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The social mix of Grenada must not be compared with that of he US, especially the Southern States, where racism was part of the laws of the land almost. In Grenada, all kinds of people lived in the same tiwn, and went to school together. There were no "White Only" signs hanging on bathrooms and restaurants doors; no riding in the back on public buses. There were no groups like the Klu Klux Kang, chasing and destroying things that the Indians owned. And, no beatings of anyone, because of the color of their skin, or for being in the right, not wrong, place at the wrong time. There were no one like the late Rosa Parks; nor Dr. Martin Luther King, and most recently, Rev. Al Sharpton, fighting for social justice and freedom for the Indian people in Grenada. So, in a way, racism wasn't a much heard-about sermon that was preached in Grenada.
However, there is prejudice in every human being, as well as in animals. That's because prejudice is something that all of us was born with. Still, racism isn't something that starts during the younger days of anyone's life. It is something that is learned as years go by.
Racism is the idea of one feeling superior over the other. Hardly would I come to believe that this wasthe case of the black in Grenada. The Indians were called names by the blacks, as well as most of the people from Mt. Mortiz; They were called,"Mon-Mons" (sp). But, the Indians as well as the Mon-Mons, had names for the black people also. I've heard it with my own ears! Although as discriminating as it was, it was more the way of life, rather the the institutionalized, well, sort of, kind of racism that had existed in the United States of America. Many innocent folks lost their lives, and their homes, and their right to exist because of it. It left a last scar on all those who were affected by it in more than one way.
But, times have changed. Not much for the way black folks are seen by some white people, but because the blacks have for the last two decades, or so, stood up for their right to exist. The Indian right to exist in Grenada had never be attacked by a black person. In fact, there were a perfect harmony between them!
And as for change, to stay ahead of it, one has to constantly remember one thing. That is it begins with y you. And, protecting it is your job!
I wouldn't have gotten to know the the word "racism" was such a strong word, if I didn't read about it, or moved out of Grenada.
I don't see how you could even compare the Indian/Black relationships in Grenada with the Black/White relationship in the US. But if you must, Daniel seems to have a good grip of what I've been saying, so Observer at this point I'll bow out and let him continue with you if he wishes.
Actually, I wasn't comparing it. It was more of a contrast to draw a point on how prejudices is aligned with every human being.
In every country, there are differences between people of the different races. I'd experienced it in Venezuela. Although it wasn't as strong in Venezuela as it was in America, still, human nature directs people to treat those who aren't of the same ethnic background unequally, as they would treat someone of the same background that they belonged to. For me, the Indian/black scenario in Grenada was more of a teasing habit, rather than a sense of superiority. In most cases, the Indian didn't mind being called "Collie", as much as the blacks were called the 'N' word, by whites in America. This is what Observer's take on the "predijice" of the Indians/black in Grenada that he spoke about.
If I had strayed from the debate, which I don't think I did, well, excuse me for going the wrong way with it.
Since that there's nothing from America that could be compared with any part of the West Indies, one would have to take a lesser view of it. However, whatever is the difference between life in Ameria and Grenada, the effects of it is almost the same. Pain is pain! It hurts every one who had it come to them needlessly.
I am happy that my post was based mostly on what you'd outlinedin your post. I sincerely believed that it was the strength of the debate.
NB: I wanted to write, Klu Klux Khan, instead of "Klu Klux Kang".
why can't you compare them? the only difference is that in America the whites went to the extreme, by killing, torturing, raping ect. But the underlying principle in both cases are the same, which is the demeaning or to belittle a race/class of people. Hitler even went further by trying to wipe out the Jews all together.
You're so right because, on second thought, it can be compared!
One of the reasons why the Black/Indian prejudice in Grenada didn't excel those that existed in America was because of the size of Grenada. Not much crimes went unsolved in Grenada, because everybody knew everybody there. With no place to run nor hide, the law caught up with the alleged suspects quickly, because someone was there to notify them about your whereabouts. Even if you came from behind God's back, skmeone knew who you were, and whereyou were from. You see me?
The prejudice that existed in America was based on how the government for the most part saw the black people. They supported the white on black crime, because they saw the black people as one-fifth of a human being. Bkack people were called "monkeys", after they were brought here, not by free will, but as captives. Their voices nor their cries were heard, because most of the white folks heads were in one to treat them a animals. The blacks couldn't even worship God in peace! Their churches were torched, and stoned. People even lost their lives in the some of the blaze. And, it was white folks who were doing it, because they knew that they were going to be spared by the court of law for their crimes.
Many black folks were hurt, their homes were destroyed, some were hung, beaten, tied and dragged like an old utensil was dragged on Carnival Day in the West Indies, behind a motor vehicle, for doing nothing wrong at all. The Indian people in Grenada wasn't raped, killed, or nothing of this sort, but they were torn apart from the name calling, that made them feel less than who they were.
So, it is not the magnitude of the crime, but the mark it leaves behind. Especially when people are not treated for who they are, but what the pigmentation of the skin is.
I agreed with you on everything you pointed out in you post. Because, six and one half dozen is indistinguishable.