With two truckloads of household items, her personal belonging and her four children, Elizabeth Francis stood on a pavement in Arima one night in January 2009 looking up at the sky. “God please...
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I’d hoped to move on, but the Carnival weekend changed my mind. So much idiocy, only 950 words. The organisers of the fake Canboulay re-enactment continued to confidently declaim that this is “our history,” and were endorsed by the NCC head, Minister Senator Bhoe Tewarie, and others who should, but apparently don’t, know better.
So again, the facts, but first a clarification. In my Canboulay articles, I generalised that the rioters were small-island illegal-immigrant criminals. Apparently the generalisation is being used as a “gotcha” clause by various uhm, “personalities.” These are like a drunken degenerate wife-beater who gets up on a soapbox to pontificate on sobriety and “gender fluidity.” That is to say, they know no history, but have forceful opinions and feel free to gibber.
So, ok: mea culpa. Small-islanders were not illegal immigrants (till 1962). Not all rioters were small-islanders. Not all small-island immigrants were criminals. But many small-island criminals were involved in the riots, which were just criminality, not black or anti-colonial resistance. These are verifiable facts. And as they say on BET: A’ight, let’s throw down. Again.
Article 12 of the Hamilton Report (on the 1881 riots) states: “Certain bands of ruffians have come into existence who take advantage of the Carnival to…fight with each other… (they) are composed of people of the lowest order, many of them immigrants from other islands.” The Trinidad Chronicle on March 2, 1881, identified the Maribones, Bakers, English, Free Grammar, Broomfield—ie, criminal gangs.