A lot of Trinbagonians, and maybe some Caribbean folks in general, most likely looked at the story of Colin Kaepernick and rolled their eyes. Oh, look, another rich kid joining the Social Justice Bandwagon, some of you are saying, who cares. Well, I do. And you should too, I think. Not necessarily because Kaepernick’s one-man protest… Continue reading What Trini Activists Can Learn From Colin Kaepernick
If you’re a friend of mine, it’s no secret that I hate Ian Alleyne’s CrimeWatch. I think that it’s an ego-maniacal rant that managed to get sponsors and dupe the general public into thinking that there’s a hero listening directly to them. It’s a stain on the fabric of our media, that we don’t want… Continue reading Ian Alleyne – Not The Hero We Need
A Facebook friend of mine, a gay man from another island studying in Trinidad, asked me if he was safe. I don’t have an answer for him.
It’s the IRO that has their hands in our state’s decisions to keep sex education away from our young people, to keep abortion illegal in all circumstances, and to keep perverted traditions like child marriages on the books. The situation we face here makes that evident. It doesn’t matter if your denomination doesn’t agree, because they haven’t put their foot down and demanded something better. It doesn’t matter whether your denomination doesn’t agree, because the larger organization they operate within is still making decisions that hold thousands of lives in the balance. It doesn’t matter whether your denomination doesn’t agree – they’re still a part of the organization that facilitates the mess we’re in here.
Maybe the average Trinbagonian already thought we were headed in this direction – heads found in dumpsters, young men gunned down in cold blood on their way to school… We’re one headline away from becoming season two of Marvel’s Daredevil. And, with the advent of social media, it’s so much easier to find these traumatic images without journalists even leaving the newsroom. We’re all seeing it, all the time, whether we like it or not. But that’s precisely the problem…