WHAT is this preoccupation with “slavery” that has so warped his mind, thoughts and actions that seems to make Mr. Eusi Kwayana’s so divorced from the 21st century reality of an independent Guyana?
Now again he raises the spectre of
renewed slavery fearfully again threatening blacks with a new doomsday like the Sword of Damocles. In this period of Guyana’s history, Mr. Kwayana’s must clearly explain who are the new “owners and oppressors” likely to sell blacks to whom and for which industry?
When former Chief Magistrate Ms Juliet Allen-Holder threatened to expel all Guyanese Indians to God knows where Mr. Kwayana was most silent. Mr. Kwayana’s cannot afford to remain silent, and must explain clearly where is the evidence which muzzles or motivates him. Obviously there is no white presence in Guyana like long ago colonial days. With the PNC effectively ensuring the Portuguese quitting Guyana after their own folly of coalition in 1964 there is, again, no prospects. And despite Indians never being slaves nor slave owners, Mr. Kwayana’s exhortations therefore cannot be categorised as being subtle. In provoking and harnessing fears about a coming slavery among his black kith and kin, he unequivocally can only mean that the new slave owners would be, who else?
But tell me something. Who in their right minds, including Indians, can ever consider any attempt to re-impose a slavery on anyone, anywhere in the world, much less poverty-stricken Guyana? Why is Mr. Kwayana again crusading on such a frightful agenda likely to sow racial hate and animosity?
In the KN of 29-8-12 titled “any society without protestors is headed straight to slavery”, Mr. Kwayana seems disappointed that black people are not demonstrating all across Guyana. He wants to change that. It should surprise no one. Maybe he can explain why battle-weary Buxtonians failed to dig up their pristine PPP/C built roads and block traffic as in 2006 at the urging of Dr David Hinds in pursuance of their unsavory WPA agenda.
Indeed, Mr. Kwayana more than anyone amongst those who fought alongside Dr Jagan’s PPP can be pinpointed for his singular championship, defence, promotion and agitation for black people’s rights and aspirations. Consistently a champion of black people’s hopes, he completely disregards all his critics and is darling of some in the media. In this regard he is an excellent role model whom refreshing Indian activists must take lessons from, and emulate. But where are they? So when Mr. Kwayana reminds us “but be sure, that any society without protestors and those who insist on full justice and respect for all, and refuse to shut up when ordered, is heading straight for slavery”, we can be sure he is only following his lifelong passions of black redemption. What becomes clearer is his conjuring up a threat of a new, ominous slavery for Guyanese. Any alignment with the teachings of black Muslim hajji(reborn in his Mecca pilgrimage) Malcolm X who sought to liberate black thinking and independence “by any means necessary”. What’s the Indian equivalent? No surprises here. Right?
Mr. Kwayana has certainly not been modest in again seeking to lead blacks to a new salvation from slavery, by reminding them of a new, looming, imaginary, slavery. Can advocating any alleged fear of imminent slavery for black people yield profitable dividends similar to that achieved when in the colonial sanctioned battles against the PPP government ,Guyanese witnessed the PNC boldly marching up Georgetown streets behind a huge banner in the 1960s proclaiming “Slavery Begins if Jagan Wins”? Indians became so fed up with the political climate in the run-up to the British-administered 1964 elections that a significantly small percentage voted for the United Force allowing the PNC to jump into a coalition government and 28 years of economic misery and talented human exodus. Indian dissatisfaction and support for the AFC may still repeat itself as in 1964 because of negligence and corruption nowadays.
The lesson was clear. Dividing or minimising the supposedly monolithic Indian vote became the road to PNC political victory. The object was to reduce the Indian population since they were viewed as a political and racial “numerical anomaly” as ACDA’s Mr. Barrington Braithwaite so boldly wrote in SN11-27-11. Just by their existence and presence Indians have been considered guilty, even obstacles to be eliminated just because of their numbers; in effect, they were viewed as hindrances in the way of their PNC opponents.
Now in the new reality after the 2011 elections ( as in the 1964 elections) most working-class Indians are again disenchanted with the PPP/C because of neglect and disconnect to address their needs, fears, miseries and aspirations. That three Lindeners were shot dead after provocation is no cause for celebration. Indeed, it is an occasion for pause, reflection and sympathy. But it would seem that Mr. Kwayana still prefers to dance on their graven memory to again advance his age-old black agenda.
Yet there are absolutely no bold champions of Indian causes, rights fears and aspirations to equally match any of our black activists in the entire Guyanese and Caribbean political spectrum. Why is this so? In comparison, prominent Indian activists including the self admitted Afro-centic Mr. Frederick Kissoon singularly, exclusively and incessantly only address black political aspirations, concerns and fears. The evidence absolutely does not lie. It is as if pro black, de-culturised Indian advocates always require black validation (quite unlike Mr. Kwayana) for their very utterances and existence.
Notice however that Mr. Kwayana omitted our prominent national legend Dr Walter Rodney as one of Guyana’s heroes? Let’s understand why. While it may however be too much to concede and acknowledge even as he himself ponders, “are we hypocrites that honour Cuffy, Accabre and Damon… but hold back from recognising protestors of our own time (?)”, there has always been a crafty premeditated scheme to all of Mr. Kwayana’s actions.
Undoubtedly. In acknowledging without dispute that the prominent, assassinated historian subsumed race to class, all his sacrifices and contributions were pointing to building an harmonious, multi-ethnic Guyana. One has to appreciate what is of particular significance for Dr Rodney was not exactly the same for Mr. Kwayana. Mr. Kwayana never revealed the WPA was stockpiling weapons in spite of the saintly cloak with which he adorns himself…the same Mr. Kwayana who attacked Dr Jagan’s PPP “ for arming Indians to shoot black people” when the racially balanced Special Services Unit (SSU) was formed by Dr Jagan’s 1960s government as a precursor to Guyana’s current GDF. Does Mr. Kwayana actually believe he was justifiably more “saintly” using the WPA stockpile of weapons to shoot at the predominantly black armed forces totally under the ruling (1964-1992) PNC’s government control? In effect, what empowers Mr. Kwayana to justifiably shoot black people for their own “good” anytime he so chooses? No wonder Minister Rohee can claim he has a clear conscience since he never gave nor sanctioned any orders to shoot anyone at Linden.
In consideration of Mr. Kwayana’s prolonged political experience we can now therefore comprehend why he had no interest in preventing the good doctor’s assassination. Mr. Kwayana is so wrapped up in yester- year's slavery cocoon that he is unable to emerge from it to float like a butterfly. Instead, he constantly wallows in stinging like a bee, unable to gather honey for himself while he constantly offers it freely to others.