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OPINION: A kind look at the complex issue of race in Guyana – By Geoff Burrowes

– By Geoff Burrowes

I was born into and grew up in a multi-racial society. There were black people who were the descendants of slaves who had been sold to slave owners and treated as chattels or the owner’s property, to be used as the owner pleased. Most had worked on cotton or sugar plantations in dreadful conditions and after generations of freedom, still bore the scars of that experience.    Continue reading

GUYANA: Voices from slavery’s graveyard – By “Countryman”  Dennis Nichols 

Come Thursday, August 01 2019,  Guyanese will celebrate 181 years of freedom from that abomination known as slavery. What’s there to celebrate, or not, is arguable. But we, the descendants of Africans, and heirs of a rather curious legacy, will invoke the collective spirit of our ancestors, as is our custom.

Olaudah Equiano

This year’s libations and tributes will be blended with African street theatre and movie screenings, parades, sports, artistic expressions, and an appearance by Jamaican reggae star, Ky-Mani Marley, son of the late Bob Marley. And though it seems to elicit participation mainly from one ethnic group, it is, of course, a national holiday.      Continue reading