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We Have A Long Way to Go

Image of Rochelle Gonzales
Image of Rochelle Gonzales
Rochelle Gonzales

WE all know that feeling of watching some ungrateful person whom you’ve done so much for just disregard you like you never existed to them and completely place you on the back burner…right?

Well, I do and I can tell you one thing about that feeling: it hurts and although I’m not the kind to reproach and make a fuss, when this happens to me, I usually want to scream until something pops.

I’m sure that those who know, know.

So with that said, I can only imagine that our slave ancestors are rolling around in their unmarked graves at the fact that after enduring years of torment, torture, grief, sickness, fear and death as well as the added strife of fighting literally tooth and nail to secure OUR freedom today, that we would almost totally disregard them and let such an important day like Emancipation Day which was Saturday to those who don’t know, pass with not so much as a whisper.

I’ve been told in the past that I’m too sensitive, but I would rather see myself as passionate and this subject matter is something that I’m overly passionate about.

I was seriously crushed and hurt with the helplessness of watching this day, which is supposed to be one of the most important days if not THE most important day in the lives of all persons of African descent be so…blah.

People were actually upset with the day that it fell on Saturday saying that it should have been on a weekday or on a Sunday so that they could have gotten the Monday off rather than a Saturday…as if that’s all that mattered…you know what? Scrap the “as if”, that IS all that mattered.

I am bitterly disappointed in the way this day was ignored by event organisers and planning committees so much so that the five little gatherings planned with the exception of the show held on the day, pulled in less attendees collectively than ONE planned carnival event.

And even the show held on the day was a huge joke because instead of headlining with an artiste who could truly invoke the essence of the day, organisers opted to go the money route and bring in a commercial young blood who would pull in the crowds with his music which mostly has nothing to do with the uplifting of black people.

Why is it that Jazz, Carnival, heck even Valentine’s Day received more hype and promotion than our Emancipation Day? Have greed and the craving for money, and attention taken over our self worth, our identity and all that is being African descendants?

Who are we? What do we stand for if all that matters is fete and good times and we cannot take a moment to reflect on, honour and pay respect to our ancestry?

We need to let it go already, I hear some of you say…Let it go? What do you think this is…a Disney Movie? No way, I will not let it go! What future can one possibly have if one pays no attention to one’s history?

We are doomed to make the same mistakes that our forefathers made if we do not study, analyse and learn from those mistakes.

We are strong, proud people but it is with that same ignorance and “let it go” attitude that over a century after our ancestors fought so hard for our freedom, we are still bound and shackled and so our pride and strength is hidden. Instead we exude confusion, self hatred, submission and plain old stupidity.

Had we taken the time to appreciate ourselves as strong and proud African descendants, the millions poured into the carnival seasons where the majority of revellers take the opportunity to parade publicly like drunken, vulgar and half naked buffoons on the streets for the world to see and shake their heads over, some of that money could have been used to fund bigger scale events around the island to highlight all that should be highlighted on this big day.

I know many will and already have shrugged it all off and said, hey, that’s just how it has always been so why make a fuss…it is those same people who annoy me most because you are fine with just rolling over and allowing all nonsense to transpire.

Well I am not one to just take this without raising a right old stink about it. I know who I am, where I come from and what I stand for and this is not me being arrogant and pretending to be better than anyone else. This is me calling on my fellow St. Lucians, my people, my African people to open your eyes and learn about who you REALLY are and to learn to love, honour and respect that.

Black people have over the years earned a reputation for fighting each other down and being our own worst enemy…if we delve into our history, I’m sure that there are a few pages that we could take out of our ancestors’ books to learn a thing or two about unity, pride and love that could propel us to the great status that we rightfully should have and the true recognition of Emancipation Day in the future could just be the beginning of our journey towards achieving this.

Rochelle entered the Media fraternity in May 2011 as a fresh-faced young woman with a passion for the English language, a thirst for worldly knowledge and a longing to inform the world of what was happening around them, whether it was good or bad.

She began as part of a small news team at Choice Television, which falls under the MediaZone umbrella. She was hired as one of the original members of the newly created Choice News Now team...Read full bio...



  1. Rochelle:

    You have written a masterpiece here, and truly the spirit of Serena Williams, Rosa Parks, Malikat Saba,[She was a monarch of the ancient kingdom of Sheba and is referred to in Habeshan history, the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur’an. Sheba was an ancient name for Abyssinia, a kingdom on the Red Sea in the vicinity of modern Ethiopia and Yemen.], and our great African Queen Menen Leben Amede is alive in you. You have written great words of inspiration and I pray that you continue to struggle to awaken the mentally dead Africans walking around the island still wearing the slave identifying tags of the Slave Masters — You Rochelle make me proud. This is for you:


    Then this:




  2. The Truth about Blacks in the United States under the oppression of the Caucasian Christians who pretend to love Freedom, Justice, and Equality, is Blacks are ten to twenty times more likely to be imprisoned for the same crimes committed by Caucasians.

    Most Black immigrants in the U.S.A. will be used as tokens in the divide and conquer game of White supremacy but the statistics does not lie; sooner rather than later the oppressive system of white supremacy catches up with the children of these immigrant Blacks who are now full-blooded Black Americans. Rochelle thank Allah much you were able to escape the habitation of these venomous vipers; it matters not if they are in Russia, England, or France, these Caucasians are the same — just look at a soccer football game and how Africans are treated.

    Eighty percent of Blacks in the USA are under the control of the Criminal justice System (video # 2) — the twenty percent not under control are the newly arrived immigrants — even within that group, many will be criminalized and deported.

    This American country of Caucasian Christians and White Supremacist, holds the unenviable record of incarcerating the largest percentage of any minority population in the world ! in the WORLD ! did you hear me. So when shameless and backward self-deprecating Negroes like TOM TOM KANE tell you how well they are making it in America because they have a so-called white woman, or is the “FIRST” Black to shit in the same toilet that Caucasians use, don’t be fooled by the hype; in a few years the white police will add his children to the “MASS INCARCERATION” population.

    (# 2) https://www.facebook.com/william.robinson.3958/videos/vb.100002313516566/830713773682399/?type=3&permPage=1






  3. I had written in another forum about the meaning of the surge in the poll numbers of Donald Trump with regards to the Caucasian Christian who love Racist like Trump, and mentioned how Trump had led the Group of Racist known as “BIRTHERS” who would not accept Obama as an American, while claiming that Obama was an African who had no right to be President. Today I run into this interview:




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