Fifty-one years and two months ago, on January 10, 1967, the Colony of the Bahama Islands held the election that concluded with what we have come to call “Majority Rule”. In 2014, January 10 was officially legislated as a public holiday. And four years after the creation of the Majority Rule Day public holiday, we […]
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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 […]
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Originally posted on Pat Rahming : From The Black Book:
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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 […]
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What strikes me about hurricanes in The Bahamas is the one glaring fact that we tend to obscure while we are praying to be spared or engaging in rescue and clean-up: that the modern Bahamas fares better in hurricanes than almost any other territory on the planet.
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Late last night, my husband Philip came out of his study and said: “I don’t know how true this is, but they are reporting on Facebook that Larry Smith has died.” I have to confess. I didn’t check Facebook. I couldn’t. This was news for which I was totally unprepared, and for which I was […]
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From the podcast 99% Invisible (NOT WRITTEN BY ME)
On the border of Virginia and North Carolina stretches a great, dismal swamp. The Great Dismal Swamp, actually — that’s the name British colonists gave it centuries ago. The swamp covers about 190 square miles today, but at its peak, before parts of it were drained and developed, it was around ten times bigger, spanning roughly 2,000 square miles of Virginia and North Carolina.
And it’s understandable why people called the swamp “dismal.” Temperatures can reach over 100 degrees. It’s humid and soggy, filled with thorns and thickets, teeming with all sorts of dangerous and unpleasant wildlife. The panthers that used to live there are now gone, but even today there are black bears, poisonous snakes, and swarms of yellow flies and mosquitoes.
But hundreds of years ago, before the Civil War, the dangers of the swamp and its seeming impenetrability actually attracted people to it. The land was so untamed that horses and boats couldn’t enter, and the colonists who were filing into the region detested it. William Byrd II, a Virginia planter, called it “a miserable morass where nothing can inhabit.” But people did inhabit the swamp, including thousands of enslaved Africans and African Americans who escaped their captors and formed communities in the swamp. This “dismal” landscape was the site of one of the most remarkable and least told stories of resistance to slavery in American history.
via The Great Dismal Swamp – 99% Invisible
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