This year’s emancipation observances come in the midst of political turmoil in Guyana. The two political sides are locked in battle over the consequences of the No Confidence Vote (NCV) passed in December 2018. Almost eight months after that vote, the matter is still not fully settled.

Dr. David Hinds

At the heart of the impasse is which Voters’ List should be used at the imminent elections. While the PPP wants to use the current list which legally expired a few months ago, the Coalition prefers a brand new one arising from House to House registration. The matter is now before the High Court in what could well be the start of another journey to the CCJ.
The reason for this back and forth is simple—these elections are the most consequential in the country’s post-colonial history. At stake is the expected wealth from the production of Oil and Gas scheduled to begin next year.
Given our history of ethno-political competition, it matters which political force gets to manage the distribution of that wealth. So, while elections have always mattered in Guyana, this one has taken on added significance. How that wealth is managed could decide the fate of Guyana for decades to come. And given our ethnic dynamics, who governs in the initial period could determine whether the oil-wealth serves as a medium for ethnic equality and equity or for a resurgence of hyper ethnic domination.
I have argued before that there is not much that could be done at this moment to curtail ethnic voting among the vast majority of the electorate—it has become too entrenched. But in my interaction with African Guyanese communities, I have detected a healthy development. There appears to be a critical mass of voters who while resigning themselves to the prevailing ethnic voting pattern, are putting a greater premium on their vote—they are demanding assurances that, if re-elected, the APNU+AFC Coalition would do a better job at responding to the needs of the community. Critically, they are also demanding policies aimed at tackling the structural problems of the African Guyanese collective.
Of course, this development coincides with my long-held view that African Guyanese reluctance to make sustained demands of governments for which they vote has contributed to them being taken for granted by their leaders. Except for the early Burnham years, the African Guyanese governmental leaderships have been reluctant to advance policies aimed at correcting the structural ethnic imbalances in the political economy.
The PPP leadership, in the process of empowering sections of the Indian Guyanese community, have added to the imbalances. These imbalances were not created overnight or during the PPP’s reign; they are a product of our long history of ethnic domination beginning with plantation slavery. Because African Guyanese have endured a longer period of denial of basic human rights, they are today the most challenged group developmentally.
The fact is that elections matter, because they determine who governs, and it is the governors who ultimately decide who gets what, when and how. That is a truism in politics that African Guyanese only take seriously when the opposite party holds office—they make demands of the PPP which they do not make of PNC or PNC-dominated governments.
During its current term in office the APNU+AFC government has not adequately addressed the deep-seated problems of their base, and the base has not made enough demands of the government. This has led to some degree of alienation, particularly among the youth. But this negative appears to have led to the positive development which I referred to above.
The vote is one of the most precious resources available to the individual, the family and the community. It is a resource that was fought for over centuries. While its use has not always resulted in socio-economic transformation, it remains a defining tool in the hands of citizens.
African Guyanese have been guilty of not always appreciating its value, which has led to lower voter turnout among the group. But this election challenges the group to reverse that trend by thinking of the bigger picture. There is an incentive to vote and attach demands to it. The outcome of the next election could determine the extent to which African Guyanese and the working poor benefit from the expected wealth.
So, there is need for a conversation on how to vote for policies within the context of the existing voting patterns. The Buxton First of August Movement (FAM-Buxton), to which I belong, has decided tofrontally address this issue at its annual Eusi Kwayana Emancipation Symposium to be held in the village today. The topic of the symposium is “The coming Election and the African Guyanese Emancipation Agenda.”
FAM-Buxton intends to ignite a conversation within the wider community on the linkage between ethnic voting and policy demands. In other words, ethnic voting should not eliminate demands for policies aimed at addressing the immediate needs of the ethnic group and the poor and powerless of all groups.
I know that the critics would be ready to say that government should not address ethnic demands but the general concerns of all Guyanese. But it seems to me that if all ethnic groups make demands of governments, we could have outcomes that include both ethnic specific and general policies. For me, that would be a superior model to one that only accommodates general one-size-fits-all policies that only benefits the group that fits the general size. We are a diverse society that is unevenly underdeveloped—a fact that policy makers tend to ignore.
So, come to Buxton today to begin the conversation which will be held at Friendship Primary School at 6pm. The cast of speakers include Former Foreign Minister, Carl Greenidge, Attorney and Human Rights activist, Nigel Hughes and Political activist, David Hinds. Buxton is a space that has had a long history of political activism and is steeped in African Guyanese liberation praxis. So, it is apt that this public conversation begins there.
Last year’s symposium was the launching pad for Clive Thomas and the WPA’s Cash Transfer initiative, which changed the discourse on what to do with the revenues expected from the coming Oil and Gas economy. In many regards this is a continuation of that discourse, since the coming election is linked to Oil and Gas.

