Are we replacing one law that discriminates against Bahamians with another law that does the same?
At present, gambling or gaming in the Bahamas is illegal to Bahamians; however, anyone of any other nationality can come to the Bahamas and gamble.
In 2012, our time, effort and precious resources should be used to correct a decision that was made in a different era that is conflicting with the progress we have made over the years and any further progress that we hope to make in the future
When the first gambling law was passed in the Bahamas, it was at time when the majority of “black” Bahamians were uneducated and only held positions of servitude in this country. For the most part, during this era “blacks” were not considered “equal” with their white counterparts. This was over 50 fifty years ago.
Since that time, we have had 3 black Prime Ministers and have developed this nation to where we are regarded by most and definitely by our fellow Caribbean island nations as the “jewel of the Caribbean.
We have raised sons and daughters who are accomplished Doctors, Lawyers, Educators, Engineers, Commodores, Commissions of Police, Golden Girls and Golden Knights. Our children are top students both here and abroad, we have ambassadors in most nations of the world – black men and women, but yet we are not considered mature enough or discipline enough or sophisticated enough to sit in a casino and spend our own hard-earned cash to enjoy a game of black Jack? Unbelievable!
Bahamians are now qualified to compete on the world stage at every level. We have fashion designers, musicians, international acclaimed actors, we are honored and respected by all expect our own law makers. Unthinkable!
After all of our accomplishments as a people, the majority of which are black, we are still treated and classified as “second class citizens” in our Country. This is the issue that should be causing outrage in the Bahamas.
We should not be here at this point in our history wasting time and precious resources on the subject of “web shop gambling/ gaming” we should be correcting the injustice that has been perpetrated on the Bahamian people for over 50 long years, a law that discriminates against Bahamians, in the Bahamas.
A law that allows anyone from any place to come into our country and embrace an opportunity, such as it may be, to enjoy the liberties of a free man, which is the right to choose what is it his or her best interest as a free person.
Is it amazing, that you are trusted to go to the polls and elect a government to lead you every five years, and many proclaim that the voice of the people is the voice of God, but yet the voice is limited by the same people whom you elect to lead you?
Not only should the people be allowed to say whether or not they want to gamble but they should also be allowed to say whether they want to gamble in the grove or Paradise Island!
– By Candace Scott