The New African in Trinidad and Tobago – S. Roystone Neverson

Africans, people of African descent in Trinidad and Tobago, and from observation, Africans in the Caribbean, and from what I read, Africans in the diaspora, can congratulate themselves for having survived the hundreds of years of slavery and colonialism in the manner in which they did it. No other race has been subjected to servitude for so long, yet achieved so much, with so much of their achievements deliberately buried in history.
Africans in the Diaspora are burdened with self-doubt. It has to be removed. When they ask themselves, who am I? They struggle to give a firm answer. Self-doubt was perpetuated by brainwashing during and after slavery, and by religion, parenting, and continuation of a colonial education system, false narrative by various means including print media, cinema, television, lyrics of songs.
Deep scars remain. Africans are told to “get over it and stop complaining”. It is not widely known that very traumatic events can be passed-on from parents to children, from generation to generation. It is not surprising that it is not mentioned or discussed because, sadly, there is a worrying absence of serious discussion of slavery and its lingering effects on Africans. Too many Africans, many in comfortable, and influential positions are wary of such discussions. They claim that ‘Black Power’ already exists in Trinidad and Tobago. However, ln spite of their many achievements, much more could be achieved by making a few changes as suggested in this book.