Nassau, Bahamas: There is a chapter written in Bahamian history that tells the story of the rise of our people. Where they had broken out of the shackles of slavery and injustice, which gave birth a nation called the Bahamas, where black leadership ruled the majority. The date of that ascension was January 10th, 1967, when the Bahamian BLACK Moses and his Progressive Liberal Party delivered a MAJORITY RULE government to the people of this country.
Today we celebrate that achievement of our people, then led by Lynden Oscar Pindling. Yet some 42 years later, the national radio station is constantly promoting a journey to the United States to celebrate a foreign achievement whilst forgetting OUR OWN. And in the spirit of GREED, they are using this national forum – which should be educating our people of this LANDMARK achievement – for someone’s own personal benefit. LOOK WHAT WE HAVE COME TO!
Today we are saddened to see this ‘BLINDED LOST’ of insight by our very own. And orchestrated by people in this country, who would do everything to erase the past by over promoting the present. Today we are sad to see one generation later, with the explosion of media in this country, the names of PINDLING, BUTLER, WHITEFIELD, BRENNEN, FAWLKES, BAIN, and scores of others who oversaw this ‘delivery of freedom’ are hushed in death and unmentioned on this day by those with the responsibility to communicate and write history. The ‘TOILET PAPER’ Tribune carried NOT A WORD about this day on its front page. And the ‘old maid’ of that rag sheet, could not find her pen to write another LIE against TRUTH, and so she used a foreign editorial this day to talk about a White House Lunch, but we are not surprised.
But we wonder when many ask our young people WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM? The answer is simple, WE AS A PEOPLE have LOST IN THE BARREL OF MEMORY THE PAST to live in the present, feeding on FALSE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND LIES by the people we believe hold our TRUST! We as a nation have not TRUELY HONOURED OUR DEAD, and have silenced the struggles of many of our SONS and Daughters, who sacrificed their lives for this country and its present generation.
There is a price for freedom, and in our failure to memorialize it, there is also the possibility of losing it. Today, Bahamas Press pauses to remember this GREAT STORY OF THE BAHAMIAN PEOPLE, who delivered a great chapter in the pages of this country.
This was the DAY we rose to freedom! This was the DAY The Bahamas saw its First Black Premier! Indeed the BLACK MOSES who ushered in higher Education for our people, and expanded the wealth of our citizens. This was the day we saw true, TRUE empowerment delivered 42 years ago for The Bahamian people, which ushered in black Bankers and Black Bank Managers, Lawyers, Accountants, Teachers, Doctors, NEW Businessmen and women, Artisans and Contractors who began to have place and ownership in their country! It was a QUIET REVOLUTION WHICH STILL TO THIS DAY, IS A MODEL FOR WORLD!
This was the day we saw the dove descended on The Bahamas and prospered this LAND! Today we ask the question, as our current leader and his former law-partner attempt to rip this chapter out of the Bahamian storybook, SELLING OUR LAND and FIRING THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT IT WAS GIVEN TO, ARE WE STILL FREE?
LONG WILL LIVE IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THIS NATION; PINDLING, BUTLER, WHITEFIELD, BRENNEN, FAWLKES, BAIN, and scores of others who lifted this country into LIBERTY AND FREEDOM WITH PROSPERITY FOR TO ALL!