Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope T. S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday I It’s Ash Wednesday. People—Anglicans and Catholics mainly—are getting ashes smudged on their foreheads in recognition of the start of Lent. People are giving up vices and bad habits—caffeine, cigarettes, meat, swearing, sex—for the next forty days. […]Read more "Ashes to ashes"
The punchline I’ll tell you a sick joke. All my adult life, I’ve been a taxpayer and a law-abiding citizen, and all my adult life, the things that mean the most to me—knowledge, intellectual curiosity, and creative endeavour—have had no place in the society our politicians have assembled. A year and a half ago, I […]Read more "Independence, Culture, Identity: power, neglect and disrespect"
January 10, 2017. Rawson Square, being occupied by We Marchers. I’m there, live streaming on Facebook, when the marchers come streaming in. There’s a knot of people that’s moving across the square, and when it gets to me I realize it’s Dr. Minnis and his entourage: the (then former) Leader of the Opposition, moving through […]Read more "Independence and ministries of culture"
Michael Stevenson’s presentation at the Progressive Forum.Read more "The Progressive Forum (1)"
Thanks to the Speaker of House of Assembly, the term “indigenous Bahamian” has recently trended in public discourse. But. What is “indigenous” anyway? It seems the Speaker was using the term somewhat loosely — i.e. someone who was born in The Bahamas during the 20th century, and probably to parents who, presumably, were also born […]Read more "The REAL indigenous Bahamian story (or part of it)"
Originally posted on Pat Rahming : From The Black Book:
Listening to talk radio and reading the letters to the newspapers, I am amazed at how important people seem to feel it is to live down to the title “Third World”. Few actually use the term, but the concerns chosen to discuss and debate, and the…
This post is from a friend of mine, a Singaporean friend who is gay. His struggle, and that of his community, remind me forcibly of the struggles that we face here in The Bahamas. It is the same and not the same, because here, too often, the voices and sentiments of bigots prevail. It takes […]Read more "Why we must fight for equality for us all, all the time"