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Our implicitly racist language

Some of the language/rhetoric which have become commonplace locally carry racial undertones particularly towards Afro-Trinbagonians.

“Allyuh too wicked”; “He was a good boy”; “Trinidad is not a real place”; Black people not good at business”; and “Black people real lazy” are statements made “almost exclusively” with reference to Afro-Trinbagonians with “implicitly racist overtures”, said Fr Stephan Alexander.

Fr Alexander, priest in the cluster of Sangre Grande/Coryal said, “The individual and collective effect of these phrases causes those to whom they are addressed to devalue/undervalue themselves and think of themselves as inferior to others.”

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