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Bermudian Lives Matter

So let’s get down to some real work. America as a political priority needs to rid itself of the electoral college. The population is now more educated — enough now to know whom they are voting for — so let the majority rule.

Khalid Wasi is advocating for a march to demand greater inclusion in the political process (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

That will put an end to this after-the-election saga of determining who won. All the states need to become more progressive by opening up the primary processes, breaking party bosses' control, and allowing more people to have authority and input.

Now Bermuda is another world: it doesn't just need tinkering or fine-tuning, it needs wholesale change. Aside from the Parliament and Senate buildings, which with some modifications can be useful, we can declare the modality and political processes within defunct, outdated and archaic for our times.

Our system is excellent for an oligarch, but it works best with a rich one. It worked as long as the wealthy oligarchs could maintain it socially; it can't work with a poor oligarch — nor in this new era is it acceptable.

Can we face some harsh realities that this system could no longer sustain the White establishment? And, clearly, we need to embrace that after 60 years it failed the Black purpose as well, particularly if the intention was upward mobility.

In 1900, the tallest building in Hamilton was Black-owned and east of Court Street, almost all those buildings were Black businesses — that was true up to 1960.

One hundred and twenty-one years on and there is scarcely Black commercial presence. Can we own up to that truth? So who is holding on to this charade and why?

To be clear, we can't blame a young fortysomething premier, his Cabinet, or the party any more than we can project blame on to the One Bermuda Alliance. They inherited the system designed before many of them were born.

The task for a brighter future with our present construct is like handing the Premier a pair of scissors to cut his lawn, or a lawnmower to cut a golf course. There should be no ego involved; it just can't be done in today's world.

Bermuda needs all of its available talents to move forward. The Progressive Labour Party has a voter base of 20,000-plus and truly needs all of them working in tandem to utilise that brainpower. Likewise, any alternative thought needs a similarly combined use of its support. It's not just the vote needed; it is bodies on deck that are lacking.

When we combine the collective brainpower of all Bermudians, we become a powerful force. At the moment, it's a war zone with division within the division trying to either suppress or eliminate the other. We are killing our own success for silly and, at times, pathetic reasons.

Bermuda cannot last another four to five years as we are without losing tremendous growth potential. Someone — and the best persons are those 39, 000 voters — must say to the parties, "let us in, now!"

If you were to march, that's what you should march for. Make up your banner and raise them high: Bermudian Lives Matter.

Maybe this year's End-to-End walk should be BLM, but Bermudian.

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Published January 26, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated January 25, 2021 at 6:34 pm)

Bermudian Lives Matter

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