Let’s choose unity over divisiveness

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  • The new airport will undoubtedly create badly needed jobs (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    The new airport will undoubtedly create badly needed jobs (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

While there will never be a shortage of opinion differences, Bermuda appears to be on course for a better Bermuda that should affect the lives of every citizen. That is, as long we are able to stay focused on using our best resources collectively on a number of highly sensitive issues which will test the true character of our island infrastructure and, in confronting challenges, make use of experience, common sense and good judgment.

Bermuda did not get this far without those Bermudians who toiled through many dark periods of social discord, following postwar difficulties that affected so many leading countries around the world. This Heritage Month is another opportunity to reflect on why it is important to stay focused on moving forward in our social, economic and value structure, otherwise future generations will face a greater challenge in trying to build strong communities.

With an impending General Election, something that never fails to ignite deeply held emotions, mainly stemming from the island’s racial issues prior to the dismantling of institutional segregation, there are scars that are yet to fully heal.

However, Bermuda over the years always had positive people, black and white, who knew the road to a better Bermuda would be bumpy with testing moments for all. Our island waded through a number of social storms that at times threatened the stability of community life.

Somehow, just as Bermudians from all walks of life close ranks when confronted with a dangerous hurricane, we must remain focused in the midst of social or political conflicts, aware that in the end what matters most is that the island’s core values of respect and truth, must never be sacrificed in the battle to seek justice for all. This has been difficult over the years because both blacks and whites are mandated to work and live together for the good of Bermuda in the brighter sunshine of respect and dignity.

Making this reality is still a work in progress and with constantly expanding diversity worldwide, there will be no turning back. Here, in Bermuda, our real challenge is staying focused on positives, that open a path to a more solid social and economic infrastructure, needed for further development. Globally, bad news is flashed across television screens daily. Too often good, inspiring stories seldom capture headlines. That is a reality in today’s world.

This Heritage Month in Bermuda is a time to celebrate the island’s many achievements by remembering the sacrifices made by many throughout the struggle for justice and freedom. There are significant events on tap for this year that could benefit Bermudians in a number of ways. Yes, the America’s Cup is a highlight, and we should be proud to host an event that will showcase the amenities of our lovely island.

This does not mean we should take our eye off the ball with serious problems that continue to trouble many Bermudians.

Violent crime, gang activity, weakened family units, illegal drugs, education, these are just some matters that must be addressed collectively by the One Bermuda Alliance Government, the Progressive Labour Party opposition, along with the entire community.

A number of major projects including the building of a new airport and hotel will undoubtedly create badly needed jobs, which could help in the rebuilding effort. There is much to be done, and results will not be produced overnight, but staying focused on what is best for Bermuda could bring the victory we all hope for.

Generations yet unborn will either applaud how we met these challenges or wonder why we choose divisiveness instead of solving problems together.

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Published May 2, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated May 2, 2017 at 7:25 am)

Let’s choose unity over divisiveness

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