Category Archives: Racial Conflict

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

Canada: Plain to see – Racism in Canada invoked intellectual disparity

By Yvonne Sam

Whenever racism faces denial…..  History goes on trial.

In the aftermath of the senseless murder of George Floyd, the collective eye became fixed on race relations in Canada. The oppressive system racism that Blacks have faced over the years, detonated into the foreground through street protests and riots. Disillusioned and angry people are expressing age-old dissatisfactions that echo through time. Images on screens of cell phones and televisions now draw arrant parallels with a sad history that most do not want to relive.

Underlying this all lies RACISM, its very existence belied by many, as some of Canada’s leaders have openly asserted that systemic racism does not exist in Canada in the selfsame manner as it does in the United States. It is a part of the Canadian national narrative of positioning the  country in juxtaposition to the United States.            Continue reading

USA: The Racist Confederate Monuments are Coming Down – By Jeffrey Robinson – ACLU

Myths About Confederate Monuments | NowThis – By Jeffrey Robinson – Deputy Legal Advisor. ACLU

The Racist Confederate Monuments are Coming Down 

If you do not know the history you will never understand.
I think I am seeing what he is saying —this is it. The Young Americans of all Races are going to Change America in the year 2020. It is going to be ====  DO OR DIE  ==== Enough is Enough.

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

USA: “I’ve Seen Dictators Rise And Fall. Beware America”. – By Salman Rushdie | Washington Post. 

    By Salman Rushdie | Washington Post.   

In my life, I have seen several dictators rise and fall. Today, I’m remembering those earlier incarnations of this unlovely breed.   

IN INDIA IN 1975, INDIRA GANDHI, FOUND GUILTY OF ELECTORAL MALPRACTICE, DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY THAT GRANTED HER DESPOTIC POWERS. The “emergency”, as it became known, ended only when she called an election, believing she would win, and was annihilated at the polls. Her arrogance was her downfall. This cautionary tale formed a part of my novel “Midnight’s Children”.

IN PAKISTAN IN 1977, GEN. MOHAMMED ZIA UL-HAQ STAGED A COUP AGAINST PRIME MINISTER ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO AND EXECUTED HIM IN 1979. This dark story was the inspiration for my novel “Shame”. The circumstances of my life have given me some understanding of the dictatorial cast of mind.          Continue reading

Guyana Politics: Pres Granger describes Jagdeo’s tenure as “Decade of Death in Guyana”

Pres. David Granger

 ─ no Guyanese wants a reoccurrence

 DPI, Guyana, Monday, June 29, 2020

His Excellency David Granger has described the tenure of former President Bharrat Jagdeo as the “decade of death in Guyana.”

The current General Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo served as President of Guyana from 2000 to 2012. During that period President Granger noted there were close to 1,500 murders.

The Head of State was at the time a guest on Benschop Radio 107.1FM on Monday June 29. He said Mr. Jagdeo had left a scar on Guyana that will never be forgotten.  Continue reading

US History: The Story of Nancy Green – The “Aunt Jemima” Success Story

Aunt Jemima 

The world knew her as “Aunt Jemima,” but her given name was Nancy Green and she was a true American success story. Born a slave in 1834 Montgomery County, KY, she became a wealthy superstar in the advertising world, as its first living trademark. While in Kentucky, Green was employed by Charles Walker, then an attorney and later a distinguished Circuit Judge. She moved with the family to Chicago just after the Great Fire in 1872.

Walker heard that a friend was looking for a model for the Aunt Jemima character, and he suggested Green who, by that time, had served the family for many years. She was instantly recognized with the characteristics the guy was looking for… charisma, humor, and a fantastic cook.        Continue reading

BOOK: Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond

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Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond

Edited by Jack Webb, Rod Westmaas, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, and William Tantam
18 February 2020

In recent years, academics, policy makers and media outlets have increasingly recognised the importance of Caribbean migrations and migrants to the histories and cultures of countries across the Northern Atlantic.

At the heart of this book are the voices of Caribbean migrants themselves, whose critical reflections on their experiences of migration and decolonisation are interwoven with the essays of academics and activists.            Continue reading

Glamour, glitz and artificially light skin: Bollywood stars in their own racism row – The Guardian

India’s film-makers accused of hypocrisy for supporting Black Lives Matter while keeping silent on bias for fair complexions

Priyanka Chopra at New York fashion week last year.
 Priyanka Chopra at New York fashion week last year. Photograph: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters

The Bollywood film industry is a global phenomenon built on glitz and glamour. But it has also faced accusations of being among the biggest purveyors of racism for glorifying fair complexions in its hyperbolic love stories and catchy songs. Now, amid anger over what some consider Bollywood’s hypocritical stance on Black Lives Matter, the industry has finally been forced to confront one of its most enduring taboos.        

Bollywood has witnessed considerable liberalisation in recent years. But while taboos such as same-sex relationships have been relegated to a past in which stars hid behind a rose bush to steal a kiss, the industry’s determination to cling to colourism – prejudice against people of your own race on the basis of skin colour – has become a cause of anger and dismay.          Continue reading

The Father of Modern Gynecology Performed Horrible Experiments on Slaves – HISTORT Magazine

He was a Medical Trailblazer – But at what cost?

James Sims

By: Brynn Holland – HISTORY Magazine

James Marion Sims developed pioneering tools and surgical techniques related to women’s reproductive health.  He is credited as the “father of modern gynecology.” The 19th-century physician has been lionized with statues in New York City, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.

But because Sims’ research was conducted on enslaved Black women without anesthesia, medical ethicists, historians and others have called for those monuments to be removed—or for them to be reconfigured as tributes to the enslaved women known to have endured his experiments.

READ MORE: https://www.history.com/news/the-father-of-modern-gynecology-performed-shocking-experiments-on-slaves

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