Getting world history right: real African history - June 14, 2021
Years after the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2011 as "The International Year for People of African Descent", it must be realized that the European enslavement of African people or the "MAAFA" ("great disaster") only represents .01 per cent of the history of African people on this planet. Put another way, for the 99.9 per cent of their history, Africans were a free people.
Trump's failed coup attempt: US democracy intact - January 25, 2021
The 6 January, 2021, failed coup d'etat attempt by President Donald John Trump inspired internal white supremacists, albeit white nationalists, domestic terrorists, neo Nazis, thugs all rolled into one, not only brought to the fore the endemic solid foundation of the American democratic system but also the stark reality that President Donald Trump was determined to hold on to power "by any means necessary."
Trump's dead-end exercise in futility - December 08, 2020
The recent 3 November 2020 presidential elections in the United States has given the notion/concept of "free and fair elections" a Black Eye in regard to the overt, utter refusal of current President Donald John Trump to concede real, colossal defeat.
Book Review: God, The Press and Uriah Butler - November 24, 2020
The history of the trade union movement in Trinidad and Tobago would be totally incomplete and unfinished if the life and times of the man called Tubal Uriah "Buzz" Butler are not the DNA of such a history. Butler was accredited as being the "Chief Servant of the Lord." That was the "Buzz" in his revered personality. Butler believed that man's purpose in life was the fulfillment of God's purpose and as such, his inherent belief system informed him that he owed no obligation to anybody or anything but to God.
T&T has an ethnic problem, NOT a racial one - October 27, 2020
Against the backdrop of the recent chupid, ignorant putative "Racial crosstalk in Parliament", this article seeks to conduct a genuine, professional, mature analysis of the dire, systemic public Euro-centric mis-understanding with regard to the thorny intractable problem concerning racism in this country.
COVID-19 Pandemic: Human Take - September 17, 2020
Comparatively speaking, there is absolutely no doubt that African-Americans continue to bear the massive brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic up close and personal. Indeed, national statistics clearly reveal that African-Americans die 3.6 more times from the COVID-19 coronavirus than white Americans while the figure for Latinos is 2.6 more times.
"Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired" - June 07, 2020
Ever since they were brought involuntarily and violently from Mother Africa in 1619 to be enslaved on plantations in the United States, enslaved Africans and their descendants have been the victims of Code Noir, Jim Crow laws, Lynch Laws, Ku Klux Klan, the infamous "Three Fifths Clause", "Grandfather Clause". Racial segregation, institutionalized racism, "selective prosecution", racial profiling, "Stand your Ground" law, just to highlight a few injustices.
COVID-19 & African-Americans - May 07, 2020
Indeed, one of the most tragic and realistic fall-outs of the novel, contagious COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is its most violent and deleterious impact/attack on African-Americans. Population statistics reveal that African-Americans comprise 13.4% of the national population but yet account for the following: in May 2020, Wisconsin African-Americans are only a miniscule 6.7% of the population but have accounted for a whopping 32% of COVID-19 deaths; in Michigan, African-Americans account for 14% of the population but 40% of the state's COVID-19 deaths; in Missouri, African-Americans comprise 12% of its population but 40% of its COVID-19 deaths; while the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out that nation-wide, African-Americans are 33% of all hospitalized cases.
Why describe fatal events as Black - January 14, 2020
The recent tragic crash of Ukraine International Airline Boeing 737-800 shortly after taking off from Tehran, Iran, thereby killing all 176 passengers on board, has once again brought to the fore the use, albeit misuse, of the term/label Black to describe/analyze such fatal/bad incidents/events.
Question of race and ethnicity in T&T - December 16, 2019
One of the most perplexing and intractable issues/problems in T&T is the utter, total misuse albeit mis-categorization of the term "racist" to describe interaction between citizens. And this overt faux pas reared its ugly head during the recent local government elections and the puerile parliamentary squabble between a PNM government minister and a UNC opposition senator— two putatively educated grown men.
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