Lewis may be his worst enemy
Fear, guilt, racism, emotion, entitlement, intermarriage, respect and equality have become the new political currency for achieving power in Guyana. While history has endowed some with a rich goldmine in such resources others are still playing “catch up”.
Mr. Lincoln Lewis’s richness in a letter to KN of 6-30-12 titled “don’t expect silence on my part, Mr. Dev. Not now, not ever” is loaded with everything except silence when he wags his finger to emphasise that “Africans are no more or less, better or worse, than any group in the human family, (and) as such he (Mr. Dev) will have to respect the United Nations declarations and Guyana Constitution that enshrined equality and dignity for all.”
Mr. Lewis is of course rightfully free to demand “respect” as he has long been fully emancipated in a country where all are so constitutionally and equally entitled. What kind of reciprocal respect he has engendered for himself and others after so much displayed arrogance and unbridled venomous brazenness is yet to be seen.
Until he himself realizes that touting that “”Africans are no more or less, better or worse, than any group in the human family” achieved by their own natural excellence he can unwittingly undermine all his amplified claims which he constantly demands by the exact strength of the same argument for denial without a necessary equal reciprocity from his side for closure.
In effect he can be his own fearsome enemy even as he is free to do so in a democratic country ad infinitum. Understandably what seems to raise Mr. Lewis’s hackles is an apparent touchiness to the opinion (henceforth labeled the Lewis Principle) that “in addition to the nurtured tradition of revolt, African socialization patterns pre-dispose them into aggressive habits and frustrating situations elicit aggressive responses, even against authority figures, i.e. there is a normative support for violence in the African community.”
So what can justify Mr. Lewis’s bombastic fulmination that Mr. Dev’s “statement is an offence to the African struggles and offends me personally as the descendant of a people, though having suffered much, never sought to hug their achievements for themselves…?” Yet he does a midair flip flop to berate Guyanese ,most importantly telling Mr. Dev that if he “takes careful note, he’d see violence and disrespect for authority figures is not the purview of any group but the capability of all”, other races. Few are likely to wait with bated breath to find out how many such similar brave Amerindian, Chinese and Portuguese -type Lewis’s will sally forth to defend their “kith and kin” with the same uncouth aggressiveness of a TUC elevated Presidential Mr. Lewis.
Because he feels wronged, like wine, his anger gets better with time. In a country where all are supposedly equal shouldn’t our native Amerindians be more equal by original presence and in consideration Guyana was originally forcefully taken from them?
Even, and if Mr. Dev is making it up, a wise Mr. Lewis can convincingly explain our disproportionate black incarceration and poverty ratio (its worldwide) to explain or debunk the perception he defies gravity by his mid air levitation in which he also empowers a tethering “capability of all” groups to be similarly yoked. Careful now.
Proving there is now proportionate poverty and incarceration of the “others” may undermine any claims for special treatment. Who is therefore more guilty of condemnation: Mr. Dev or Mr. Lewis in their effrontery to “equalize” African suffering (its actually a downgrading isn’t it?) on the same level with other race groups and the same “capability of all” potential suffering in which Mr. Lewis seemingly finds such prominent smug comforting propulsion?
Could the emotional guilt laden invectives which Mr. Lewis’s highly emotional outburst displays, be (in his own words, not mine) actually himself mirroring “only a depraved mind ( in which he) would project such thinking on society and argue such behavior (are) the purview of (not) one race (alone)when there is no evidence to support same…?
On the contrary will Mr. Lewis instead follow his own advice to Mr. Dev to be better “advised (that) while it is his right to agitate on behalf of any group it cannot and will not come at the cost of disrespecting (ALL) other(s) and engaging in act/actions to deny them their rights”?
He is his worst enemy if he really believes by his loudness he can compel enemies to become his friends.