YEAH WE'RE READY
Whereas ALL reasonable people have written off Flambeau and Labour as the same species of wolf in different sheep's clothing...
And whereas the hegemony of well-monied males, especially lawyers and other professionals have dominated the two major political parties has profited us NOTHING in the big picture, and in fact, has injured and weakened us as a Soucouyant does a child...
I want to propose that we are ready for a government of women. We are ready for a few able, conscientious women to go down to a beach somewhere, make their conspiracy.
We're ready. Yeah, we're ready.
Like Therold Prudent says, we have had any political WOW in two decades. Even the most senseless gathering of unlikely women is sure to WOW us more than this current crop of bullshit.
I mean, leaders. What did I say? Doesn't matter. Whatever it was, I meant it.
FOND GENS LIBRES
THE TRIBE OF THE MARONESSE QUEEN
ST LUCIA IS A MARRONESSE MATRIARCHY
They didn't call her a prime minister. But what we know of Flore Bois Galliard's leadership at Fond Gens Libres in the 1790s suggests that she was the civilian head and had considerable influence over the old men who commanded our army of the bush and the young men who commanded our battles.
THE MARRONESSE CARRIED CARIBBEAN CIVILIZATION FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS
I imagine that she was a lot more like a queen than a prime minister. But monarchy or whatever, our island tribe was born as a matriarchy. In our creation myth, our first leader was a woman.
Of course, her era of Negmarron honor was followed by a brief 200 and something year interval in which a weird new patriarchy that preached equality and freedom but practiced no such thing established itself as the thing that really ruled the world.
But while the local vassals of global patriarchy etched their names into history as the fathers of our nation, women were still commanding the essential social units. As though all the sargeants in St Lucian Sparta were women.
THEY SAY CARIBBEAN WOMEN WERE ON THE FRONTLINE OF HISTORY
BUT CARIBBEAN WOMEN WERE THE FRONTLINE
AND THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
Families were increasingly female dominated, as Negmarron men drifted from their children in a drunken stupor. So, women like my mother, did the only thing they could. They pressed forward. Inevitably, they made progress. The result is that we now have a society in which, not just the sargeants, but almost all the captains are women. Lots of colonels in law, finance and business. And of course, there have always been women generals from the beginning of history. Some women just don't understand that their genius and power is circumscribed by social norms. And thank God for that. Sometimes.
Official educational instruction was conquered by women from the moment their were allowed to join the old school masters on staff.
Nursing - women invented that shit single-handed somewhere between 6,000 and 200,000 years ago. Let's not even go there.
Middle management of banking, marketing, communications, whole host of modern jobs are just infested with chicks.
The next police commissioner of St Lucia is a chick.
And we're not ready?
The only reason we're not ready is because you think we're not ready. Because there is nothing a government of women could do that could possibly be worse than what we got from these guys for the entire 21st century.
If you're ready to vote for them, we're ready. We're ready. Yeah, we're ready. We're ready.
THE LAST REASON WHY YOU'RE NOT READY
YOU CAN'T STOP THE FUTURE
YOU BETTER EMBRACE IT
But you're not ready.
Let me tell you why:
The African and Amerindian women are the bottom of the totem pole in the Western Hemisphere. Even when we're fighting for minority rights, we're really fighting for the rights of the males. The females continue to be dominated by the same black or Native American males who fought for freedom and the power structure continues to encourage the males to maintain the imbalance of power.
Basically, most St Lucian women are so far down the totem pole of power that it's like they barely exist. They don't exist enough for their contributions to be noted for what they really are. And so, Flore Bois Galliard barely exists on Google. Heraldine Rock is a distant blip on the historical radar. Lovely St Aimee Joseph is not the best reporter on television today. Emma Hippolyte is not the minister of finance.
Suzy knows what I'm talking about.
Justice Suzy d'Auvergne. We all like to note that she was the first female this and the first female that. But while it is important that the lady broke a lot of barriers for other women, I think it's infinitely more important that she brought a new level of objectivity and fairness to the incestuous little boys club that was the law fraternity before she came along.
While we focus on her gender, her true importance lies in her actual contribution to justice. But if we have to focus on that, we will not only see that she was better than most of these men who 'mentored' her, we will see that compared to her commitment to ordinary justice, many of these exalted and worthy gentlemen were, in fact, pieces of shit.
