This photo was originally posted on Triniview.com in October, as part of the Divali Nagar Caribbean night celebrations. The first person to comment on it had this to say:
"What is a n***er doing in Indian clothes?"
This promptly set off a torrent of disgust and outrage among fellow posters, along with demands for the moderator to remove the comment. The comment still stands. Now, I think as a moderator/operator of a site you need to operate with a sense of responsibility. Freedom of expression and a right to different views must be respected, but a moderator needs to send out a clear message about what the site stands for and the most important ways to do this is by the choice of site content. One of my favourite sites used to be Idon'tlikeyouinthatway but it no longer is, because the site has now become a major attraction for annonymous visitors to leave increasingly insulting racist comments.
I think Triniview should remove the comment. They should also apologise to their readers for leaving it on so long. Even if they personally have no problem with it the people that visit the site obviously do and at the end of the day, they are the ones that determine the success of the website.
But it's more than this, because if, for one minute, we follow the trend of thought that people should stick to their own thing then no members of other races should sing calypso or even play mas. Only Indians should eat roti and doubles and we'll all have to give up our blue jeans and shoes since Western wear is not "we thing".
It's all well and good to talk about "one love" and "rainbow country". But that's just talk. It's when we take a stand against nonsense like this that we actually live it.
By the way, Petronella Charles-David, you look lovely in your sari eh.