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Teach the Children: African Guyanese must be frank with our leaders – Dr. David Hinds

 Jan 20, 2019 – By Dr. David Hinds

A little-known calypso by Kelvin Pope aka The Mighty Duke titled “Teach the Children” is fresh on my mind. It is part of a module on historical memory for a course on Black Political Music that I am currently teaching. In that calypso, Duke sought to educate listeners about the profound history of Africa; he contended that such memory was critical to the cultural health of the nation.

I cite Duke to make the point that here in Guyana, we are constantly guilty of not teaching the children, because we avoid the essence of our politics in the quest for political power.     Continue reading

Reflections on Walter Rodney 36 years after his Assassination – By Dr David Hinds

Reflections on Walter Rodney 36 years after his Assassination

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

opinionBy Dr. David Hinds

I am writing this column on my way from in Haiti, where I attended the 41st annual Caribbean Studies Association conference. For six days more than a thousand scholars from all parts of the world of different generations who study and teach about the Caribbean engaged in scholarly exchanges about our region. It is always uplifting to be part of any meeting of our Caribbean family, but it was especially uplifting this year because we were meeting in Haiti.

Despite its persistent tribulations, there is something special and magical about that country—its people, its landscape and its rhythms. The very fact that it was the vanguard of Black and Caribbean freedom puts Haiti at the center of our survivalist and freedom trajectory. As Angela Davis, whose rich and insightful address to the conference, asserted ”whatever little freedom we enjoy today we owe it to the Haitian people.”

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Analysis of The Local Government Elections – By Dr. David Hinds

The Local Government Elections: A Referendum on Guyana’s Political Condition

By Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Many observers, including the government and the opposition PPP, framed the recent Local Government Elections (LGE) as a referendum on the APNU+AFC Coalition’s performance in government. In many respects it is a characterization that’s difficult to avoid. Coming mere months after a bitterly fought general election which resulted in a razor thin win for the Coalition, both the government and the opposition wanted that characterization for different reasons.

It was hoped that a good showing by the governing coalition would give it much needed confidence that its stewardship is on track and that it enjoys the validation, at least, of its constituency. For the opposition PPP, a good performance would satisfy the party that its loss of the general election represents a temporary setback and that its constituency continues to reject the Coalition.    Continue reading

Black Humanity: Race, Blackness, Obama and Granger – by Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Hinds’ Sight by Dr. David Hinds

Black Humanity: Race, Blackness, Obama and Granger

When Barack Obama assumed the presidency of the USA in 2008-09, Black people all over the world celebrated the occasion with tears of joy. Many non-Blacks were stunned at the depth of emotions—what’s the big deal, they asked? After all, it was just an election that was won; others had won that election forty three times before. But at the heart of the Black response to Obama’s victory was something the world has come to pretend it does not understand—Race.

Race and Racism

The practice of Race as a social-political marker is relatively new in historical terms; it emerged in the mid-1700s in the USA as a justification for the enslavement of Africans as bonded labor. It was premised on the belief in the natural unequal worth of humans based on their skin color. In other words, those who had the power to do so institutionalized meaning to human difference to justify their new found economic privilege.   Continue reading

The Black/African Guyanese intellectual tradition and a nation of hypocrites – By Dr. David Hinds

Hinds’ Sight – The Black/African Guyanese intellectual tradition and a nation of hypocrites

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

THERE is a debate in the newspapers over the role and activism of the Indian-Guyanese intellectual. Inevitably the discussion has made reference to and comparison with African Guyanese. One of the observations being made by some of the writers is that African-Guyanese intellectuals who speak and write about the condition of their ethnic group are treated as sacred cows—they are less criticised. On the other hand, their Indian-Guyanese counterparts are timid about speaking up on the condition of their group and those who dare speak out are often maligned. Today I want to speak to that phenomenon by saying something about the Black intellectual tradition.

