Caribbean People Must Unite
The Caribbean Is One Nation.
The Caribbean people must unite!
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By Ruel E Lowe
The Caribbean community is a collection of former colonies of Britain, that today are a collection of so called independent territories/nations/countries, drowning in a sea of red ink, red tape, inefficiency and poor governance. The logical question would be why? Considering all of these nations were once governed by the British, and have so many things in common, it would be logical for these countries to unite and become one country/nation/entity. Since there is no effective unity, we must ask the question one again, why? The simple answer is: it was not meant/designed to be, purposely by the colonizers. If we should take a step back and observe the situation carefully, very soon it will become evident. Now let us take a keen careful look at the facts:
1. Under colonialism we were always thought of and treated as subjects of the colonial master (servants/second class citizens, not as equals). To many who might not be aware, there was a time under colonialism, where no dark-skinned person, regardless of academic qualification, would be seen working in any government office or a bank!2. Whenever a colonial power granted independence to a former colony, true independence is never granted, meaning, independence was just a front, or a way to disguise the fact that they would no longer, shoulder the financial burden required to keep the colony functioning!3. The colonial powers always reserve the right to return and repossess the country if they think the country is not doing there dictates and biddings!4. The government is never turned over to Caribbean patriots, but to selected leaders they appoint and find palatable!5. The big bombshell! These former colonies were never prepared for self-governance, before independence was granted; hence, they were set up for failure.6. The education system (which is still in operation) was never designed to fulfill the needs of the former colonies, but to produce workers for the colonial system.Many in leadership in the Caribbean adopted many negative qualities of their colonial masters, e.g. the social stratification, where, the privileged, looked down their noses on those beneath them, hence the educated look with disdain on the ones who didn’t get the opportunity to advance academically, instead of try to raise them up to the benefit of the entire society, the educated seek accolades, self-gratification and recognition,.Advancement will only be achieved if the leaders institute policies elevating the working class and the unfortunate.Is there any wonder, why, we are in the present deplorable state of affairs and conditions?We don’t seem to have nation builders in leadership, whether it because of incompetence, greed, selfishness, arrogance, re-election desires or a combination of all of the above, the countries need, knowledgeable, patriotic leaders who put the entire area first!It is therefore of the utmost importance that the leaders of the Caribbean states/nations put aside their petty differences and unite for the benefit of the Caribbean as a whole! As a united Caribbean there would be recognition and respect from the rest of the word, and would be able to sit at the table when world matters and treaties are formulated and discussed!We must pull out all the stops in an effort to unite and become one united nation!Time is running out!!!
Ruel E. Lowe is a social commentator.