Letter written by: Hudson George
Published on February 8, 2012
If I have a personal problem as they claim, then I am a thinking human being and not a vegetable. In addition, based on the Grenadian constitution, all citizens of the state are supposed to have the same equal rights; therefore, it is up to the individuals to play whatever role they choose within the law. However, as we celebrate 38 years of our independence, we must learn to accept the fact that we are no longer a plantation society with house Negroes and field Negroes. And if some of these folks think I am a field Negro, they are dead wrong.
I remember a few years ago I attended the annual Cheddi Jagan Lecture at York University, Toronto, Canada. The main speaker at that lecture was the late Professor Lloyd Best of Trinidad and Tobago. In that lecture professor Best talked about the Afro and Indo Saxons in the English Caribbean islands, which are part of the post colonial educated class, and they are playing the role of the former colonial masters.
However, as I look at the present political situation in Grenada and the bad politics we are experiencing from the so-called educated folks fighting for political power, I come to the conclusion that Professor Lloyd Best’s statement was correct, when he talked about today’s Afro Saxons governing the Caribbean islands, because Grenada is basically a predominantly black country with the majority of people of African origin, brought to the island as slaves.
These educated Afro Saxons politicians Professor Lloyd Best talked about are the type of Grenadians who believe that they have a sort of entitlement to govern the country and make unpopular decisions for the masses whom they perceive to be inferior citizens. In their opinion, the inferior citizens are today’s field Negros, who they think must always shut up and accept the foolishness and bad governance, while they continue eating, sleeping and drinking in great comfort. And whenever a few courageous ones like me and others decide to oppose the wrongdoings in government, they are quick to say we have a problem.
The good news I have for them and their boldface followers wherever they are is to let them know that I am not giving up my Grenadian rights to please no one. I will continue to write and give my opinion, cost what it will. No Afro Saxon Grenadian can tell me to stop writing, and if I have a problem, they have a bigger problem than me, because I do not have a problem trying my best to oppress ordinary citizens to make myself mighty and wealthy. I’d rather be poor and go to bed with a clear conscience than to have an oppressive evil in my mind, and wake up the next day to continue oppressing the poor, and to hold on to the old colonial status quo.
Additionally, I remember clearly when Grenada became an independent country in 1974, and from that day on Grenada has never been the same again. As the British role in our political affairs declined and the Grenada flag was raised, different people with different political aspiration wanted to rule the country as if it was their plantation. Presently, it seems as though some dead citizens have resurrected from the grave and want to take Grenada back to old colonial days long before Eric Gairy’s 1951 revolution that was very popular with the masses of estate workers.
After 38 years of independence, the majority of Grenadians still do not know to demand their citizen rights and to make the elected politicians who govern the country work in the nation’s interest. It is impossible for any country to make progress when politicians are using religious organisations as gatekeepers in the name of God and morality, while the masses remain poor and lack the basic necessities of life.
I must say that I was very fortunate to read Chaucer’s book (The Pardoner’s Tales) in high school during my teenage years. Presently all I am seeing is politicians and religious leaders playing the role of characters in Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tales by fooling the masses to remain poor and hungry and to keep Grenada a Godly country, while their pockets and bank account are full of cash.
In conclusion, I want to know, if I have a problem as they claim, who should solve it for me? I think that I have the rights to solve my own problem and I am doing it through writing to express my opinion, because my problem is there no good administration. And those who are the elite Grenadian Afro Saxons can continue to dig their horrors with me. They can vex as much as they want but I vow to keep on telling it as it is, without any fear.
P.S.: The views expressed by Hudson George are not necessarily the views of The Caribbean Current.