Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader Philip J. Pierre, declaring that he’s black and proud, has invited people to judge him on his track record.
Pierre made the comments to reporters Wednesday.
His remarks came against the backdrop of suggestions that election candidates with a lighter skin tone would possess certain advantages.
The SLP leader responded to a reporter’s question regarding Peter Josie’s comments as to why he (Josie) believed Prime Minister Allen Chastanet had those advantages.
Josie made the comments during a television appearance.
“All I can tell you – I’ll use the famous phrase: ‘I’m black and proud!'” Pierre declared.
When the reporter indicated that some people believe that a darker skin tone lessens an individual’s advantage, Pierre stated that he is not engaging in that kind of discussion.
“As I said before, judge me on my competence, judge me on my experience, judge me on my integrity, judge me on my track record in the ministries I have held,” the SLP leader stated.
“Judge me on the fact that I have presided over the construction of over seven new hotels in Saint Lucia. Judge me on the fact that I have built 21 new bridges with absolutely no talk of corruption,” Pierre said.
And asked whether the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) should condemn Peter Josie over his skin colour references, Pierre said he cannot tell the UWP what to do.
At the same time, the SLP leader said the UWP is afraid of the truth and promotes propaganda and innuendo.
“I can’t get involved in that,” Pierre stated.