Zupp’s musings on independence forum are dangerous in the extreme

  • Talking Independence: the recent independence forum at the Bermuda Industrial Union (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

    Talking Independence: the recent independence forum at the Bermuda Industrial Union (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)


Dear Sir,

I write in response to Walter Zupp’s letter, “An independent take on independence”, published on October 22. While Mr Zupp’s letter outlining his perceptions and thoughts were disturbing on many levels, I am choosing to comment on a very few.

I will first of all address the misinformation and blatant lie about the recently held forum, held by private citizens, on independence. If Mr Zupp had attended or even asked about attendance, then he would have known of the full room and the overflow that evening at the Bermuda Industrial Union.

As for the “bourgeois” attendance, all I can say is that I saw a mixture of residents, and I don’t think that they were French. So there, we have fake news for the benefit of what is to come.

Then to address the attendance with a sinister comparison to Jeffrey Dahmer’s funeral, in my interpretation, is evidence of a rather unhealthy mind. An unhealthy mind that brings to me a vision of a Dylann Roof as I continue to read the ensuing paragraphs:

A Dylann Roof who blames black people for practising racism.

A Dylann Roof who fears that blacks will become too powerful and take over the country.

A Dylann Roof who fantasises about the elimination of the black race.

Don’t for a minute believe his Ginger Snap theory. It’s only a ploy to dupe you, like Dylann Roof, into believing he is a good guy.

You may notice that I am using the full name and title of Mr Walter Zupp, the decency of which, because of his white privilege, evident inbred sense of superiority and racist nurturing, he did not feel necessary to afford to the persons mentioned in his letter.

I am told that Mr Zupp is a young person, in his early twenties. I hope that his letter is not indicative of a scary, refreshed and updated realm of thought. I, however, wish to inform him that former Attorney-General Philip Perinchief, former premier Alex Scott, Ryan Robinson-Perinchief or Lloyd Williams are not any of his company. They all have far outstripped anything that he seems, at this point, even capable of achieving in this community.

Unless, of course, the white state — forced upon us for centuries and which he so fears is disappearing — should, as it has done historically for “his kind”, hold him up in a contrived state of achievement.

Mr Zupp probably thought that he was being smart and audacious when he referred to our premier in the context that he did. I won’t even rewrite it, as it is so disrespectful, hateful and racist; not only to David Burt, but to Muslims in our community and to our whole culture.

Mr Zupp, your intended insult only shone a light deeper into your perverted and distorted belief in your inherited status of supremacy in this country and, most possibly, the whole world.

I will comment no further other than to, again, voice my complete and utter disappointment in The Royal Gazette for allowing itself to be a conduit for these most convoluted, discriminatory and dangerous thoughts. Rather, as you sat in your editorial room, you would have decided instead to advise this young man that it would be good for him to refer himself to an intense version of Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda so that he can learn some truths upon which to base his opinions, how he should, no matter his opinion, show some respect for those who have been diligent as well as those who have suffered for the lifestyle that he enjoys, and that he should look to receive a very necessary restructuring of his thought processes so that the Dylann Roof of Bermuda that I visualised never emerges.

CHERYL-ANN GRIFFIN

Hamilton Parish

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Published Oct 30, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 30, 2019 at 8:09 am)

Zupp’s musings on independence forum are dangerous in the extreme

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