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Wrong Message, Wrong Signal

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Stan Bishop

THE now-infamous definition of NICE (National Initiative to Create Employment) as was seen on a placard during the United Workers Party’s protest march last Thursday has generated much interest – and for obvious reason.

That the acronym – according to the placard – could now mean “Niggas In Charge of Employment” sends quite opposite the message than what the march’s organizers repeatedly told us was their real intention. It now turns out that that negative message on the placard has superseded the true purpose of the march.

I first noticed the offensive placard as its bearer was about to join the march near LUCELEC’s head office along the John Compton Highway. At the time, one of the party’s executive members was fervently trying to get marchers into formation. While taking photos of the front of the thickening and highly-vocal crowd, I happened to glace behind me. There was the fair-skinned middle-aged woman with two placards; one bearing the much-talked-about racial slur, the other bearing another definition of the Value Added Tax (VAT): “Vengeance Anthony Taking”.

Now while my camera’s lens is in perfect shape, I admit that the lenses on my eyeglasses are due for a replacement. But the not-so-NICE message was as clear as day for anyone else to see, especially those who organized the protest march. Based on what I’m being told, proper procedure elicits the direction and guidance of organizers to script, design and create placards for such occasions to ensure that the wrong message does not end up being the left, right and centre of a debate. I must admit, too, that having been present near the Red Cross building where the march began, I saw party members handing out yellow armbands to marchers. As to whether placards were given out as well, I cannot say with any certainty.

What I can say, however, is that immediately after the matter was brought to the attention of the UWP camp, a clearer message should have been sent. That no party executive seems bold enough to dissociate the party’s philosophy from the picketer’s placard sends the wrong message. Granted that free speech should always be preserved in any democratic society, inherent responsibility also comes with that inalienable right. But wrongs – however minor or major – need to be righted.

I don’t think I really need to explain what emotions are drummed up whenever the word “Niggas” – a variant of “Niggers” – can drum up among Black folks. History is replete with horror stories of Black people being denigrated by other cultures – ironically, even by their own, too – via the use of the infamous N-word. What befuddles me at this point is if the placard’s message – and let’s play Devil’s Advocate here for a few seconds – takes umbrage to Blacks being in charge of the NICE programme, then the real question is: Who should be in charge of NICE? You get my drift?

Now while both sides of the political divide would be engaged in attacks and counter-attacks based on the volatile placard episode, we need to understand that wrong is wrong regardless of who does it and when. In the same manner many people poured out sympathies for the beach vendor who recently alleged that a British restaurateur operating here spat on her, we need to look inwardly at times and see where we cause damage unto ourselves as well. The fact that the gentleman’s skin pigmentation is far lighter than the vendor’s led many people to suggest that racism was at play in the alleged incident. How ironic that the placard bearer last Thursday does not share the gentleman’s complexion or ethnicity!

The other sad part of last Thursday’s protest march is that while many people continue to squabble about whether it was successful or not, the evidence was there to prove that people came out, marched and made their voices known. That many of us still choose to ignore that people seem prepared to exercise their right to protest peacefully for what they perceive to be just cause should be worrying. Save for the negative message on that much-talked-about placard, Saint Lucians stood up despite being labelled as cowards most of the time. Whether or not their cause had any domino effect remains to be seen.

If you asked me, the organizers of last week’s protest march need to do the right thing by unambiguously correcting a flaw that occurred during their event. While they might well claim that they should not be held totally responsible for what went wrong during that protest march, I see no harm in them condemning the wrong signal that was sent via that placard. That’s just my opinion as I am not the authority on anything just as is the next person trying to convince me that they need my vote later down the road.

Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio...


  1. I have persistently said in these blogs, that Allen Chastanet is an imposter who is capable of lying and being deceitful with the characteristics of a snake. This disgraceful lowlife has used every kind of shenanigans to deceive the people, that this fraudulent imbecile professes to be desirous of leading to eternal happiness and prosperity.

    The real mind-numbing question is, can we level this charge of racism at Allen alone? Where were the other Honorary Whites like Peter Josie. who we know has expressed his contempt towards Black Women of Chocolate Complexion, while referring to them as “BLACK AND UGLIER” ? Where were the other Honorary Whites like like Gale Rigobert with her phony English accent, who thought the removal of her nappy hair would increase her status as an Honorary White ? The Mal-ley-wey Lucian being paid by the Taxpayers while trying to feed his family is a Nigger, but Gale Rigobert, Guy Joseph being paid by the same Taxpayers are Honorary Whites ?

    Allen Chastanet has shown his contempt towards the Black people of this country, from his days as an infant when his parents taught him to distant himself from these Nigger people who God cursed with the Curse of Ham making them Black like King and Frederick, while he Allen is called, “the beauty of the morning light” by Peter Josie. Chastanet’s parents taught him that there was no need to speak the Language of the peasants, Kweyol, since he was a White man like their white God who is to rule over these monkeys like Ezekeil Joseph and the other cabal of UWP Negroes engaged in anilingus with Allen Chastanet.

    So this march was to be about the high price of Diesel ? Are you Lucians that Stupid, even as Chastanet calls you and your young children NIGGER ! Yes a dumb NIGGER.

  2. Chastanet’s UWP calls the people of St. Lucia, NIGGERS as the world watches in dismay.

    Individuals like the Negro Uncle TOM TOM, Ricky John Wayne, Mutt and Jeff Fedee have shamelessly attempted to present this ignorant and boorish man Allen Chastanet, as an individual worthy of the people’s support, after they engaged in a bargain with Satan, who has promised them a white woman at the price of their imortal soul.

    These Negroes and the cabal of antiquities who call themselves UWP delegates headed by the house nigger Ezekiel has brought this one time great country to the alter of jungle savagery. I am unable to wrap my head around the reason Lionel Ellis growing up in the La Clery area would sink to such an earthworm-like low to get a job on the RSL.

    Chastanet has insulted the people of this island with impunity for too long, and the government has handled this reprobate with kids gloves, for reasons I suspect is motivated by relations through marital ties within these families, but for the love of our country, the government of Kenny Anthony must demand that this villainous knave be brought to book for the monies misappropriated by Allen in Soufriere, and that Allen Chastanet be ordered to cease and decease lying to the people of St. Lucia.

    If the people like the Roman Weightlifter Ricky Wayne, and Gale Rigobert who love to exult in their own excrement, had the decency to have exposed Allen from the time he opened his ignorant mouth to say the American Civil war was fought with England over taxes, we would not have had to put up with the plethora of insults about the microphones and listening devices only spoke English.

    This Fraudster goes on to criticize the Government for causing a Civil War, all the while Allen was in a “Khon-Plo” with Mary Isaac to sabotage the people of St. Lucia trying to negotiate a wage agreement so he could win the next elections, but these anilingus practitioners Josie and the stripper Ricky Wayne has kept their mouths in lock-down. So when these Romans claim to be the champions of truth, stone them! here’s Allen in his “Khon-plo” with Mary Isaac who sold the Lucian people for 20 pieces of not silver, but “plon” to get her Government Job.



    Here’s this obnoxious knave insulting Lucians again.





  3. come on my people a simple placard means nay thing all its saying is give us work, cause there are little old ladies, who can`t afford to pay for toiletries on the small island,
    give us work that’s what we want ,

    every nigga needs a job

    American senator

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