The following ten questions are meant for persons who wish to dig deeper perchance to discover gems unblemished. They are not meant for those are ashamed of the way they look or, who have not had the benefit of tutorials (intellectual exchanges) with knowledge and wisdom. They are meant to encourage debate. There has not been an honest, impartial and intellectual debate on the question of race, since the early nineteen seventies. Here are the questions:
1. Which would you prefer a black Prime Minister who cannot grow the island’s economy or a white Prime Minister who can bring peace and prosperity?
2. Was the issue of race used against Allen Chastanet (and his family), in the just concluded general elections and who started it?
3. Does one have to be black, out of work and poor before he or she can understand the suffering of the people of Saint Lucia who are afflicted by poverty?
4. Who is better to lecture young West Indians on race: A black professor who believes the white man owes him or a white professor who encourages his students to lift themselves by effort; to see slavery in terms of needs, economics and power.
5. How did Obama, a black man become President of the USA in 2004 – a country with a majority white population, still suffering from racism?
6. Had the roles of the two main political parties been switched around and Allen Chastanet was leader of SLP and Kenny Anthony leader of UWP, would you have supported your party as you did?
7. Which Prime Minister sold out a majority shares in the island’s national bank and later appointed a white man as head of that bank Board?
8. Are you aware that it was a white professor who saw the potential in young Arthur Lewis (later Nobel Laureate), and paved the way for him to teach and study at universities in England?
9. What have you done as a black person to help another of your race reach his or her potential?
Of course other questions may be added to the ten. These questions are meant to engender debate and understanding on the issue of race.
– Peter Josie.