Why condemn one and ignore the other?

On March 10 2015, within minutes of each other two men were brutally gunned down in Guyana on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) corridor within a relatively short distance of each other.

The two incidents may have been completely unrelated but at the end of the day, it is unfathomable how the death of one person can be condemned and the other brushed under the carpet as if it never happened.

Really Guyana, is this what we have come to? Are we going to pretend that Randy Persaud wasn’t killed because he didn’t have a bull horn and was conducting political work like Courtney Crum-Ewing?

Granted the latter of the two deaths may have sparked more concern and struck fear into the hearts of many opposition party zealots, but Persaud was murdered before the eyes of his three year old daughter. Let that sink in for a bit; a three year old girl.

What will become of this young girl­? Just another fatherless child, right?

The Guyana Human Rights Association, the local Catholic assemblage and not to mention the University of Guyana Student Society have been particularly vocal in condemning the death of the political activist which has sparked protests and public outrage but why is no one protesting for the father of that three year old girl?

Further is it too much to mention the fact that a relief fund has been set up for the family of Crum–Ewing but none for that little girl. A crying shame…

One may call this blog an insult to democracy by simply trying to scale off the two deaths, but the mere fact is that one of the deaths was condemned and the other was ignored. How is that democracy? How is that justice? How is that remotely accepted.

Acquiesced, one of the killings may have had some political motivation, and the other as one person tenaciously put it “because of negligence.”

But is that reason not to condemn a death? A life, after all is said and done, remains a life; not yours to take.

Now to bring the whole issue into perspective, it should be obvious to everyone that the ruling party and the opposition are ‘politically scapegoating’ the death of Crum-Ewing; with both casting the unholiest of aspersions against the other with regards to who or what is responsible for the death of Crum-Ewing, but no tangible evidence.

This is to a decimal point wrong, totally and completely wrong. His name has been mentioned so much on political platforms, that if you didn’t know ‘Crummy’ well you know him now. You know about his struggles about how he endured a one man protest calling for the resignation of Guyana’s Attorney General Mohabir Anil Nandlall for eighty plus days.

You know that he was arrested on ‘trumped up’ charges after he used the facilities at the office of the said Attorney General. You know, good God you know, that he was willing to lay down his life for his country, and lay down his life he did.

Yet little remains known of Randy, who was he? What did he do for a living? What were his political affiliations if any….was he…a good man?

Some will argue that Crummy’s life held more significance than that of Persaud, but really? Which genius developed the measuring stick to measure the importance of someone’s life in comparison to another?

 You CANNOT measure the net value of any person’s life.

You would have to weigh the net value of all the people they affected throughout their life, all the people they affected, ad infinitum. Each person’s effect on others, on our species, is immeasurable because we are much more interconnected than any example illustrates. If you cannot measure it, you cannot compare it.


All lives matter, Randy’s life mattered.

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