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Re: Grenada's Renaissance, updating an old post.


At lease for me, it was not a matter of " poo-pooing" the idea of a Grenadian Renaissance but rather, an acknowledgment of the difficulties in getting us to that point, given the mindset of some. And as I had recognized a renaissance to be the transcendent adaptation of a peoples' culture into accepting practically every aspect of it as their creation, I stated that the efforts of those who continue to try should be recognized. I also implied that maybe the focus ought to be one of a re-education initiative among those who are of the mindset that our contributions are inferior. But my intention in making those points was not to deminish any of the achievements made thus far.

Equally so, the trappings of having illusions of grandeur is always ever-present when one believes that his/her creations are the best. I am sure you must have remembered my statement some years back when I opined that "Gouyave, having the best tasting fish in the world". Aside from the fact that I was only speaking in hyperbolic terms, I was keenly aware of the learning opportunities to be had from the different cultures of the world.
Conversely, I stated that we should never accept mediocrity as the standard of excellence, simply because it is ours.

Now as to your follow-up, it is indeed noteworthy to highlight the works and contributions of all you had mentioned and give credit to those who had advanced their level of thinking to accommodate them. However, from a Caribbean perspective, one cannot deny that a common unity among our Brothers and Sisters are still lacking despite some cultueal acceptances among a few of us. All these factors are needed to be in place in order to make that leap forward towards a renaissance but are made more difficult by our political and geographical design. I do not believe a renaissance could be fully accomplished with a "micro-state designed" like ours; unless one can point to a model. Do you know of one?

Our History reminds us that we had failed miserably from an economic perspective and there is hardly any evidence to show any measured educational accomplishments that has impacted our region beyond our individual borders.

So yes Bro, we are trodding along, taking baby steps while leaving behind a legacy of advancement. Hopefully that leap would come one day but I doubt it is going to be in our lifetime.

I wish there was better news.


Re: Grenada's Renaissance, updating an old post.


On reintroduction of your previous post,

In my humble opinion, by way of a mere introductory experience with the literary accumulation of works, may not be enough to support a leap forward towards achieving any educational revolution to qualify as a renaissance; the sort that is required for a transition towards another phase of our sociopolitical and cultural transformation .

I say so with the best intention of an optimist and as someone who would have loved to see  recognition be given for the efforts of those who have tried. But in reality, the fact remains that as a micro country, still in its embryonic stages of learning and struggling to establish an identity away from the influences of "Mother", the task of accepting our own as a replacement of the established order remains a daunting one.

In my response to your initial post, I had made reference to the mind-set of our supposedly educated leaders who remain hell bent on maintaining the status quo, where the acceptance of "class" still dominates their thinking. Downstreet's food analogy through the experience of Anthony Boudine points to the very essence of the captured minds of our people. It is ingrained in our DNA to establish worth by paying others yo give us the very same things we already have.

Said Street in bringing home this salient point,

>>>>>>.....What he found was that all the top chefs had been trained in Europe, on their return, they struggled to offer local foods to their customers, and had to often disguise it as something European. That despite their deep desire to offer authentic home-made menus which originated from African Traditional cooking, no credit was ever given to those who were responsible for heavily influencing Brazilian cuisine,and that it was a struggle to get patrons to pay for food, that their grandmas will serve at home......<<<<<<<

And therein lies the dilama, they prefer to pay for a corrupted version of their traditional cooking, simply because they think it is better. The same could be applied to every aspect of our lives; foreign is better; the Whitier, the better and more trustworthy.

This is precisely why our esteem Honorable PM, an educated leader in all rights, had some years ago, placed the backings of our entire treasuary(the peoples' money) as collateral to support the business venture of an investor who presented him a photocopy of a Ruby as proof of his(the investor) legitimacy.

The rest was History.

