I will like to take some time to address this statement, and bring to life some very important points which many may have never consider or if they had may not possess a medium such as this to put forward your opinion.
Like the United States of America, Bermuda has a very strong racist under current which can cause an individual much psychological damage if one becomes so entangled. I know this for a fact because I have felt the full voltage of racism while I was in the Bermuda Police Service; but that is a topic for another time.
Small island politicians have adopted the techniques of the old slave specialist; Willie Lynch. Willie Lynch taught slaves owners, if they can keep the slaves divided then they will keep their slaves. Small island politician practice the same concept, which is; if you can keep the people divided you will keep your job.
Now let me address the Statement which was made by the Hon. Premier Dr. Browne JP. MP. In our jubilation we must not forget that Barack Obama is not the first Black man that offered himself to the citizenry of the USA to lead that great country as their president. Can you remember our 1980s pride Rev. Jessie Jackson who was the first in modern history to offer himself as the first black democratic candidate for the presidency of the United States of America? And for that era Jessie did quite well. He actually won a few states in the democratic primary.
When Barack Obama and other black youths saw Jessie’s effort; they knew in their hearts that one day they will be able to stand like Rev. Jessie Jackson, run for the presidency of America and eventually win that post. Do you remember the Rev. Al Sharpton with his less that successful bid for the presidency in the democratic primaries? Yes White America rejected these to ambitious black men in their quest to attain the highest political office in the country of their birth.
White America and Barack Obama & The Bermuda Context
Barack Obama a USA senator with two years senatorial experience under his belt, decided to go to the starting line and join the race to become the president of the United States of America. At the time when he declared his intent, he was literally an unknown, with very little political experience, and with some strange acquaintances. This lead most people think that Barack’s campaign was just another freak/side show.