Have we achieved economic freedom, as we dance and wave under a Big Flag in Guyana? What a country, economically positioned next to Haiti, from a breadbasket nation to a basket-case country in the Caribbean.
Some 30,000 souls fled to Venezuela and thousands more to other places. Good news – as media report Venezuelan are eating cats and dogs – help is coming from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica: a hand up.
As for Guyana? What hand up, based on a territorial dispute? No milk of human compassion for Guyana? As for the Christian community, you sing as you worship “O, to be His hand extended,” but when it comes to service, you cannot give a grain of rice to your starving / rioting neighbor? Remember your scrunting and rioting days? Are you human or are you the devil reincarnate without a heart?
How can you, the son of perdition? “Wine and guh down and juk” when all the signs are pointing to a Guyana going backwards as the British’s botanical gardens is now Forbes Burnham Botanical Gardens: talk about running away from wan jumbie and butting up with de Kabaka’s Obeah! Yikes.
Meanwhile, beloved Eyesers, let’s sit at the learned feet of lawyer and professor Dr. Bobby Gossai who says, “50TH anniversary of Guyana’s independence is taking consolation in ignorance!” Ouch. Like Sancho lick he lova pan de dam and de gal and halla murda? What rascality!
Anyway, back to reality … and reality bites. “There is a vast difference between an independent nation and independent people, which many Guyanese do not understand. Because of this lack of knowledge, the citizens of Guyana today are celebrating independence of illusion,” Gossai stressed.
Gossai posited an independent nation makes it own laws and governs itself while independent people must be able to use those laws to develop themselves and improve society. Guyana is a far distance from the latter.
He continued, “However, when an independent nation enacts oppressive laws that defeat reasoning, people cannot be independent / free. Guyanese should not enjoy the glory of independence because what independence did for them is that they lost their being in society and as such lost reinforced oppressive.”
Allyuh done know, like the 28 years of rigged elections and dictatorship, a kind of a wham-bam, thank yuh mam. Methinks de Queen was not amused, or was she?
According to Gossai, injustice in the end produces independence. However, we saw the reverse of this over 50 years by both parties where independence produces gross injustices in social inequality.
And here’s the crux, dearly beloved Eyesers: “Guyana’s independence over the 50 years is a complete myth. The people are marginalized by racial bigotry, by lack of participation on how they are governed which does not reflect a democratic society. People become less confident in themselves as favouritism trumps merit”
(As an example, the shifting from your appointments to my appointments – it’s time now to eat off the hog, oops, “pig-out”, like jerk pork. Nah suh, in the land of the 50% government, no need to thieve.)
Gossai underscored the point: “People get dragged into social and racial conflicts (a remnant of the British divide and conquer) to sustain a corrupted system and the struggle for survival becomes a daily misery.” (So the reason for the song and dance under a big flag, like ah boss.)
“Independence in Guyana brought less civil liberty; people are grouped racially, the nation is more dysfunctional with most people being viewed as second-class citizens and increases in racial politics,” Gossai noted.
He said many seem to rejoice that they are not ruled by white men but they fail to see the white in those that rule now.” (Kowtowing to the ABC countries calling the shots – mere puppets on a string.)
So get real, dear land of Guyana Diaspora, here in Toronto under a small flag, like a tin-pot dictator or drunken boss or under a big flag in Guyana: “Independence gives us a chance to choose our own native oppressor placing our freedom at peril.”