Tag Archives: Afro-Guyanese



By  Hubert  Williams  (Please note that this was written in October 2011)

Opinion - commentary -analysis  Boston, Massachusetts, October 30, 2011 — I wouldn’t have thought that it mattered very much. Or that anyone would bother to notice. That was until I visited New York to participate in family celebrations over the Labour holiday weekend.

Godfrey Wray, a journalism colleague from way back and now based in the “Big Apple”, remarked on the absence of writings by me on political, social and economic developments in Guyana.

With music blaring close by and the chatter of guests around us, conversation could only be sketchy. Eventually, it was limited to our personal activities, his wonderfully well- presented first novel “Beyond Revenge”, and the unfolding ‘crush Obama’ frenzy on the American political landscape.   Continue reading

Guyana Elections: Opposition coalition lashes back at PPP attacks in Queens, New York

Opposition coalition lashes back at PPP attacks in Queens, New York

Sunday, 22 March 2015 23:38 – Written by  m- Demerara Waves

Opposition coalition lashes back at PPP attacks in Queens, New York

The coalition appeared to have deliberately targeted its message to the predominantly East Indo-Guyanese community in Queens, New York who have been traditional backers of the incumbent PPPC.

Assurances- although not entirely watertight- that A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) would not kick out the Alliance For Change (AFC) from the coalition on winning the May 11, 2015 election were given against the background that the PPPC has been claiming that there would be a repeat of the PNC had booting the United Force (UF) four years after coalescing in 1964. “It will work my friends. We have to make it work. This is not about us. It is about you. This is what you want….National unity is now on the cards,” Nagamootoo told more than 300 mainly Indo-Guyanese.   Continue reading

“Guyanese or Indo-Caribbean?” – By Aminta Kilawan

“Guyanese or Indo-Caribbean?”


Aminta Kilawan

By Aminta Kilawan

Hot cross buns-hot cross buns-one a penny-two a penny-hot cross buns,” my dad would sing, with an air of nostalgia reminiscing about Eastertime in Guyana. On Good Friday, an Afro-Guyanese woman would walk down the road singing the tune, with fresh buns in a basket on her head, distributing to her Rose Hall Town neighbors in remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion.

My dad and his family are Hindu. His weekly chore as a child was to offer prayers and flowers in the murthi-laden mandir built in their backyard. Yet my dad and numerous other Hindus attended Sunday school, where they learned and recited the Psalms in the Bible. When I saw my parents close their eyes and state the “Our Father” at my junior high school graduation Mass, I was taken aback by them, the very individuals who taught me the popular Hindu prayer “Twameva Mata.” Continue reading

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

Have Afro-Guyanese become like Afro-Brazilians?


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

Gender, Ethnicity and Place: Women and Identities in Guyana

Gender, Ethnicity and Place: Women and Identities in Guyana – (Routledge Studies in Development and Society)

Book cover Gender, Ethnicity and Place: Women and Identities in Guyana (Routledge Studies in Development and Society)Linda Peake and D. Alissa Trotz

This book is concerned with the nature of the relationship between gender, ethnicity and poverty in the context of the external and internal dynamics of households in Guyana.

Using detailed data collected from male and female respondents in three separate locations, two urban and one rural, and across two major ethnic groups, Afro-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese, the authors discuss the links between gender and race, exploring development issues from a feminist perspective.

Read complete study: [Linda_Peake – Alissa Trotz]_Gender,_Ethnicity_and_Place_Women_- Guyana

The downward spiral of young, African males in Guyana…

Young, Targeted and living dangerously: The downward  spiral of young, African males in Guyana…

By Brutal Facts – “Speak the Truth and Speak it ever”  – February 29, 2012

While the rich and well educated enjoy the fruits of their connections and hard work; many living in suburban enclaves protected by private security guards, electronic motion detection systems, concrete fences and iron grills, there is genocide of epic proportions going on within the community; a brutal fact that goes unreported and largely ignored by all.

The root cause lies mainly in an education system where young African boys are dropping out of school at an alarming rate. For every ten African boys who entered school in September last year (2011), four will make it to the end of the school year. Many of these drop-outs find menial work as sweepers, helpers and gofers; others head for the Gold bush to seek their fortunes ( many never returning); still others become easy recruits for a vastly growing criminal underworld, fueled by drugs and gun trafficking. The reminder resort to “living off the land”, many end up as vagrants, petty thieves and comprise a growing lumpenproletariat that inhabit the commercial districts of the major population centers. Continue reading

TEN-A-SINGH by Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth


By EWALT AINSWORTH         09 23 2011

In today’s Guyana, the curry-favor, the disparities, the discrimination, the prejudices and the race-baiting, has to be stopped.  The trajectory of a collective and cooperative people has been eroded.  One group is stashing more and more and the whole country is getting less and less, getting worse and worse as the tenor of humanity devolves and dwindles.

There is an outward appearance of success but an inner hunger for equity and equality.  Indo Guyanese have been slipping through the porous borders with their ill gotten gains and the blacks are dissuaded from playing a meaningful role in nation building.    Traditionally, they have been the public servants, technicians, artists and artisans.  Their Indian counterparts, historically, had the option of farming and repatriating their funds to their homeland.
Today, the homeland has changed and it is every other place outside of Guyana.   Continue reading

Recap of the ‘evidence’ – by the Kissoon defense team

Recap of the ‘evidence’ – by the Kissoon defense team in the Jagdeo vs Kissoon Libel Case

Here is a recap of the ‘evidence’ presented so far by the Kissoon defense team in the libel case brought by President Bharrat Jagan against Frederick Kissoon, a columnist at Kaieteur News.

President Jagdeo claims that the accusations of discrimination by him and his government against Afro-Guyanese were incorrect and libelous. The defense submitted a UNHR Report by Gay McDougall as an analysis that backed up Kissoon’s claims. They also listed a number of “facts” – (see list below).  Continue reading

Day 3- Jagdeo vs Kisssoon Libel Case… Jagdeo’s “Forget the Past” comments tested

Day 3- Jagdeo vs Kisssoon Libel Case…

Jagdeo’s “Forget the Past” comments to Afro and Indo-Guyanese tested in High Court

1. Different speech to racial groups
2.  Access to TV  
3. Judicial Appointments
4. Critchlow Labour college.
5. UN Report on Minority  Rights.


By Dennis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

Monday, August 29, 2011

President Bharrat Jagdeo‟s remarks to two different audiences- one predominantly of African Guyanese and the other of Indo-Guyanese- were tested in a High Court libel case he filed against a newspaper columnist and its publisher.

Jagdeo filed the case against newspaper columnist and academic, Freddie Kissoon, Kaieteur News Editor Adam Harris and the newspaper‟s publisher, Glen Lall, claiming more than GUY$10 million in damages. Jagdeo believes that he was libeled in a Kissoon article titled , “King Kong sent his goons to disrupt the Conference‟, which refers to the Guyanese leader as an ideological racist.  Continue reading