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Tim Wise – a White Jewish, Southern Man Speaks on racial discrimination – video

Tim Wise – a White Jewish, Southern Man Speaks

Published on Jan 25, 2016 –  The continued prominence of racism is explored through the prism of white privilege in the engrossing documentary White Like Me. Based upon a book of the same name by anti-racist advocate Tim Wise, the film explores the many advantages afforded to whites throughout the history of the United States, and the extent to which they have defined a culture of racial discrimination that continues to this day.

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The Dougla Defect – by Sara Bharrat

The Dougla Defect

15 Dec 2013 – Reproduced with permission from Sara Bharrat’s blog at http://sarabharrat.wordpress.com/

For Rochelle Etwaroo: the hybrid of two great people and a seed of hope.

Dougla Defect?  Indian speaks to a Dougla woman about her Dougla baby Indian: The baby getting nice now.  Now he complexion comin’ lil clear. (Rochelle Etwaroo photo and testimony)Dougla Defect?
Indian speaks to a Dougla woman about her Dougla baby
Indian: The baby getting nice now.
Now he complexion comin’ lil clear.
(Rochelle Etwaroo photo and testimony)

The Dougla Defect is evidence of Guyana’s ongoing Black and Indian war. It is a source of shame to both the Black and Indian man who insists on remaining entrenched in fear. They have both condemned the hybrid of themselves to that cold, cruel no man’s land that separates them.
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Mr Jagdeo’s statement at the funeral – commentary

Mr Jagdeo’s statement at the funeral

Posted By Staff Writer On April 15, 2013  Editorial |  Comments

Former presidents in democratic societies, particularly those who have relinquished power voluntarily and within the construct of constitutional provisions are always looked upon as a reserve of moral authority and as elder statesmen who in times of crises and societal tensions can be relied upon to help bridge divides. They are supposed to become repositories of the wisdom gleaned during their years at the helm and as figures capable of reaching out to all sectors. This is particularly so of ceremonial presidents but there is no reason why in our unique system of governance our former presidents cannot play a similar role.

It doesn’t seem, however, as if former President Jagdeo sees such a part for himself. Indeed, from his most injudicious and unseemly remarks on Thursday at the funeral of Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud he appears to have a totally different view of his role i.e. to whip up societal angst in the interest of the PPP’s electoral fortunes and for his own purposes.   Continue reading

US must heal native peoples’ wounds, return lands – UN

US must heal native peoples’ wounds, return lands -UN

 Stabroek editor On May 5, 2012

UNITED NATIONS,  (Reuters) – The United States must do more to heal the wounds of indigenous peoples caused by more than a century of oppression, including restoring control over lands Native Americans consider to be sacred, a U.N. human rights investigator said today.

James Anaya, the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, just completed a 12-day visit to the United States where he met with representatives of indigenous peoples in the District of Columbia, Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Washington State, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. He also met with U.S. government officials.    Continue reading

White days, white nights in white satin with white lace – Freddie Kissoon

White days, white nights in white satin with white lace – (“whiteness in advertisements”)

APRIL 8, 2012 | FREDDIE KISSOON  –  Commentary

I spoke to this young lady who does designing with a certain newspaper. I asked her not to misinterpret my curiosity as an intrusion into her work, because I have no such authority. My interest was the relentless light-complexioned bodies that appear in her advertisements.

She said that she goes onto Google Images and pulls down the faces. I then questioned why no dark-skinned visage. I stumped her. She couldn’t answer.
Months later, the situation remained unchanged. I went to the owner of a certain commercial enterprise to inquire if the faces on their advertisements are sent to the newspaper. She wasn’t in the country, but the manager said that the store does not design the page. At the time of writing, the same old story goes on.

What you are about to read here is the product of research. The reader has the choice of testing what is contained in this article. If I am contradicted, then I will discontinue this column. Here is my challenge if you are going to take me on. I am contending that over ninety (yes, as large as ninety) percent of the faces that appear in all advertisements in the four daily newspapers (KN, SN, Chronicle and Guyana Times) and all (yes, all) local ads on television are of light complexion. Continue reading

Race in Brazil – Affirming a divide

Race in Brazil – Affirming a divide

Black Brazilians are much worse off than they should be. But what is the best way to remedy that?

Jan 28th 2012 | RIO DE JANEIRO | from the Economist

IN APRIL 2010, as part of a scheme to beautify the rundown port near the centre of Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic games, workers were replacing the drainage system in a shabby square when they found some old cans. The city called in archaeologists, whose excavations unearthed the ruins of Valongo, once Brazil’s main landing stage for African slaves.

From 1811 to 1843 around 500,000 slaves arrived there, according to Tânia Andrade Lima, the head archaeologist. Valongo was a complex, including warehouses where slaves were sold and a cemetery. Hundreds of plastic bags, stored in shipping containers parked on a corner of the site, hold personal objects lost or hidden by the slaves, or taken from them. They include delicate bracelets and rings woven from vegetable fibre; lumps of amethyst and stones used in African worship; and cowrie shells, a common currency in Africa.

It is a poignant reminder of the scale and duration of the slave trade to Brazil. Of the 10.7m African slaves shipped across the Atlantic between the 16th and 19th centuries, 4.9m landed there. Fewer than 400,000 went to the United States. Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery, in 1888.    more 

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Life after the elections – Commentary

Life after the elections


The die has been cast; the people have voted. For certain there will be a new Head of State because President Bharrat Jagdeo has completed his two terms in office and is not eligible for re-election.

The election was contested on three platforms—achievements, the need for change and an end to corruption. The incumbent insisted that it has done more than enough to be re-elected. It pointed to the new constructions and to the fact that it secured massive debt write-offs.    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