I am optimistic that Trinidad and Tobago will be a better country and society and that the current post election racial discord is a necessary and uncomfortable conversation that as a society we must have .
The youth and young people of this generation want to have their say.
The discussion is not just about race but class and perceptions of social and economic inequality. What is necessary is for responsible people to embrace and empower the conversations and not allow those on the extremes to shape the narrative.
The reality is that for all the wealth that has passed through this country many communities and citizens feel left out and disenfranchised.
The dangerous cocktail in Trinidad and Tobago is classism and elitism.
We have not gone pass the divide and rule social construct of colonisation and the plantation.
We are no longer our brothers and sisters keeper
And no longer a village that raises our children
We have lost our heart and soul in the pursuit of upward mobility and material success
We are comfortable going to sleep on a full stomach while our neighbour goes to sleep hungry.
If Trinidad and Tobago is to move forward to becoming a fairer more inclusive resilient and sustainable country and society. We must embrace and empower the needed conversation.
If we don't teach our true history we will repeat the sins of the past.