Sunday, February 18, 2018

Time to forge a national identity

The race talk has erupted again, following the THA elections. The problem with our people is that after 50 years of Independence, we are still trying to craft a national identity.

We still don't know what it means to be Trinbagonian. We like to divide ourselves into groupings and sub-groupings based on ethnicity, religion and social class.

We try to uplift our group however it may be defined. We turn a blind eye to nepotism because we believe in helping our friends and family. But at the end of day, do the above things really matter? What sense does it make to uplift your group, if it is to the detriment of society as a whole?

The only thing that should matter is that we are Trinbagonian. Everything else should be irrelevant. It is time for us to forge a national identity. It is time to see ourselves as citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and it surely is time to stop the race talk.

Adam Raffoul