Racial inequality in the Anglophone Caribbean: comparing the cases of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago

February 28, 2022 - Dr. Monique Kelly

MSU Sociology Assistant Professor Monique Kelly has published research which compares affluence and status in Jamaica with Trinidad and Tobago, both Black majority countries.

She found that while both countries show a distinct advantance in education, wealth and household amenities for white residents, the disparity between skin color and affluence is less in Trinidad and Tobago.

"In Jamaica, whites have the highest per capita incomes as well as the most household amenities, along with the Chinese. Blacks have the lowest household incomes and amenities. In Trinidad and Tobago, whites have the most household amenities, and they and Syrians/Lebanese share the highest per capita household incomes. However, East Indians have the fewest household amenities and lowest per capita household income. In sum, the census data reveal stark ethno-racial inequality in both countries.

White advantage is consistent, but black disadvantage is not," Dr. Kelly wrote.

To read the full article, go to: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ZN4JDHDHYPIBBMCT6ZPW/full?target=10.1080/1369183X.2022.2044767

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