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Sharice7
6/20/2020 01:26 EST

With all the activity around race and culture in America, how are the Bahamian people feeling about Americans moving to the Bahamas now?
Also how do they feel about interracial marriages?
Are they accepting of black women with white men, as well as black men with white women.
My family is a melting pot and we are seeking a different way of life in lots of ways, but we are aware that pain, and racism runs deep not just in America.

Would love some insight. Thank you!

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mstineyb
6/26/2020 14:52 EST

You should be fine. Bahamas is not like the US when it comes to race.

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mjahrens
6/26/2020 15:38 EST

There is absolutely no comparison between what goes on in the US regarding race relations and The Bahamas for several reasons. First some distinctions. There is New Providence island (where Nassau is located), and Grand Bahama island (where Freeport is), and then there's the rest of the Bahamas. Usually when people say "The Bahamas" they mean Nassau, where crime and drugs and the cost of living is high. It irritates many of us. It's like saying "The US" and meaning New York City, disregarding the rest of the country. I can't speak for Freeport or Nassau. I live on one of the Outer or Family Islands. They are laid back, super friendly, very little if any crime. We have had one murder here in 10 years and it was a private argument that got out of hand. There might be racial issues in Freeport or Nassau, I doubt it. There are none on the Family Islands.

First, The Bahamas never had a big slave trade and use. Yes there was horrible slavery for awhile. But the land here is poor and there were not a lot of farms, so therefore little slavery. The particular island I am on is populated with descendants of freemen, escaped slaves from the US, pirates, folks escaping the American Revolution (who were loyal to the Crown), and Seminole Indians escaping the US government and Indian Wars. A popular trade 200 years ago was to build fires on the beach, causing slave ships to wreck, then freeing the slaves and salvaging the ship, and adding to the population. So the majority here did not have much slavery in their background (except for the escaped ones). Secondly, during the English Crown Rule, the Brits did allow local government to have much say in how the place was run. It was majority rule. So blacks elected blacks, and dealt with blacks. There were never any "white" neighborhoods versus "black" neighborhoods. This is not true in Freeport and Nassau, but most of The Bahamas do not have any casual segregation. After Independence, it's all Bahamians who are 90% black running the place. There's no selectively repressive government. There's not any thought of "The Man", some white class ruler. For the most part, everyone is black. Black police, black government, black politicians, black citizens. If there's a problem, it is black Bahamian's fault. No repression by whites can even be visualized. So no racial issues. If you are white and come here with some type of attitude, you'll be thought of as a jerk, just like if you were black and come here with an attitude. We have a bar run by a white. He employs several locals who are black. His family has been here over 200 years. He's truly just a Bahamian in his eyes and in the eyes of his fellow Bahamians. A black from the US came one day and started spouting off about it's just like in the US. "The whites own the place, he's the boss, and the blacks are his slaves". The guy was told to not bring that US s**t to The Bahamas. The Bahamian people are warm, friendly, helping, fantastic, unless you are a jerk.

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sdamazo
6/27/2020 07:11 EST

""The Bahamian people are warm, friendly, helping, fantastic, unless you are a jerk.""

I have had the same experience there with the Bahamian people and met many kind people, was surprised with the gentle manner men behaved in different situation and only had an issue with a white woman on a business enterprise.

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