Category Archives: Racial Conflict

Living as One Community –The Goal – By Vidur Dindayal + video

Subject: Living as One Community.By Vidur Dindayal

With Congratulations to the Caribbean Hindu Cultural Society, London, on their fabulous fund raising concert last Saturday, and looking forward to the launch of the book on Hinduism ( written by our brother Raikha Bisnauth from Blairmont, Guyana ) at Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan, Forest Hill, London, on Saturday 7 July at 7.30pm;

May I please share with you the attached article and video:

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Living as One Community –The Goal

By Vidur Dindayal – London. England.

In the midst of conflict, misery, heartbreaking loss of life, the community comes together as one in solidarity to comfort the suffering, to heal, and to bring promise of a better tomorrow.

In UK in the past weeks we attended commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversaries of attacks on innocent people on London Bridge, Finsbury Park, and Manchester. We did so to remember those who lost their lives and to mourn their loss, to give thanks for the recovery of the many who were injured, for the building of good community relations and for strengthening of friendship and support.                    Continue reading

Guyana Politics: The PPP – Clutching onto Straws

Guyana Politics: The PPP – Clutching onto Straws

In the absence of desperately needed political traction, the PPP has latched on to a rusty political strategy which well-thinking Guyanese largely see as outdated, unproductive and tribal.
In recent months, the PPP has not advanced any policy on the major issues in the country such as how to improve the economy, lower crime or reduce corruption.

Instead, it has repeatedly criticized almost every policy by the government on these issues. In some cases, it has taken legal action to overturn the appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Election Commission and has issued frivolous charges against several ministers for misuse of state funds.      Continue reading

Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health – By Yvonne Sam

Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health

By Yvonne Sam

The issue of mental health is not only taboo among Blacks, but also well hidden. Mental illness is looked upon as “White person’s disease;” Now the government of Canada is poised within range to bring about a cultural change.

I was recently invited to be part of one of several discussions—– the initial steps in the planning phase surrounding commitments made in the 2018 Government of Canada Budget on the health and well-being of Black Canadians. The Budget proposed the investment of $19 million over a 5year period, aimed at enhancing local community supports for youth at risk and to develop research in support of more culturally focused mental health programs in Black Canadian communities ($10 million administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and $9 million administered by Canadian Heritage).  Continue reading

On being black in the white-dominated aid industry – By Rosebell Kagumire

Written by Rosebell Kagumire

June 14. 2018 – Global Voices Commentary

I am a firm believer in making journeys, taking steps far out of my comfort zone for the sake of learning and seeking new experiences. That rule applies to both physical and intellectual spaces. So, when an opportunity for a short-term assignment with a major international non-governmental organization (INGO) came up, I packed my bags and headed to Europe.

This wasn’t much about the big money we are made to believe awaits you there, though the pay was decent. The thing no one prepares you for, and which is rarely talked about in-depth is what it means to be an African in an institution operated by a white majority.

READ MORE: https://globalvoices.org/2018/06/14/on-being-black-in-the-white-dominated-aid-industry/

Guyana Politics: The unsinkable Titanic sank in 2015 – By Freddie Kissoon

Guyana Politics: The unsinkable Titanic sank in 2015

By Freddie Kissoon – 12 June 2018

Three important occurrences last week should be noted – the court ruled that the President could select a GECOM Chairman of his own choice bypassing the Carter formula. Secondly, Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington have received more criminal charges. Thirdly, after a long absence from the public gallery, Roger Luncheon surfaced to accuse GECOM of discrimination in employment.

Inside the psychology of all PPP leaders after their 1992 victory was that the PPP could never lose an election and was only kept out of power by electoral fraud. For all PPP cadres, once there is a general election, the PPP will win. By the time Jagdeo won a second term in 2006, the PPP’s collective psychology was saturated with invincibility.      Continue reading

Are YOU Brainwashed? – By Uri Avnery

Are YOU Brainwashed? – By Uri Avnery – June 9. 2018

IT’S FRIGHTENING. Unprincipled psychologists, in the service of a malignant regime, use sophisticated techniques in order to control the mind of a person from afar.

The term “brainwashing” was born in 1950. It is a Chinese word (“xinao”, literally wash brain). Originally it served to describe a technique used – so it was claimed – by Chinese masterminds to manipulate the minds of American prisoners in the Korean War. They changed their unconscious mental processes and turned them into agents of sinister forces.

Many books and movies purported to show how this works. For example, the classic film “The Manchurian Candidate” shows how the communists take an American prisoner-of-war in the Korean war, an officer, manipulate his mind and give him an order to kill the US presidential candidate.  Continue reading

Happy National Caribbean American Heritage Month – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month – a time for celebrating the legacy of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants in American history and culture. Given the silence in the mainstream media, no one seems to care.

In her June 7th article, “It’s a Month to Celebrate Caribbean Immigrants but Who Really Cares?” Felicia J. Persaud – a New York-based, Guyana-born journalist and media entrepreneur – observes that the silence on NCAHM goes beyond media outlets. Not a word, she says, from the many Caribbean-American federal and state officials from across the country. Not even from celebrities like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Shaggy, and others. Persaud’s list goes on.

I understand Persaud’s concern that “if as Caribbean immigrants we show we don’t care about our own month, then no one else will.” Yet, I can appreciate the silence. We are not living in normal…

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Looking Beyond Mae’s – Now the Government should have their say! – By Yvonne Sam

Looking Beyond Mae’s – Now the Government should have their say!

By Yvonne Sam

The incident may have served to reveal how some Guyanese towards each other feel.  Social cohesion could well be a delusion.

When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers, an ancient proverb of the Kikuyu people, a tribal group in Kenya, Africa, is as applicable today in the Mae school case as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands of years ago. We have all been caught up in the highly controversial incident surrounding a student who was reportedly turned away from the school for being attired in his Indigenous wear, which was deemed “inappropriate.” The outfit was being worn during the school’s Cultural day Celebration.       Continue reading

Race & Policing—-Time for a Broader Discussion – By Yvonne Sam

Race & Policing—-Time for a Broader Discussion

By Yvonne Sam

Whites calling the cops on Black people.Any discussion regarding how white Americans rely on the police must begin with how black Americans experience law enforcement.

The nagging question is why is it always about race?    The answer does not lie very far from the question, although most folks hate to admit same.  Let us face the facts.–Racism does exist, although often treated like the elephant in the room. In other instances when the conversation focuses on race, most white folks say I don’t see color”.  According to Doreen Loury, director of Pan African Studies at Arcadia University, near Philadelphia, racism penetrates every aspect of our societal pores, and we must understand that it is a system of advantage based on race, and desist from making racism something personal. http://www.mixedracestudies.org/?tag=doreen-loury   Continue reading

Guyana: Mae’s School controversy – re Amerindian Culture – By Adam Harris

Mae’s made an Amerindian boy feel out of place

The Amerindian boy

The school is the next best place after the home. In fact, the school is becoming increasingly important in the lives of children, because these days, more parents are away from home. The result is that there is often not too much contact between parent and child.

Those who have some disposable income would entrust their children to the care of teachers in the private school system. And because of the level of supervision in the private schools, the teachers do pay more attention to the child. The child feels comfortable.

That is why I became incensed when I learnt that Mae’s, a private school operating in Subryanville, caused harm to a little boy who is proud of his ancestry. And to think that the parent was paying $70,000 (app $350.US) a term for her child to take his place in this society. Next term the fee is going to be $80,000(app $400 US) a term.    Continue reading

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