Tomorrow we celebrate the end of chattel slavery, the day our ancestors were emancipated from an inhumane system that should have never existed.
The idea of reparations for the atrocities committed during the transatlantic slave trade is often a hotly contested idea.
Despite society’s reliance on the law and its punitive elements to direct behaviour, there are many gaps between our laws and what our culture continues to allow.
If it’s one thing society continues to do, it is the excusing of violence and sexual predation against women and girls.
Across the US of A, Black Lives Matter protests are still being maintained against the violent policing systems that target Black people.
Ever since I was a young child, I enjoyed the news.
Black Lives Matter; it is a phrase that is so simple and profoundly brief in its request for humanity.
COVID-19 is intensifying much of our social, economic and environmental issues that have for a long time been swept under the carpet.
Andaiye was an extremely wise woman who was full of profound words and beliefs.
“While we need organizing that is anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist, our organizing must also be anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, and against all forms of exploitation, subordination and discrimination.”
Throughout most of my life and growth as a young woman in Guyana, I was taught to abide by the laws and expectations of the heteronormative patriarchy.
“Unwaged housework is the productive labor without which there would be nothing else: no other labor, no workers, no economy, no society.”
The economic fallouts of COVID-19 have already begun to be felt by the people.
In every dark cloud there is a silver lining, or so we’ve been taught to believe.
Despite once being touted as “the breadbasket of the Caribbean,” and recognized today as a food secure nation, many Guyanese still suffer from hunger and undernourishment.
We live in a time of heightened fear and uncertainty. For those of us who plan ahead as a past time, we might feel that our objectives and timelines are becoming more and more irrelevant.
Guyana has recorded its fourth coronavirus related death; nineteen confirmed cases and is projected to see fourteen hundred cases.
We are a people of long histories, short memories and limited visions.
In the wake of our still unraveling political crisis, the peace of mind we’ve been struggling to retain is now being threatened by the increasing danger of the world’s most recent pandemic.
Our elections are always an interesting period to observe. The fear, mistrust and misinformation that usually festers unnoticed has the tendency to run amok in times such as these.