The elections of June 6, 2016 are over. The people have spoken. I have one last comment to make, however. As one who has looked at the race issue from various angles I am moved to express my surprise and disgust at racist remarks by a certain senior citizen from the south, speaking at Desruisseaux, on a SLP platform. Had the same remarks come from a young person I would have chalked it down to inexperience. I might even have thought it an interpretation of the coded words spoken by his party leader who said that, the elections were between the SLP and the Chastanets. Interpretation: SLP (citizens of colour), versus a white (Chastanet), family, citizens of Saint Lucia.
The experienced man who spoke the racist words at Desruisseaux had held high office at tax payers’ expense, including that of the Chastanets, of course. He had the benefit of living overseas and doing fairly well in a land populated largely by white people. He should have been the last person to attack Allen Chastanet on his skin tone. No one, including the speaker, or Allen Chastanet, or their parents had any control over their skin colour.
My research tells me that that trash talker’s father was a free black man. The question is would a free black man who was never a slave speak the hateful language of race? How many other free blacks came to the Caribbean and proceeded to own black slaves? In their fight for freedom how many black slaves were assisted by white men who saw the evil of slavery and the slave trade? Right here in Saint Lucia, how many black men, including the trash talker have been helped by a white man, local or foreign to financial well being?
I shake my head and wonder why so many senior citizens here who know better, allow such reckless, hateful words from the mouths of grown men who ought to know better. I respect seniors whose achievements I duff my cap to. The problem may be some were not taught (or never believed), that Jesus Christ, a Jew, from the original chosen people of God – the black race! Yet so many claim Christianity!
Yes, the original Jews were black and some are still in Ethiopia. And just to crystallize my point; the paternal background of the island’s new Prime Minister would reveal more dark tones than that of the former Prime Minister who had a white father and an East Indian mother.
In the final analysis the people of Desruisseaux and Saint Lucia have proven that they will not listen to race baiting, bigotry and hateful divisive statements, no matter the source.
– Peter Josie.