Reference is made to African nationalist Tacuma Ogunseye’s “Guyanese are not ready for objective and civil discourse on our race reality in this country” (letter in SN May 7). Tacuma defended Amanza Walton-Desir with a caveat — “if what she said (post video) explaining what she remarked is correct”.
Tacuma said he did not hear her words on the videoed program that was a podcast with David Hinds, but he accepts her explanation of what she said in a PNC aligned internet publication. Tacuma comes across as mentally lazy, to use Amanza comment. He could easily access her remark about Indians. Her original remarks are available on the internet as well as in several publications. For the benefit of Tacuma and others, this is a transcription of Amanza’s remarks: “PPP supporters were not seemingly free to decipher what’s wrong or right, make decisions for themselves, and were happy with not questioning the various rationale put forward by the PPP politicians. … PPP supporters/members were “trapped, in bondage, and mentally lazy”.
She ended her diatribe by comparing Indians to Africans whom she described as being “far more enquiring and inquisitive than Indians and have far more appreciation for the democratic process…”Tacuma praises Amanza for her courage to address race issues. It is indeed courageous to attack a people. Had that occurred in the USA, vast sections of the country would have been set ablaze and demand for blood.
Now that Ogunseye has a transcript of what Ms Walton said, does he agree with her description of Indians and the comparative description of Indians with Africans.
In this day and age, no one puts down an an entire group of people. Amanza’s remark was unintellectual and unscholarly and contrary to what Tacuma penned, her remark is not an expression of courage. Putting down a race and standing by your comment is not a display of courage. Her attempt to explain her comment and her refusal to show remorse and contrition is act of cowardice, not courage. Courage us when you accept you are wrong and you apologize. President Ali apologized for his Faux pas remark relating to arrival day. That is an act of courage. Amanza should emulate him.
It is people like Tacuma, Amanza, and those who defend her remark that derogates Indians who are showing they are not ready for a civil discussion on race reality.
Amanza’s view of Indians must be condemned. No race is smarter than another. No race must be put down. No person is stupid or mentally lazy because of their race.