iNews readers were asked last Monday: “Do you think our social organizations and community leaders are doing enough to promote social harmony and racial unity?”
Eight percent voted ‘no’, while 92% voted ‘yes’. Guyana has long been regarded as a country divided by race and class.
Only yesterday, former Speaker of Guyana Parliament Ralph Ramkarran reminded that the rotation of political power between parties has always been supported mainly by our two major ethnic groups.
He opined that this has not fulfilled the dream of economic justice and equality of opportunity that were the promise of Independence, notwithstanding Guyana’s economic and human potential.
He said the nature of the country’s exports in nearly fifty years of Independence tells the entire story. “It was raw material then and it is raw material now.”
“Imbued with an ideological orientation that suggested the primacy of class conflict and class dominance as the motive forces of injustice, they excluded their regimes from equation and the trap of economic relations of production. The theory holds that exploitation is inherent in an economic system where class rule predominates and such rule predominates in any market, or capitalist, economy.”
He said in Guyana class rule has always predominated. “It did under PNC rule and it does under PPP rule.”
He believes that leaders never analyzed for us the inevitability and power of the grip of class forces and how that power can be mitigated for the benefit of all. Instead, the grip has been allowed to tighten.