Can art change the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago?

February 19, 2007

quintinsmall.jpgI don’t have an answer to that question (yet) but I’ve been thinking about it ever since I read Quintin Victor’s Trinidad Junction profile. Quintin grew up in Mt Dor Champs Fleurs, one of Trinidad’s poorer neighbourhoods and is, like many TrinBagonians, disgusted with the crime situation. Although surrounded by drug dealers, drug pushers, and all types of gangsters as a young man, he fought against the mold and sought out an honest life. His poetry is simple, straightforward and frank. He tells it like it is. He might not have a solution to the problems currently plaguing the nation, but his words will surely get you thinking. And for me, thought has always been the most powerful catalyst for change.

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