Monday, February 19, 2018

Who’s to blame for the stereotype?

This is in response to Danielle Comma’s letter, “Do not throw stones”, that was published in last Saturday’s Express. Yes, I agree we shouldn’t kick our brothers when they are down, but does that mean we always have to play the sympathy card?

In life we have choices to make. Why is it these men choose the life of crime? Check the statistics of the jails; put on the television and see the hotspot areas and their inhabitants; tell me what you see. We cannot keep making excuses. There are countless opportunities out there. Many other people have slogged day and night to reach where they are. It is not impossible.

The police may quicker question a suspicious-looking “black” male, but who gave him that stereotype? There’s a saying that one bad apple spoils the whole bunch—and such is the case here. If Afro-Trinidadians want to see themselves painted in a better light, they must reach out and help their fallen brothers and sisters. Show them a path to rise to success.

I think the MPs for such areas can do much more as representatives than providing paved roads and box drains. There are many young, well-known “black” MPs who have managed to reach places where their voices can be heard, such as Nileung Hypolite, Fitzgerald Hinds (who came from Laventille), Keith Rowley, Amery Browne, and so on. Why aren’t they doing something for the misguided youths? Where is the encouragement and leadership by example?

The police haven’t failed, the Government hasn’t failed. WE have all failed.

Allan Hewitt