IAC con­demns race hate mes­sage posted on Facebook

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

In­dian Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (IAC) is shocked and out­raged and con­demns a post on Facebook (an on­line so­cial me­dia site) which con­tains a mes­sage, at­trib­uted to Nigel Austin whose face is por­trayed, that is in bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of the Racial Hos­til­ity Act, Chap­ter 23:01 of the Laws of Guyana which is an Act to make pro­vi­sion for pre­vent­ing con­duct, tend­ing to ex­cite hos­til­ity or ill-will against per­sons by rea­son of their race.

This posted mes­sage con­tains the fol­low­ing: “Coolie peo­ple need to take their re­tarded ass back to the gut­ter they call In­dia and leave Guyana to the Afro Guyanese. They are worth­less garbage”. The IAC strongly be­lieves that this vile mes­sage is a vi­o­la­tion of Sec­tion 2. (1) (c) of the Racial Hos­til­ity Act of Guyana which states: “A person shall be guilty of an of­fence if he will­fully ex­cites or at­tempts to ex­cite hos­til­ity or ill-will against any sec­tion of the pub­lic or against any person on the grounds of their or his race by means of writ­ten (in­clud­ing printed) mat­ter or pic­to­rial mat­ter pub­lished by him”.

The IAC has no­ticed an up­surge in so­cial me­dia mes­sages that con­tain racial slurs against all eth­nic­i­ties in Guyana, and the or­ga­ni­za­tion strongly feels that such ac­tiv­i­ties are ex­tremely dan­ger­ous to the preser­va­tion of so­cial co­he­sion and na­tional unity in Guyana.

The IAC, there­fore, is call­ing on the Govern­ment of Guyana to swiftly re- store the Eth­nic Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion (ERC), a con­sti­tu­tional body that is manda­tory and which was es­tab­lished to deal with the pro­mo­tion of race hate among oth­ers.

The IAC is call­ing upon the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice and the Guyana Po­lice Force to im­me­di­ately in­ves­ti­gate this se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tion of the Racial Hos­til­ity Act of Guyana.

In­dian Ac­tion Com­mit­tee

Note: A blog­ger on facebook re­sponded to Austin say­ing:

Aditya Per­saud

When I have to wake up to this!!! 1. How do we progress as a Na­tion? 2. Why this level of Ha­tred from an Older Gen­er­a­tion (photo)?

3. Why re­fer to a coun­try you seem to know noth­ing about as "Gut­ter". In­dia is one of the lead­ing na­tions/economies of this world.

4. Why re­fer to "coolie" peo­ple as Re­tarded? How does this help in Na­tion build­ing? This guy even reads the news pa­per when the CXC/CAPE etc re­sults are out? Re­minder: A "coolie re­tard" topped the Caribbean last time around... But I pre­fer to call him a Guyanese. 5. "Coolie" - we are not just Garbage or from a gut­ter na­tion ... this guy seem to wanna add an ad­jec­tive to us ... We are WORTH­LESS GARBAGE... how much worst can it get?

6. Why do we do this? In the name of Pol­i­tics and Politi­cians? or is it that this in­di­vid­ual sim­ply hate All "Coolie" peo­ple? What I know for sure is that he is speak­ing for him­self and not all oth­ers. But its sim­ply dis­gust­ing. 7. This type of pub­lic dis­play of one's mind­set surely tells what he teaches those around him. Their minds will be fed with this type of train­ing (young and old)

We are al­ready liv­ing in frag­ile times in Guyana. We do not know enough about each oth­ers’ cul­ture. But, surely, we have a Guyanese cul­ture: One that we are all proud of. When our chil­dren have to read these things what would re­ally come to their minds? How would they re­act to their peers in School?

I tell you this. I am a proud Guyanese. I stayed here be­cause I still have faith in my land of Birth. I am of In­dian Ori­gin but my pass­port says I am Guyanese, Not In­dian. We use the term "coolie man" loosely and it is fine. But never, and I mean never, I am NOT worth­less garbage nor is the land of my an­ces­tor a Gut­ter. I stand proud of my an­ces­try and the free­dom they gave to this land. I love my coun­try and I love the peo­ple of this land.

What I do think though, is that we need to rid our so­ci­ety of " worth­less garbage" such as this one so we can proudly live as ONE PEO­PLE, ONE NA­TION WITH ONE DES­TINY!

Think deeply about this one... have a beau­ti­ful rest of the day.

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