Courtney Crum Ewing was Martyred and Forgotten in Guyana – By Dr. David Hinds

Courtney Crum Ewing was Martyred and Forgotten in Guyana

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds

It’s been three months now since Courtney Crum Ewing was murdered on the streets in Guyana. His demise drew widespread condemnation from large sections of the society. The masses in conjunction with the political leaders transformed his funeral into carnival of protest. That moment may have had something to do with the collective energy that would make May 11 a historic day.

The then government instructed the police to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of the killer or killers. Many pointed to a political motive. The then opposition vowed to find the killers if the assume office. Civil Society lifted their voices.  

At the time, I chided all of us for remaining silent when Courtney was alive and doing his protest against wrongs in high places.  I still feel that way. There is something about Guyana and the rest of the Anglophone Caribbean that prevents us from waging relentless struggles in defence of our rights and dignity. We come alive only after the extreme has been done to us. And then we go back to sleep.

This is exactly the case with the Courtney Crum Ewing issue. Apart from Kaieteur News, which launched a fund and recently handed over the proceeds to Courtney’s mother, the brother’s sacrifice has become a victim of that sickness I referred to above.

A few weeks ago, as she was leavingthe venue where a group of us had met to celebrate the birthday of a young activist, Courtney’s mother approached me. She asked me to use my voice to help bring justice for her son. She spoke in a quiet and dignified tone, but her frustration was evident.

On Friday last, I briefly joined a picketing exercise mounted by his parents and friends at the corner of Middle and Carmichael streets to draw attention to the fact that there is still no justice for Courtney. As I approached the picket line, I was struck by the small number of picketers. Then I saw Courtney’s mother standing in the line, picket in hand. I went straight to her and apologized for up till that time not honoring my promise to do something to highlight her plight.  I had started to talk about it on the Walter Rodney Groundings program but time had run out. This commentary is part of honoring that promise I made to her.

The few of us on that picket line looked like a lonely bunch. Others passed in their cars or on foot and a few curiously looked at us. One or two stopped to enquire what the picket was about.  The majority went about their business as if we didn’t exist. Absent was the huge crowd that attended Courtney’s funeral. The politicians were nowhere in sight. It felt lonely. The media, it seems, could not be bothered; they were absent. Oh what a place of short memory! We martyred Crum Ewing and the forgot him.

Will there be justice for Courtney Crum Ewing? I am told his partisan preference was the AFC. We know he died urging support for the APNU+AFC Coalition. The Coalition is in office now. Courtney’s killers are walking free. Why must the blood of poor people always be shed in vain?

While on the picket line, I stole a few glances at Courtney’s mother and I saw the loneliness in her demeanour. It could have been my mother in her place. I walked across to her again and asked if she and her husband would appear on Cuffy250’s TV show, African Drums, heard on Channel 9 on Sundays at 8pm, to speak about justice for her son. She agreed. I have arranged for the interview to be aired this Sunday.

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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 YouTube Channel Hinds’ Sight: Dr. David Hinds’ Guyana-Caribbean Politics and on his website www.guyanacaribbeanpolitics.com. Send comments to dhinds6106@aol.com

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Comments

  • de castro  On July 15, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Someone somewhere knows who done it !
    From what was reported there was more than one in the car from where the fatal shots were fired.The local police must know of suspects who may not have been involved in the murder. Was there a “bribe” or “cover up” by locals or police.
    There are more questions than answers.
    A public enquiry should be demanded by families and friends of COURTNEY CRUM EWING from the new administration in government.
    Was it not the “sacrificial lamb” that helped them to power.
    Come on Guyana government do the right thing.
    Justice will not only seem to be done it will be done.
    No life is cheap Courtney’s priceless.
    Let’s have the enquiry not tomorrow “yesterday”.

    Kamtan

  • Thinker  On July 15, 2015 at 9:24 am

    It is reported that two cars were involved in the hit. Nowhere in the press have I seen a description of the cars in terms of colour or make. What exactly have witnesses said? Some people were held and then released and we have no idea who or why. Can we see a google map of the area? The newspapers never did recover from the Burnham regime where no one dared say anything and common sense questions were enough reason to suspect the questioner’s loyalties. There will be no massive return of retired expatriate Guyanese when criminal; investigation is so ragged. Let’s not even mention DNA evidence and corruption in the police.