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If what Hinds stated below is his criterion, then the Indian dominated PPP party should "gets to manage the distribution of that wealth" since Indians are still the largest segment of Guyana's population. Hinds is a racist jackass.

The reason for this back and forth is simple—these elections are the most consequential in the country’s post-colonial history. At stake is the expected wealth from the production of Oil and Gas scheduled to begin next year.
Given our history of ethno-political competition, it matters which political force gets to manage the distribution of that wealth. So, while elections have always mattered in Guyana, this one has taken on added significance. How that wealth is managed could decide the fate of Guyana for decades to come. And given our ethnic dynamics, who governs in the initial period could determine whether the oil-wealth serves as a medium for ethnic equality and equity or for a resurgence of hyper ethnic domination.

I have argued before that there is not much that could be done at this moment to curtail ethnic voting among the vast majority of the electorate—it has become too entrenched. But in my interaction with African Guyanese communities, I have detected a healthy development. There appears to be a critical mass of voters who while resigning themselves to the prevailing ethnic voting pattern, are putting a greater premium on their vote—they are demanding assurances that, if re-elected, the APNU+AFC Coalition would do a better job at responding to the needs of the community. Critically, they are also demanding policies aimed at tackling the structural problems of the African Guyanese collective.

African Slavery, as it was in its creation, Blacks selling Blacks. This time, David Hinds selling laziness to Blacks. Black ppl in the New World always blame slavery for their lack of progress and Hinds assert to that fact.

Hinds wholeheartedly wants a black country, his written words are all about that. I hope at the end of life he sees the light.

Maybe, Black folks should listen to an Indian as an invited guest to these Buston First gatherings. Is not like I have not publicly asked him to be invited-hoping that Hinds read to comments of his articles on GNI. 

Imagine, this twenty first century and 70 years of political turmoil in Guanese politic, yet Hinds fail to grasp that there can never be sustained development of Black communities unless they move into the community of Guyanese.    

Baseman posted:

We Indians, Coolies and Cane Cuttahs gatt nutin' fun do wid African Slavery!!  And Panjaea bruk-up 175 million years ago, suh duh ile up fuh grabs!!

Well, Hinds telling dem Buxtonians dat dem have all rights to dat grab. He ignoring dat dem is not de largest segment of de country. He also ignoring dat it was de Indian dominated PPP who put in place de exploration dat now responsible fuh de ile he want oney fuh he mattee. De PNC would have neva put dat into place because dem whudda bin too busy digging de country deeper into de abyss.

ksazma posted:

If what Hinds stated below is his criterion, then the Indian dominated PPP party should "gets to manage the distribution of that wealth" since Indians are still the largest segment of Guyana's population. Hinds is a racist jackass.

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60% of the population is NOT Indian so you are the racist jackass for screaming that the fact that its the largest group means that its the only one who should benefit.

Hinds is NOT saying that blacks only should benefit and in fact he is saying that blacks should put APNU under the same pressure that they put the PPP under.  You should be glad to hear that.

seignet posted:

African Slavery, as it was in its creation, Blacks selling Blacks. This time, David Hinds selling laziness to Blacks. Black ppl in the New World always blame slavery for their lack of progress and Hinds assert to that fact.

