Kit Nascimento published a letter in the Kaieteur News and the Stabroek News last Saturday repeating the description of the violence a 16-year-old girl penned in a missive in the newspapers on September 12 about what the rioters and robbers did to her, and her grandmother, in Region 5 after David Granger and Joe Harmon went up there and incited people.
In doing so, lives were lost, properties were burnt down, vehicles were torched and countless innocent persons were attacked and robbed including the 16-year-old and her grandmother. That letter appeared in public on the 12th of this month, yet no women’s organization had basic decency to pen a word of empathy for that little girl and her granny.
It is getting on to two weeks since Granger and Harmon tried to instigate racial confrontations in Guyana and no human rights body like the comical Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), the asinine Transparency Institute of Guyana (TIGI), the hypocritical Red Thread group and all those racist women organizations that are driven by publicity rather than genuine concern for the poorer classes of women in this land, have uttered a word.
I am tempted to ask if the silence on what happened to that 16-year-old girl and her grandmother is because of their ethnicity. Let’s avoid interpretations and look at facts that are naked, graphic and gargantuan.
Today is 10 days since that little Berbician youth wrote about the horror and evil that visited her and her grandmother. There hasn’t been a word of sympathy but 75 women plus the GHRA, plus TIGI have shown concern about the recent visit of the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
Since the Henry cousins were killed, there has been an outpouring of justified sympathy for them but not one word about what Granger and Harmon did. What Granger and Harmon did deserves the most trenchant condemnation by every decent mind in and out of Guyana. Harmon and Granger are destructive politicians who have no place in 21st Century Caribbean politics. GHRA, TIGI, Red Thread, and all the other hypocritical women’s groups and individual ladies that commented upon Pompeo’s visit have displayed a barren mind for all Guyanese to see but it is also a dangerous mind because that mind serves political and ethnic purposes.
Let’s return to naked facts. When the GECOM chairman, Claudette Singh, was misbehaving in the most unprofessional way from March 4, there were justified condemnations of her misplaced ethics. The Chronicle front page (of May 3) carried three statements from prominent women deeming the criticism of Singh an abuse of women.
They were co-founder of STEM Guyana, Karen Abrams; UG lecturer and now Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Melissa Ifill; and Director of the Government’s Consumer Affairs Commission, Dawn Holder-Cush.
These three women have nothing to say about what happened to the little Berbician girl and her grandmother. Just a slight diversion. I want these three women to know that this is one citizen of Guyana who believes Claudette Singh has done this country a horrible disservice for which she should face perpetual chastisement.
Do you think these three women named above will use even half a word to denounce Granger and Harmon? Do you have an opinion why they supported the GECOM chairwoman and will remain silent on Granger and Harmon?
Go through the list of women’s organizations that signed the letter against Pompeo’s visit last Thursday in the Stabroek News and you will see how disturbed the mind can become.
The list includes the usual suspects and people whose political connections are suspect. Here is a sample; Bonita Bone Harris, common-law wife of Ronald Waddell; Joycelyn Dow, common-law wife of Rupert Roopnaraine; Red Thread, an open sympathizer of the WPA which was part of the 2020 election rigging machine; Dr. Alissa Trotz, close affiliate of Red Thread and WPA.
Here is the one on that list that was shameful – SASOD. This is an organization that looks after the interests of the LGBT community and since its birth has never published a statement on anything whatsoever except on LGBT matters.
Now it has developed a sudden interest in Pompeo’s visit. You would have thought their first priority would have been to show concern for members of the LGBT community who could be victims of the violence that Granger and Harmon instigated.
Three members of the LGBT community were victims when gangs during the mayhem stopped a mini-bus and robbed all the passengers. One of the LGBT victims was cuffed in his face when he held on to his smart phone. You know, I do love my pets more than humans.
(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this newspaper.)
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