And we can't have that, can we?
YOU CAN PREPARE THE WAY
OR YOU CAN FACE THE WRATH A NEW GENERATION
CONSIDER THE ANT AND BE WISEWhen I first heard that proverb, I detected something I wouldn't be able to express for decades.
Yeah, I see what you're trying to say, I thought, as a six year old in Grade One/Stage Two. The problem is that I'm not an ant. I don't want to be an ant. Why didn't you use 'lion' or something?
As a child, they wanted me to be an ant. A good little worker ant. That's what most Lucian schools are preparing you for. Most training in general. I was a conflicted child. I liked learning, but I hated school. Fuck school. With their time tables and corporal punishment, trying to keep me in line and on time. Ask my former bosses how that worked out.
"Jason? He's a talented guy, but...."
My mother found me quite as irrascible as my bosses did. That's funny.
Because Aunty Martha and her sisters Cynthia, Julita, Mabel (Lord, too many to name all), etc. can still make me show up on time for anything anywhere just by asking nicely. I still can't smoke in front of them. I will always be a child to them and somehow, I accept that.
Lots of guys I know are like that. There are guys in government like that. No man can ever hope to control us with fear or law or anything else. But women...?
We can only do bad things with impunity because the women who have authority over us cannot imagine the things we do. They can't even ask the question, so we never have to lie to them.
There are a lot of guys out there who can identify with this, even though they had a father at home.
And then, there's this little observation: Families who have a girl child first stick together longer. With a few exceptions, (like my grandfather Wilson Sifflet) big extended families gather around a female center. It's simple biology really. Women live longer. The oldest person with power is likely to be a woman.
And you can't just shove an old Marronesse to the side the way you can an old man. She'll mess you up in ways you cannot imagine. She will drain you of all your energy.
You can't disrespect an old woman the way you might an old man. It's also much less likely that she disrespecting herself. When old men give up they go to the rumshop. When old women give up, they go to church.
As a man, it turns out that I am neither ant or lion. I am a Negmarron. And that means while I respect no man's authority and trust no man, there are women in the world who can make a child out of me in a moment.
Because these women EARNED their respect. They showed up. They made sacrifices. They invested. They did the job of two people for the price of half a person. What more do you want of a political candidate?
We can't boast our fathers like that - not most of us. We can't honestly say the same for the last generation of Caribbean men. If you're between 45 and 15, chances are, your father sucked.
Leadership by women is, in fact, more natural to St Lucia than the farcical comedians that pass for politicians, past and present.
Matriarchy is our true way.
MORE LIKE THE SMILING REVOLUTION
ONCE THESE KIDS LEARN CODE
THEY'LL BE OVERTHROWING GOVERNMENTS FOR ENTERTAINMENT
MARRONESSE 2014 - THE UNEXPLOITED CRAZINESSThere is no question that Caribbean women are ready to lead.
They've been doing it from the very beginning. And St Lucia is testament to the fact that Negmarron were just a bunch of infighting gangs before women came along and brought some order and harmony to disparate groups.
When I really think about the ways women are more qualified to manage the many moving objects that constitute the government and the economy than men, I realize something.
When we say we're not ready for a government of women, we're not really saying that women aren't ready to lead. We're saying that we aren't ready for women to lead us.
We scared of them. We scared that we will never regain control. If we get a female dominated government and it works, we will never control women again. Not even a little tiny bit.
We're scared of losing control. They're scared of not being controlled. It's hilarious.
Granted: The Marronesse is some crazy shit.
She can't be controlled. She can't be fully understood. And she's a woman, so this thing where little words about feelings have to mean the same thing today that they meant yesterday...yeah, that's off the table. St Lucian history is full of stories of good women who spent decades taking care of a man and his children before slicing his throat, cutting his ears and nose off and stuffing his testicles down his throat.
And then burning the house down.
There were no cars in those days, so she couldn't just flat some tires or smash a windshield. She had to commit. She had to go all the way.
But when you read all the manuals of power, those are great characteristics for leaders to have. Unpredictability, killer instinct, the ability to think out of the box, the willingness to go all the way - if I had described a man commiting such violence in history, most people would not doubt that I was speaking of some highly intelligent epic hero. But because I was talking about some chick, well, all that courage and intelligence and character is just craziness.
She had her period.
Such bullshit. We're ready.