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Ignorant protestors made me ashamed to be black

April 18, 2013

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you because I am a 16-year-old female who is concerned about the state of affairs in Bermuda; in particular, the unstable political environment. A historical election in December brought an end to the 14 year reign of the Progressive Labour Party. Clearly, this was a statement by the Bermudian people that change was needed. So why are there still issues in this country?

A few weeks ago, about two months into the new OBA government’s tenure, there was a massive march on Parliament. Okay, so we are a democratic state and freedom of speech is allowed. However, this was way out of hand. Yes, I do understand that it was about a very controversial topic and they wanted Premier Cannonier and Minister Fahy to come out and apologise for previous statements but the manner in which it was handled was disgraceful. You asked them to come out and speak, yet they couldn’t get a sentence into the microphone because of how loud and obnoxious the crowd was being.

One person in particular, we all know who I am referencing to, was extremely disrespectful to the Premier. As a young, black person in this country I felt ashamed of my skin colour at that moment because of how ignorant the people at the protest were.

On another note, I would like to commend the Premier and the Minister for the way they handled the whole situation. This protest and the hatred directed towards them shows that they are actually doing their jobs. I would like to leave you with this quote from Sir Winston Churchill, “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”


Premier Craig Cannonier addresses a group of protestors outside of Sessions House during a sitting of the House of Assembly on Friday.

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Published April 20, 2013 at 9:29 am (Updated April 20, 2013 at 9:29 am)

Ignorant protestors made me ashamed to be black

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