Tone is ignorant though. He said that no one accused CARICOM of being xenophobic and against Pan-Africanism, to which I demonstrated that Pan-Africanists in the Caribbean themselves have criticized CARICOM for divisive policies. Like I said, the label xenophobic typically isn’t used by Caribbean people, but the criticisms of CARICOM are obviously related to xenophobic policies. But since you seem so caught up on labels and semantics more so than substance, I’ll help you out. Here is the former prime minister of Barbados specifically mentioning “xenophobia” in the region. He’s saying the same thing that others have said about the Caribbean, but most others don’t use the actual word xenophobia to get their point across. The substance of these criticisms are all the same, regardless of the precise labels being used.

And Tone wouldn’t critique CARICOM because he supports it. From what I have seen most people in the ADOS movement support CARICOM, largely because they know little about CARICOM and how that institution hinders the Caribbean’s progress. That and CARICOM is opposed to Pan-Africanism, just like ADOS’ co-founders are opposed to Pan-Africanism, so there’s an ideological similarity as well.

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) is a Guyanese born Pan-Africanist, author, and law student.

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