Activist Wendell Eversley is planning a demonstration outside the Parliament and a march to the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, on Tuesday 7 June 2022, to protest her recent comments made in reference to Housing and Urban Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, as having got her name from a slave master.
Political Leader of the United National Congress (UNC), Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC, made the comment on a political platform as she objected to the use of her full name—Kamla Sushilla Persad-Bissessar—which also was done on a political platform by Minister Robinson-Regis.
“What problem you have with my name? What’s wrong with my name? Camille, at least I have the name of my ancestors. Where you got yours from? Your name is that of a slave-master,” was the comment made by the Opposition Leader during a UNC political meeting in Princes Town, on Thursday 2 June 2022.
The Opposition Leader has been accused of race baiting by some sectors of the public.
At the time, she was referring to the Housing Minister’s statements about her during a People’s National Movement (PNM) meeting on May 26:
“There comes a time when we have to call out Kamla Sushilla Persad-Bissessar for the cowardly, deceptive, dishonest, disingenuous individual that she takes, revels and takes time in being,” Minister Robinson-Regis had said.
According to Wendell Eversley, the Opposition Leader’s referencing Minister Robinson-Regis’ name as being given by a slave master is an attack on all Africans and people of African heritage in Trinidad and Tobago, and the hemisphere.
He says her comments should not be excused or dismissed as mere political picong.
“Africans were kidnapped from their homelands and brought to the Caribbean. We were treated in the worst manner. They raped our women. They tortured us. They treated our children in the most inhuman way… When some of our people who could not take it anymore ran away from the plantation, they sent their dogs to eat them up,” Eversley stated.
“Today, we have a former Prime Minister and Opposition Leader making racist comments… about how we [African descendants] got our name… Beating her chest and saying she is proud of how she got her name from her ancestors,” he added.
The political activist is calling on people of African descent to come out and support his protest march, tomorrow.
Get more background to this story in, “Kamla’s slave-master comment sparks outrage”