Every state rightfully celebrates on their independence anniversary.
However, as the birthday celebrations wind down for the ‘Sweet Helen of the West Indies’, it is important to reflect on the reason that there is something so much sweeter and deeper about independence day for a West Indian people.
Even more specifically, St. Lucia, which was fought for 14 times by the British and the French.
A people, displaced and stripped of EVERYTHING,then given multiple identities through colonialism, taught that they were dumb, ugly and the scum between Alfalfa’s toes. A people who had so many shades, shapes and hair textures by 1979 that it’s a wonder we made it to 38!
A unique blossom from African slaves, Indian slaves, Colonial (European) ‘Masters’ and the remnant of the native Carib Indians, we stand strong and able and I am so proud. Is it any wonder we love telling people ‘I am St. Lucia.’
In 1979 St. Lucia became a state. The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined territory; (c) government; and (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.
#I am St. Lucia #GOD bless our land. #everyone’s bucket list item, we call it home!
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