Black Power in Bermuda: The Struggle for Decolonization by Q. Swan

By Q. Swan

A transnational, pan-African adolescence circulation, Black energy in Bermuda sought freedom for Blacks from the island’s White oligarchy and independence from British colonialism. It used to be spearheaded through activists reminiscent of Pauulu Kamarakafego and the Black Beret Cadre. The Cadre maintained relationships with progressive organisations around the African Diaspora, comparable to the Black Panthers. rising within the past due Nineteen Sixties, the flow witnessed the assassinations of Bermuda’s British leader of Police and Governor (1972-1973). Swan rigorously information the island’s colonial government’s makes an attempt to damage the flow via army strategies, vast propaganda, and the implementation of token social concessions.

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Indeed, as long as Whites economically and politically exploited African people in Bermuda then there would be racial tensions. In essence, the Report merely paid lip service to the symptoms of the problem rather than the root causes. For example, the Commission stressed that “misunderstanding” existed between the police and the Black youth. However, it did not discuss the innate role of the police in defending the establishment. Instead it pathologized Black protest, asserting that Black youth were the problem and that if their frustrations could only be curbed then outbreaks of violence would dissolve.

Chapter 5 discusses the Cadre’s formation in the aftermath of the BPC, and its aims, objectives, organizational structure, activities, and programs. It also details its influences and connections with other liberation movements, such as that of the Black Panther Party (United States). The Berets were intelligent, diverse, and passionate. Far from being “alienated youth,” “spoiled brats,” “terrorists,” or “evil hate-mongers” (a sample of epitaphs erroneously used to describe them), their backgrounds included university and high school students, middle- and working-class Blacks and members of the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) Youth Wing.

The response of Whites to the Movement in the Royal Gazette (Bermuda’s daily newspaper) oft times amounted to tirades bordering on fanatical paranoia, displaying a White population grossly ignorant of Black people, Bermuda, and Africa’s history yet profoundly arrogant enough to believe that they actually knew what was best for Blacks in the island. Bermuda’s White elite, mainstream media, and the government have historically demonized and/or criminalized Black protest. Their response to Black Power was no different.

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