Sunday, February 25, 2018

Rowley repeating PNM's racist past

Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley has some nerve to fake anger and pretend to be annoyed at Tobago candidate Hilton Sandy's obviously racist comments. After all, Rowley led by example, and he has been playing the race card from the word "go".

Who could forget the humiliating meltdown after Rowley steadfastly accused the Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan, of making racist statements towards the staff at the New York mission in the US. He refused to apologise when Jack Warner immediately rose to defend the AG by pointing out he had never been to New York since his appointment. It took Dr Rowley over a year to give a half-hearted apology to Ramlogan.

More recently, I noticed he disassociated himself with the comments made by Sandy. I noticed the time frame he took to address this critical issue, which ignited much uproar in both communities. Despite the fact that Rowley ensured the nation that Sandy's views were not representative of the People's National Movement (PNM), it should be highlighted that after Mr Sandy finished his speech, he took the stage to applaud Sandy's commitment and contributions to the THA (Tobago House of Assembly) and Tobago. He showered praises on the candidate for Roxborough/Delaford yet failed to dismiss the statement immediately. His delayed reactions after witnessing the furor is not acceptable.

This tradition that has been blatantly practised by the PNM, despite change in leadership, cannot be erased easily. History cannot be easily forgotten when we have seen and suffered it, and according to philosopher George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Charles Figaro