Hinds wholeheartedly wants a black country, his written words are all about that. I hope at the end of life he sees the light.

Maybe, Black folks should listen to an Indian as an invited guest to these Buston First gatherings. Is not like I have not publicly asked him to be invited-hoping that Hinds read to comments of his articles on GNI. 

Imagine, this twenty first century and 70 years of political turmoil in Guanese politic, yet Hinds fail to grasp that there can never be sustained development of Black communities unless they move into the community of Guyanese.    

Indo KKK back in action.  No wonder this place is such a filthy mess.

But continue chatting your racist rant to one another. Stormborn is now part of your group.

caribny posted:
seignet posted:

African Slavery, as it was in its creation, Blacks selling Blacks. This time, David Hinds selling laziness to Blacks. Black ppl in the New World always blame slavery for their lack of progress and Hinds assert to that fact.

Hinds wholeheartedly wants a black country, his written words are all about that. I hope at the end of life he sees the light.

Maybe, Black folks should listen to an Indian as an invited guest to these Buston First gatherings. Is not like I have not publicly asked him to be invited-hoping that Hinds read to comments of his articles on GNI. 

Imagine, this twenty first century and 70 years of political turmoil in Guanese politic, yet Hinds fail to grasp that there can never be sustained development of Black communities unless they move into the community of Guyanese.    

Indo KKK back in action.  No wonder this place is such a filthy mess.

But continue chatting your racist rant to one another. Stormborn is now part of your group.

Why doesn't a Blackman present a discussion instead of running away. I always would like to meet with you. There is seriousness in the differences. Talking to yourself ain gonna get anybody anywhere.

David Hinds is teaching a course on Bob Marley.  Prashad has got an issue with that.  Hinds should be teaching a course on Bill Rogers or Eddie Hooper instead of furthering Jamaican culture.  Guyanese are now trying to speak like Jamaicans. Guyanese radio stations are all about Jamaican songs.  For Prasad that is further evidence why East Indian Guyanese should protect their culture by splitting from this racist hell hole of a country.

Prashad posted:

David Hinds is teaching a course on Bob Marley.  Prashad has got an issue with that.  Hinds should be teaching a course on Bill Rogers or Eddie Hooper instead of furthering Jamaican culture.  Guyanese are now trying to speak like Jamaicans. Guyanese radio stations are all about Jamaican songs.  For Prasad that is further evidence why East Indian Guyanese should protect their culture by splitting from this racist hell hole of a country.

you are obviously a very confused man

reflect lil on what you just posted (above)

incoherence much?

and separately, are you "prashad" or "prasad"? i don't know anyone who misspells his own name

seignet posted:
caribny posted:
seignet posted:

African Slavery, as it was in its creation, Blacks selling Blacks. This time, David Hinds selling laziness to Blacks. Black ppl in the New World always blame slavery for their lack of progress and Hinds assert to that fact.

Hinds wholeheartedly wants a black country, his written words are all about that. I hope at the end of life he sees the light.

Maybe, Black folks should listen to an Indian as an invited guest to these Buston First gatherings. Is not like I have not publicly asked him to be invited-hoping that Hinds read to comments of his articles on GNI. 

Imagine, this twenty first century and 70 years of political turmoil in Guanese politic, yet Hinds fail to grasp that there can never be sustained development of Black communities unless they move into the community of Guyanese.    

Indo KKK back in action.  No wonder this place is such a filthy mess.

But continue chatting your racist rant to one another. Stormborn is now part of your group.

Why doesn't a Blackman present a discussion instead of running away. I always would like to meet with you. There is seriousness in the differences. Talking to yourself ain gonna get anybody anywhere.

Black people believe in entitlements from the government. Our great demented leader, Donald famously said:

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So Skeldonman, you have bashed that Idiot Trump from the get go. You are with the majority when we speak out against everything he said as bullshit but now that he speaks ill of blacks, WHOA! You even quote the idiot, he is suddenly your God. 

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