Public Service Association President, Watson Duke, has defended his use of a racial slur when calling on members of the public not to support the People's National Movement (PNM) in the upcoming local government election.
Speaking on a morning talk show on Power 102, he only apologised to those who misunderstood what he meant when using the term.
"The only regret I have is that the word—use of the word—is being misunderstood by a number of voters and maybe a few supporters because the word has been misused and abused," said Duke, " but n____r is a Latin word that literally means black. However, while the word continues with the same pronunciation, the spelling changed over time and the meaning changed over time. It actually turned out to be a very derogatory word eventually, for a great part of our history, to put down black people."
However, Duke said the word has held a different connotation recently.
"But currently it is used as a term of endearment among black people. When the word was used yesterday, it was used as part of my oratory skills," he said.
When asked if he felt it was appropriate to use the word on Monday, Duke said based on the treatment of public servants, it was one of the ways to get his message across.
He once again repeated his concern that despite announcements of salary increases for On the Job Trainees (OJTs), CEPEP and URP workers and the minimum wage, public servants saw no increase for six years.
"What about the public servants? They continue to leave us out. The PM goes on the radio and says they are lazy; they are good for nothing. The PNM continues to beat us with whips on our back," said Duke. "You tell me I don't feel like a n____r? I feel like a n____r. I feel like a man with a whip upon my back. I feel oppressed!"
Story by PETER CHRISTOPHER
Image courtesy WATSON DUKE (Facebook)