Celebrating West Indian Day
Friday, August 30, 2013
This Monday is the annual West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn. What are you looking forward to? What does your Caribbean heritage mean to you?
And how do we view the issue of violence? In six of the last ten years, at least one person has been murdered near the parade route. In the Daily News, Caribbean affairs columnist Jared McCallister writes:
Remember, 17 people were shot around the city in a single day earlier this month and there were no scantily-clad masqueraders or steelpan music to be found. Let’s start to focus on the real problems — violence in the city streets and homes. Carnivals don’t attack people, but criminals do.
Do you agree with McCallister's take? How much does violence define the parade, or do you see it as media sensationalism? Call 212-433-9692 to join the conversation, or post below.