A picture speaks a 1000 words

A picture speaks a 1000 words

A picture speaks a 1000 words. The picture of the woman holding a sign saying “White Mental Illness is killing African Bermudians” (which is absolutely outrageous) has taken the social media platforms by storm. This message has infuriated many on both sides of the coin. Whether they are white Bermudians who now may categorize all black Bermudians involved in these protests as hateful, hostile mobs OR black Bermudians who have fought hard to try and separate race from these marches to focus on BERMUDIAN issues as a whole. Now, it seems that those efforts are to be dismantled by a single woman’s lack of respect for her counterparts and those that the message was aimed toward.  In the developed world we have freedom of speech; however this particular protester who indeed ‘spoke freely’ used her ‘right’ to indefinitely tarnish the real purpose of the protesting.

pro·test

noun

ˈprōˌtest/

a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.

synonyms:          objection, complaint, exception, disapproval, challenge, dissent, demurral, remonstration, fuss, outcry More

Protesting, is something that happens all over the world, and there are people who say things that are prejudice/disrespectful and just out right wrong. Nevertheless, if everyone decided to focus on these few, who deem to be heard through the wrong ways and not take the message of the collective group into consideration, then, we would never have any results.  These ominous words have not been received well by the public (finally there is something we all can agree on besides rum swizzle and codfish cakes). The protester under the microscope needs to be spoken to by the protest leaders if not done so already. She has to refrain from and cannot continue to use bigotry language when expressing herself, and if not abide by, in turn be dismissed from participating in further marches.

Have you ever had a package of grapes or strawberries and you saw a bad one in there, but you forgot to take it out and throw it away? The next day, you come back and the one next to it has gone rotten too, well, we have to truly understand this concept from nature and take action. I am not saying “throw” her away, by any means, but let her understand why she was wrong and provide her with a solution to change the way she expresses herself.  We as a people are too quick to give out punishment but all too seldom give help to a person, to truly understand why their actions are negative. What do you think about her actions and what do you think should be done to improve future protests? Just remember; no one can control everyone, but people must take responsibility for their own actions.

This is for both sides to take into account, if you back someone up against a wall, they will react, not saying that particular actions are ‘right’ or ‘acceptable’ but those being protested against must look at what they are doing to cause such behavior. People do not protest for nothing. We all have troubles on this beautiful island we call home, so let’s be mindful of the next person’s struggles and strive to encourage, inspire and grow together as a nation.

 

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