Re-Colonizing TnT: In the Beginning…

Posted: December 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

With our 50th Independence fresh in our memory, when we look back, is “Massa Day” really done? Yes we have a Constitution which makes us a Republic Sovereign to ourselves, but are we really free of a Monarch? How far have we let our leaders think they can go, and how far will we let them go before we are re-colonized completely? It’s real, it’s here, it’s in our face, the Political Colonization of Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Eric Williams said “Massa Day Done” which was a sentiment shared throughout the post-WW2 3rd World. For all his great accomplishment, and admittedly TnT wouldn’t have advanced in many ways (especially education) were not for him. Now that jack has been given his jacket, let’s look at the label on it marked “Daddy.” He was called the “Father of the Nation”, which some see as fitting as he played a major role in our push to Independence. This however was setting the stage for a long line of political/administrative twisting of the minds of our people for generations to come. Why is this wrong? Because the image of those in power must never appear as our “Parent.” A Parent has full authority over their Children. We are not the nation’s Children, we are nation’s Citizens. A Constitution has full authority over it’s Citizens. The metaphors went from being metaphors to being a way of thinking, ideas and ideals. Unless this is cut out there is little left for us to do but ask for handouts and sit down quietly in our play pens until we receive such.

This was the origins of what has set the stage for a 50 year struggle of Administrations past and present to Recolonize our Nation from within. The people of TnT are the ones who hold the power in this Constitutional provided Democracy. We need to collectively object the idea that the leaders are our parents and hold them accountable to those who lend the power to them to govern on our behalf, US!

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery”- Bob Marley

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