Guyana’s Villages: Pray Tell- What has happened to our Village? – By Yvonne Sam

  – By Yvonne Sam

Way back then during my growing up years, there were many things that Black folks did not have.  Nevertheless, there was one thing that we did have, which replaced and made up for those things we lacked. 

The Black village of yesteryear was not restricted to just family members; essentially any face you saw that looked like yours was most likely a part of the village. Basically everybody looked out for everybody. Although we did not have cell phones, like many people today, we were more connected to the latest updates and happenings in each other lives, than we are now.                 

During those days the Black folks were not selfish. Instead it was our wish to see one another progress, because everybody was considered the same in the community. We did not have a choice but to help one another and also support one another, because if we did not nobody else would.

With the introduction of integration into Western culture, along with the improvement of modern technology, has come the destruction of the Black village.  Currently, the village has been replaced by smartphones, tablets and video games. Now we have an entire generation, who are raising themselves and those who should be the most concerned about this epidemic are too busy politicking and squabbling over positions and titles to give a damn.

Many of our young ones possess no idea of who they are and where they come from.

No longer does the village consist of old wise folk and resourceful members and leaders of the community. Everybody is too busy worried about and catering to selfishness. As a consequence in order to fully understand what has happened to our village, we must first understand what has happened to us.

Aleuta— The struggle continues.

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  • Lall Hardeen  On November 15, 2019 at 10:18 am

    It is inevitable that technology will permeate every aspect of our lives. The trick is to use it for improvement that will enhance the fabrics that bind us and include the less fortunate.

  • Trevor  On November 17, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    “Many of our young ones possess no idea of who they are and where they come from.”

    Since you’re writing from Canada, you might know that young Canadian children who have 0.01% of Amerindian ancestry (from their European great-great-grandfather raping an Amerindian girl).

    These same 0.01% “Aboriginal Natives” white Canadians then apply for “Indian status” and become a protected group of people and obtain benefits who are supposed to be for the Amerindians living in the concentration camps, cross that out! I mean “reservations”.

    The whites have fooled us telling us that we are “all human beings” and “race is a social construct”.

    If race is a social construct, why are white Canadians with 0.01% Aboriginal DNA applying for Indian status?

    If race is a social construct, why are white countries such as Italy, Poland, Hungary and soon to be Western Europe very racist against brown, Oriental and African descendant people, that they are implementing racial laws such as white females only getting a bonus from the government for every white child that they produce?

    It seems that the whites want us to become corporate slaves while the whites piggy bank off from the non-white cultures by culturally appropriating it.

    I could post lots of WhatsApp messages from Guyanese and Trinis living in the white countries, how their accents were viewed negatively in their workplaces and how one even lost his job because a female co-worker thought he said a sexually charged word based on his accent.

    But nowadays, the white girls, and the white 0.01% Amerindian people are reciting and imitating fake Jamaican slang because it’s trendy to the whites.

    Point is, we as the West Indian peoples, locally and in the white countries, should be proud of our cultures. The whites want us to surrender it in order for them to profit from it.

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