By Hudson George
Every Caribbean country has its own unique set of circumstances. However, I am a Grenadian so I have the right to give my personal opinion about why Grenadians focus too much about politics and cannot unite to bring about positive social and political change, but are always focusing on creating a negative perception about others who can do something to promote our tri-island state.
Hudson George has a BA in Social Science from York University, Toronto, Canada. He has been writing since his early teenage years and now contributes letters and articles to a number of Caribbean newspapers
No one cannot deny, as Grenadians, we like politics and we like to discuss it, but we are so much divided based on the fact that we think that the political party that we chose to support for the rest of our life has all the answers to create a better Grenada for all of us, and we are always quick to oppose everything the other political parties are advocating for nation building but unfortunately we are wrong and it is very sad.
Most of us are very much disappointed in others who are trying to do positive things that can reflect well in our Grenadian culture. We are upset with them because we know them from childhood days and we start hating them, just because of their lower class social background. We cultivate this kind of colonial mentality that certain people are destined to remain at the lower strata within society and others who have traditional links to the upper class must always remain high and mighty.
We hate to see the paradigm shift. And whenever the paradigm shifts, it creates a culture shock for a lot of us. These days some of us are using the social media to hide our identity to vent our rage against our high school class mates who we thought were low class but during school days they were our best friends.
We have cultivated a sort of small island mentality and that kind of mentality has created a negative vibration within our communities at home and in the Diaspora. Some of us make it a habit to join Grenadian organisations to promote negative vibes and to promote other islands’ culture when we are supposed to be promoting the rich and unique culture of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Some of us who are quick to condemn the era of Eric Gairy’s reign of power as the most violent period of Grenada’s history, are still blind to the fact that Gairy is the national hero and founding father of our independent nation. And, unfortunately, fail to recognise that the good and bad attitudes we portray as a Grenadians reflects Gairy’s politics and Gairyism, because we still have that bad attitude of making enemies with our family, friends and neighbours just because of political differences.
Now that we have a new government in office with no elected opposing members in parliament that does not mean the political tribalism and melee will be over. The political division will continue and there will be more propaganda from various media sources because it is a known fact that human beings like political gossip and, in the Caribbean, people tend to believe what they hear on the streets more than the information they get from the media news reports from radio and television sources.
In addition, I will continue to write articles about the social and political issues pertaining Grenada because I am a Grenadian. The change of government will not stop me from writing and giving my opinion and analysing issues. Basically, I am not obligated to any political organisation; therefore I will always have the freedom to give an opinion from my own perspective. I believe in changes in terms of modern development that is compatible to globalisation. I know that some Grenadians are upset with me for my political views, but if I compromise my personal opinion to please others, therefore, I will be doing injustice to my own self.
Based on my personal experience writing and giving my opinion, I have discovered a lot of enemies and met new friends. So I would like my enemies to know that I do not belong to any political party officially, but I am entitled to express personal opinion about what is happening in Grenada, when it come to the issues of politics and other social issues. However, I will continue to show respect to all the politicians who are in the political arena but that does not mean I will not criticise them when they make mistakes, or if I have an opinion to share with readers on certain issues that is different.