IAC condemns race hate message posted on Facebook
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:
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.