I’m going to try and put away the general Bdian tendency of politeness and beating around the bush and try to be as upfront as I can in my half-awake state on the current situation on race in Bda.
Alot of Whites are scared. They are scared because they beleive, adamantly, that they are under sustained attack. They beleive that the current political administration is anti-White, that all attempts by the PLP Government are directed towards revenge for the past White supremacist society of Bermuda. They percieve all attempts to address the lingering legacies of this past, as seen in numreous analyses of Bdian society/economy, as direct assualt on them, on the Whites.
Attempts to develop proportional representation of the class system and the workforce are percieved as reverse racism, as unfair penalisation of Whites as a race.
Whites cling to the beleif of a colour-blind society today, of a society based on merit and hard-work. They view the current actions as divisive, as contrary to their ideals of a meritocracy. They view it as payback.
The fact is there is plenty of evidence to show that in Bermuda today Blacks are disproportionately concentrated in the lower economic classes, jobs, income brackets, health, pretty much every possible indicator of subordination respective to Whites.
Some of this is a factor of lingering economic echoes of past obstacles towards financial, social or professional capital accumulation. This needs to be addressed.
Some of this is a factor of continued White privelege, or institutional racism whereby Whites benefit disproportionately relative to Blacks. This needs to be addressed.
There also continues to be occassions where direct racism occurs, for example the recent case where RG writer Nancy Acton (White) was caught out racially discriminating against a potential Black tenant. This was not an isolated experience; it was only the one that got caught out and was made public. These continued cases need to be addressed.
Correcting the racial inequalities we have inherited from our racist past in vital to securing our present and building the future society whereby we truly live in a meritocracy.
We are not there yet. Not by a long shot.