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“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.”   Frantz Fanon

Je ne suis pas Charlie

 Surrounded by the immensity of people who occupied every inch of space around Place de la République in Paris, France, on Sunday last (January 11) one could not imagine the amount of people who had turned out in solidarity with…

What Should Patrick Manning Do?

On March 11, 1895, after serving thirty-two years as an unofficial member of the Legislative Council (during that period the Legislative Council consisted of official and unofficial members), the Hon. Louis de Verteuil submitted his resignation to Sir Frederick Napier…

Take de Money and Run

It was one of those riveting moments when a picture is worth more than a thousand words.  Here they were, four young black boys, sitting forlorn, with their luggage around them looking as if their lives had come to an end.  All their yearnings seemed to have been dashed, caught up as they were,…

As one of the few black men on this faculty, I could not let this opportunity pass without offering a few remarks.             On Wednesday, April 19, 1989, a white middle class woman,  a promising young investment banker at Salomon…

The Indian Experience in Trinidad, or The Triumph of Ideology Over Scholarship

No one, again with the exception of the extinct Carib people, and perhaps the Spanish people can claim to be ‘natives’ of the island.  All peoples were newcomers to Trinidad, and all were immigrants.  The immigrant nature of the society…