A protest against the ‘Bias’ Tribune as it launched an attack against Bahamian Women. Inset is the newspaper’s managing editor John Marquis who wrote the attack.
Nassau, The Bahamas – “Race like the poor would always be amongst us,” those were the words of the late Sir Lynden Pindling as he gave rise to the question of racism in The Bahamas. For many years the Progressive Liberal Party has found a voice to cause the issue to surface particularly during election time.
The time was one of serious social travesty and disdain. Both blacks and poor whites in The Bahamas faced segregation by an upper merchant class, that managed and dictated the country. The point at that time was to limit the education and economic opportunities given to blacks and poor whites across the country, thus the emergence of the PLP.
Sir Lynden rolled into power in 1967 by a slim majority in the Parliament, echoing a call for The Bahamas to rise above the tide of hatred, and move forward, upward, onward together. It was out of that message to building a new country with economic opportunities for all which proved successful. A massive campaign to educate, and produce a competent Civil Service was the bases, presenting a stable black majority government to the world. The PLP at that time had to deliver one simple fact, that black men and women can govern, and that they did.
The imperfect Sir Lynden however rolled through the years combating one enemy however, which have been a destructive force to his party for most of those 40 plus years. The morning daily Tribune newspaper to this very day appears to have eroded a trust by Bahamians to their politicians, but in a more real way, the trust in any black government, PLP or FNM.
From daily pastime editorial attacks on Sir Lynden or his PLP machinery, to today’s attack on prominent black figures from his cabinet, like Hubert Ingraham, and Perry Christie. Their current bullets of editorial attacks have hit hard from former Cabinet persons like Shane and Kenyetta Gibson, to fighting words along with welding swords the paper have published recently salacious writings treading the chance of a libel suit against V. Alfred Gray.
Now what is ironic in all this is the fact that the Tribune’s managing editor sees someone like Howard K Stern as in need of a make over? He has not attacked Stern in any salacious way by the tool of the wicked Tribune press. Stern’s ‘stolen pictures’ was after all used by them and to them they raise no red flags, with all of the death that has encircle his life in 2006/7.
Again here is the attacking part, a quote from John Marquis’ insight section; “No wonder Howard K Stern claims he is broke. He must squander fortunes a year on slimy-looking lawyers….” The editor writes. Now everybody knows one of those lawyers was the mind of a competent and sharp thinking Wayne Munroe, the President of the Bahamas Bar Counsel. Again here is how a blindly racist journalist like John Marquis sees black leadership.
However, what grabbed us in his foolish Christmas article with his continued attack on black leadership in The Bahamas with his cock-eyed mockery of the way of worship in a Bahamian church. There looking on a TV broadcast around the country, John Marquis found asinine humor with the way in which women of The Bahamas praise their God. Making an almost criminal attack against their weight, along with his stupid gesture of them following a comedic act. This is how a ‘TWISTED MINDED” editor think about Bahamians who worship God. Whilst in his daily publication with news sources, he finds a numerologist (SORCERER/WITCHCRAFT WORKER) as a credible news source to feed Bahamians.
Here is what John Marquis said about black women in the Bahamas as he attacks religious leaders in the Bahamian community; “…how much is [Neil] Ellis worth, with his utterly priceless brand of hilarious demagoguery, which get hundreds of overweight, bonneted women in a state of high frenzy every Sunday?”
“High point of this year’s output was Ellis’ 360-degree pirouette in his pulpit while bouncing up-and-down on his toes. To be honest, I was practically on the floor with laughter – especially when one of his parishioners, a large lady with a referee’s whistle, began blowing it loudly from her seat four rows back…”
Here is a newspaper and a ‘Twisted Minded’ editor making mockery of leaders in The Bahamas, now launches an attack on Bahamian women who find real solace in praising God. But here again through the eyes of that pure ‘racist writer’ [John Marquis], is an editor who finds witchcraft workers as credible news sources and sees Baptist worship services as a BIG JOKE.
This is not funny at all, coming from a man who seeks to present news to the consciousness of the community everyday and is bold enough to write about his wicked perceptions of persons when praising their God.
This has no laughter in any cell of the Bahamas and it is clearly not funny, as the father of the nation has warned us all, that “race like the poor would always be amongst us.”