The PNC/APNU’s silence on the racist Chronicle editorial is a gross insult to African-Guyanese
The PPP is clearly unfit to govern this country. So is the PNC/APNU. Imagine African-Guyanese awoke from their 2006 electoral slumber to surge into polling stations to give this shamefully tragic party their votes. The PPP’s lapdog, the Guyana Chronicle, publishes one of the most incendiary pieces of journalistic filth and racist claptrap in this country’s recent memory that demonized and pilloried Africans.
The response from the PNC/APNU, the same charlatans who were venturing into African-Guyanese homes begging for their votes, is the sound of silence. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
The PNC/APNU machine is happy with others condemning the prejudiced garbage but it will hold its peace. The AFC has been loud, vehement and bellicose in its protest of this editorial. The PNC/APNU has been quiet as a church mouse. To think that Africans left the AFC in droves to return to the PNC/APNU in election 2011 is mind-numbing. I think it was one of the great political missteps taken in this country’s history, something I will explain in a different column.
To think that the offensive editorial accused the PNC/APNU leadership of socializing black youths to racialized criminality and ethnic violence and still gets no raging response from the PNC/APNU is incomprehensibly shocking. This approach from the political party that gets its voting bread buttered by Africans is insulting, dismissive, callous and disrespectful to Africans. It is tantamount to the PNC/APNU being afraid of defending Africans.
If the PNC/APNU is afraid of being baited into a political battle with the PPP over this racist editorial rant that literally lit a fire of ethnic antagonism, it should get out of the business of politics and stop asking Africans for their votes. It should stop the pathetic masquerade around election time. It should stop hoodwinking Africans.
If the PNC/APNU of all groups and entities in this country cannot stand up for Africans, then the African is certainly better off seeking political salvation somewhere else.
For this is not a matter of political gamesmanship and of not being baited into battles and of creating palatable facades, this is a matter of fundamental prejudice, basic racial degradation and utter mischaracterization against an entire race in a country driven by race and racialized politics.
To hell with your optics and your appearances as a party. If you cannot stand up and be counted against this kind of flagrant despicability, you have no right ripping African-Guyanese off around election time by collecting their votes. This is a matter that goes to the very soul and identity of an already maligned ethnic group.
That the AFC would stand up for African-Guyanese with fearlessness and the doggedness of a bulldog while the PNC is in slumber, highlights the danger the PNC/APNU presents to African-Guyanese who deludingly believe it is an avenue to salvation and political redemption.
The AFC did not consider the fact that Africans left it in massive numbers to return to the empty promises of the PNC/APNU in November 2011 when it decided to pound the Chronicle’s racial insensitivity.
The AFC simply did the right thing by speaking out against the abomination, while the party that claims it is for African-Guyanese did nothing for African-Guyanese when the Chronicle went off the deep end of racism.