The PNM's Women's League is condemning Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar's comparison of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to an "Oreo", as a racist statement.
The women's League has issued a statement saying race-baiting has no place in T&T's politics.
"The Women’s League of the People’s National Movement utterly condemns the clearly racist and offensive description of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley as an “oreo” by Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar at a meeting of her party on Monday night.
In this case, we believe that nothing short of an unequivocal apology to the Prime Minister and Political Leader from her and her party will suffice.
While not a first time offender in this regard, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is clearly plumbing the depths of desperation in her thinly veiled attempt to shore up her dwindling support amongst her party faithful. Recently published poll results clearly indicate a leader past her prime, bereft of ideas, and swimming against the leadership tide amongst her colleagues.
The Urban Dictionary defines “oreo” as “an insulting term often used by blacks to derogate other blacks,” and therefore this represents a new low, even for a former Prime Minister.
Such race-baiting has no place in the politics of Trinidad and Tobago and deserves to be condemned by all, including her own Hindu Women’s Group and all the other Women’s organizations who, without fail, call the PNM and its leader to account for every perceived infraction against women. We dare say that if the shoe was on the other foot, their voices would have already been raised in protest.
The Women’s League recalls, with shame, another of Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s descent into the darkness and divisiveness of racial politics when, even as she occupied the Prime Minister’s chair in 2013, she called on her supporters to vote against Senator Avinash Singh in the Chaguanas West by-election, because as an East Indian, “he has made the wrong choice in standing as a soldier for the PNM.”
Similarly, as Prime Minister she presided over, with neither rebuke nor remorse, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin’s venomous and hate-filled rant against Dr. Rowley.
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s racist description on Monday night therefore speaks clearly to something deeply ingrained in a woman who, unfortunately, still seeks to convince others of her suitability for the job of Prime Minister.
Today, the PNM remains confident that the majority of right-thinking Trinbagonians will see through this backward politics of race, and refuse to join Kamla Persad-Bissessar on her path of political destruction, as they have done at least seven times in the last six years."