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Indians and Creole Independence
Viewed through the immediacy of the daily press, post-independence history (1956–1986) unfolds with a startling clarity and coherence. Dominant and recurring themes become clear, connections and relationships between actors, events and ideas, evident. A major cause of the crime epidemic of today, for example, is beyond doubt.
No fewer than 15 articles over 20 years pointed out that the small-islander invasion of Trinidad created communities which seem designed to produce crime. This crisis was admitted to by Prime Minister George Chambers on the Guardian’s front page of March 11, 1982.
The historical problem is that this fact was so efficiently buried, and protected by a noise alarm (raise it, noise about “racism” starts), that no one will even voice it any more. And this leads to a larger issue, about what is remembered and what isn’t: what Paul Ricoeur calls “forced forgetting” which applies to the Indians’ experience in Creole society, as I’ve defined Williams’ reign.
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