The best way to solve racial inequity is through investment in solid education. MP Renee Webb knows it. The Irish knew it. Why can’t Bermudian’s accept it? Education is the key to black advancement.
In today’s Royal Gazette, Renee Webb makes a spot on review of how to provide real opportunity to underprivileged Bermudian’s:
“Until you address the education system you cannot turn around and say people should hire people who are under qualified. “
She continues by making a case for ensuring Bermudians are properly qualified:
“Are we making sure Bermudians are qualified to take over? That’s the big issue. Are we training them to take their rightful place in the country? “
“Is Government creating a scenario where Bermudians can work overseas and they are getting training. Is that being encouraged? I think the cause is laudable but, if you look at a quota system you have to look at the economy, how it works. Look at the education system, look at work permit policy. “
Exactly. The performance of the education system speaks for itself. Then look at work permits. Every single one accepted is scrutinized by the immigration department. That means either one of two things: Either the immigration department is inept or there are no qualified Bermudians available for the vast numbers of jobs filled by primarily white ex-pats.
30+ years ago, the Irish understood the struggles of being racially profiled. An editorial in the times online outlines the struggles and success of the UK’s Irish Community. It suggests that 30 years ago, it was not uncommon for boarding houses to post signs saying ‘No blacks, no Irish, no dogs’. The writer contests that while he can’t speak for blacks, the Irish have achieved success through hard work and focus on education.
“the real reason why the Irish are now at an advantage is by virtue of education. The present generation of affluent Irish came from a state that continuously made schools a priority, even when Ireland’s lacklustre economy meant that the Irish Government was educating us for emigration. Even now, Irish class sizes are smaller than here and Irish teachers better paid.”
Stop and think for a moment. Where is there a growing competitive jurisdiction threatening our dominance over the reinsurance markets? Why it must be Dublin, Ireland of course! Coincidence? Likely not.
Why can’t Bermudians achieve that kind of success? While the Irish made education a priority, what priorities have we seen under 9 years of Progressive Labour Party governance? How much time was wasted pursuing independence? How much time has been focused on pointing the finger of blame? How much time will be wasted on poor legislation that will potentially jeopardize our strong economy? If Bermudians aren’t qualified for the jobs, what is the point?
We should be putting focus on ensuring Bermudians are qualified. This means education, full stop. Yet how much focus has been placed on education in all these years? Has it been a priority? Has education again fallen off the radar thanks to a magical study but no further updates on what is actually being done? Shouldn’t fixing education be an ongoing focus and our top priority?
Racial inequity should be solved through the most effective means possible: an unrelenting focus on education. The PLP as a whole may not want to listen, but even their own MP’s are saying it. There are many examples of underprivileged races like the Irish who knew it and took advantage. Why aren’t Bermudians listening? Why are we not giving education, the best means of providing opportunities for black advancement, 110% of our focus and energy?