CURB Release 2016 Racial Justice Platform

November 4, 2016

Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda [CURB] released their 2016 Racial Justice Platform which they said contains 27 proposals “for bringing about racial justice in our community.”

“This document is the result of multiple meetings, discussions and outreach and the represents the consensus of the CURB Central Council,” the organisation said.

“It is hoped that elected officials, and those contemplating running for public office, see this as an opportunity to provide bi-partisan support for actions that will help bring about long-term stability and equity to our community.”

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CURB’s platform begins by saying, “Bermuda’s struggles with racism represent a microcosm of what occurs in many countries elsewhere.

“CURB members’ visit to South Africa in 2012 showed that although they have made strides in their truth and reconciliation process and social justice work, they struggle to confront the issues of white privilege and ongoing structural racism.

“In a community as small as Bermuda, there is a very real opportunity to make extraordinary steps towards real change in the area of race relations. It may be that this tiny island, with its’ history of oppression, survival and adversity, will be able to provide an example to the world.

“All Bermudians know that change is needed and as a society we must have the courage and determination to carry out a vision that enables us to heal and find a way forward in community. Big Change requires Big Vision.

“With Hope, Hard Work and a great deal of Love, lives can be changed; and it is for this reason we must take on a new Vision for our society, one that will bring about a change in all our lives for the better and a more stable, healthier and racially just community.”

The 27 proposals are listed below, and specifics on each are available in the PDF that follows:

  1. Support for a reconciliation process
  2. Guaranteed Government scholarships
  3. Revival of a Workforce Equity Bill
  4. 1% Mortgages through the Bermuda Housing Corporation, 3.5% Mortgages for Expanding Families
  5. No-claims Discount, Home-Owner Insurance
  6. Establishment of a Necessity Goods Depot
  7. Capital Gains Tax on Houses over a Determined Annual Rental Value
  8. The Mandatory Reporting of Wealth by Race
  9. Legalization of Marijuana
  10. Repeal of Section 315F of the 2005 Amendment to the Criminal Code
  11. Greater use of Restorative Practices in the Criminal Justice System and in the community as a whole
  12. Review of sections 3 and 4 of the Debtors Act 1973
  13. A Complete Review of the Criminal Justice System
  14. Racial Equity Index
  15. Workforce Survey
  16. Voting Rights for those imprisoned and/or on parole
  17. Introduction of Equality Impact Assessments through legislation and/or public procurement policy
  18. Living Wage
  19. Financial assistance
  20. Economic Intimidation
  21. Immigration Reform
  22. Repeal of section 3 of the Incentives for Job Makers Act 2011
  23. The introduction of graduated income tax
  24. The creation of a Black History museum, library and research centre
  25. National Health Care
  26. The introduction and/or expansion of Black Studies curriculum in all schools and the Bermuda College
  27. Reparations

 CURB’s 2016 Racial Justice Platform follows below [PDF here]

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  1. Onion says:

    Some of these are okay. It’s a shame CURB has destroyed its credibility by standing up for immigration violators and advocating race based immigration policy.

    The hypocrisy undermines the message.

    • I knew Trump supporters would have a fit.
      LMFAO

      • Anbu says:

        OJ, for the millionth time, you ARE a trump supporter. LMFAO! Just too ignorant to realize it

    • bluebirdboxes says:

      Racial problems require racial remedies. In terms of immigration, historical facts and statistics show 300 years of race based immigration policy. It is facts not rhetoric which informs CURB’s position or maybe you aren’t interested in facts and statistics.

      • Onion says:

        CURB advocated for discriminating against long-term residents using racial justifications.

        Reversing the direction of racial immigration policies does not solve anything, it simply creates a new problem. Progress will come from creating a level playing field, not disadvantaging another racial group.

  2. Noncents says:

    Income tax is a non-starter. Unemployment would sky rocket as IB leaves

    • Longtail says:

      …and do what with Employment Tax??????

    • Brian says:

      What’s the difference between an income tax and our current payroll tax? Do they want to tax profits of companies or just personal incomes? Would a graduated payroll tax accomplish what they are looking for?

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Only once they actually start calling it ‘income tax’ and figuring out all the logistics how to start collecting it as as separate by name tax.
      For the uninformed we already have income tax x’s 2
      It’s called payroll tax and hospital levy . Both are percentages of what you earn and any doubt that they ARE income tax will be proved by the fact that they will vary based on your weekly earnings as they might fluctuate based on overtime earnings or a change in base pay .

  3. M.C. Beauchamp says:

    The economic items of this platform will end Bermuda once and for all.

    • So I guess the system and recipients of economic and social status from 400 years of extortion is fine?

    • bluebirdboxes says:

      Such a sweeping statement. Fortunately those in the financial industry believe in actions based on and revised according to measuring certain indicators. Without statistics they know they are flying blind so measuring is key. The culture/approach is one of logic and discipline not reactionary blanket statements. Much of what CURB is advocating is based on data or on collecting data. It is also based on the fact that social health impacts economic health.