  • de castro  On July 15, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Sad state of affairs !
    Am still optimistic for the future……but even that is now “fading”….. Sad indeed.

  • Gigi  On July 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Hinds, your peeps martyred this guy for collateral damage. Surely, you don’t expect them to reveal their nefarious doings. Or are you hoping they would “investigate” and pin it on someone Indian to fit the real agenda of you and your kind. You and your people are as easy to read as a kindergartner. Good gracious, that American education didn’t do you much good. Oh well, you are not alone.

    —-

    “If the United States wants to go on as a world power, it must strengthen its brain power against China. But this will only work if it can entice highly qualified immigrants to come to the country….no other industrialized nation — East Asian, Scandinavian or other English-speaking country — has fallen further behind in learning competencies than the USA….[an] OECD study from May 2015, … predicted that by 2030, the global pool of engineers and scientists will be 37 percent Chinese but only 4.2 percent American.”

    http://watchingamerica.com/WA/2015/06/16/america-urgently-needs-more-immigrants/

  • de castro  On July 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Gigi
    There you go again…..preaching “racism” …..please please its not INDIA against “AFRICA” anymore…….its RICH V POOR…..haves V haves not.
    The USA is a world power “militarily” after Russia.
    EU is still a world power “economically” after USA.

    INDIA CHINA and AFROARABIA are upcoming world powers….and some
    westernised Asian states and japan OZ NZ.

    Let’s all move forward politically and economically.

    Still enjoy your “explosive” prose.
    Hugsxx

  • Thinker  On July 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Notice the “you and your kind/ilk stuff” coming from Gigi and Ram Jagessar. There are others in the black community without doubt who see Guyana as simply an arena for struggle between the two major groups. Hinds was jailed by the PNC so at least he can be considered a man of principle. Ad hominem arguments are never really convincing. The point is that Guyana must get to the bottom of this assassination as well as that of Walter Rodney. A new constitution must strenghten the independence of the police and the judiciary or we will keep going around in circles. It is very sad that any group can be designated as “the enemy”. That is how Hitler encouraged Germans to think of Jews, gypsies and others..

  • sirenagx  On July 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Thanks Thinker. It is the absence of rational thinkers on the blog in the Guyana media that is so disturbing. Without that, we will keep making the same mistakes. Bloggers in the S/N like to call each other soup drinkers, when most of them fit that description. It was also reported that Mr. Crum Ewing was having some dispute with other people over land, if true this may have nothing to do with politics. The police should be aggressively pursuing leads and offering a reward to get the truth and prosecute the guility. When will so many Guyanese stop looking at issues thru racial lens, and think critically and demand acccountability fromboth govt. & opposijtion, and recognize that politicians seldom act solely on behalf of their supporters. Just saying

  • Adolphus B. Goodluck  On July 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    As an activist in Guyana Labour Union, against Bookers. I closed down their Security Department for better working conditions and WON.Even though LFSB
    did not agree with me forgetting Pay for the days we were on STRIKE, I felt good
    in that I show them this little BLACK BOY can stand-up to them and get better working conditions for Bookers Security Guards. My point is LFSB let us down by
    not seeing that Bookers Pay us for the days we were on STRIKE. I am calling on all GUYENESE to STANDUP AND FIGHT YOUR LEADERS FOR JUSTICE>

  • de castro  On July 16, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    When “racism” is endemic in society it takes more than “antibiotics” to control it.
    Sometimes “natural” medicines work but may take longer.
    Racism in Guyana will never be eradicated but its up to
    next two generations to make sure it is on the decline
    and laws made to reflect that…..
    Am optimistic for future.

  • Adolphus B. Goodluck  On July 18, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Granger have a BIG task ahead of HIM, I pray that he draw his belt tight, because it is not going to be easy. He is slim and strong,as they say mager
    na weakness. My brother brace yourself, it would be coming from both sides,
    show them who is BOSS. Even your own tries to sell you out sometimes.I`m
    watching and I am going to “Golden KEY” the situation for you, have no fear.

    Adolphus.

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