By Hudson George
Whenever anybody ask me what religious denomination I belong to, I always tell them I am an Anglican but I do not attend church service and I am not interested in joining any other religion. Now my reason for raising this topic is, because I am very much upset with Dr. Terrance Marryshow and the Catholic bishop Clyde Harvey, for trying to tell us Grenadians who should be our heroes.
From the time Dr. Marryshow came back from Cuba as a qualified medical doctor, he is campaigning for Grenadians to make the late former revolutionary Prime Minister Maurice Bishop our national hero. He keeps on advocating his personal political desire every year during October month, when the Remembrance Day celebration of October 19, 1983 bloody event is held at Fort George, for those who died in the gun battle shootout between Maurice Bishop socialist faction and Bernard Coard socialist faction.
Dr. Marryshow seems to have no respect for Grenadians and especially the majority 82% of black Grenadians whose foreparents suffered the inhumane treatment of slavery, that still have a social and economic effect on us black Grenadians up to this present time. And it could be one of the social factors, why a large percentage of Grenadians are drinking too much alcohol.
If Dr. Marryshow is thinking properly with a true conscience and love for all human beings, he should know that the French colonisers brought Roman Catholicism to Grenada and forced that version of Christianity upon the enslaved African people without their choice.
He supposed to know that it was the French colonisers who committed human genocide against the Native Indigenous population in Grenada. For example, Leapers Hill, Sauteurs, St. Patrick is an historical site of the massacre evidence.
In addition, over ninety percent of Grenadians still do not know, what led to the political conflict between Maurice Bishop and Bernard Coard. However, I think it is morally wrong for Dr. Marryshow to be making any kind of demands for us to accept Maurice Bishop as our national hero, when he knows for a fact that majority of Grenadians are not interested in no forms of politics based on a specific ideology.
On the other hand, our Roman Catholic Bishop-elected Fr. Clyde Harvey who seems to be a grassroots person, is also crossing the political lines, by making statements about who should be our heroes. He should be aware of the fact that if the People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) was still in power, he would not have that opportunity to be on the same speaker’s platform with Dr. Marryshow. The political game would have been totally different.
However, although the largest religious denomination in Grenada is Roman Catholic, the highly respected religious leader should know that Roman Catholicism was brought to Grenada by the French colonisers after the genocide against the Native people. So, it leaves us to wonder, if there is a God in heaven, how will he judged the colonisers who committed the genocide against the indigenous people.
In addition, Bishop Clyde Harvey is not a Grenadian. He is a Trinidadian and he is not fully aware of the Grenadian people political struggle against despotic political leaders such as Eric Gairy, Maurice Bishop and Bernard Coard dictatorial rule.
And knowing that he is a black man himself, I think he should be advocating to the ruling Peoples National Movement (PNM) government of Trinidad & Tobago to make the late great Black Power leader Geddes “Daaga” Granger a national hero of the Twin island Republic, rather than giving Dr. Marryshow any kind of political moral support.
Presently, Grenada is govern by a one political party government that was elected by the people in a democratic held election. There is no elected opposition. Our Governor General was handpicked by the Grenadian prime minister as the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth oùf England, based on our laws within the constitution.
Additionally, prior to the bloody events that took place on October 19, 1983, there were periods in our history when Grenadians lost their lives in political upheavals. As a matter of fact the biggest execution that took place in Grenada after the native population was extinct, was during the conflict between the British colonisers and Julian Fedon rebellion. After the British defeated Julian Fedon, they executed hundreds of Fedon’s fighters in the Market Square.
During that period of the Fedon rebellion there were three different groups of people in Grenada. The groups were white Europeans, Mulattoes and Black Africans. The Europeans were the colonisers and slave owners. The mulattoes were in the middle with some levels of social status, while the black Africans were the slaves.
However, due to the structure of racism during that period, black people were not considered as human beings. So, the coloniser’s historians refused to give us the record of the number of black Africans who were executed in the market square after the Fedon rebellion but they gave us historical records of some of the French Creole mulattoes who were executed.
However, it obvious that there were more black Africans who took part in the Fedon rebellion than mulattoes because the African black slaves population were the majority. I hope that Dr. Marryshow is aware of that too because he seems to be showing some kind of elites behavior like our former European colonisers, by trying to demand what is right for us to accept.
Furthermore, I think that Dr. Marryshow is aware of the fact, that there are some Grenadians who know the history of the Fedon rebellion and what role Louis La Grenade played on the side of the British. In addition, he seems to be ignoring the fact that in 1951 Gairy revolution, some black Grenadians lost their lives, when they were shot in La Tante, St. David by members of the British Royal Police Force that had extra help from policemen brought to Grenada from St. Lucia by the British.
So, my question to Dr. Marryshow is: Why do you want to force me as a black Grenadian to accept Maurice Bishop as my national hero, when I do not have any information about our African Grenadian slaves, our ancestors who were executed in the market square after the Fedon rebellion?