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Danger of race weapon in TT

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Danger of race weapon in TT

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Race should not be used as a weapon to destroy citizens of this country.
So said Minister of Legal Affairs and Leader of the Congress of the People (COP) Prakash Ramadhar yesterday.
Ramadhar said the issue of race was very serious and will destroy the nation if not dealt with properly.
Because of its seriousness, the COP will be heading a nationwide discussion entitled Race and Politics–50 years of Independence.
Ramadhar was speaking at a press conference following a national council meeting at the COP office in Charlieville, Chaguanas.
He said: “We believe that this nation is far too small to be divided along any lines, whether geographical, whether economic, social and certainly along racial lines. But there are agents of mischief in our society who will take things out of context, who will use race to divide our people to gain some mileage or some advantage without appreciating that in a very small nation like ours that race, when that is used as a weapon, that no one wins.”
He said the issue of race has been “swept under the carpet” for too long, hence the reason for the discussion that will take place soon. (Trinidad Express)