Race relations forum relaunched
An online consultation about race relations in Bermuda was relaunched by the Minister of Community Affairs and Sport today.
Lovitta Foggo said it was important to encourage discussion in order to bring about change.
She explained: “On June 7, I was privileged to join around 7,000 people in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It was a proud moment to see Bermudians from all walks of life take a bold and forceful stand against racial injustice and inequality.
“We joined the global community in saying no to racism.
“During this process, I have listened very carefully to the emotional discussions taking place around race. And I believe that we need to continue to provide opportunities to further the conversation so that we can implement change.
“So we are reopening the online race relations consultation initiative so that we can hear from more people.”
Ms Foggo introduced the online forum last November so that members of the public could offer views on how to “better the connections between the races”.
She said today: “We recognise that for generations, Bermuda's history has been fraught with tensions, pain and disagreements when it comes to the topics of race, diversity, inclusion and equality. And we want to explore meaningful ways of how we can improve and better understand our racial connections.
“I believe that as a community, we must continue to have honest and direct dialogue about this topic.
“I am also renewing my invitation to any group, organisation or individual who is interested in discussing this topic directly with me to please contact the ministry to arrange a meeting so that we can share an exchange of views.”
The minister added: “We are open to hearing all suggestions and approaches of how we can address this issue.
“This Government remains committed to addressing our racial divisions.
“Ultimately, our vision is for a fair and equitable Bermuda that embraces and supports all who calls this island home.”
The forum will ask questions such as “do you think that Bermuda's race relations have gotten better in the past five years?” and “what is the greatest stumbling block to us coming together as Bermudians?”.
It can be found on the Citizens Forum at forum.gov.bm.