A carpet of grass at the front of one’s house is not a sign of true wealth. It signifies entrapment in an ideology of Englishness that is fundamentally alien.
Di Govament a Guyana never like how Rodney did a stir up di people dem. African an Indian! A it mek dem murder im./ Di Govament a Guyana neva laik ou Rodney did a stor op di piipl dem. Afrikan an Indiyan! A it mek dem morda im./ The Government of Guyana did not like how Rodney was stirring up people. Africans and Indians! That's why they murdered him.
The teaching of West Indian literature at UWI could have enabled the healing of the ruptures of language, culture and society.
The imperial history of The UCWI did not impede the growth of both national and regional consciousness. As students sat in classes with their counterparts from all over the Creole-Anglophone Caribbean, they learned that they shared a common identity. They were citizens of the wider Caribbean, not just their country of birth.
Look from when wi claims seh wi ‘independent’ an Missis Queen still a rule wi!/ Luk fram wen wi kliems se wi ‘independent’ an Misiz Kwiin stil a ruul wi!/ Look how long we've been claiming that we're ‘independent’ and the Queen of England is still ruling us!
There is overwhelming evidence to substantiate the claim that Chief Tacky should be a national hero. Before Sam Sharpe and Paul Bogle, there was Chief Tacky.
It is decidedly ironic that even well-intentioned academics who engage in the radical process of decolonisation can appear to be perpetrators of cultural imperialism. Putting the US at the centre of a movement for transformation in the West and marginalising institutions like The University of the West Indies!
First ting: no judge an no lawyer nah wear no wig inna dem ya time wen dem go a court inna Jamaica. Dat done. Fos ting: no joj an no laaya naa wier no wig ina dem ya taim wen dem go a kuort ina Jamieka. Dat don. First of all: no judge or lawyer wears a wig these days in Jamaican courts. That’s a thing of the past.
A national hero whose words are neither heard nor heeded cannot inspire a society that is still struggling to define its identity.