This is not the first time one has heard this line of argument about Black intellectuals getting a pass when they speak about Black issues. The fact that it is not borne out by evidence does not bother those who repeat it. In ethnically divided societies such as ours, the instinct for pointing out the advantages of the other side is compelling.  Continue reading

The PPP’s dominance instinct: Why is Jagan more worthy than Burnham and Hoyte? – By Dr. David Hinds

The PPP’s dominance instinct: Why is Jagan more worthy than Burnham and Hoyte? – By Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds – Hinds’ Sight – November 7, 2015

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

LAST week, I lamented the fact that the PPP is doing its best to ensure that the conditions for a national government of all the political forces in the country does not materialise. I premised my conclusion on the view that the PPP is steeped, perhaps inexorably so, in the belief that governing Guyana is its divine right, or what I call manifest destiny.

Dr Henry Jeffery also believes that what he calls the politics of dominance is very much part of the PPP’s political DNA. As one who has studied the PPP as a scholar, and has spent two decades in its ranks, his views on the matter should be taken seriously.

The belief in political power as a divine right is seriously dangerous in any political economy, but it is even more dangerous in an ethnically plural environment such as Guyana’s.   Continue reading

Hinds’Sight – The Real State of Villages …something has to be done fast

Hinds’Sight – The Real State of Villages …something has to be done fast

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

October 4, 2015 –  By Dr. David Hinds

I HAD the privilege of visiting several African-Guyanese villages as part of the Cuffy 250 Committee’s community outreach. During those visits, we got an opportunity to talk to villagers about the state of their communities and their views on contemporary politics. We also got to see for ourselves the real state of the villages; and what we discovered was shocking, even for those of us who interfaced with those villages on a regular basis.

It became clear to us that the change of government removed the lid on a lot of pent-up frustrations. The communities had mastered the art of masking their hurt and neglect.   Continue reading

Guyana: Patience needed regarding Corruption in previous Government – By Dr. David Hinds

Guyana: Patience needed on the issue of Corruption in previous Government

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds

Many supporters of Guyana’s governing coalition have been calling on the government to move more quickly against alleged instances of corruption in the previous government. Some are also dismayed that many operatives of the PPP still hold top positions in the government. This is understandable. The instances of corruption, which have thus far been made public by the government has confirmed in the minds of many that there is more in the mortar.

The logic of party politics invariably takes us to this place. The coalition made rooting out and prosecuting corruption a centerpiece of its campaign platform.  Many of their supporters have individually and collectively felt the wrath of the PPP when in government. When one combines the two, the government has to appear to be aggressively going after those suspected of corruption.  Continue reading

Courtney Crum Ewing was Martyred and Forgotten in Guyana – By Dr. David Hinds

Courtney Crum Ewing was Martyred and Forgotten in Guyana

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds

It’s been three months now since Courtney Crum Ewing was murdered on the streets in Guyana. His demise drew widespread condemnation from large sections of the society. The masses in conjunction with the political leaders transformed his funeral into carnival of protest. That moment may have had something to do with the collective energy that would make May 11 a historic day.

The then government instructed the police to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of the killer or killers. Many pointed to a political motive. The then opposition vowed to find the killers if the assume office. Civil Society lifted their voices.   Continue reading

Eusi Kwayana: A Guyanese Political Legend turns 90 – By Dr. David Hinds

Eusi Kwayana: A Guyanese Political Legend turns 90

By Dr. David Hinds

eusi Kwayana -in 2014

Eusi Kwayana -in 2014

 Today, April 4, 2015, Eusi Kwayana turns 90. It is difficult to properly analyze modern Guyanese politics without taking into consideration Eusi Kwayana’s wide ranging contributions. His political career has spanned the seven decades, which mirrors the period normally referred to as the modern phase of Guyanese and Caribbean politics. This article pays tribute to Kwayana by offering an overview of his political life and work.

Political Biography

Eusi Kwayana, formerly Sydney King, was born 1925 and has been involved in Guyana’s national politics since 1947.He has been referred to as the “Sage of Buxton,”“Renaissance Man”and “Guyana’s Gandhi,” among other descriptions. He is multi-faceted– political activist, educator, writer, journalist, dramatist, folklorist and historian. But it is as a political activist that Kwayana has made his most telling contribution. He has become one of Guyana’s most distinguished political leaders. Ironically, he has also been one of the most controversial and misunderstood public personalities.   Continue reading

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