The election African Guyanese have helped to lift our collective political culture – Dr. David Hinds

In the course of the election African Guyanese have helped to lift our collective political culture

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

The APNU-AFC Coalition’s victory in Guyana was made possible by the priceless contributions of Guyanese of all ethnicities and social class. Women and men voted and gave moral and practical support. The elderly, the not so old and the very young came forward in their numbers. In the end it was a Guyanese victory for all Guyanese.

But we would be dishonest if we did not recognize the particular role played by the African Guyanese section of the electorate. Some analysts have contended that it was the increased votes in Region 4 that ultimately made the difference. Perhaps the craziness that accompanies any discussion of race and ethnicity precludes any such assertion. So, at the risk of being accused of introducing race, let me be the first to do so openly and unambiguously.  

African Guyanese were the majority ethnicity of the Unity Train.  The African Guyanese youth led the way, casting off the curse of apathy and disinterest in public politics. Young Black men, often the most abused section of our society, stepped up as never before. African Guyanese women, of all ages and classes, were constant mothers, daughters and sisters of the flock.

And most of all, when the PPP, in the days after the election tried to provoke African Guyanese, the people displayed a patience that nailed the lie of the angry, violent African. Finally, the African Guyanese community showed an unbelievably high level of respect for their non-African comrades in the Unity Train. Moses Nagamootoo was embraced not as a token, but as a brother-leader-in arms.

As they did in 2011, African Guyanese voted for National Unity, Equality and Mutual Respect and in the process have helped to lift our collective political culture. As an African Guyanese who believes in an equal unity, I salute the African Guyanese Sisterin and Brethren. Big up the Massive.

Dr. David Hinds, a political activist and commentator, is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Caribbean and African Diaspora Studies at Arizona State University. More of his writings and commentaries can be found on his You tube Channel Hinds’ Sight: Dr. David Hinds’ Guyana-Caribbean Politicsand  on his website http://www.guyanacaribbeanpolitics.com

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  • Hilary Serrao D.  On 05/17/2015 at 10:30 am

    Yesterday there was a march of about 100 guyanese celebrating our new President. It wad really nice as they were dancing and singing with a green flag while marching. This occured in the Toronto section of Ontario Canada. They were all happy as they should be. Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network. From: Guyanese OnlineSent: Sunday, May 17, 2015 10:20 AMTo: paratepuy@gmail.comReply To: Guyanese OnlineSubject: [New post] The election African Guyanese have helped to lift our collective political culture – Dr. David Hinds

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    guyaneseonline posted: “In the course of the election African Guyanese have helped to lift our collective political culture

    Dr. David Hinds

    The APNU-AFC Coalition’s victory in Guyana was made possible by the priceless contributions of Guyanese of all ethnicities and so”

  • Thinker  On 05/17/2015 at 10:38 am

    Is this the level of analysis one expects to get from an esteemed professor? One should also add that thanks to the good showing for the opposition in region 6 Indians played a crucial role in the victory. Can someone post me a doctorate?

  • Raymond  On 05/17/2015 at 11:17 am

    Hinds train of thought,if it can be called that,is exactly what Guyana doesn’t need at present.
    He can single handedly destroy the goodwill being reaped by President Granger at present.
    Vile man Hinds!

  • Adolphus B. Goodluck  On 05/17/2015 at 12:39 pm

    Truth is Truth, when some would be moping in disappointment of what is, others would be doing just the opposite. We just have to not pay them any mind and just
    move on and look to the future.May GOD Bless our new administration.

    Adolphus B. Goodluck

  • sirenagx  On 05/17/2015 at 6:38 pm

    But we would be dishonest if we did not recognize the particular role played by the African Guyanese section of the electorate”. Is it possible that it is the old fashioned racial voting – dressed up by Writery with lofty language? Nothng wrong with it, but voting united nationally is better. Best wishes to new government.

