Bisnauth urges building of Guyana free from racism
March 23, 2003
Labour and Social Security Minister Dr. Dale Bisnauth has called on all Guyanese to pledge to intensify efforts to build a Guyana that is free from the evil of racism, whether practised covertly or overtly.
In a message on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination last Friday, Dr Bisnauth said: “Let us pledge to unearth, identify and condemn the propagators and practitioners of racism as we work together to build a unified nation with a common destiny.” He also advised that Guyanese should not allow themselves to be manipulated by those who would use the insecurities related to racism to their evil, selfish advantage at the expense of national unity and peace.
This year’s observance marks the 43rd anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre of March 21, 1960 when 69 peaceful demonstrators against apartheid were killed by South African security forces. That tragedy, Bisnauth noted, heightened the sensitivity of the world community to the abhorrent scourge that racism is and to the evil of a national policy based on factors of race.