The Six Races or Ethnic Groups of Guyana

In primary school and in social studies classes, I learned that Guyana comprises of six races or ethnic groups. Namely:

  1. East Indians
  2. Africans
  3. Chinese
  4. Amerindians
  5. Europeans
  6. Portuguese

In this article, I won’t delve into the details of how many of the races listed above are not races but nationalities; I’ll treat that topic in another article. For now, I just want to highlight a serious error in classification.

We can define European as people who originated from the continent of Europe. These can include those of French, English and Dutch ancestry. But it can also mean Portuguese because Portugal is a country in Europe.

So, if the Dutch, French and British English are all thrown into one basket as Europeans, on what grounds are the Portuguese isolated as not Europeans but “Portuguese.” Reminder: Portugal is still a European country.

In my constant drive to improve the education system in Guyana and around the world, I suggest that this disparity be explained or corrected.

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of course Portuguese are European. Who says the opposite?