Who Is The West Indian Critic?
I started this blog because I noticed a profound lack of accurate information and analysis on black issues, especially black feminist issues in the Caribbean. Most popular Caribbean pages were either written by foreigners or written by people who did not engage in in-depth cultural analysis that portrayed the reality of West Indians without imposing paternalistic psychology regarding our culture. I wanted to have a space to write about my reality and the reality of the people around me. I wanted a place where I could be honest about West Indian culture without covering up the dark truths or relying on unnuanced and uninformed perspectives.
This blog offers you the truth. This blog offers a safe space for black Caribbean women from all walks of life. Here you can expect to find the truth, no matter how unpleasant or how blunt it is. Here, no aspect of Caribbean culture is free from criticism. Here, the authentic West Indian experience will be deconstructed and analyzed with the ultimate goal of changing the hearts and minds of Caribbean people (and allies) and helping them see a future where black liberation is not just ideal, but necessary.
The issues of anti-blackness, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny are far greater than most people are willing to accept. Politicians pretend to be invested in ending violence, poverty and crime in our region, but are unwilling to confront the real societal factors that are preventing us from having true peace. We accept violence because our societies were founded on blood spilled by colonizers. We have known violence for so long that it sometimes gets mistaken for peace — acquiescing to the wishes of colonizing nations is seen as progress for example. As a writer and as a person, I have no allegiance to any colonizing nation. My politics center those who are most in need of liberation.
If you get nothing else from this blog, I can guarantee that you will be exposed to new ideas. While I am educated by standards that are validated in American society, my biggest commitment is to self-education and encouraging others around me to self-educate. You will learn ways to educate yourself and you will find ways to love yourself from reading this blog. You will find validation in your lived experiences. You will find a fresh perspective that you haven’t seen in the media. You will find West Indian identity at the forefront of everything I write and every analysis that I post.
I write about this because I have read countless books about Black American history, Caribbean history and black feminism. Throughout all of this self-education, I have still found the West Indian perspective unexamined. And black American women have no duty to examine our perspective. However, I feel that I do have a duty to fill that gap drawing from my 21 years of experience as a black woman as well as over seven years of formal and self-education about feminism, black history and black culture. If you enjoy bluntness, honesty and reading something different about West Indian blackness, you’ll probably find something for you here.
I have a “take no prisoners” approach, but one of the primary goals of this blog is to connect with others who share my experiences and discuss these ideas and what we can do for ourselves and for each other moving forward. Please keep in touch…
But as I said… I “take no prisoners” so there are some ground rules. I will not be condescended to. I will not be abused and milked for free labor. Keep that in mind before you post or reach out to me. (Many men have trouble with this, so this is for you. Trust me, you don’t want problems.)
If you’re willing to respect my simple boundaries, feel free to comment on any of my posts or reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will typically respond to emails about any of my posts or ideas within 2-5 business days since I’m a business owner and actually quite busy a lot of the time.