Cro Cro’s Corruption in Common Entrance was racist rubbish

I hear Cro Cro been dragging his behind financially and now get a lil wuk with CEPEP and I get a good laugh from that.

Cro Cro’s Corruption in Common Entrance was racist rubbish
Photo : Ramdath Jagessar

A Piece of garbage was that racist Cro Cro, and so was his calypso.

He accused Indians, white people, Syrians and everybody but black people of using bribery and corruption to get their children in the prestige denominational schools, leaving the black children to suffer in the inferior junior secondary schools.

Dumbass didn't know or want to know that denominational schools had an agreement with his PNM government allowing them to choose 20% of the intake at Common Entrance level, but only if they had passed.

If a child had failed the Common Entrance he or she couldn't get in to the prestige school. The Ministry of Education, i.e mostly black people, allocated the other 80% of the intake to the prestige schools based on merit meaning the level of their passes in the common entrance.

Cro Cro was so anxious to blame other races that he forgot a little thing called facts.

I know this situation well because I helped organize the Committee Against Racism in Calypso that mounted a nationwide protest against his racist and stupid calypso. A funny thing happened, which was that almost the entire black community in Trinidad supported Cro Cro!

But our Committee kicked his mangy ass good and proper, the first time a calypso king had gotten that kind of public protest.

And there was a longer-term result of this episode. Cro Cro had been attacking Indians in his calypsoes for years but this was the worst. He and a couple other calypsonians would bring out anti-Indian calypsoes every year.

This Corruption in Common Entrance was the last straw for many Indians.

My coordinator in the committee, Rajnie Ramlakhan, started writing and asking Indians why they were paying their money to go to calypso tents to be insulted by racist nobodies like Cro Cro.

Indians listened and gradually stopped going to calypso tents.

And you know what?

Everybody realized then that Indians were the main supporters of the calypso tents, buying tickets and giving sponsorship from their businesses.

And just like that, all the calypso tents in Trinidad crashed and buss up, and they have never recovered to this day. Nasty racists like Cro Cro succeeded in killing off their prized calypso tents.

When the tents crashed calypso itself take a major hit and for years has been on life support.

Indians switched their patronage to chutney which continues to do well financially.

I hear Cro Cro been dragging his behind financially and now get a lil wuk with CEPEP and I get a good laugh from that.

The great calypso punisher of the Indians eating grass by the side of the road, with his calypso and calypso tents going down the drain with the other garbage.