Sunday, March 26, 2017

From fact to friction*


WHEN the father of the nation Dr Eric Williams thundered in Woodford Square, “Massa Day Done”, the cynics responded, “Yes, Massa Day Done. Williams Massa Now!”
Few people were brave enough to make any snide remarks about his book The Negro In The Caribbean.
And in 1969, the year before the Black Power Revolution, when Inward Hunger came out, the major talking point was about the young Eric whose family was so poor that he had to accompany the maid as she made her rounds selling the delicacies that his mother had baked as her contribution to increasing the family’s fortunes and keeping the wolf from the door.
The goodly lady did a really good job because none of us had ever seen a wolf in Trinidad, not even in the zoo, unless one was found and suffered the fate of other wildlife like the lappe, tattoo and quenk.
In 1970, Dr Williams published From Columbus to Castro. 

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