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Commentary: The men of the Caribbean
Published on April 7, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Marc A. R. Bean MP

Thank you all for your continued support. It means much to us to have our fellow Caribbean nationals share their views and wishes with us.

Our most precious resources are the people of this region. So today I would like to specifically address the men of the Caribbean.

Generation Golden

Firstly we would like to speak to the elder gentlemen of our society. Those men of my father’s generation. Those men that learned the trades such as:

• Masonry
• Carpentry
• Plumbing
• Electrical
• Hospitality

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A former minister of environment, planning and infrastructure strategy, Marc Bean is the leader of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party (PLP) and is the Member of Parliament for the Warwick South Central constituency. marbean@northrock.bm
We thank you for building the Caribbean that my generation now enjoys. I thank you for sacrificing your weekends in an effort to lend a hand helping to build our community clubs, our neighbours’ homes and our collective communities.

We thank you for sacrificing financially in order to afford to send many in my generation off to college and universities. Many who now enjoy working in international business and the civil service are there because of your financial prudence.

We thank you for being willing to stand on the picket lines and fighting for adult suffrage and fair working benefits, conditions and wages.

In your golden years be assured that we will do everything to ensure that your homes and health care are protected.

Generation Now

To the men of my generation, we again call upon you take up the mantle of leadership that our region needs. Leadership does not equate to politics alone.

Leadership comes in multiple forms such as:

• Attending our children’s PTA
• Attending our children’s sporting events
• Taking our children to the library and museums
• Joining our community clubs
• Partaking in community events
• Joining and fully participating in union activities

There are far too many accusations that Caribbean men do not play a significant enough role in their children’s lives. While there will always be negligent fathers, we refuse to accept that this is the norm or majority of Caribbean fathers.

Too often we allow the media to define us, instead of us defining ourselves. Our every decision and action set the foundation for the future of our children. This is our time of self-definition.

Generation Next

To the men of the future, we say that it is time to begin to focus on your futures. Look not to simply graduate from high school and then university. Look towards the day that you open your own businesses.

The world is ever changing and many of the professions that exist today will cease to exist in 10-20 years.

Therefore we would be misleading you by simply saying go get a university education. The Caribbean is in need of its people grasping a hold of the future in many fields such as:

• Internet technology
• Applied sciences
• Aquaculture
• Automotive technology
• Social media

Many persons spend their lives seeking to find a job working for someone. We challenge you to seek not only your professional qualifications and skill sets but to go the extra mile and look to becoming your own boss.

Go even further, by actively looking to partner with in business, cultural and social aspirations with other throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa.

The world is full of opportunity. Any one of you can become the next Marc Zuckerberg or Papa John.

Limit not yourselves in your ambitions. You are the future of the Caribbean.
 
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