Two Hour Video: ‘Reaching Back To Go Forward’

March 23, 2017

The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs held a panel discussion this evening [March 23] with the theme, “Reaching Back to Go Forward.”

Held at the Bermuda College, the panelists included Ms. Kristin White, Mr. Craig Simmons, Dr. Lewellyn Simmons and Mr. LeVar Bassett, while Dwayne Caines served as the moderator.

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The panelists spoke on “entrepreneurship, the opportunities and limitations of Bermuda’s economics, how to learn from our economic mistakes and move forward, and cultural industries and entrepreneurship in the context of black-owned businesses and their legacies.”

The 2-hour live video replay is below:

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  1. wondering says:

    This is our problem. We keep looking back first instead of looking far forward. What has happened and continues to happen to us is well documented and all too often rehashed with no progression except the same book with a new cover.

    Come on my people! Get on the train that moves forward and stop place people for fools….

    • Truth Teller says:

      Will you stop channeling white fear and paranoia. We will not let you and people who think like you define what moving forward is. We will define that. We also do not need your validation, “Wondering”.

      This is what those who cry that black people should not look backward and should move forward are really saying. And that includes their black surrogates who they bestow their patronage upon.

      Translation: Do not disturb white privilege and the unearned privilege of those who possess it…

      • wondering says:

        au contraire……..neither a surrogate nor a person to hush white privilege into oblivion….my point is that we keep having these conversations with the same “woe is me” tone instead of coming out – first ball of the over with pure strategy and pure solutions……….it is always pitched as a woe is me…….perhaps perception but that is my take. no need for name calling

      • Onion Juice says:

        I guess you told them.

  2. wondering says:

    It is like a dead horse……..we keep having the same conversation.

    • Truth Teller says:

      To use another pet phrase people like “Wondering” tend to trot out in order to stop the conversation: Get over it!

      We will not be held hostage to those who feel uneasy and uncomfortable by these necessary and critical conversations.

      You seem not to be aware that white privilege also means having the privilege to not hear these conversations.

      My answer to that: Let the conversations continue

  3. know your history says:

    Unfortunately, we are creatures of habit and history tends to repeat itself whether it is for the good or for the bad and this happens if we don’t keep the stories alive. Of course with this people of color end up with the short end of the stick. This is essentially key to our survival as people. We pray and hope one day some people will have the empathy to open their hearts and understand this and try to think a different way instead of their usual way of thinking.

    One historian put it as good example of someone that has a history of family illness and in order for them to live a full filling life they have to research their family history and understand what to avoid and what is better for them, so they don’t repeat the mistakes and die at a young age like some family members that came before them.

    • wondering says:

      this is true but we need to solve our problems instead of talk talk talk….lessons are good but practical application is the best OTJT there is

  4. bdaboy says:

    “Unfortunately, we are creatures of habit and history tends to repeat itself whether it is for the good or for the bad and this happens if we don’t keep the stories alive.”

    Exactly, just look at how ‘people of colour’ in Bermuda vehemently oppose human rights for all, it’s almost like they’ve forgotten their own history, or just don’t care about others, as long as they got what they want.