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August 1, 2017 – You can easily become un-emancipated today if…. By Freddie Kissoon  

You can easily become un-emancipated today if….

Freddie Kissoon

If you are planning to smoke a marijuana cigarette (in common parlance, “a joint”) tonight at the National Park when the crowds thin out and the night gets older; don’t do it. On Emancipation Day you will get seriously unemancipated. The police will arrest you, a silly magistrate will give you three years, the people you voted for couldn’t be bothered with your fate, and you may lose your life in a prison riot.

In other words on Emancipation Day, slavery may visit you again, if you take that joint. On this crucially important date, all African Guyanese must ask themselves if the effects of the abolition of slavery are totally gone.   Continue reading

Guyana: Evidence of discrimination against Africans by the PPP Government – Freddie Kissoon

Evidence of discrimination against Africans by the PPP Government

Freddie Kissoon

Freddie Kissoon

Aug 01, 2016  Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon 

Opinion - commentary -analysisThe talk coming out of the mouth of the Indian dominated PPP and its tribalist supporters is that there is ethnic bias against East Indians by the APNU-AFC Government. The PPP has latched on to certain dismissals in the public sector.
These same tribalists were on another planet when African Guyanese were supplanted in the same public sector and in scholarship awards.
Mark Benschop was charged for treason. Oliver Hickson was charged for sedition and refused bail. A young mother Carol-Ann Munroe and her army husband Bruce Munroe were charged for treason along with a family friend, Leonard Wharton. All five named here were African Guyanese.
Where were the voices of the PPP and the tribalist fanatics that are shouting accusations of Indians being targeted? To make matters worse, all the special Prosecutors hired by the State to prosecute these five victims were Indians.  Continue reading

Statistics and names of ethnic cleansing during the PPP’s reign – By Freddie Kissoon

Statistics and names of ethnic cleansing during the PPP’s reign 

 AUGUST 24, 2015 | BY KNEWS | COLUMNISTS, FREDDIE KISSOON

The talk coming out of the mouth of the Indian dominated PPP and its affiliate organizations, particularly the Indian Arrival Committee, now the Indian Action Committee, is that there is ethnic cleansing against East Indians by the APNU-AFC Government. The IAC has latched on to certain dismissals in the public sector.

This same IAC was on another planet when African Guyanese were supplanted in the same public sector and in scholarship awards.  Continue reading

The election African Guyanese have helped to lift our collective political culture – Dr. David Hinds

In the course of the election African Guyanese have helped to lift our collective political culture

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

The APNU-AFC Coalition’s victory in Guyana was made possible by the priceless contributions of Guyanese of all ethnicities and social class. Women and men voted and gave moral and practical support. The elderly, the not so old and the very young came forward in their numbers. In the end it was a Guyanese victory for all Guyanese.

But we would be dishonest if we did not recognize the particular role played by the African Guyanese section of the electorate. Some analysts have contended that it was the increased votes in Region 4 that ultimately made the difference. Perhaps the craziness that accompanies any discussion of race and ethnicity precludes any such assertion. So, at the risk of being accused of introducing race, let me be the first to do so openly and unambiguously.   Continue reading

Have Afro-Guyanese become like Afro-Brazilians?- commentary

Have Afro-Guyanese become like Afro-Brazilians?

AUGUST 1, 2014 | BY KNEWS |  COLUMNISTSFREDDIE KISSOON

Today I will walk into the National Park with some of my African-Guyanese activist friends. I will meet with many African activists whose main agenda is to save what they believe is a dying political economy of African-Guyanese. A year will pass and if I am alive, I will repeat the routine in 2015. And if I am alive in 2016, I will repeat it again.

Then I will say to myself in 2016 what I said in preceding years after leaving the National Park and walking back to the mainstream of life in my country – so where are the changes?

Make no mistake about it; the challenge to Robert Corbin’s leadership by Team Alexander was not about power. Maybe it was. But it was surely not the motivating factor. It was about the direction of the PNC’s praxis.  Continue reading

Race, ethnic politics and police violence in Guyana – By David Hinds

Commentary: Race, ethnic politics and police violence in Guyana
Published on March 25, 2014 – By Dr David Hinds
There is major concern over police brutality against African Guyanese since the current executive government came to power. African Guyanese activists have pointed to over 400 African Guyanese, mostly young men, who have died at the hands of the police since 1992. There are strong claims that there was direct state involvement in some of these killings during the period 2002-2006. The recent Colwyn Harding incident has raised these concerns anew. Many have joined the debate. There have been some very useful contributions. The police force has correctly come under severe criticisms. But, sadly, what is missing from the debate is how police brutality is a reflection of our larger ethno-racial problem. Of all the public commentators, only Henry Jeffery and Freddy Kissoon have dared to go there.

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Dr David Hinds is a political activist and commentator. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Caribbean and African Diaspora Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. 

