The Grenadian Revolution and the Involvement of the OECS, Caricom & the United States Government

(Photo credit: Caldwell Taylor — Wikipedia on “Saltfish Hall.” Here is the link: https://wikigrenada.com/wiki/Saltfish_Hall)

(Photo credit: Ann Elizabeth Wilder. You can find more information from her website @ http://www.thegrenadarevolutiononline.com/)GrenvillePoliceStation.jpg

August 2016 — I am in the process of composing a short excerpt on the Grenadian Revolution as we approach the 33rd Anniversary of Maurice Bishop’s execution, along with his cabinet members, on 19th October, 1983. I am fascinated by the massacre on Fort Rupert. I have spent the entire summer researching, writing, and interviewing a various number of Grenadians and foreigners who were present during the months October and November. I’ve asked them to share their experiences from that shell-shocked day and  the lessons learned. There is such richness still to be explored that gives context to the situation and the outcomes on that day. The tragedies are not isolated and void of connectivity, like electricity, the events on Fort Rupert were conducted in collaboration with other forms of misguided judgements — meaning, events leading up to the 19th, the 19th, and the days to follow. From what I’ve gathered, the revolution failed before it began. Though, one thing is certain: it was not done in vain. The attempt to transform society, historically, comes with profits and losses. No revolution happens without bloodshed and the loss of lives. One’s heritage and sense of self, both as an individual within a family/community and as a citizen within a nation, is questioned and restructured. I hope to further excavate and trace these divergences.

Here is a random selection from what I have written thus far (unedited — I have a thing for posting the unedited versions, it’s all part of the process, haaha):

The most detailed source on the events of 19th October which coalesce the events leading up to the 19th and the days afterward, is Maurice Paterson’s Big Sky/Little Bullet. In it, one can trace the voices of the Grenadian masses. Their fears, their excitement, their terror, their shock, and their incomprehension of the day’s events. It also gives a psycho-social awareness of the Grenadian masses and how one thing led to another, with no one in control. There were many hands, all grabbing for solid ground, knocking over anything in its way to safety and self-preservation. Paterson’s docu-novel is filled with local dialogue and local understandings of the political atmosphere on that day, the days prior, and the months that followed. It goes in and out, making connections to and from person to person, place to place, country to country, and event to event. It is the most sustained source I have found and will ever find. 

 

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