It was seven days ago when Bermudians honored our Ancestor’s legacy on Emancipation Day.
The significance of our Ancestor’s freedom being restored cannot be understated; and to truly understand Bermuda, one must fully recognize that the island we enjoy today was built on the backs of our Ancestors. For centuries they showed strength, resilience, and a drive that we today could only hope to conjure up when necessary.
This year, the holiday weekend was even more significant as we honored a legacy worth celebrating, that of Mary Prince. If there was ever a trailblazer born on this island, it was her. Not only did she survive despite the horrors of slavery, she also told her story; a story that quite literally changed the world. It was 6 days ago that we honored her.
In the same spirit of recognizing the significance of Black lives, Bermudians from all different backgrounds came together and marched against racism, both here and abroad.
Sixty days ago, we marched in honor of those who have lost their lives to police brutality in the United States, but we also marched with a recognition that racism here in Bermuda was in need of eradication too.
Sixty-one days ago, one of your offices went online, and in one post made an unsuccessful attempt to intimidate and dissuade those who were prepared to stand upfor Black lives. In a disgusting and blatantly racist post, she not only posted an image of marchers being run over, but it was matched with the text “ALL LIVES SPLATTER – NOBODY CARES ABOUT
Fortunately, her racism was called out swiftly, and your officer was made to understand that there is absolutely no space for racism here in Bermuda – not direct, covert, or institutionalized.
With this in mind we wanted to write to express our profound disappointment over the handling of this matter. We struggle to understand why something posted for anyone with an internet connection to see could cause such an extended investigation.
Why, 61 days later, are we still waiting for something to be done?
After the officer made the post, you swiftly came out and stated on June 7th that: “Several officers brought the matter subject to investigation, to the attention of the BPS, Professional Standards Department. That reflects the commitment to address acts of misconduct by the service at all levels.” You further noted that the “image is not in line with the core values and ethos of the BPS.”