Why I Vex

Posted: January 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Warning, a serious “who vex loss” article, read with caution and a cinnamon mint in your mouth:

Pain talk I vex, vex and shame. This week I SHAME to be be a Trini, shame of my own people, shame of where we are as a society. To anyone that thinks I’m being “unpatriotic,” go dress up and jump around in a Trini flag for Independence day and wine to the ground in a Carnival band, because that is as far as loving the country that most here get. The last 7 days have been chaos in the country but the underlying bacchanalia of Carnival has everyone glassy eyed waiting for the next Soca song while not caring about any news other than what fete happening and how they could get the money to attend. In the last week we’ve had a racist out pour against a chinese weed dealer, a wheelchair bound man on the roll from police for a double homicide, o and an unauthorized Caribbean Airlines flights misses colliding with a Jet blue flight by seconds which could have killed everyone on at least one plane….And our University students can’t get last semesters grades but it’s all good to us apparently….

ab2“Every Creed and Race Find and Equal Place,” is one of (if not the most) inspiring lines of our National Anthem, but it is just blank words that we recite it seems. However when it comes to the public gallery, once someone in the lime light is fair skin it’s open season for whatever idiocy follows. A Chinese boy who dropped out of UWI was caught $500 000 of Marijuana in his apartment. He is by all standards a criminal by doing this, and yes indeed needs to face trial and answer for his crimes (as well as hopefully give evidence as to who else is involved in his network). The Crime however was not the focus but the coverage of him being a minority race in Trinidad and Tobago became a nexus for commentary from the uneducated and prejudice alike. According to public opinion; because the kid is chinese he is “Privileged,” “Rich,” and corrupting “Simple People Children.” And apparently him covering his face with a hoodie zipped up leaving the courtroom is somehow different than when anyone else does it with a bag, towel, or jersey (note that persons are allowed to cover their face when they leave court for long enough to get into a vehicle once media is present, but no further). And apparently he has been treated differently by wearing a hoodie to the court, when most people wouldn’t realize that he was in Magistrate’s court (where you go to trial in what you are arrested in), as opposed to High Court where you must be in a more formal attire. He is out on Bail of $150 000, note BAIL IS NOT A FINE, it is a provision to ensure that he shows up to court on his trial dates or his family will lose that surety and he will remain in jail until the trial is concluded. However my fellow Trinis have resorted straight to racist comments without a second thought. To my shame, I live in a country overflowing with racism and an unwillingness to be educated about procedure.

ab3Next off we have a man on the run from Police, or rather on the roll as he is wheelchair bound following breaking both of his legs in a car accident. He was being harboured by a family of whom he was in a relationship with their 19 year old daughter, after being on the run already from police for murdering one former lover (and chopping his daughter). Doctors came to treat him at home, as he couldn’t go to hospital after the accident, but it is unclear whether or not the doctors know about his past. In any case this girl did, and it was said that her parents had an idea of it. He shot her, then got a ride to wherever he went to get away. The Running joke of the nation is that the police haven’t able to catch a wheelchair bound man. I throw this out there however, how would they catch him if no one sells him out? He can’t walk, someone is feeding, sheltering, and taking care of him, unless someone opens their mouth all investigations lead to nowhere fast. However it is disturbing that he was not caught before and this is a major problem with the Police Service’s results in TnT, the inability to catch someone for committing a crime now, allows other crimes to occur. He isn’t the only murderer on the loose though and crime continues to run rampant during this season, bandit have to fete too right? We are in a dangerous country and it is not getting better, but crime , falling gas prices internationally, it’s all good if we costume booked ent?

'This will be interesting, let's show them who's the chicken here.'As if the state of prejudice and unconcern weren’t enough, what would tnt be without dotishness and baccanal? All over US news a Caribbean Airlines flight speeds down a runway unauthorized, and nearly collides with a Jet Blue aircraft. Caribbean Airlines has a recording of their Pilot saying to Jet Blue that she was coming through, but JFK gave CAL no approval to take off, and on their recording it seems that Caribbean Airlines didn’t hear or ignored repeated attempts from air control to communicate. Jet Blue had approve to take off and CAL didn’t so 2 Air crafts full of passengers could have been killed in an instant because a local Pilot buss a bad drive on the runway… That news report in the US however was under a 3 minute clip, and a Soca song is more than 3, so by we logic Soca must be more important. This can be well displayed in the newspapers the next day as the cover was Machel performing in UWI Fete.  And speaking of UWI Fete, that would have been the perfect time for students to protest their grades being held back due to administration’s inability to pay lecturers their back pay. UWI Students come better please, actually don’t come at all again because the matter is almost over. The Guild failed to mobilize, and the students are concerned enough to rant on facebook but not enough to forego a fete and protests only went as far as dress up and protest limes. It’s all good though because what is the point of education when held up next to who’s pick for road march wins?

There you have it, a week in ‘Paradise,’ and that is only the Social Aspect, if I was to get into the daily political baccanal the web space costs would send me straight to the poorhouse. This is what my beloved country has come to, and to those who think I’m just ‘Hating’ on my country, I put forward that nothing in this country will fix if we continue to ignore the flaws in society which allow the mentalities in the issues above to prevail. After this ‘Madman’s Rant’ I’ve been on here, I leave those who think we are a proud great country of butterfly wonder and rainbow beauty, especially those who do so to sweep our flaws under the carpet for personal gain or totally reckless drunken merriment with this quote- “Patriotism is the last refuge of a Scoundrel- (Samuel Johnson)”

And that is WHY I VEX.

  1. Amandha Ramnarine says:

    This article should be on the front page of the news paper. Well said.

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