Division of the races was the policy of colonisation. Integration of the races must be the policy of Independence.
Separation and fragmentation were the policy of colonialism and rival colonialisms. Association and integration must be the policy of Independence. -Dr. Eric Williams, August 31st, 1962
My dear Sonny,
We are both labourers in the vineyard.
It is in this spirit that I send you this book.
That was 1970. “Bill”, of course, was Prime Minister Eric Williams. The vineyard was economic integration. West Indians were nurturing Caribbean unity from the CARIFTA seedling to the sapling of Caribbean Community. The blossoms of CARICOM and the Treaty of Chaguaramas had actually sprouted.
In this Lecture, I want to follow that inscription through the decades that have passed, asking what has come of our labours – what is the state of the vineyard?