Wayne Caines Speaks At Mike Brown Rally In US

November 26, 2014

Bermudian Wayne Caines addressed a Mike Brown rally in Atlanta last night [Nov 26], telling the crowd it was a “global movement,” and calling on young people to do their part to help change the world.

In August 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The shooting sparked protests and unrest in Ferguson, which were widely covered by media around the globe.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting were investigated by a grand jury, and on Monday [Nov 24] prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that the jury had decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting, sparking protests across Ferguson and the United States.

Photo courtesy of Mr Caines Facebook page

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Speaking at the rally, Mr Caines said, “I came out from Bermuda to spend Thanksgiving with my daughter. Last night, like everyone here, I sat in horror, I sat in horror, as I watched a District Attorney try to explain, to justify, to legitimize why a black man was gunned down and left lifeless in the street. My daughter and I watched together, she said, ‘Dad. What do we do now? Dad. Now, what?’

“I looked her in the eye, I said, ‘I’m going to put that question back on you? You tell me now what?’ That’s not a hypothetical question. That’s not existential question. I put that question on you tonight. Now what?

“It is your time. I’m going to share something with you. Your time is now. You are now Rosa Parks. Those dogs that will be set on them, those dogs are now beset on you. The hoses that were set on fire, those hoses are now set on you…

Speaking to loud cheers from the gathered crowd, Mr Caines added, “Understand that this is a global movement.”

“Understand, as heinous and as hard to take, and as so unrighteous the actions against Mike Brown was…in 2013, in Brazil, over 2,000 black men were murdered at the hands of the police.

“In South Africa, last year, over 500 black men were killed at the hands of the police. This is a global struggle.”

Protesters march through NYC and LA to protest the grand jury decision

“So, you can be an Instagram and Facebook revolutionary. You are going to have to do more than hit ‘like’ to change this world,” continued Mr Caines to massive applause from the crowd. “You are going to have to get more followers, following around the globe to change this world.”

“His name was Mohamed Bouazizi. He was a street fruit vendor in Tunisia. He was so angry, he was so upset with how they treated him. They made him pay an unnecessary tax for his fruit. He was unable to support and feed his family.

“On this particular day, one of the tax people came to him and they asked him for more money. They tried to fleece him. So aggrieved was he, that he took gasoline and he stood in the middle of the street, and he poured the gasoline over his head and he died.

“I’m not asking for anybody to do that,” stressed Mr. Caines, “But that one act of courage, that one act of resistance, that started the Arab Spring. Syria, Tunisia, all of these countries rallying around the young people like you.

“The people with Facebook and Instagram, they use their world, the things at their disposal, to change the world, so I pose this question again. Now what? Now, what are you going to do?

“Understand, it is your time. It is your time, so what does this mean? If you’re a student at Morehouse and you’re studying, you have to study harder than you’ve ever studied.”

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  1. Smh says:

    Awesome

  2. Rhonda says:

    USA can’t solve their racial divide and it seems we can’t either

    • Serious Though says:

      Rhonda, yes we can

      • Politricks says:

        But Rhonda and Co. doesn’t want to improve the divide. She and Co. have a vested interest in maitaining any division while actively seeking to increae it further.

        Either way I see Bermudians of all types working and socializignn together on a daily basis without any issues. It is just certain pockets of our population (black & white) that find the idea absolutely abhorrent and the poster above fits the decssription to a T.

        Read her posts on here and on facebook to confirm what I speak of.

        Anyways, nice speech Mr. Caines and we as Bermudians should be pleased that our police force doesn’t carry on in such a manner towards our population.

    • Kim Smith says:

      I truly believe that there are those persons who don’t want us to resolve the racial divide… it’s pivotal to their agenda.

      • Rhonnie aka BlueFamiliar says:

        Sadly, they’re on both sides of the divide.

        And my applause to Mr. Caines for speaking, and to those who demonstrated in peace in the face of this emotional issue.

        • Kim Smith says:

          Yes, I am sorry that I did not include acknowledgement of the difficulty of this tragic issue and my hope that justice is properly served.

  3. mj says:

    great speech Mr. Caines!

  4. bermy says:

    I must say, that Mr. Caines is absolutely right. lets not forget that black people have been getting killed by the police for centuries and treated like we are not humans which dates back to slavery.

  5. 69S says:

    Maybe if you read Officer Wilsons testimony you might have a different opinion on what happened…

    • Strike fund says:

      Very dangerous to believe only one side of any story.

    • Self says:

      I agree! I watched his interview and found him to be highly credible. This was the first (and only) time this officer had shot somebody. It’s not like he went out specifically looking for young, black men to kill. This was a tragedy, yes, because a young man lost his life. However, if you look at the camera footage from the convenience store, you will find that there is more to this than meets the eye. Furthermore, if you look at Officer Wilson’s calm, rational way of thinking and speaking, then switch over to a stepfather inciting people to “burn this b**** down” it gives you a different perspective on the events surrounding this unfortunate shooting.
      While Wayne Caines might have had noble intentions, he is buying into this whole “I’m black, therefore I am a victim” mentality. A white, unarmed man was shot and killed by a black police officer last year and the media barely covered it. There were no riots or protests. That was a legit killing in the eyes of the black community because, according to their way of thinking, white people cannot be victims. They are the oppressor. Unfortunately, many African-Americans turn the simplest things into a racial issue. I used to work in the hospitality industry in the States, and I cannot begin to tell you how often the race card is pulled. Although I am also black, I have had “racist” hurled at me over the simplest thing. One woman actually accused me of giving a larger portion of food to the white woman at the next table in the restaurant where I worked! When the race card is pulled out so often, it becomes tattered and isn’t taken seriously at all.
      Sure, there are tons of racist people out there, including cops. There are also people that love to resist arrest, engage in anti-social behaviour and just generally make trouble all around. These type of people don’t usually live long, as they ultimately contribute to their own demise.

    • Tough Love says:

      Did the testimony show why the body was left lying in the street for hours? Did the testimony justify why no medical examiners attended Mike Brown’s body, to collect actual evidence that would support or disprove said testimony?

    • Tough Love says:

      The facts stated and that they took his body to the hospital in an unmarked car instead of an ambulance, suggests covering up wrongdoing. No human being’s remains should have been treated like that.

    • Which one? He changed his story three times!

  6. Kathy Cervino says:

    EVERYTHING in life has a solution – EVERYTHING!!!

  7. Boston Baked Bean says:

    Rhonda unfortunately really believes that she’s an expert on all things American and Bermudian. It’s so tiresome to hear her constant doom-and-gloom commentary. Those that are part of the solution in the US and in Bermuda will overcome the racial divide. Those that are part of the problem will continue their never ending negative commentary (like Rhonda). Well done Mr. Caines for being part of the solution, here and abroad.

  8. Tough love says:

    Who are the people who don’t like Mr. Caines’ speech? That’s disturbing that people dislike a man’s speech about injustice in the world. Bermuda, what is this saying about us?!?

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    If the politicians got out of our faces we would probably get along much better together. There are those whose whole purpose in life is to live in the past & keep the divide going. There is nothing wrong with having cultural differences as long as those differences are not destructive. However we should all be first & foremost part of the human race.