Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The alternative to poverty is not crime*


I WISH to reply to letter writer Noble Philip whose response to me was published in the Express of January 4.  In the interest of time and space, I will not address all of his contradictions, confusions, diversions, trivialities and ignoble, near-libellous accusations. I prefer to focus on his main point i.e. that poverty is the cause of Afro-Trinidadian involvement in crime.
Philip argued that poverty is the cause of under-achievement in schools, gang formation, violence, murders and robberies. He wrote: “The problem is a gang and poor people problem.”
He concluded his letter with a sigh, “Poor people.” By so doing, he is stereotyping the African community—an error which he has erroneously accused me of committing.

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