Jun 13, 2021 Letters
I take my hat off to Guyanese, we are good. All should be airline pilots, so gifted are the scribblers and babblers in this nation, since they float on air. We talk up a storm, but like the skilled flyboys and fly girls, we always seem to navigate the contradictory turbulences encountered along the way. The biggest example of this is our attention, fascination, conversation, and conclusion about Walter Rodney.
As I listen and I read, I am compelled to congratulate Guyanese: everybody is talking. Oh! Guyanese talk a lovely game about Walter Rodney: he was this and he was that; he would have done so much. If only…. His life was about achieving and giving; readying to give more, until cruel fates intervened and the coup de grace came. It was not to be his season under the sun. And so, we continue to chatter and splatter our sorry selves about 41 years later, of what was lost, of what could have been. And after 41 years, the best that leaders in this country can do is label his murder an assassination. There must be rejoicing in heaven at this late breaking acknowledgement, supposedly soothing development. I believe that heaven will celebrate some more, if the same serene lips that went to the forefront, on behalf of the PPP government, will be bold enough to label similarly the fall of another Guyanese. I think the Hon. Attorney General of Guyana knows very well of whom I write, when I assert that his death, too, was an assassination. To ease his memory – perhaps, his conscience – I present the late Courtney Crum Ewing. It was that, wasn’t it? The resolution to that not so tricky riddle may take another 41 years also. But truth can only be suppressed for so long, despite the concerted efforts of men who frolic on the dark side of human affairs. Long before the legalisation of obeah in this country, there was the legalisation and democratisation of political barbarity and criminality. It is said that those who wail the loudest at funerals are the ones benefitting the most.
As if to give themselves halo and gloss, leaders and citizens croon sweetly about Rodney, Mandela, Gandhi, and King, martyrs all to a cause. What is our cause, other than power at all costs, by any means; and the perpetuation of it? I am still trying to figure out what is cause and calling on our leaders in the PPP and PNC, their guiding driving lodestar, if it is anything other than power. The best I can come up with so far is money, as it was in their personal and professional lives, with the more they accumulated, the more they grabbed. But before that came power, which makes sense, since more money becomes possible with power. Now that power is just about absolute, then there is no limit where King Cash is concerned. There it is, when one cuts through the talking and bragging and making perpetual spectacles of ourselves, whether leaders or followers, the extended brigade of regular citizens.
Editor, after all this much talking, where is the doing? Where is the self-sacrificing for the greater good, and not for the good of self only? Where is the doing, in this new age and era? From leaders who falsify? From citizens who deny? From a society that is so sickly that it is largely content with the merely paltry? Leadership perversity, too. So, we talk and write and hail and salute, but no more. There is the history and reality of Guyanese essences, the sums of what we are about truthfully, and why the reconciliatory always seem to be so distantly out of reach. It is the lesser gods of the twisted Guyanese national character. A little doing, a little more giving, could mean something; even make a difference. Why is it that we allow our consciences to be assassinated? With each one of us, proudly enjoying being saluted as the biggest Brutus around. Those who object lie.
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