EDITOR, The Tribune.
AS a Bahamian I am often confused as to why Bahamians treat foreigners better than their own people. Foreigners come here and open large hotels and Bahamians are only hired to fill entry level or low paying positions. Why aren’t we hired for well paying higher positions? There are many qualified Bahamians who are overlooked because of the belief that foreign is better.
In our schools I am told that foreigners are holding positions such as heads of department that Bahamians are able to fill. I am also told that many foreigners are in charge of marking Bahamian examinations and that they are quite rude to the Bahamians who work under them. If we have qualified Bahamians to mark our exams and who also better understand our culture why are foreigners being chosen to oversee this area? If I went to another Caribbean country to work in a school or any other industry would I be given a head position when the local persons there are qualified to fill it? I do not think so. Most countries in the Caribbean love their country and put their people first as it should be. Why doesn’t The Bahamas do the same?
While watching the news the other night I came across a report on a Haitian art gallery called the Brownstone. Why is Haitian art being sold here when there are many Bahamian artists who need the exposure? Why wasn’t this opened in Haiti in hotels there or some other appropriate place?
I also wonder why the options on my phone are in English and Creole. All are welcome to come here legally but why are those in high positions trying to make it seem like they are catering to persons who should know or learn English if they are here legally and want to become a part of this country. It seems to me that many want to take over The Bahamas and make it their own. This is not right. If you want to be here legally then learn and respect our land and culture.
I also wonder why Haitians of means do not go back to Haiti and try to improve and build up that country instead of trying to over take other lands.
All Bahamians need to wake up. Yes we can welcome others who are here legally but we must put our people and our country first and stop being foolish and letting foreigners graciously smile in our faces but laugh at us and call us fools behind our backs.
November 22, 2017.