Trinidad and Tobago has been volatile for a long time and our plurality may have played a part in that.
This is the assessment of Archbishop Father Jason Gordon.
Archbishop Gordon claimed that there are ancient wounds, such as slavery, to address, which have never been addressed head on.
He added that the volatility in our society can be dated back to the 1800s partly due to the plurality in our society.
He pointed to the rebellions, social uprisings and attempted coups littered throughout T&T’s history.
Archbishop Gordon noted that T&T is unique in that by the early 1800s, the country was Spanish by law, English by political power and French by culture.
He noted that added to this was the massive number of slaves and free colours.
These factors he suggested led to a collision in society, an issue not seen in other islands which were divided by mostly ethnicity.
He suggested that politicians nowadays capitalise on the plurality for political purposes and turn it into a negative issue.