  • Raymond  On 05/18/2015 at 8:19 pm

    Okay,so let’s get down to brass tacks.
    Victory could not have been achieved if East Indians and Guyanese of other creeds and races did not vote for the coalition party.
    Hinds and company put that in your pipe and smoke it.
    Nuff said!
    Best of luck to the new government.
    This present government have the goodwill and opportunity to unify the Guyanese people like in times past.

  • Raymond  On 05/18/2015 at 9:47 pm

    Goodbye all!

    • Thinker  On 05/18/2015 at 10:01 pm

      Once some are convinced that there was rigging, there is no hope of unifying the population. For instance we may not see the same crowd turning up for the Guyana festival here in Toronto. Everything is still likely to be partisan. Perhaps the new administration should set a higher standard – no partisan political statements in speeches when meeting Guyanese abroad on national occasions..

  • Gigi  On 05/19/2015 at 10:48 am

    This explains why Hinds is an adjunct professor living on welfare. Yes, folks 25% of adjunct professor in the US live on welfare. And the ones from underdeveloped countries are targeted by mediocre colleges because they can be paid didley squat. But Hinds differ from other adjuncts in that he is one of those who wants to get to get out of the barrel but refuses to give up the welfare dole. I had an African-Trinidadian professor of Hinds status who was proud to state she collects welfare and that America is good to her because she went to college for free, too. (I might add that she was likely given her degree and it was not earned. Next time I will post some emails I kept from a English professor who was given a PHd from Columbia. You decide if he really earned his degree or if he was another MLK, who (it was known at the time) plagiarized over 70% of his doctorate)

    Anyway, this semester I have 3 professors who are adjuncts but are not of Hinds caliber. Why? Here’s the breakdown…

    White Jewish male – teaches at 2 colleges classes and high school.
    Pakistani Muslim – teaches at 5 colleges including NYU and Rutgers
    Hispanic male – teaches at 4 colleges including Pace.

    See the difference in ambition and motivation?

    How many screeds have Hinds written claiming that African Guyanese don’t vote race when ACTUAL history proves otherwise.

    This election was stolen through violence, intimidation, and blatant thievery and Hinds and company are proud of this reputation they are continuing to uphold. Where are the role models for our youths. This generation is not going to find them in this pathetic bunch

    I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN THE PPP/C FOR TAKING THIS LYING DOWN. SHOW SOME SPINE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gigi  On 05/19/2015 at 10:51 am

    * teaches 2 college classes, was originally going to say teaches at two colleges.

    • Thinker  On 05/19/2015 at 7:45 pm

      Hinds is described not as an Adjunct Professor but an Associate Professor. As far as I am aware that position is one between an assistant professor and a full professorship. Perhaps Gigi knows better but I doubt it..

  • Gigi  On 05/19/2015 at 11:16 am

    more corrections….

    Sorry, this is finals week – 2 finals today, 1yesterday, 1 Thursday plus a 25 page paper due to another “history professor” who can’t even “remember” his upbringing (one time he told me he’s from a solid middle class family and the other he told me his mother was cleaning lady…poor soul) so I purposefully tried to stay away from Guyanese Online only because I feel driven to comment. But having read Hinds in the SN and Chronicle I knew that his writing would be here and I just had to say something.

    * 25% of people on welfare are adjunct professors… not 25% of adjunct professors.

    * dissertation … not doctorate

    I’m sure there are more errors but I don’t claim to have a PhD.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 05/19/2015 at 10:16 pm

    The way for the government to go – grow – is to start a conversation with the Opposition – away from the formalities of Parliament. With a ONE-Seat majority, there is no room for high-handedness – There is work to be done!! Hold your nose and get to work ….

  • Luc  On 10/03/2015 at 1:44 pm

    So now we have Venezuela taking Iakoko from us and now they want Essequibo. What is our government doing about this? We need to take them to the international court and get a court decree against them including a breach of the 1899 agreement plus damages going back fifty years. Maduro needs to be subpoenaed as soon as possible to show up at the international court. Make sure you get monetary damages and you can use that to fix our country.

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