Forget ISIS

too much focus on radical group, says Scholar

Trinidadian Islamic scholar David Muhammad is accusing Caribbean governments of paying too much attention to the so-called Islamic State and too little to the ballooning murder rates.

The Nation of Islam representative for Trinidad and Tobago and the Eastern Caribbean told a gathering at the Crumpton Street headquarters of the Clement Payne Movement that the region’s political leaders were seeking to please the United States by beefing up anti-ISIS legislation while violence among their nationals was wrecking Caribbean communities.   

David Muhammad

“You know what is so ironic? The Caribbean region is probably the only part of the whole world along with Central and South America where there have been no terrorist attacks in the last ten years . . . but our governments are talking about national security legislation against terrorism to impress the American government that we care more about their laws than our own problems, when we have the highest murder rates here,” he said at Saturday’ forum for Barbadian Islamists and Pan-Africanists.

The English-born Muhammad is an author and University of the West Indies graduate with degrees in education and sociology. He is here to hold community meetings and promote his book, African Studies, which presents a Caribbean perspective of African history.

As a former manager of Trinidad and Tobago’s under 17 and under 23 football teams, as well as the senior squad, he would have dealt extensively with the youth and the social and psychological pressures they face.

He said Caribbean governments were disregarding the proliferation of guns and killings to the detriment of the region.

“We’re ignoring murder and the abundance of guns and drugs to the being brought into the black communities. That is the height of the ignorance of our politics, not even looking at what is happening right under our noses,” he said.

A United Nations report in 2014 listed three Caribbean Community member countries among the top ten countries in the world with the highest murder rates.

Muhammad said despite these figures Caribbean governments seemed more interested in protection from the Islamic State that operates Iraq and Syria.

“It’s black-on-black death, black-on-black cycles of self-destruction through illiteracy, high drop-out rates, broken homes, dysfunctional families, faulty parenting, and no positive male role models in the house, so a gang leader becomes the mentor for the youth – and we’re paying more attention to ISIS?” he asked.

4 Responses to Forget ISIS

  1. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias February 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I totally agree.

  2. Jennifer February 6, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Although David do have some points he too is in the mist of ignorance. Two religions you will find our people hooked into is Muslim and Christianity which do not belong to our people. Which is Blinding your sense of reality and keeping you DRUNK and in a state of stupor. I wonder what he got written in that book of his, shame he did not have an exert.
    National security- hahaha what a joke. You will never have REAL NS without Military, economic or financial might. So is he saying that the murders among people in Trinidad is less, when he was manager as compared to Barbados, cause he seem to have answers. The government ain’t worried about no guns cause them got theirs too. Forget the UN cause them in the terrorist pot too. All of what is happening with black people including religion such as Islam and Christianity is all part of the COVERT OPERATIONS for years. Barbados and other leaders will try to impress America because this is what they do best. Coon and eat watermelon and spit seeds everywhere like a machine gun.
    And the last paragraph of this article is a mare cataclysm (Man made disaster in this case) of what happens when you destroy a people and put systems in place to keep them down.

  3. Hal Austin February 7, 2017 at 5:32 am

    A good over view. It is obvious to anyone that the RSS is gearing up itself to play a greater part in the so-called security of the region.
    This phoenix organisation, which grew out of Colin Powell’s and the Southern Command’s invasion of Grenada, is beefing up itself, backed by the US and Canada, for this new role and we are witnessing people retiring from local police and military forces and walking straight in to the RSS. Jobs for the boys (and they are mainly boys).
    Sadly, the people are either ignorant of this or are not properly informed.

  4. jrsmith February 7, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Why the people in barbados sits back and take in all the crap from Guiana and Trinidad ..
    One the greatest things to happen to the Caribbean region , we are not on a continent..
    We in barbados should not allow anyone to come on our island to drag us into the Muslim issue, . What is so deceited black people who joined Islam denounces the African name given to them by the white man cutting ties in many case to families ..
    As for the talk of violence , in the (UK) a high majority of Islam converts are criminals, because they were allowed to take they preaching into prisons…
    If this fool is so concern , about violence in the region why then his radicalize converts are all willing to murder so call Christians
    any where at any time they can………
    He is as confuse being a Islam convert , and would commit evil deeds in the name of (Allah)…
    Christians would commit the same evil deeds while believing in
    God … …. what is required that defining moment ..between . (Allah) and ( God ) who then is right….
    A question to (Muhammad ) why dont people like himself openly denounce (ISIS) ……………….


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