Professor Michelle Cromwell Highlighted in Trinidad & Tobago Express

This article originally appeared in Trinidad & Tobago Express on August 25, 2007.

The Peace Doctor returns: Dr. Michelle Cromwell

By Rhea-Simone Auguste

Is there racial tension in Trinidad? Really? In the land where every creed and race is supposed to have an equal place?

According to Dr Michelle Cromwell, the answers to these questions are yes, yes and yes.

That may come as a surprise to those who only know Trinidad from what they see in tourist pamphlets, which often show African descendants and Indian descendants holding hands, maybe even singing songs and dancing together all with smiles on their faces.

But, as the saying goes, all that glitters is not gold and so it has been for several years as the conflict exists at the core while racial rivalry only rears its ugly head in certain situations.

A Trinidad native, Cromwell believes such disaffection exists because, historically speaking, the two races had different roles with respect to slavery and the system of indenture, which eventually led to the racial stereotyping that still exists today.

Dr. Cromwell will be speaking about her experiences November 14th from 5:00-6:30PM in the Presidents’ Dining Room in the Rosemary Ashby Student Center.