Black Lives Matter march a big step in right direction
I have been reflecting on the Black Lives Matter march. At the time there was so much emotion, it was difficult to take in the enormity of what was taking place. It was a momentous event — hopefully a watershed moment in Bermuda’s history.
The sheer scale of it and the diversity on display were phenomenal. The atmosphere was electric but calm. It was, without doubt, the most moving event I have ever experienced.
So, what were the results of my reflections? It is clear that we cannot let this moment drop — we cannot think that taking part in one march means the deep-seated and complex wrongs and injustices in our society have been magically fixed.
This march cannot erase the memories of black people; it will not fix overnight the disparities in our society. However, it is a start and shows that we can come together, as one, with a clearly unified message that black lives matter. This is what gives me hope.
We can only solve issues of racial injustices together, black and white working in tandem to question certain practices and to demand change. But once those changes come — and they must — white people cannot suddenly back off. If you agree with change, you have to accept the change that comes.
The event on Sunday demonstrates that there has been a big shift in people’s mentality. I have not seen such scenes before in Bermuda and I was grateful to be able to take part.
People in Bermuda and across the world have come together to confront systemic injustices and ask for solutions and change. There is still much work to be done — we must ensure momentum is not lost.
• Craig Cannonier is the Leader of the One Bermuda Alliance and the MP for Devonshire South Central (Constituency 12)
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