Then again by Jagdeo.
Jagdeo is a huge disappointment. Born in 1964 many expected him to be the one to carry Guyanese beyond the trauma of the early 60s tribal war. He wouldn't have direct personal experiences of it so not be trapped by what happened as would an older generation (those now 70+).
Yet rather than engaging in ethnic inclusion and in addressing the reasons why so many Guyanese remain entrenched in ethnic distrust he cynically sought to continue to divide. Seeing the East Indian population shrinking he has tried to set up an alliance of the "straight haired people" by panicking them about blacks.
Jagdeo could have appealed to the under 40 crowd, who know nothing of that era, and little even of the Burnham era, as a way to resolving the issue of ethnic distrust which has plagued Guyana, especially since 1961. But he chose not to. This crowd isn't even old enough to be influenced by those traumatized by the early 1960s as will those in their 50s and 60s will be, most of us at GNI falling into these categories.
Why isn't the PPP seeking to attract to its leadership blacks with credibility among Afro Guyanese? People who aren't seen as either tokens or soup lickers, but people who will stand up and protect Afro Guyanese against the racist elements which continue to exist within the PPP, if this becomes necessary. Thereby communicating to black and mixed voters that they have nothing to fear from the PPP.
All APNU and what is left of the AFC needs to do is to hope they get past this next election. They will definitely try and extract as much as they can from Exxon and others interested in oil to use their incumbency to buy votes in 2019 and 2020. Global corporations prefer the devil they know than they one that they don't so will be happy to see APNU back in power, unless they turn out to be dismal failures before then.
Let the PPP continue to be the "coolie people party" when by 2024 only about 37% of the population will be Indian if current emigration rates continue. Even adding the Amerindians isn't going to help them with the mixed population continuing to grow.