Stay out of local politics

Hopefully immigration Minister Derrick Burgess is hot on the heels of race relations expert Tim Wise to remind him that non-Bermudians are to stay out of local politics.  According to the precedent set by our Immigration Minister, Mr. Wise  should restrict his comments to discussing race alone and not offering his opinions with regards to any proposed legislation.

That is unless such remarks are a one way street and our government feels it is only necessary to give such warnings when foreigners promote opinions conflicting with those of the government.

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Hi my name is Somers and I am Bermudian

Yep. Another case of do what I say, not what I do…

Sal
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key word is PAID political consultant,this fool parrots anything they pay him to say, to stir up emotions with history revisionism,to win elections .
They did it in 2003,importing the buffoon from Britain “rev. tweed”
Fact is, there has been enslavement of whites and all races in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and finally in America from Roman times to the beginning of the 20th century.

Tryangle
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Ouch. Burn!

silencedogood
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silencedogood

Ha! My thoughts exactly. Isn’t this the government that has spent millions on foriegn consultants? I don’t agree with Sal that Mr. Wise will change his tune based on payment–he doesn’t have to. He’s been making his living this way for a long time. If he were writing that pure racists have been marginalized and reduced in number and that institutional racism is far from proved while issues such as education are far more important, he’d never be hired to come here in the first place. If issues regarding race were to be resolved he’d be out of a job.… Read more »

Bermudian
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Bermudian

“If issues regarding race were to be resolved he’d be out of a job. So would CURE. So would CURB. And there would be more accountability in the current government. Is it any surprise that the actions of these interested parties seem largely skewed in counterproductive directions?” SDG, your comment seems rather cynical and I honestly do not agree with it at all. Following your logic, any person or institution that is in place to right any wrong is simply there to perpetuate the problem. That’s like saying the police want people to commit murder/theft/armed robbery so that they’ll have… Read more »

silencedogood
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silencedogood

Of course its cynical–does that automatically make it wrong? Of course not. Both crime and health are issues which are unsolveable. Police and healthcare are there to manage them not end their existence. Racism is, one would hope, is not the same and is something that can be eradicated. We aren’t there yet, but I sincerely question the assumptions and approaches of these groups and whether they are helping or hindering the process. Also, if you think people don’t act in their percieved interests (whether consciously or unconsciously) then, respectfully, it is you my friend who is being unrealistic.

Bermudian
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Bermudian

Nobody has said that cynical comments are wrong — I said that I didn’t agree with it (there is a difference). In addition, I never said nor implied that “I think people don’t act in their perceived interests.” I happen to think that people DO act in their perceived interests. I think that it would be in Mr. Wise’s interest to help end racism… the same way it is in my interest and your interest to help end racism. If it is eradicated, he can always find new work (he’s a very intelligent man). But just because his views do… Read more »

silencedogood
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silencedogood

Bermudian, Funny that you assume I’ve never heard him speak. I wonder why that is? Surely not because I disagree with you, right? Just so you know, I have and that is why I take the view I do. After listening (with an open mind believe it or not) to his discussion I was less than impressed with the logical framework of his ideas, or more precisely the lack thereof, which seemed based on gross generalizations about races, human nature, and which ignored significant facts which do not support his theories on race. (not to mention some of the other… Read more »

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SDG, Actually the reason why I presumed you hadn’t heard him speak was because despite the fact that you do not agree with them, you cannot attack the character of Mr. Wise and the hardworking people at CURE / CURB by stating that they are trying to perpetuate the problems so that they can remain employed. Mr. Wise in particular has dedicated much of his life to the cause of tackling racism, yet you discount everything that he has worked for by saying he is in it for himself. Tim is a white man living in a “white man’s world.”… Read more »

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silencedogood

Bermudian, You are right that my original post was a bit harsh as a broad stroke. I certainly think there are some dishonest brokers out there on this issue, chief among them being Ewart Brown, the PLP, and, yes, CURE. Both have, in my opinion which is based on either public positions or personal interactions and observations, given clear evidence that they are not interested in truth and race is a political weapon. I certainly do not withdraw those comments in those instances, however, given that CURB is new I should have given them more of the benefit of the… Read more »