It would appear, that allegedly, some of us hope to gain politically by the horrendous death of George Floyd. It is obscene to see the political attempts by some to piggy back on the horror of Floyd’s death.
Honking horns outside the US Embassy by members of a small political party looking for votes is just one example. The Emancipation Support Committee leader seems unaware that indeed some young Afro men get involved in nefarious activities leading to untimely deaths.
The Commissioner of Police’s no-holds -barred tactics at preventing crime and criminality may cause some people to scream overkill. But let us not stray down the path saying the T&T police only allegedly, deliberately kill Afro-Trinbagonians. After almost 30 years total of living out there in foreign I am personally aware what is meant by black lives struggling to matter. Plain and simple, black men and women get that “cokey-eyed” look if you are not white, and then they look over your shoulder in fear.
In T&T, being black has connotations steeped in local colonial history. We deal with various shades of complexion and race, to identify as not being quite 100 per cent black. Out there in foreign, describing yourself as “red” is interpreted as claiming to be Russian.
Outside of T&T, if not pure white, you are black. Which brings me back to the allegation that the Commissioner of Police only raids areas inhabited by Afro-Trinbagonians. The police raid wherever they may be investigating illegal transactions, guns, drugs, human trafficking, murders, domestic violence, money laundering, ATM scamming. They raid from the described black hot spots to the rich white millionaire strongholds, all over T&T.
We are a largely black society, with mainly black police officers, having confrontations with citizens, who have come to their attention. There is no white/black police discrimination. T&T is not America. Regardless of who you are or where you live, if necessary, T&T, the police will hunt you down.
Wave guns in their faces and shoot at them and the T&T police will retaliate. There will be no cruelly kneeling on anybody’s neck until they suffocate.