West Indian Educational Trauma

[Content Warning: abuse, violence]

In primary and secondary schools in the Caribbean, students are often subjected to vast amounts of psychological and physical abuse. Yet, if you say this and look back on your education with less than adulation, you are chastised. It’s as if you broke some unspoken code, to sweep the abuse under the rug and as is the typical course in our society, protect the abusers from criticism and ultimately, accountability.

I’ve written in the past about how violent disciplinary methods disproportionately target blacker students from poor backgrounds. And I’ve written about how physical violence disproportionately targets male students in our schools. I’ve also taken the time to identify the definitions of both psychological and emotional abuse in previous posts. If you need a refresher, please take one before you continue reading.

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Why I Hate Resort Tourism | NEW VIDEO!

This week for this blog, instead of writing about resort tourism, I’ve decided to create a video about the subject. Sometimes I can organize my thoughts better on camera, so I hope you find this video both informative and succinct.

Thank you very much for watching and be sure to leave your comments on this blog post or on the video.

 

Respectability Politics In The Caribbean

Respectability politics refers to the ways we as a community police ourselves and attempt to align ourselves with what the mainstream deems as appropriate rather than challenging the mainstream for refusing to accept us as we are. Respectability politics lead to statements like “pull up your pants if you want respect” or “stop sagging your pants”. This can also be applied to situations where people suggest that women should cover up more if they want to be treated with respect.

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Living Caribbean Vlog On Journaling

Check out this soothing, chatty video on how to keep a journal consistently and why it’s so important to tracking your growth and progress over time! I’m enjoying working on my channel, so hopefully, you enjoy watching this. Don’t forget to like and subscribe if you enjoy this video.

Cheers!

March 11th National Trust Meeting Post: Youth Involvement In Environmentalism

For the first time since I’ve moved back to St. Lucia, I did what I’ve always been meaning to do — get involved. I’ll be honest, it’s been difficult. I don’t live with parents and I support myself 100%. That means since 2015, many details of adulthood have been totally new and 100% my responsibility. Since moving back here, my partner has lost his grandmother as well as his mother. My home has been tainted by the stress of small business ownership as well as grief. Finally, there has been some sign that life has settled down and I leapt at this opportunity to attend a National Trust meeting.

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Video: Slice Of Life Videos About Working As A Location Independent Writer

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And when you’re done with that video, check out my first ever work week video! In these quick videos you can learn more about what my “daily grind” is like as an independent author.

 

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Environmental Damage Is Not The Sole Responsibility Of The Poor

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Unconsciously, most of us associate environmental destruction as being the responsibility of the poor. Big statement. But it’s true. When we think of ways to cut back on the ways we (West Indians) damage our environment, our focus is nearly always on “education”. Poverty and a lack of education are commonly linked in our collective consciousness. Therefore, when we link “education” as a solution to a problem, we are inadvertently linking that problem to poverty. While this might be helpful for STI reduction or something of that nature, in the case of climate change, it allows our people and our government to turn a blind eye to other problems that have an environmental impact yet fly under the radar.

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Video: Making Difficult Decisions | Living Caribbean Lifestyle Channel

Really wanted to share one of my first videos, this relaxed and chatty YouTube video on making difficult decisions. Many people have come forward and told me this video really allowed them to connect with their self-confidence making choices in life so I hope if you’ve stumbled across this page you really take the time to watch this video and see what it’s all about! I love sharing some of my tips for motivation which is why I started my lifestyle channel Living Caribbean.

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