Lawyers, officials and the holders of justice in The Bahamas gather to worship at the official Red Mass at Christ Church Cathedral. (file photo)
Nassau, Bahamas: Bahamas Press seeks to shed some light on the out-of-control situation of crime and criminal activity here in The Bahamas. Everyone, including officials of the government are wondering – acting to have amnesia – as to how we as a people have stooped this low, when it comes to the rise of criminality in our country.
Bahamas Press confirms that we all are to blame. The Bahamas particularly during the 1980s became a ship rudderless. It was like the country had a mental breakdown. Everyone, including members of the CHURCH, participated in what is known back then as the ‘DRUG CULTURE’! It is a dark and sad chapter in the history of this country!
Everyone who is anyone in this town had some family member trafficking drugs. They stashed it under grammy’s wodden floor, whilst the whole family partied outside on the beach, day after day drinking beer and cussing themselves to sleep.
Somehow we are having memory lapses and forgetting how brand new cars sat on the roads of Andros because those owners had a flat tyre or a scrape in the paint and flew on a charter plane to Miami to buy a new car. And somehow we forget – totally forgot – how we were so sophisticated and bloody rich that we lured, in mass, the Haitian population as our slaves. Some of us were so rich that not only we hired the Haitians, but began behaving like slave masters saying that, “THIS WAS MY HAITIAN” to do work, our own children refused to do.
We in The Bahamas during those years accepted the MP gifts of; turkey, ham and money flying out of planes, which corrupted the single process which should have been left in tact, that being, our democratic principles and processes.
We as a people became so tainted, duplicitous and evil that to speak truth would incriminate brothers and sisters who opened those shops and plazas through illegal means. We kept silent as we built these humongous houses, some with three and four sitting rooms, whilst the family collapsed and died with feuds of greed. And, the shame of having all that wealth of the eighties grounded our children and now grand children into a culture that, ‘you don’t have to work for anything!’ Everything came by DRUGS or laundering, corruption or illegal means. LYING and deceiving and being deceived, and guess what? Our children today believe just what they saw and what we told them.
Even the church had its share of WICKEDNESS here in The Bahamas. Who remembers the huge construction of those padded pews and stained glass window edifices, constructed during those dark years? Where pastors right in this town and on Family Islands, went to commercial banks depositing millions of dollars from their 10 member congregations? Or if you don’t remember that just remember the song, “CHURCH OUT CRAB CRAWLING!” by Eddie Minnis. And yes, things like that did happen, but it was Church out – particularly on many Family Islands – whilst drugs were falling.
Somewhere in our short history, history books, politics, editorial pages and radio talk shows have erased all this from the minds of this current generation. NOBODY IS TALKING nor have WRITTEN ABOUT THE PAST OF THIS CORRUPT BAHAMAS! ABSOLUTELY NOBODY!
Bahamas Press finds all this INCREDULOUS and that after years where the judiciary in The Bahamas allowed drug dealers to walk free, murderers to walk free, judges to fly on islands with defense attorneys to cut deals. And incarcerated illegal Cubans walked right out the front doors of the Her Majesty’s Prison. After years where police officers were known to be protectors of the drug trade and Defense Force officers known as facilitators of the drug smugglers and gun runners. Today in this modern Bahamas we are all scratching our heads wondering what is wrong in this country.
Bahamas Press understands this too well, the WE – the people of this country, having pleasured in the crimes of the eighties have now suddenly awaken from our slumber crying and yelling at ourselves! We are to blame for the state of CRIME and criminality in The Bahamas today, and we at Bahamas Press conclude with these questions we must ask and answer for ourselves? ARE WE READY to have REAL CHANGE in this Bahamas in every sense of the word? Or do we long for the past to be once again?
Those are the questions Bahamians must ask and answer for themselves, and if we wish for the latter, we assure you things will get worse, long before they ever get better. For as mama use to say, “if you forget where ya come from, you sure as hell don’t know where ya gern!”
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