Category Archives: Racial Conflict

Short Story: Risk and Reward – By Geoff Burrowes

– By Geoff Burrowes

    This is deeply personal. Still I think it will touch many people who have had similar experiences.

Like every small boy I came through child hood with scrapes and bruises, cuts and sprains. It comes from romping with friends, playing chaser, climbing trees and occasionally doing ‘stupidness’ like rubber gun fights and even mudball scraps. Sometimes we would be tempted into climbing neighbor’s mango trees when they had plenty big , ripe juicy mangos! Some even from learning to ride a bicycle! We used to call it “gravel rash”.

In school I used to skip  sports period whenever I could get away with it as I wasn’t one of the popular boys and wasn’t friends with the football and cricket form captains and rarely got picked until last and it was humiliating. So when I got the chance to play rugby, which was not a school sport I jumped at it. And loved it!          Continue reading

Guyana: History: Introducing a Multiracial Appeal of 1938: The ‘Negro-Indian Combine’ – By Nigel Westmaas

By October 24, 2021.-– By Nigel Westmaas

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Ruhoman was widely known for his interventions in the press. Politically conservative (he was an open critic of communism), he was a major contributor and respondent to social and political issues. His brother, Peter Ruhoman, was the author of the influential book, The Centenary History of the East Indians of British Guiana.        Continue reading

USA: Police ‘reform’ was always doomed to failure in a system built on racism – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By Mohamed Hamaludin

George Floyd’s May 25, 2020, killing provoked outrage, with massive crowds demonstrating here and abroad, demanding justice for Floyd and police reform. Justice came when his killer, Derek Chauvin, was tried and sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison, with three other officers facing lesser charges. But, on police reform, a Congressional effort to enact the necessary legislation has stalled in the Senate.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing bill, which the Democratic-led House passed since March, would ban tactics such as choke and carotid holds and no-knock warrants; improve police training; and fund community policing programs. The bill would also end “qualified immunity” which shields officers from most civil lawsuits; make it easier to prosecute officers accused of misconduct; ban racial, religious and discriminatory profiling and mandate training on such profiling.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Forest Spirits or Bush Spirits of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples – by Rosaliene Bacchus

by Rosaliene Bacchus – BLOG: Three Worlds One Vision

Photo: Silk Cotton Tree – Santa Mission Indigenous Settlement – Guyana

On October 8, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a presidential proclamation declaring October 11th as a national holiday in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Does this mean that we will no longer remember this day as Columbus Day? Growing up in what was then British Guiana, I was taught to regard the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) as a hero.

During his four voyages to the New World, he explored a vast area of the Caribbean Region that he called the West Indies. The gentle and kindhearted indigenous Arawak peoples who first welcomed Columbus and his crew knew not the misery that this encounter would later unleash upon their world.

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CANADA: British Columbians Invited To Help Shape Anti-Racism Data Legislation 

British Columbia – Canada

CANADA: Province of British Columbia:

British Columbians are encouraged to help shape B.C.’s anti-racism data legislation, so government can better identify existing gaps and create a more inclusive, equitable province. 

The public consultation will help inform government about how to collect data in a way that is reflective of the needs and experiences of Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) communities.

“Systemic racism exists everywhere, including in government policies and programs, and we know that too many communities are facing barriers in their lives because of it,” said Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives. “This engagement will help shed more light on the experiences of people using government services in B.C., so that we can break down these barriers they’re facing, identify gaps and deliver better supports. It will also ensure that our approach to collecting data meets the needs of IBPOC communities and does not exacerbate existing systemic issues.”      Continue reading

MUSIC – POLITICS: Bob Marley: Four of his most important political quotes – VIDEO

Bob Marley: Four of his most important political quotes.

SOE TV – 27 May 2021 – #bobmarley #jamaica #bobmarleyquotes

Robert Nestor Marley seems like a name that would make nearly everyone’s list of politically conscious musicians and the reasons cannot be far-fetched. He was a relentless Pan-Africanist who sang about the European colonization of the African mind and land as well as the relationships necessary for world peace. Outside Jamaica and particularly in Africa, he was Marley the pro-poor political emissary. It is in this light that we consider four of his most important political quotes on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his passing.

Bob Marley – the “Revolutionary”. See  more videos of his quotes at this link: https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/bobmarleyquotes

COMEDY: The Best of Trevor’s Accents – Between The Scenes | The Daily Show – video

COMEDY: The Best of Trevor’s Accents – Between The Scenes | The Daily Show

Comments:

Trevor Noah is a comedic genius and I love his intelligence and humor!!!

John Stewart certainly made the right choice in picking Trevor as his replacement. Trevor has definitely proved he is more than up to the task.

WORLD– Former slaving-owning nations getting reparations bills for trillions – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN – Final installment in a series

The African continent has sent Europe a $777 trillion reparations bill for enslaving 32 million of its people between 1450 and 1850 and theft of its minerals. The demand came during the first conference of the African World Reparations and Repatriation Truth Commission, held in Accra, Ghana. The Accra Declaration called for the debt to be paid within five years and also that African nations’ international debt be “unconditionally cancelled.”

The demand, made 21 years ago, has not been met. However, additional claims for reparations have also been made, including, in some cases, for the atrocities committed under colonialism. The Mau Mau in Kenya won a lawsuit in 2013 against the British government in a case filed by five elderly persons for torture and forced labor, Quartz Africa’s Lynsey Chutel reported. The court ordered the British government to pay $24.8 million to 5,000 Kenyans; another 40,000 filed a similar lawsuit.          Continue reading

GUYANA: The Sweet Drink Wars: Advertising: Newspapers, Posters, Cinemas, and Radio – By Vibert Cambridge


Stabroek News – By August 29, 2021

The war for the Guyanese palate was dominated by three urban companies. D’Aguiar Brothers Ltd., Wieting and Richter’s (W&R’s) Cold Storage and Ice Depot, and the Rahaman Soda Factory deployed a wide range of traditional and innovative tactics. This installment introduces some of the advertising from the mid-1940s to the late-1970s when a severe foreign exchange crisis crippled the Guyanese economy.

Most of the advertising used by Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola in British Guiana between the end of World War II and the 1960s was initially developed for the U.S. market. As the examples from the British Guianese newspapers of that era show, Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola’s newspaper advertisements were dominated by images of Caucasian women and men in comfortable post-World War II U.S. middle-class contexts. This represented the privileging of Caucasian norms of attractiveness, modernity, progress, leisure, and sophistication. When African American faces started to represent the Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola brands in the United States because of the civil rights struggle and efforts to increase market share, those changes were also evident in the advertising and marketing materials sent to the colony.

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USA: Persuasive case for reparations but hard divide blocks the way forward – By Mohamed Hamaludin

 By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN – Fifth in a series

Julian Castro, a Latino who served as housing and urban development secretary in the Obama administration, once said on MSNBC,  ““It is interesting to me that, under our Constitution and otherwise, we compensate people if we take their property. Shouldn’t we compensate people if they were property sanctioned by the state?”

Nearly three in four African Americans agreed, a 2019 poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found. Some European Americans also agree.

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