By Christopher Famous
“How good and how pleasant it would be before God and man, yea-eah! -
To see the unification of all Africans, yeah!”
On Wednesday February 5, Bermuda witnessed the words of Bob Marley coming to fruition once again.
On Wednesday February 5, Bermudians realized that no one will save us but us.
On Wednesday February 5, we, as Bermudians, united to stand up for not only ourselves but also for each other.
Today I share some of the thoughts of the Bermudians who went on this journey of unity.
Christopher Famous is a Caribbean real estate developer and business owner. Raised in various Caribbean islands such as; Bermuda, Jamaica, St Eustatius and St Kitts and Tortola. He has a weekly social and political column in The Bermuda Sun. Feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Union Square , a few hundred folks, both unionized government and private sector workers, spoke about how they are glad to see other Bermudians were willing to stand up to unfair employers and the OBA government.
While many workers had been fed up for a long time with how many employers are treating Bermudians, they had been waiting for others to take a stand before they too stood.
Once they witnessed that others felt the same way, they realized that they were not alone in their frustrations with being treated as second class citizens, in their own country by some business owners and the OBA government.
In the middle of Union Square, they now felt the unity of fellow Bermudians.
No generation gap
I was born in the year of 1968; a time when legal racial segregation and unjust laws were commonplace in Bermuda. The oppressed peoples of Bermuda of my parents’ generation stood up, via the unions, determined to see a better future for my generation.
I have often heard many my elders state that Bermudians have gotten too soft and unwilling to take to the streets to stand up for themselves. No doubt many in my generation have heard the same thing.
So when they saw our generation now standing up for ourselves, and filling that void left by our elders, it filled their hearts with pride.
Come make we Chant down Babylon one more time
I saw persons ranging in age from 20-70 walk into and around Hamilton chanting, “A people united will never be defeated.” I looked as the clenched right fists of 2,000 Bermudians stretched from Market Place to KFC.
Along the way, hundreds of Bermudians, including school children, raised their fists in solidarity. I saw many Bermudians embracing each other in ways that would evoke a tear from persons such as:
• Dr E.F. Gordon
• Dr Barbera Ball
• Mr Robert Thomas
• Mr Eugene Blakeney
• Dr C.V. Maxwell
• L. Fredrick Wade
So many persons have dedicated their lives to ensure that Bermudians have a fair stake in their own country. We also marched for their hard work and dedication.
Natural Mystic in the air
Once the powers that be realized that Bermudians are not backing down in their quest for fairness and equality the situation was quickly resolved. So you see once we are united nothing can stop us.
To my fellow Bermudians of all shades, the same energy that we took to march and chant, we must take to help, educate uplift one another. Once we continue to show each other respect and love, no one can put us down.
They don't want us to unite
All they want us to do is keep on fussing and fighting.
They don't want to see us live together
Stand firm, Bermudians
Stand Strong, Bermudians
United we stand, Divided we fall