"I can see Downstreet rushing to take ah shot of Rivers, straight up! upon reading this"....lol

But in keeping with the food theme as established; the mind set attributed to it and the desire to experience something different, I too had fallen prey to that state of mind, when some years ago, unbeknownst to me, I paid over $30 for dining on a plate of what we in the French Quarters colloquialy refer to as "Sea Koon-Koon".....pardoning my ignorance of the correct name for this Crustacean...Arthur already gave me permission to exercise my literary rights with caution on this, so an apology is not necessary here.

So why on earth did I ever think that this "grub" served over Linguini would satisfy my culinary experience, I had no idea but I was convinced that the ambiance of the evening had called for a an introduction of my pallet to something..... "more sophisticated", hence the Barnacle.

The late Maurice Bishop some years back, made another food reference to our mental malady in his Ovaltine analogy, albeit from an economic perspective.

Paraphrasing, said he,

" they took our cocoa to England, they grond it up (shell and all), put it in a tin, then sell it back to us as Ovaltine". The implication here is that we abandoned our good nurishing cocoa and paid dearly to drink a lesser inferior product with all its contaminants.

All these analogies have one commonality that goes back to our classification as subjects in need of assimilation, the crux of  imperialist mentality. We are pre-conditioned at an early age that as a conquered people, we must "class up" while still accepting our second class designation with a culture and education as inferior to those of our subjugstors. Hence we develop a inferiority complex that transcends to our decision making process, regardless of our achievements. Therefore in order for us to proceed along that path of a renaissance, we must first rid ourselves of that malady of infetior thought processes and re-learn how to accept our own on even par as any other. Alternatively, we must be able to distinguish the difference between mediocrity and exceptional and accept that outcome for what it is. Until then, all efforts towards achieving that end should be regarded as a step forward in the right direction with our renaissance being the ultimate achievement.


Re: Grenada's Renaissance, updating an old post.

Ahem, Vernon, you talk a book there my boy.We are the products of European brain-washing which would probably endure for another several generations.of course as the European influences fade, they are being quickly replaced by the American strain. This leads one to ponder whether we will ever be able to find ourselves.

A friend shared a story of his trip to West africa with a mixed group of Caribbean and Afro Americans. After arriving on the Continent, grumbling arose about the lack of creature comforts that the members were accustomed to back Stateside.

The African tour leader had to put and end to this by declaring," Welcome to Africa, You have travelled here to learn about your Motherland, if you were expecting America, you should have stayed there, and saved yourself, the time and the money."
A serious adjustment to our social and cultural compass would probably start with a visit to the Motherland for reorientation. In short we have to replace our foster "Mutha" with our biological Mother.

As for our passion for "Tings from Foreign" as I said before, in the Spice Island, "KFC talks" and Grenadian born and bred "yard fowl" walks,... unafraid of ending up in a pot.

And speaking about food, ah hear, because I do not go up dey, that two species known as Bowbowipus L'ansepus, and pussycatipus maximus, have been extinct from the North Side since Mama San set up her culinary establishment hard by Boykeville. Vern the proper name of the creature which you so happily placed into your mouth for $30. is probably the "limpet", after which "Limpet mines" circa World War ll, was named. Divers attached them to enemy ships below the water line and, Kaboom!

Whether you were driven by your warlike nature responding to that subliminal message or by your primal urges to ingest something that you fantasize as "Koon Koon of the Sea," i am sure you enjoyed it and considered it money well spent.

Re: Grenada's Renaissance, updating an old post.

>>>>>>Whether you were driven by your warlike nature responding to that subliminal message or by your primal urges to ingest something that you fantasize as "Koon Koon of the Sea," i am sure you enjoyed it and considered it money well spent.<<<<<<

When Tony De heard dat, he said to me,

"boi! You have money to waste!?
Ah en spending ah black cent for it, ah does get it for free".

Some people lucky we?

>>>>>And speaking about food, ah hear, because I do not go up dey, that two species known as Bowbowipus L'ansepus, and pussycatipus maximus, have been extinct from the North Side since Mama San set up her culinary establishment hard by Boykeville<<<<<
You see you!?
You have cuss!
Ah have to watch me self wid you because
you is ah dangerous fella......lol