An inquiry into historic land grabs could help begin the process of racial justice in Bermuda.

This from Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB), who is in support of the march on Government House to protest of Governor George Fergusson’s decision to decline the Bermuda Parliament’s request for a Commission of Inquiry.

Mark Nash, president of CURB, said: “Based upon numerous verbal and written testimonies and documented research, CURB is aware of many historical injustices visited upon the black community by the white oligarchy over the past centuries.  However there is anecdotal evidence that, in the more recent decades of the 1950s through the 1970s, collusion between bankers, lawyers and real estate agents may have also resulted in dispossession of land from a broader cross-section of Bermudians.

“Bermuda’s elected representatives, as expressed through a majority vote in the House of Assembly, felt that there was sufficient evidence to request a Commission of Inquiry into this issue.”

He said CURB is in favour of providing the Governor with more information to “bring further clarity about the issue of stolen land in Bermuda, we respectfully ask His Excellency to reconsider his initial stance against a Commission of Inquiry. 

“An independent Commission of Inquiry appointed by the Governor would provide a framework for answering questions of historic injustices free from the influence of those that may have participated in said injustices. 

“Such a process would represent the beginning of a process for racial justice, healing and reconciliation that is sorely needed in Bermuda.”

He said after the march CURB is inviting “Governor Fergusson and the One Bermuda Alliance to reach out to us for further information about how these and other ‘historical harms’ can be addressed and ultimately healed going forward in Bermuda”.