Category Archives: Racial Conflict

Coretta Scott King Lives! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Coretta Scott King Lives! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Coretta Scott King 1927-2006

It is Black History Month. The schools have dusted the books from last year; lesson plans on the achievements of a few Blacks will be highlighted.

At the end of the month the books will be packed away until next year. In many school districts Black History is confined to a month. But Black History is American History and it should be an essential part of the daily curriculum. If people are not reminded of their history apathy occurs; they lose their sense of belonging and ‘drift in the desert sand of dead habit.’ Civics is not a strong subject with our children.

While they talk about the latest video games, smart technology and brand-name products the achievements of Black heroes escape them. Black History is rich with examples of perseverance and the struggles for acceptance and recognition in a world in which the deck is stacked against peoples of color.     Continue reading

Book: The Legend – Post Emancipation Villages in Guyana – Eusi Kwayana

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Please find attached a writ-up on Eusi Kwayana’s latest book – The Legend: Post Emancipation Villages.

It is a conversation of how former enslaved Africans in Guyana collectively bought villages.

The price is $35 and the book can be obtained by contacting me, Rampersaud Tiwari, or Ingrid King. See the contact details at the end of the attached document.

We have a limited number of copies and have already received orders.

Woman at center of Emmett Till case tells author she fabricated testimony

James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness – by Chris Hedges

James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness

by Chris Hedges – Monday, February 20, 2017 – by Truthdig

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The work of James Baldwin, pictured here in 1969, is as relevant today as in his time. The essayist, novelist, poet and social critic died in 1987. (Photo: Allan Warren / Wikimedia Commons)

Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen—I would have stayed in the theater in New York to see the film again if the next showing had not been sold out. The newly released film powerfully illustrates, through James Baldwin’s prophetic work, that the insanity now gripping the United States is an inevitable consequence of white Americans’ steadfast failure to confront where they came from, who they are and the lies and myths they use to mask past and present crimes. Baldwin’s only equal as a 20th century essayist is George Orwell. If you have not read Baldwin you probably do not fully understand America. Especially now.     Continue reading

Why ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Alarmingly Relevant to the Black experience in present-day USA

Why ‘Hidden Figures’ Is So Alarmingly Relevant

coloredEven though it’s set in the 1960s, ‘Hidden Figures’ represents the Black experience in present-day USA.

 Uri Klein – Haaretz

 “Hidden Figures,” the second feature (after “St. Vincent,” 2014) by Theodore Melfi, is a lesson in American history that’s intended for the whole family. It’s set in the most significant decade of U.S.A. history, in the second half of the 20th century – the 1960s. Other films that take place in that decade deal grimly with the blacks’ struggle for civil rights and equality.

By contrast, “Hidden Figures,” though not omitting any part of the ugly treatment meted out to the “coloured,” as they were then called, presents its true story almost as a fairy tale that inevitably leads to victory.  Continue reading

Less skin, more God and no racism: How Brazil’s left and right want to change Carnaval

Less skin, more God and no racism: How Brazil’s left and right want to change Carnaval

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Brazil – Carnaval

  – February 11, 2017. Washington Post

You’ve seen the images of Brazilian Carnaval. A sea of people in the streets, oiled-up women samba-dancing at lightning speed and packs of trumpets, trombones and drums blasting out singalong songs. But this year, the annual tradition of full-throttle lascivious indulgence is showing signs of change as well.

Brazil’s increasingly powerful evangelical church and its progressive movements are both pushing to refine Carnaval to match their often opposing priorities. As a sign of the times, the Brazilian city of Olinda, famous for its street festival, has two new additions this Carnaval: a “Gospel zone” and an “LGBT zone.”

The changes are perhaps most evident in this year’s controversy over the glitter-coated woman who dances across Brazilian TV screens this time of year.    Continue reading

Guyana and Black History— High time to change the Story – By Yvonne Sam

Guyana and Black History— High time to change the Story

By Yvonne Sam

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We are currently in the month of February, traditionally the period when Black History Month is celebrated. The truth be told Guyanese do not need to worry in any way shape or form about negritude or history as both are being daily celebrated. To be clear and also frank, Guyanese in Guyana have failed to make the progress that they mouthed, spouted and voted for. In fact, it appears that they have fast forwarded backward.  So let us forget about placating ourselves by celebrating Black History Month. We have not broken any stereotypes. We have made no progress.We just haven’t.      Continue reading

Patricia Abraham, Mother in 1964 Tragedy in British Guiana (Guyana), Dies at 98

Patricia Abraham, Mother in 1964 Tragedy in Guyana, Dies at 98

HISTORY: British Guiana – The New York Times Archives | 12 June 1964

Patricia Abraham

Patricia Abraham

Eight in Family Are Killed in British Guiana Bombing

GEORGETOWN, British Guiana, June 12, 1964 Arthur Abraham, 47 years old, who was once permanent secretary in Premier Cheddi B. Jagan‘s office, and seven of his nine children died today when their city home was burned down after terrorists had thrown two bombs into it. The children, four girls and three boys, were from 6 to 10 years old.

Mr. Abraham was transferred to the Ministry of Works six months ago, after documents disappeared from his office.

The bombs were thrown as the family slept. Mrs. Patricia Abraham escaped by jumping through a window. The other two children were away from home.   Continue reading

Ziggy Marley Wins Best Reggae Album Grammy – 2017 + Music Video

Ziggy Marley Wins Best Reggae Album Grammy

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Ziggy Marley

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12 2017 — Ziggy Marley a short while ago won the Best Reggae Album Grammy for his album “Ziggy Marley”.  [Listen to Album below]

This is his seventh Grammy, having previously won three from his work as part of The Melody Makers and three from solo projects.      Continue reading

Black History or Back History- Canada, the Caribbean and the Domestic Worker Programme – By Yvonne Sam

Black History or Back History- Canada, the Caribbean and the Domestic Worker Programme

By Yvonne Sam

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Opinion - commentary -analysisDespite the demand in Canada for services which Caribbean natives were able to supply, yet up to the middle of the twentieth century it remained impossible to gain entry into the Canadian labour market. Only after the failure of various waves of European migration to adequately address the demand for domestic workers was consideration given to Caribbean people, previously marginalized as a result of selective immigration practices.

The month of February is once again with us, and accompanying it is the 28 day acknowledgement of the contributions made by Blacks in Canada. I am certain that from the closure last February to the current opening this February neither the study, dissemination and sharing of history of Blacks in Canada was carried out. It is no mystery, though contrary to expectations but Black History ends February 28 one year and recommences February 1, the following year.      Continue reading

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