By Hudson George
Because the older Grenadians speak French Creole patois, whenever they see a lizard they called it a zandolie
. However, they told us that whenever a zandolie
forgets itself, snake does catch it and eat it for a meal, but still the other zandolie
lizards never learn their lesson. They continue to forget themselves when snakes are on the same tree to catch them again. Therefore, snakes continue to prey on zandolie
for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as the same way evil politicians prey on citizens who cannot remember their political history.
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
However, the same mistake the older folks claim that zandolie
make is the same mistake some people make and get themselves in trouble with wicked persons who deceived them in the past and then they allow the same wicked persons to come back years later and deceive them again.
Basically, the point I am making is that some Grenadians are not learning from their past experience and it seems as though they will make the same mistake again as the zandolie
. And if they keep on behaving like a zandolie
the old dictatorial political culture will return again.
My reason for saying that is because, presently, I am seeing lots of abstract political paintings on the political walls. Some of them in camouflage but I am aware of the fact that some people are looking at those paintings with many questions in their mind but they are reluctant to ask for answers, while others are not paying attention to the paintings because they lack vision and insight.
However, because a lot of us cannot remember our history until something happen as a great surprise, there is a possibility that history will repeats itself again. Anyway, as for me, I do not think I will get caught like a zandolie
, because I learn my Grenadian lesson over the last three decades ago.
Presently, it seems as though there are some shameless persons trying to rewrite Grenada’s history even though they lost the war. In addition, a handful of young educated Grenadians seem to join the clique and advocating for schools to teach history written by former People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) hardcore comrades. For example, I read an article on Caribbean News Now
(Lessons of 1979 Grenada Revolution
by Arley Gill, March 17, 2017), where Mr Gill is advocating for schools to teach Grenadians students about the Grenada revolution and he recommended a book written by Ewart Layne.
When I read Mr Gill’s article, I said to myself, what is going on inside Mr Gill’s head? Is he for real? But then again, I remember that Mr Gill was a young boy during the revolution and most likely he does not know the true story about the Grenada revolution, so I can forgive him for his misinformation about who and what caused the revolution to end in tragedy.
In addition, I read another article (Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: The Grenada Revolution forgotten and remembered
by Earl Bousquet, March 16, 2017). Mr Bousquet is trying to mislead people about the Grenada revolution. However, I was not surprised by Mr Bousquet’s pro-revolution rant. He was enjoying the good days of the Grenada revolution, while born and bred Grenadians who struggled throughout the Gairy regime as top cadres in the New Jewel Movement (NJM) were either locked up by the PRG regime, or fled the country and sought political asylum because of persecution by Bishop and his urban PRG gang.
In addition, Mr Bousquet went as far with his rant and criticized the officials at St George’s University (SGU) for naming one of the institution’s faculties after Grenada’s first prime minister Eric Gairy, who is the father of the nation. Well, when I read Mr Bousquet’s statements, I said to myself he must be a crazy person, or maybe he has no knowledge of the fact that it was Gary’s government administration that brought the School of Medicine to Grenada and it evolved into St George’s University. Therefore, there would be no St George’s University in Grenada without Eric Gairy’s approval.
However, it is a pity that our young people are not politically aware about Grenada’s political history, because they were not taught about it in school. In addition, if I was suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s; or was not living in Grenada during the revolution, maybe Mr Gill and Mr Bousquet would have gotten away with their snake crawling kind of trickery, but I still have my memories of the revolution and what took place during that era and who created the division after March 13, 1979. Therefore, I will not sit quietly and let the two gentlemen fool their readers with their twisting of Grenada’s political history.
In conclusion, I do not think it is fair for persons who were opposed the free speech three decades ago, to resurrect from the political grave and hijack free press freedom and try to justify the wrong things of the past as the right things. The March 13, 1979, revolution was supposed to be a people’s revolution and not a Maurice Bishop revolution. It is high time that the hijackers of the revolution and their sympathizers stop trying to sugarcoat the evils of the revolution.
For example, presently retired civil servants cannot get their government pensions because of the changes the PRG regime made with civil servants’ pensions, when they created the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) for workers. And the sad thing is that some of those former PRG officials are now back into politics as followers of democracy on both sides of the political fence. But yet still, they are refusing to explain to the Grenadian people why civil servants pension was scrapped for the little bit of NIS pension money.
In addition, what I see taking place in the political arena today in Grenada is that the politicians are not making any research of the country’s political past mistakes to correct the mistake. They would rather set their goals on self-actualization. They are more concerned about their political career than they care about the people.
However, the good news I have for them is that I am on the outside looking in. Therefore, for the time being, I prefer to stay away from the political bacchanal because I do not believe that my spiritual energy is connecting to the drama that is going on. They should take time on reflect on the foolishness they made in October 1983, all because of two greedy factions picking up arms and shooting against each other to satisfy their political ego.
However, I would like Mr Bousquet and Mr Gill to pay attention to the lyrics of the late great Nigerian singer and musician Fela Kuti song, “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense
”. Basically, I am tired with all the false teaching about the Grenada revolution.