And yes, we have had and will continue to have an ethno-racial problem. I use the term ethno-racial to mean ethnic groups that relate to each other through the lens of race. To get a proper sense of what we are talking about, a brief history and explanation of race is needed. We often talk about race in Guyana as if it is figment of people’s imagination — false consciousness. But it is not; it is real. Race as biology has been proven to be unreal. But race as social, political, economic and cultural practice is real.

The concept of race was first developed in the USA in the late 1600s as a justification for the rise of plantation slavery. It gave social meaning to skin colour. Blackness came to mean less than human, while whiteness came to mean fully human. The German philosopher, Hegel, said to be human is to be white. Thomas Jefferson would later remark that blacks were inferior in body and mind and do not feel life’s pains as other groups. Other white thinkers concluded that black people could not exist in a state of freedom. Hence it would be dangerous to free them from slavery.Blackness became synonymous with, among other things, backwardness, indolence, shallowness, unreason and laziness. This characterization of blackness as inferior — the white racial frame — found its way into laws and socio-economic and political policies. Over time such laws and polices inevitably begun to shape people’s consciousness about blackness and, by extension, whiteness.

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Martin Luther King Jr., Walter Rodney and Guyanese East Indians

This article mentions an article by Moses Bhagwan.  Here it is:   Being Indian in Guyana- The challenges – Moses Bhagwan   < click

Martin Luther King Jr., Walter Rodney and Guyanese East Indians

SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 | BY  | FREDDIE KISSOON 

The week just gone has marked the 50th anniversary of the famous speech of Martin Luther King Jr. that has been given the title, “I Have a Dream.” The world got to see the video as the US celebrated the 50th anniversary of the march and speech. What was clear for all eyes to see was the multi-racial attendance when King spoke. There were lots of white folks in attendance.

Part of the problem Martin Luther King Jr. had with the Black Panther Party was over that same issue. He never gave up hope that white folks would come around one day to accepting that there was white racism in America and the US must confront it as a united people. In multi-racial nations, groups discriminated against run the risk of alienating large sections of the population if they succumb to the dogma that it is their struggle and their struggle is best left for them to see it through.    Continue reading

Philip Moore: The soulful, yet tragic journey of African-Guyanese

Philip Moore: The soulful, yet tragic journey of African-Guyanese

MAY 16, 2012 | BY  |  FREDDIE KISSOON

This column was typed on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. On that date in the edition of the Stabroek News, there was this letter; “The PPP/C has failed to ethnically balance Guyana’s armed forces,” written by an Indian man who supports PPP domination in Guyana by the name of Sultan Mohamed.

I don’t agree with any of the paragraphs of Sultan’s rage. But why should one deny Mohamed his right to express his opinion that there is a predominance of African Guyanese in the State’s security forces?

It is for African Guyanese to write, and write incessantly, that there should be ethnic balance in the ownership of Guyana’s resources; ethnic balance in the ownership of lands; ethnic balance in the ownership of properties; ethnic balance in the award of tenders; ethnic balance in state scholarships; ethnic balance in the business community that imports goods; ethnic balance in the sharing of executive political power.    Continue reading

David Hinds flays Govt. for cussing-out defiant Buxtonians

David Hinds flays Govt. for cussing-out defiant Buxtonians

NOVEMBER 10, 2011 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

The PPP’s responses to the APNU’s march on Nomination Day and the events in Buxton this past week represent what has been seen as the ugliest assault by a major political party on the dignity of an ethnic group in modern Guyanese political history.

This is according to Executive Member of the Working Peoples’ Alliance, David Hinds, who yesterday stated that the characterization, in the form of press statements and advertisements on the state-owned media, of the mainly African supporters of the APNU as hooligans and thugs is not mere electoral rhetoric.

“It is the worst kind of racial profiling and framing. It is aimed at scaring Indian Guyanese, but, even more dangerously, it reflects a racial disrespect of African Guyanese that borders on racial warfare…As an African Guyanese, who is jealous of the dignity and pride of Black People, I cannot remain silent.”             more

Jagdeo – Kissoon Libel Trial Reports

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Jagdeo-Kissoon libel case hits election campaign trail   (Saturday September 24, 2011)

The Bharrat Jagdeo-Freddie Kissoon libel case is hitting the 2011 campaign trail of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).

The AFC is accusing the incumbent Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) of using the trial to preserve ethnic votes and APNU is blaming the government for putting the Foreign Service in tatters during the past 19 years.    more

Afro-Guyanese are mostly public servants but no Appellate Tribunal– Luncheon   (Friday September 23, 2011)

Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon on Friday acknowledged that the majority of public servants are African Guyanese but at the same time he said the Public Service Appellate Tribunal has not been appointed for several years now.  more

Kissoon’s article doesn’t change Luncheon’s view on Jagdeo     (Thursday September 22, 2011)

Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, the chief witness in the GUY$10 million libel case brought by President Bharrat Jagdeo against Kaieteur News newspaper on Thursday said the article in question did
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