We may grumble a lil bit but very few of us stand up and fight the serious issues;
- High crime rate… grumble grumble then nothing.
- High unemployment… grumble grumble nothing
- Environmental disasters… grumble grumble nothing
- Inhumane treatment of animals…
- Outright corruption in government…
- Government waste…
- High Taxes…
- Gender Inequality..
- Deaths in police custody
- Abuse of power
- Gender based violence
- etc etc
No matter the issue, its the same over and over. We sit back and take it. It is baffling. Well at least it was baffling. But I think I understand now.
What We Teach Our Kids Is What Our Society Will Become
In The Bahamas we teach our kids from a very young age to conform. This lesson is taught by parents, by our churches and by our schools.We teach children to
- Be seen and not heard,
- Not question authority,
- Show respect where none was earned.
Is it any wonder why we let politicians run amok in this country? Why we can’t stand up and protest blatant corruption, dereliction of duty or even the most egregious of actions by those in power?
We’ve spent the last 40 years teaching our citizens to sit down and shut up. We’ve built a society where to question authority or god forbid embarrass someone in authority (by calling out their BS) is frowned upon.
Oh, but the times they are a changing.
The Power Of Social Media Will Change The Bahamas
Social media has made it easy for each of us to protest any issue and to find others who feel the same.
A mother was outraged that a high school principal would harass her daughter over her natural hair so she posted it on Facebook.
Within 24hrs it had spread to thousands of Bahamians who were equally outraged. Within days it spread to tens, if not hundreds of thousands globally. A campaign was launched using the #Isupportthepuff, #supportthepuff hashtags, a petition was created and support flowed from every corner.
The story has been featured on Cosmo, Buzzfeed, NowThis, and MSN amoung numerous other international media houses.
This event has shown Bahamians that we have power in numbers, that our voices will be heard. It should be a warning to those in positions of authority that Bahamians will no longer tolerate nonsense, that we’re waking up, prepared to stand up and speak out!