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Stay out of our business, Mr Knaggs

Saturday, August 4, 2018

This letter is in response to one written by Chris Knaggs of Bayshore and published in this newspaper on Emancipation Day 2018. In it, Mr Knaggs laments that “A typical example of wasting money is ‘celebrating’ “Emancipation”, and also advises Dr Rowley to “cut out all of these holidays which cost enormous amounts of our tax dollars.”

Seriously, can no other example of wastage be found other than Emancipation Day funding by the Government? Can the meagre funds disbursed by the Government for this holiday really impact negatively on this country’s development?

I am immediately reminded of another prominent person, a member of the alleged 1% of society, who made similar statements on the occasion of Indian Arrival Day. It is obvious that this gentleman and Mr Knaggs belong to that sector of society whose recent past as a people does not work against them when it comes to accessing finance and business opportunities.

Much more can be written about that but I want to get to my point which is: People of East Indian and African descent are very proud of the holidays granted to them to celebrate their existence on this twin-island Republic.

We come out and showcase our cultural and racial identities and experience great joy in doing so. The insult intended by Mr Knaggs’ letter, on Emancipation Day itself, has not gone unnoticed.

Apparently, African slave descendants are not worthy of even the slightest acknowledgement of a day commemorating the end of one of the darkest chapters in human history. And the most recent one at that.

Mr Knaggs, let me make this clear to you, “I am not born in Africa, but Africa is born in ME”.

People of African descent, like myself do not want to hear from you and your kind. So just shut up and stay out of African people’s business!

Colin Nicholls


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