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Let's always say no to the politics of race

So racism is the new (old) political hot topic nowadays. Party supporters on both sides spewing sterile venom at each other to make themselves seem less racist by comparison.

The latest hullabaloo has been over PNM THA candidate Sandy making the statement that a "boat from Calcutta" was ready to come to Tobago if the TOP (read UNC) were to win. Not much unlike the rants of certain Ministers who used the UNC Monday night "fora" and religious celebrations to push the bar from their end. These statements were of course made on a political stage or wherever they would be accepted which in recent times has become an excuse to blurt out whatever drivel the general public is expected to lap up.

So we have a candidate making that ridiculous statement then issuing an apology. We also have ministers' comparable comments in Trinidad. The solution to cull this type of prejudice is simple. Cut the candidate and remove the minister(s). But perhaps it is better this way. Let them come out. What we must do is refuse to vote for them, and demand their removal if they are in office.

This type of old and backward politics of pulling the race card comes from both sides.

Some people get hyper and say things rashly, but the citizens of the nation need to respond in the same manner. Does this mean that everyone should just shut up and ignore racism here? Never. Each issue must be addressed and no one should be exempted because someone else was deemed to have been worse.

This is the type of politics that we must as a nation say "NO" to always no matter who, what, when, where, why.

Paul-Daniel Nahous

via e-mail

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