Freedom of Speech – An Update

Just yesterday I wrote that the way Mr Kimathi was put on the stop list would make him a martyr and would be counterproductive. I wrote that:

“It actually benefits Mr Kimathi as he can now appeal to his followers about an injustice, and use it to fuel his ravings. It’s easy to spin – the reason I was banned was because I spoke the truth and threatened the White elite who rule Bermuda! Easily done.”

And today there’s this article where Mr Kimathi argues he was banned because “special interest groups, particularly the promosexuals and homosexuals have conspired” resulting in him being “banned from a black country.”

Now, I’m not a PR person or a spin doctor or nothing. Surely though if I could see this was going to be the reaction, others could do?

Mr Kimathi can now complain of a conspiracy, of an injustice. And those on island who agree with him will likely harden their views now. Surely it would have been better to have allowed the Human Rights Commission to finish and publish its investigation first, and allow for his views to be defeated with counter-arguments (which really shouldn’t have been hard)?

Hopefully lesson learned and we’ll handle any future incident differently. In the mean time, while this may well pass soon enough, how do we go about now constructively dismissing Mr Kimathi’s hateful pseudo-scientific propaganda?

***Updated***

There is now also an e-petition calling for Mr Kimathi to be removed from the stop-list:

“Bermuda as a whole can decide whether Mr Kimathi is welcome again in Bermuda . His opinions no matter how they are said . should not be used as a political foothold to silence the voices of people in Bermuda.”

 

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2 thoughts on “Freedom of Speech – An Update

  1. Tempting to say we might as well just go around filling the airwaves and print media with words of hate. That will set us back a few years.

    Let’s just dump our responsibilities to each other and society as a whole!

    Only 5 supporters as at 3.30pm.

  2. I certainly wouldn’t advocate filling airwaves and print media with hate speech. I would advocate that if we’re not going to just starve it of oxygen by ignoring it, we should combat it with counter-arguments – not give it oxygen of feeling conspired against.

    I would be surprised if the petition gets a lot of support to be honest. It’s a hard sell, there’s inevitable confusion about what it is. People will worry that by signing it, or speaking in favour of it, that they’ll be seen to be supporting what Mr Kimathi advocates. Which is not the issue of the petition, but it’s hard to get beyond that. The issues are easily conflated.

    I leave it to others to decide whether or not to support the petition – I see my role as nothing more than directing people to it if they want to. My position on this whole Kimathi issue is, I hope, quite clear from my writings on the matter.

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