In the June 21st 2013 edition of New Today there appeared an article by Tennyson Joseph entitled “A healing begins”. He reported that over 400 Caribbean scholars and researchers from the Caribbean and the diaspora assembled in Grenada in June 2013 for the 34th Caribbean Studies Association annual conference.
He claims that it provided an opportunity for at least three generations of Caribbean academics to reflect on the Grenada Revolution, breaking a 30 year silence. Despite this “silence”, he claims that there has been a “hodgepodge of deliberate and unplanned potpourri of misinformation, propaganda and emotive responses masquerading as analyses of the Grenada revolutionary experience.”
(One wonders how something can be both deliberate and unplanned.)
Well this is not my perception. The silence has been from all those tortured during the revolution (who have not died as a result) and from all those imprisoned without trial for daring to criticise the revolution, and from all those who suffered in various ways.
The only voices we have heard are from supporters of the revolution. Quite recently Selwyn Strachan has been going very public about teaching the young of the wonders of the revolution. I fully expect that he attended this conference.
If it was a conference of Caribbean academics you can be sure that it was a conference of leftists. The writer, Tennyson Joseph is obviously one, being a political scientist at UWI’s Cave Hill Campus.
They met not to reflect on the revolution but to promote it. Everyone present was for the revolution. The other side was not there.
Joseph claims that all delegates “left Grenada with a sense that, finally, a period of genuine regional healing had begun.” There is no healing. All Grenadians under 30 (the majority) know nothing of the revolution. For older ones it’s a case of the passing of time and of putting it behind them.