Category Archives: Racial Conflict

Analysis: The closure of two sugar factories – By Leonard Gildarie

The Story within the Story…A Berbice chat group and the closure of two sugar factories

By Leonard Gildarie – Oct 15, 2017

I wrote on it so many times. The idyllic life of sugar-producing communities. There is something there that makes people get all nostalgic with that faraway look in their eyes when they talk about it.

Our country was built on sugar. Slavery, indentureship and the development of colonies along with the Dutch infrastructure we see today, with our kokers and drainage system, all came with it.

When nothing else was happening in the late 80s, sugar helped Guyana. Today, that way of life is about to morph into something else, to make way for a more profitable sugar industry.     Continue reading

The Missing Verse of The Star Spangled Banner That May Change Your View Of Our Anthem

The Missing Verse of The Star Spangled Banner That May Change Your View Of Our Anthem

Thom Hartmann Program Published on Aug 29, 2016

“Let Me Try Again” – Poem by Immigrant Salvadoran Poet Javier Zamora

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Border Wall Nogales Mexico Arizona USA

U.S. Border Wall at Nogales, Mexico

My Poetry Corner October 2017 features the poem “Let Me Try Again” by Javier Zamora, an immigrant Salvadoran poet and educator who lives in Northern California. Born in 1990 in a small fishing town in El Salvador, he was a year old when his eighteen-year-old father fled the Civil War (1980-1992). Four years later, his mother joined his father, leaving him with his grandparents. At nine years old, unaccompanied by a family member and under the charge of other undocumented immigrants, ‘Javiercito’ made the treacherous journey to reunite with his parents in the United States.

In “The Shatter of Birds,” dedicated to Abuelita (granny), Zamora recalls her pain at losing him.

Javiercito, you’re leaving me tomorrow
when our tortilla-and-milk breaths will whisper
te amo. When I’ll pray the sun won’t devour
your northbound steps. I’m giving you this conch
swallowed with this delta’s waves

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Civil-Rights Protests Have Never Been Popular – Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

Civil-Rights Protests Have Never Been Popular

Activists can’t persuade their contemporaries — they’re aiming at the next generation.

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

One common response to the national anthem protests originated by Colin Kaepernick is to disparage them as polarizing. Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe, summed up this particular critique in a tweet last weekend:

“This may be unpopular, but it is a political reality. Every NFL Player refusing to stand for the National Anthem helps Trump politically.”

The idea here is that kneeling NFL players are committing an act of such blatant disrespect that they hand Trump an easy image with which to demagogue.   Continue reading

Lecture: FIGHTING DIALECT PREJUDICE – By Dr. John R. Rickford -Toronto- October 12, 2017

Alumni Speaker Series 2017-18




Join us for our first lecture of this year’s series

SOCIAL JUSTICE (for Jeantel, Trayvon et al.):


Dr. John R. Rickford

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 • 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Where: William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street. Toronto. Ontario.

Entry to the event is free, but space is limited.  Email us now to save your spot!

The lecture flows directly from Dr. Rickford’s long-standing focus on sociolinguistics, especially his exploration of the relation between language, ethnicity, class and social structure. Demonstrating how language is inextricably woven into all domains of social life, including structures of justice and policing, he makes clear that we ignore the critical role of language in the everyday at our own peril.               Continue reading

Do Modern Spanish and Portuguese People have North African or Arab Blood?

Do Modern Spanish and Portuguese People have North African or Arab Blood?

Masaman–  Published on Aug 4, 2017 –
Are Spaniards and Portuguese today mixed with North Africans or Arabs?
Today we’re going to be following up our last video on Latin America, and digging up the roots of the Iberian people groups. Because of the hectic environment in pre-modern Iberia, the genetics, language, culture and attitude of the groups living there are quite unique in Europe, and that makes it a very interesting place to learn about. Be sure to let me know your thoughts on Iberia and the rise of the Spaniards and Portuguese in the comments below.
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Why Cede the Flag to Trump? – David Frum | The Atlantic

Why Cede the Flag to Trump?

Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have a better claim on the United States’ symbols and their meaning.

David Frum | The Atlantic

President Trump apparently slept on it overnight and woke up early on Sunday morning thinking: “Yes, I will fight a cultural war against black athletes.”

In two Sunday morning tweets, Trump urged a boycott of the National Football League until owners punished players who refused to stand for the national anthem, in protest of police brutality and racial injustice — capping a weekend of taunting and trash-talking that began at his Alabama rally last Friday night.   Continue reading

Canada: Quebec’s systemic discrimination and racism hearings should be open – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

Testimony has a greater impact if one can see and hear the person testifying. The hearings are an opportunity to heighten public awareness.

The Quebec inquiry on systemic discrimination and racism has yet to begin hearings, but what’s already apparent is that the Couillard government does not want the exercise to be transparent.

Quebec Province. Canada

When the consultation was announced in July, all Quebecers were urged to participate, with the hearings being touted as an occasion to find tangible and permanent solutions to the issues at hand. Now we learn that Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil and the Quebec Human Rights Commission have indicated that local consultations will be held behind closed doors, hidden from the eyes of the media and the citizenry, away from the public setting that was expected by the public.   Continue reading

The First White President – By Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

IT IS INSUFFICIENT TO STATE THE OBVIOUS OF Donald Trump: That he is a white man who would NOT be president were it NOT for this fact.

With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness — that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them.

Land theft and human plunder cleared the grounds for Trump’s forefathers and barred others from it. Once upon the field, these men became soldiers, statesmen, and scholars; held court in Paris; presided at Princeton; advanced into the Wilderness and then into the White House.     Continue reading

PASSING FOR WHITE – from “Our Kind of People” – by Lawrence Otis Graham

PASSING FOR WHITE – Book feature by

9/13/17 – Today’s selection — from Our Kind of People by Lawrence Otis Graham. “Although I spent six years researching Our Kind of People, I could never have been prepared for the controversy it elicited from various groups upon its initial publication.” So wrote Lawrence Otis Graham in the most recent edition of his hotly debated 1999 book. In this book, Graham, a Harvard-trained lawyer with an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a best-selling author of 14 books, wrote of class divisions within black society.

In one particularly controversial chapter, he wrote of light-skinned black Americans who attempted to “pass” as white. To do so they often “divorced” from family and friends to help ensure that they weren’t discovered while trying to create a new life as a white person. In one heartbreaking story, he tells of a black woman growing up in the 1950s and 1960s whose father went to great lengths to hide not only his own skin color, but hers as well:       Continue reading

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