I should apologise to readers that this month is likely to be rather slow going as far as new posts from me on this site. I’m in the middle of my crunch period for writing my dissertation which is going to take most of my time right now.
I am interested in a discussion that has emerged on another thread concerning what the Government has done, or should do, to address the continuing racial inequalities in Bermuda. I think that the vast majority of all posters, across the political divide, agree that correcting our public education system is a key component in this. However it is not the only piece in the puzzle.
I am aware that the government has over time adopted a somewhat informal policy of helping develop Black entreperneurism thorugh government tenders and support (such as Youth on the Move Bermuda for example). There is also the EEZ of the back of town area.
I have my criticisms of these moves, seeing them as more focused on developing Black capitalism than addressing substantial social change (and there is also the risk of it being smeared as cronyism unfortunately). I do however recognise they are better than nothing.
I was wondering though what else the government could do in this area. There was the Workforce Equity Act 2007 draft that was produced but has since appeared to be quietly killed. I had some issues with how the legislation was drafted (and it was just a draft anyway), but I had hoped that it would be rewritten to take into consideration the criticism it recieved. Perhaps that is exactly what is happening, but I find it odd that nothing has been heard of it since.
I am aware that South Africa has developed its plan of Black Economic Empowerment, which has since been revised (in light of criticism that it was too narrow and benefitted on the Black upper classes) as Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment. I was wondering if it would be possible for us to adapt some of this programme for Bermuda’s own needs?