reading that hate publication hurt me to the bone. I don't know how to erase it from my mind just yet because am so upset.
My most vulnerable student is an East Indian. She has a speech impediment, she is petite and shy but she is academically progressive and generally a well behaved child. Whenever the students bully her, she comes to me in my staffroom for protection and reassurance and I give it to her for the simple fact that she is a child. I am an ordinary person, a teacher, a friend to many East Indians, I don't practice racism at all because it's just not my nature. I have bad behaved students of both races. I have well behaved students of both races. They are all treated with equal appropriate discipline and guidance.
This publication made me feel so helpless, unappreciated, and worthless after all the hard work that I do as a teacher to Remedial students of Black and East Indian races that I am so upset right now, I cannot articulate myself clearly anymore. I am so emotionally traumatized right now, you have no idea. The tears just keep flowing and blinding me as I type. But I will try.
I grew up in a racially mixed neighborhood: Black, East Indian, French Creole, Caucasian, Hispanic, etc, my bloodline is racially mixed, I lived in England for a few years and had no racial problems and I wasn't even looking for any either.
I am so hurt by alleged manifesto of this alleged organisation called the "Society for the Preservation of East Indian Dominance in Trinidad and Tobago" I really hope that they don't exist and if this publication was created by a Black person, I am deeply ashamed of you! and totally condemn such hate propaganda and I want this person to stop it. Trinbago is only 1.2 million people and the majority of us are related in some way. There is racism in every country on this earth. Prejudice started since the beginning of time but that doesn't mean we have to encourage it. Please Trinidad and Tobago, don't let the negative hang ups of an ignorant minority, Black or East Indian or any other race ruin our country! We all have to live with each other and maintain peace. I don't believe that this hurtful document is real and that this organisation exists.
Lucretiatt, personally I don't think this organization exists. I think this is the work of just one person with the intent of creating division among the people. Someone who is just looking for attention.
I think is great all the work you are doing for your students, keep up the good work and PLEASE do not be depressed, that's exactly how the author/s of this article want you and everybody else to feel.
Thank you, I really appreciate it. I will continue to be passionate about my work because I can't help it, really, and I will always reject racism.
You said it all when you said it is the intelligent among us that have to promote harmony. Skin color is just skin deep. We all are human and it is the uninformed and the non educated in our world that keep lines of prejudice and racism alive and strong in all countries. The sheeple of the world blindly follow others and listen to their hate speeches and live in that lie. I just hope as time passes on that we as a people of this earth understand that we are all the same no matter the color of our skin.
KNtoran thats very nice in theory but we live in a country where race is a big deal. Right now we have a new government and the PM happens to be of East Indian heritage (last one was of African heritage) so there we go with the drama again....