National Heroes Day

Today as our country grapples with a pandemic that has starkly exposed the inequalities that exist within our society...the great divide between the "haves" and "have-nots"....the fragile reality of the working class....I honor our heroes....national and international heroes of the African world who fought tirelessly to change our social system. Men and women who worked day in and day out so that all of us could be assured of adequate food, clothing and shelter....basic necessities that today many are going without.

The truth of the matter is that people in our society are going without because we live in a capitalist world where everything is done for profit and hardly anything is done for the well-being of people without any gain. We live in a world where the 1% hold all the wealth while the majority of the people scrape by. The world is unjust. And the great heroes of our people were aware of this and fought tirelessly to build a new world where people could live more humanely.

In 2020 with all of the technological advances and vast amount of resources available to us, there is no reason why there should be poverty anywhere on the face of this earth. Simply put, there is more than enough for everyone. But capitalism prevents us from living wholesome lives.

Our task as a people is to embrace the teachings of our ancestors...our heroes, like Marcus Garvey and Kwame Nkrumah, who fought for us....who left road maps for what it is we must do. And not just for individual gain but for the benefit of our people as a whole so that we are able to be resilient in the face of hardship and live dignified lives. This requires principled unity: unity based on the understanding of who we are as black people and a unity that realizes that capitalism and the ruling class won't save us. It also requires us to build organizations and institutions that allow us to come together and democratically exchange ideas and implement strategies that benefit our people. As I said, we have the teachings of those before us to guide us.

On this National Heroes Day I encourage you to study those teachings and, more importantly, put them to use in every day life so that you can contribute to the building up of a truly better Bahamas toward the ultimate goal of a thriving worldwide African nation that connects the over 1.5 billion Africans stretched throughout the world; it is possible.

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