Race and Political Discourse in
A Conversation with African Guyanese in the presence and
hearing of Indian Guyanese
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Dr David Hinds, university lecturer and political commentator,
has just released his first book Race and Political Discourse
in Guyana: A Conversation with African Guyanese in the
presence and hearing of Indian Guyanese.
The book, a compilation of essays on race and politics in Guyana,
addresses topical issues such as Racial Insecurity and Triumphalism,
African Guyanaese Marginalization, the Kean Gibson book [The Cycle
of Racial Discrimination in Guyana] , and Racial Extremism
Militarism, in particular the Buxton-based violence and the Phantom
Squad. There is an introduction by Eusi Kwayana and Forewords by
Clarence Ellis and Eric Phillips .
According to Dr Hinds:
"This small book is part of my commitment to public education and
action. This is my treatment of a small slice of Guyana's turbulent,
yet instructive political reality. Instructive because it points to
the difficulties of constructing a nation out of what Eusi Kwayana
calls "two pre-nations" and "two Diasporas in conflict." For those
of us who call ourselves nationalists, whether Indian or African,
the challenge is how to adapt our nationalism to the multi-racial
reality of Guyana. In this book I speak simultaneously as an African
Guyanese, a Guyanese and a Caribbean patriot. I speak simultaneously
to African Guyanese and all Guyanese.
Speaking out on issues of race in a racially segmented
environment is always a delicate undertaking. One does so at great
risk to one's integrity and reputation, but remaining silent is a
far greater risk. Since I began writing publicly in 1993 I have been
subjected to much ridicule, attacks and misrepresentations, but I
have also received many endorsements. At the end of the day what
matters is that I strive to be honest about what I express and that
those expressions are devoid of hate.
I hope the views expressed in this book will contribute to a
debate both inside and outside of the African Guyanese community.
Although the subject of the discussion is the African Guyanese
condition, it is a larger discussion on Guyanese politics and
society in particular as they relate to race and power. While this
is not an academic text I hope academics and students will find it
useful as they investigate Guyana's politics. But more than ever, I
hope that ordinary Guyanese, both in Guyana and the diaspora will
seek to engage in their daily lives the issues I raise and discuss.
In the final analysis, this is a conversation."
Dr Hinds lectures in Caribbean and African Diaspora Studies at
Arizona State University in the USA.