An Editorial Column/Blog by David Hinds on Guyana, Caribbean and African Diaspora Politics and Society
President Ramotar is misleading the Nation; Buxton has never been part of the Post-1955 PPP
Posted June 16th. 2012
The President was speaking to mainly schoolchildren and some young people who for various reasons are not familiar with Guyana's political history. His sweeping statement, without any attempt at qualification, is unfair to these young people and somewhat insensitive to Buxtonions. As a Buxtonion I am insulted. Here is the President standing before people and revising their history in front of their faces. Where does it end?
The truth is that Buxton, like the vast majority of the African Guyanese community, for good or ill, was never part of the post 1955 PPP. The PPP after 1955 is a different party from the one to before 1955. The pre-1955 PPP was a multi-ethnic coalition in terms of its leadership, membership and mass support. Buxton was part of that coalition. The post 1955 PPP retained the name and most of the East Indian leadership and membership. It in effect has been an Indian Guyanese coalition in terms of leadership, membership and mass support. Buxton was not part of that coalition.
It is time we stop confusing people, especially the youth. The political descendants of Burnham, Kwayana, Martin Carter and others have as much claim to the legacy of the pre-1955 PPP as the political descendants of the Jagans. The marginalization of others from that legacy and the appropriation of it by the latter are obscene and should be discontinued. The President should take the lead.
David Hinds is a Political Activist and Commentator. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Caribbean and African Diaspora Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. His writings can be found on his website guyanacaribbeanpolitics.com. You can also listen to Dr. Hinds on "Hindsight" on Mark Benschop Online Radio every Thursday night 8-9 pm at guyanaobservernews.org