  4. George says:

    1. Support for a reconciliation process – so the underlying question is who is responsible for what and who makes that determination and why? What is in the best interest of all? South Africa’s is not Bermuda’s experience.
    2. Guaranteed Government scholarships – good idea
    3. Revival of a Workforce Equity Bill – “The bill, which could see employers fined for not promoting black Bermudians, has proved controversial.” It will always be controversial and is unlikely to be passed by any Government OBA or PLP because it like other Government policies which interfere in the running of the economy have the potential to scare off current and future investors.
    4. 1% Mortgages through the Bermuda Housing Corporation, 3.5% Mortgages for Expanding Families – who pays for these and what are the conditions under which someone/a family would be elligible.
    5. No-claims Discount, Home-Owner Insurance – good idea
    6. Establishment of a Necessity Goods Depot – this along with many other of the CURB proposals are advocating for an increase in the social state.Bermuda could never be a UK or European country in that regard – we do not have enough of a tax base even with increased taxes.
    7. Capital Gains Tax on Houses over a Determined Annual Rental Value – see above. Those who chose to invest in houses with a high ARV do so becuase of the low/no tax status of the Island.
    8. The Mandatory Reporting of Wealth by Race – to what end? So we can have a statistic to show what we already know?
    9. Legalization of Marijuana – this is pretty vague response.
    10. Repeal of Section 315F of the 2005 Amendment to the Criminal Code – unlcear what specifically this relates to?
    11. Greater use of Restorative Practices in the Criminal Justice System and in the community as a whole – good idea
    12. Review of sections 3 and 4 of the Debtors Act 1973 – good idea
    13. A Complete Review of the Criminal Justice System – good idea
    14. Racial Equity Index – good idea
    15. Workforce Survey – good idea
    16. Voting Rights for those imprisoned and/or on parole – good idea
    17. Introduction of Equality Impact Assessments through legislation and/or public procurement policy – good idea
    18. Living Wage – not enough information/data to support
    19. Financial assistance – a review of policy/legislation is always goood practice
    20. Economic Intimidation – “However, today CURB hears multiple reports of economic intimidation committed against Bermudians.” Historical anecdotal information is hard to justify any investigation into a social justice issue. CURB you need to work on this. Stating it is a fact does not make it a fact. As in a court of law you would have to evidence to prove this.
    21. Immigration Reform – CURB you are on a slippery slope here. You advoate for Immigration Reform yet you support an Expat in his appeal for a denial for work permit renewal application based on assumption and heresay.
    22. Repeal of section 3 of the Incentives for Job Makers Act 2011 – you need to spell out what the consequences are of not doing so. Speculation and assumptions about the consequences of Section 3 are not facts.
    23. The introduction of graduated income tax – will never happen. See 6 above. Bermuda is the antithesis of the kind of Social State that CURB is advocating for.
    24. The creation of a Black History museum, library and research centre – to what end?If the museums that we already have and spend lots of money supporting are not representative of the Black population then lets look at changing those.
    25. National Health Care – who pays for it? Again the UK/European model would not work here, is not practical due to the limited numbers of those who could support it through a tax base. Further regulation of the private health care system we have now is needed.
    26. The introduction and/or expansion of Black Studies curriculum in all schools and the Bermuda College – more information needed
    27. Reparations – more information needed. This is the most vague proposal.

  5. Kim S says:

    It seems a little late to be introducing their 2016 platform in November 2016.

  6. Longtail says:

    Immigration Reform…….Repeal of section 3 of the Incentives for Job Makers Act 2011………The introduction of graduated income tax…….National Health Care…….Reparations…..etc…..etc
    These are just meaningless words on a sheet of paper without more thought and explanation from CURB. You are correct ‘Onion’ – Bermuda needs more credibility than this from CURB.

  7. Mary says:

    very strange organization would not give it any credibility at all I think we all agree on that by now.

    • mixitup says:

      Based on the likes we all do not agree with you Mary..sorry

  8. LostinFlatts says:

    I understand, somewhat, the desires of CURB in this particular publication, but giving you the TL DR version highlights the issues:

    1. Spend government money in an effort to help out struggling, Bermudians. This encompasses a slew of points, scholarships, living wage, healthcare, new insurance and so forth.

    2. Create and enforce channels for reminding Bermuda of historic treatment of blacks.

    3. Introduce income tax, wealth/inheritance tax in order to redistribute wealth and income.

    4. Change laws to be more focused on how best to serve our community, rather than punish according to the traditional western ways.

    The issue that this faces is the simple reality of the situation in Bermuda: we’re broke. And to become less broke, we need to be attracting foreign investment.

    And there’s almost nothing in here that appears to help with that, but plenty of things that could antagonize it.

    The vast majority of pain and disenfranchisement felt by Bermudians at present is mirrored everywhere in the world – and in most cases it comes down to wealth inequality. That is the challenge we must solve – in a balanced manner. It cannot be punitive, or else that very necessary foreign capital will just go somewhere else.

    Put another way, I’m all for ensuring everyone gets more balanced pieces of the pie, but not if it means we chase away the cook.

  9. wahoo says:

    Legalization of marijuana? I thought everyone smoked.

  10. Peter says:

    How many joints each would we be allowed?

  11. Derek W says:

    Rather than just pass on a wish list, CURB could actually be proactive and get some of these off the ground.

    Some of their members could begin writing a curriculum framework for Black Sudies and they could also begin a fundraising campaign to set up the Black History Library and Museum.

    Positive action, where possible, on their part is the key.

    • wahoo says:

      I think you are missing the point….they want you to do all this stuff.

      • mixitup says:

        I read it that they just want you to saty out of the way..

  12. Unus sed leo says:

    It cannot be ignored!

    at present…bermuda as a whole need..require reconciliation.

  13. Irritated Jeanie says:

    CURB and its two driving members have no credibility and simply subscribe to virtue signaling…

  14. Jo says:

    The curb is ignorant and stupid, f#@% the curb