THE EDITOR: My maternal grandparents are Latchman Ram Maharaj and Ragie Francis. I have learned that race is a perception. My first cousins have blonde hair and blue eyes and some are African. I am Catholic and attended a Presbyterian college.
When I visited my grandparents I saw them in the order I arrived, not before or after anyone.
Here are my findings into the issue of race in TT:
*Racial inequity is a problem of bad policy, not bad people.
*Denial is the heartbeat of racism.
*Being an anti-racist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism and regular self-examination.
*A racist idea is any idea that suggests that one racial group is inferior or superior to another racial group in any way.
*An anti-racist idea is an idea that suggests the racial groups are equal in all their apparent differences and that there is nothing right or wrong with any racial group.
There is no such thing as race, it’s a myth. here is just a human race – scientifically and anthropologically.