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We should not allow the political dinosaurs make us demean or deny uplifting aspects of our identity – By Dr. David Hinds

We should not allow the political dinosaurs make us demean or deny uplifting aspects of our identity.

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds

We should not allow the evil of racism, Guyana’s frustrating politics and the political dinosaurs in the PPP to drive us to border on demeaning or denying some uplifting aspects of our identity. Identity is complex; it is partly who we say we are and partly how others perceive us. Identity is also a historical phenomenon that is sometimes determined my migration- forced and voluntary—and by people faced with extinction or threat to their honor bonding together.

Given our history in Guyana multiple identities is a given whether we as individuals choose to affirm them or not. Most people choose to affirm one of those most of the time. There are different identities—Civic (Guyanese, Trinidadian, American, Pakistani, Nigerian); Cultural/Ethnic (African, Indian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, Hindu, Moslem, Yoruba); Racial (Black, Brown, White, Yellow, Red)—to name three. There are times when civic and ethnic identities are the same as in Japan and Portugal. This is not the case in Guyana and the overwhelming majority of countries in the world.  Continue reading

Captain the (PPP) Ship is Sinking – By Dr. David Hinds + video

Captain the (PPP) Ship is Sinking

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds

Desperation leads politicians to do and say strange things. These are desperate times for the once invincible PPP. We are hearing some very strange things from the PPP’s quarters. We recently heard that Moses Nagamootoo, in 2008, said that he was not Indian. That revelation by the PPP camp was followed by two other stunning revelations. First, it was revealed that Dr. Walter Rodney was a Pan Africanist who was proud of his African ancestry. Second, we hear from the PPP side that embrace of their ethnic identity by Eusi Kwayana, Tacuma Ogunseye, David Granger and David Hinds should be emulated by all Guyanese.

Seriously? This is double standard and political dishonesty of the highest order. Even from a desperate PPP, this one takes the cake. Maybe they have had the pollster do some polls for them that shows the Coalition winning the upcoming elections. Is the PPP’s ship sinking?  Continue reading

Guyana Election Watch: I am merely stating the obvious …. By Dr. David Hinds

Guyana Election Watch: I am merely stating the obvious that some conveniently or tactically ignore.

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

By Dr. David Hinds

My letter, “After 23 years African Guyanese are being asked to vote for an Indian Guyanese Presidency,” (< click), published in the January 27 edition of the Stabroek News, has drawn varied responses from several quarters. This is to be expected. The central issue I raised in the letter has been and will continue to be the proverbial elephant in the room that most analysts, commentators and politicians tend to avoid like the plague. In such circumstances he or she who dares to raise the matter of race not in the bottom houses or in the privacy of like company, but in the open space and in a direct way, is bound to be maligned. It is a punishment I have long resigned myself to.

In this particular case I am confronting a seemingly growing mindset that has been shaped by the arrogant and heartless governance of the PPP. The PPP seems to have excited a deep feeling of popular alienation and frustration which manifests itself in a politics of expediency, “short-cut” and zero-sum horse racing, particularly among our elites.

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Ethnic Problematic re Proposed Opposition Pre Election Coalition in Guyana – By Dr. David Hinds

The Ethnic Problematic of the proposed Opposition Pre Election Coalition in Guyana

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

In a recent commentary on my YouTube Channel, Hinds’Sight: Guyana-Caribbean Politics, I began what I hope would be an enlightened discourse about the problematic of the proposed APNU/AFC pre-election coalition from an ethnic standpoint. As expected, some supporters of the AFC’s primary formulae of Brother Moses Nagamootoo being the Presidential Candidate and the AFC leading such a coalition, immediately accused me of introducing race into the discourse. What race has to do with this, they ask.

I sympathize with that question. After all, race and ethnicity, among other things, evoke as many denials as acknowledgements. Some people acknowledge race as an important persistent socio-political and economic factor on Monday and deny it’s salience on Tuesday. There is a school of thought in Ethnic Studies that deals with this phenomenon. As human beings we tend, in part, to order the world to suit our objectives. And we Guyanese are no different. Continue reading

Let Guyana Live: Stop the Horse Race/ Rat Race Politics – By Dr. David Hinds

Let Guyana Live: Stop the Horse Race/ Rat Race Politics

By Dr. David Hinds

As one who has been very critical of the APNU for being too ready to enter into dialogue with the PPP, it is only fair that I commend the APNU for refusing to meet with President Ramotar and the PPP while the parliament remains prorogued. As we said a few days ago, any dialogue with the President at this time would serve to legitimize the suspension.

The PPP is an important political organization; it represents almost half of the electorate. There can be no truly representative Guyana government without the PPP. But the PPP must recognize that there can be no truly representative government without the representatives of the other parties that make up the Parliamentary Majority. To prorogue the parliament without just cause is an act of political exclusion and domination that must never be tolerated in Guyana. 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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