Category Archives: Philosophy

BOOK: Shame On Me: an anatomy of race and belonging – By Tessa McWatt

Shame On Me: an anatomy of race and belonging

By Tessa McWatt             Listen to excerpt and view ordering information here

What are you?’            

Tessa McWatt knows first-hand that the answer to this question, often asked of people of colour by white people, is always more complicated than it seems. Is the answer English, Scottish, British, Caribbean, Portuguese, Indian, Amerindian, French, African, Chinese, Canadian? Like most families, hers is steeped in myth and the anecdotes of grandparents and parents who recount their histories through the lens of desire, aspiration, loss, and shame.      Continue reading

VIDEO: REMEMBER what is really important in LIFE

WHAT IS GUYANA’S DESTINY? – By Geoffrey Da Silva – former Ambassador. CEO. Minister and Consul General

WHAT IS GUYANA’S DESTINY?

Geoffrey Da Silva

National Unity with Equal Economic Opportunities
                            or
An Ethnic and Political Stalemate with the Consequences of
Persistent Poverty and Bouts of Temporary Insanity

This is a contribution to the many broad initiatives of those Guyanese and friends of Guyana who are searching for ways to build national unity and provide equal economic opportunities for Guyanese in all the ethnic communities. Some persons support a particular political party and many are not politically aligned. It does not matter.

Most importantly, they belong to all the ethnic communities in Guyana and they want a new beginning for Guyana.

I humbly present these reflections and action proposals for critical review and correction. There are five reflections and two action proposals. They are divided into seven Parts so that you can read them separately, at your own convenience.:      (PDF copy below) Continue reading

US Elections – analyzing data to predict result in November 2020 – The Economist

Forecasting the US elections

The Economist is analysing polling, economic and demographic data to predict America’s elections in 2020

The Economist has just launched its first-ever statistical forecast of a US presidential election. Using machine-learning techniques to combine polls with fundamental factors, such as the economy and presidential approval ratings, it estimates Joe Biden’s and Donald Trump’s probabilities of winning each individual state and the election overall.

It is the first model to correct for differences in the willingness of supporters of each party to talk to pollsters. The model’s projections are updated daily to reflect the latest available data.

READ MORE: https://projects.economist.com/us-2020-forecast/president?

Message: Guyana-born Eddy Grant – A Change Is Going To Come Monologue + Videos

Message: Eddy Grant – A Change Is Going To Come – Video

Released by Ice Records – June 10, 2020

“Now in the streets there is violence and ah lots of work to be done” (Electric Avenue – 1982)

As hundreds of thousands of Black Lives Matter demonstrators take to the streets across the world to protest the recent killing of George Floyd, international recording artist Eddy Grant strikes a very different and sombre note.

In this thought-provoking monologue, ‘A Change Is Going To Come’, Grant again puts it on the line, mindful of the possible backlash to his career as an artist from his white fans and friends alike. But as he says, ‘if not now, then when.” Grant who is the international spokesperson for the Guyana Reparations Committee says “if there is going to be a change, let there be a change of significant proportions.      Continue reading

Music Video: “A Better Place” – Be part of the Global call to action

This song brings together musicians from around the world to speak out against inequality and for social justice.

No matter who you are – what religion, race, caste or gender – no matter where you live, each one of us has a right to live in freedom, dignity and peace.

Be part of the Global call to action.  

Make your voice heard and tell us what you think would make the world a Better Place!

HISTORY: A swift goodbye to some racist imagery and policy – National Geographic

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TODAY’S BIG QUESTION: WINDOW DRESSING, OR THE ROAD TO CHANGE?

By Debra Adams Simmons, HISTORY Executive Editor  – National Geographic

Hope infused last week’s broad Juneteenth celebrations and U.S. Supreme Court decisions protecting nearly 700,000 “Dreamers” from deportation and the civil rights of America’s LBGTQ communities.

Statues fell, flags with Confederate symbols came down, portraits of house speakers who served in the Confederacy were removed from the U.S. Congress. Venerable brands, which have long used labels such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s, announced an end to faces on food boxes and bottles that were born in racist stereotypes. Longtime companies that worked with slavers and profited from them, such as Lloyds’ of London, apologized to the Black community and promised to make amends.          Continue reading

Video: Black Panthers White Lies | Curtis Austin | TEDxOhioStateUniversity

Video: Black Panthers White Lies | Curtis Austin | TEDxOhioStateUniversity

What made the Black Panther Party successful, as well as politically dangerous? In his very personal talk, activist and historian, Dr. Curtis Austin tells his story of being labeled a ‘felon’ as a result of his research on the Black Panther Party. Dr. Austin details the major successes of the Black Panther Party and the key action behind those successes.           Continue reading

USA Politics: Meet Our US 2020 Election Forecasting Model – The Economist

In early June, it gives Donald Trump a one-in-five shot at re-election

The Economist

Four months ago, Donald Trump’s odds of winning a second term had never looked better. After an easy acquittal in his impeachment trial, his approval rating had reached its highest level in three years, and was approaching the upper-40s range that delivered re-election to George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Unemployment was at a 50-year low, setting him up to take credit for a strong economy. And Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, had won the popular vote in each of the first three Democratic primary contests.

But even by Mr Trump’s frenetic standards, the tumble in his political stock since then has been remarkably ABRUPT. First, Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s moderate and well-liked vice-president, pulled off a comeback for the ages, surging from the verge of dropping out to presumptive nominee.              Continue reading

Videos: USA Racism: Jane Elliott Interview, Black Nouveau Exclusive | Parts 1-3

USA Racism: Black Nouveau – PBS| Jane Elliott Interview in 2017, Parts 1-3

Jane Elliott – Interview with diversity trainer and human rights advocate trainer. – by James Causey – PBS Milwaukee

See Parts 2 and 3 below      Continue reading

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