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‘No more negroes’


…State agencies instructed to stop using ‘Negro’ and ‘East Indian’ in ethnic description

Kaieteur News – The Guyana Police Force (GPF) and other State agencies are no longer permitted to use terms such as ‘Negro’ and ‘East Indian’ when referring to or describing ethnic groups in Guyana.

On Friday, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance, Gail Teixeira in a statement disclosed that Cabinet has decided to change the Identification and Health Epidemiological Terminology used for several ethnic groups in Guyana.

The government’s decision comes days after attorney Nigel Hughes wrote the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) on the Guyana Police Force (GPF) describing his client, Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive Member, Kidackie Amsterdam as a ‘Negro’.

Amsterdam has been charged under the cybercrime laws over alleged threats made on his talk show against the President and other government officials by a caller on his programme.

In the letter addressed to the ERC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Gomin Camacho, Hughes explained that the term “negro” had its roots in colonialism and slavery, where it was used to dehumanize and subjugate people of African descent.

“Its usage today is not only outdated but also perpetuates a legacy of racism and exclusion,” Hughes declared.

As such, the lawyer called on the ERC to issue a directive to the Police Force, advising that the law enforcement agency to “cease the use of the term ‘Negro’” and any other derogatory language when referring to individuals of African descent.

“This directive should be disseminated widely within the Force to ensure compliance at all levels,” the lawyer said.

Meanwhile, Teixeira in her statement said that the Cabinet recognising that many Guyanese find the terms “Negro” and “East Indian” offensive, decided on June 6, 2024, that the terms used by the Guyana Police Force including Immigration, and the Health Sector as forms of identification and epidemiological references to ethnic descriptions are inappropriate.

Instead, the Minister advised that the terms that will now be used are Guyanese of African descent, Guyanese of Indian descent, Guyanese Amerindian, Guyanese of mixed ancestry, Guyanese of Portuguese descent and Guyanese of Chinese descent.

Further, Teixeira said all relevant State entities are instructed to implement the Cabinet’s decision and update their operational manuals and rules accordingly.

‘No more negroes’ - Kaieteur News (kaieteurnewsonline.com)

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****** may be derogatory but Negro is not. Blacks have an agenda to take over the world with ignorance. They have no problem calling us coolie. Racism is an idea not based on reason, it is not a concept that should control human perceptions as indefinite bias.

@Mitwah posted:

I don't find the term East Indian offensive. Am proud of my ancestry.

I agree. Forcing to limit one's feelings with reason is not logical.

Ronald Anthony Arjune

****** may be derogatory but Negro is not. Blacks have an agenda to take over the world with ignorance. They have no problem calling us coolie. Racism is an idea not based on reason, it is not a concept that should control human perceptions as indefinite bias.

I agree. Forcing to limit one's feelings with reason is not logical.

The blocked out the N word, my feelings are violated. Why didn't you block out my word Coolie also?

Ronald Anthony Arjune

People nowadays too soft, everyone has hurt feelings for some shit or the other.

After saying that I do however believe Negro, Coolie, Buck, should be stricken from our language when describing someone.

cain
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@Mitwah posted:

I don't find the term East Indian offensive. Am proud of my ancestry.

Would u call yrself South Asian??

years ago whn i 1st started my job here, the company did anonymous survey..

1 of the questions was Nationality..

they listed severa;’’but no West Indian/Caribbean..

my Gynese gf was highly offended…she didnt feel it was correct if she ticked off South Asian..

n there was no option for ‘other’ ..

she was pi$$ed with me for putting South Asian..lol (well i was new n SA was the closest to describing my ethnicity lol

Lynn
@Mitwah posted:

I don't find the term East Indian offensive. Am proud of my ancestry.

Once a Grenadian co-worker referred to me as East Indian..n. A few Indians strongly objected ..saying I am not an Indian..but a Guyanese lol

Lynn
@Lynn posted:

Once a Grenadian co-worker referred to me as East Indian..n. A few Indians strongly objected ..saying I am not an Indian..but a Guyanese lol

Hair is Hair, no matter where you find it on your body and refer to it by another name.

Had a similar run in with an Indian national whose kids were born here. He quickly saw the fallacy of his argument.

Mitwah

Ron has a point. The other side hate koolie bad but they claim koolie hate them.

Bibiski says that you are a Dougla. Bibiski wants to know if you experience internal conflict between the 2 races?

Mitwah
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An Afro Trinidadian in Canada refered to me as Cheddi Jagan 's boy as soon as he heard that I was Guyanese without me speaking a word of politics. I had a good laugh because those Russians can be supporters of racial hate of POC.

Ali Khan Azad

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