Former Soufriere MP, Harold Dalsan, has been strongly criticised over his assertion that all of Saint Lucia’s resources are going towards ‘white people’.
While declaring that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is not racist, Dalsan nevertheless contended that the PM ‘does not like black people.’
He made the comments last week during an appearance on Liberty FM, prompting intense debate on social media.
Former leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has weighed in on the issue.
“I am very disgusted with the approach to persons here in this country who constantly try to inflame racial divisions,” Prudent told St Lucia Times.
He said those people pretend that they have never worked with white people and project that white people are devils or come here to rip off Saint Lucia.
“The politics here has become so tribal, almost hopeless for anybody who is seeking hope,” the former LPM leader lamented.
He described Dalsan’s comments as foolish, idiotic, divisive.
Prudent said the remarks do not give the feel that people who want to replace the current administration are serious about Saint Lucia.
Prudent asserted that at the end of the day, regardless of which administration is in power, it will have to deal with both black and white investors.
“They’re still going to have to deal with foreigners,” he explained.
“Unless we have a serious system of governance in this country with a serious strategic plan for economic growth, we will always have to find ourselves depending on tourism and foreign investors,” the former LPM leader told St Lucia Times.
He declared that people like Harold Dalsan have to tone down their language because the wider world is listening.
According to Prudent, this is especially important in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout associated with it.
“You don’t want people thinking that Saint Lucia is anti-foreigner or anti-white,” he stated.
Prudent said people need a message that is more uplifting from politicians who want to replace the current Allen Chastanet administration.
Headline photo caption: Harold Dalsan (stock photo)