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My Wife is a white Bahamian, born in Nassau. Her Father was a part of one of the oldest families, whose ancestors arrived there in the early 1600,s from Devon, in England. Her Mother was a Canadian, born in New Brunswick, who went there in the early 1940's to be a teacher in a Anglican school .

The population of the Bahamas is 95 percent black, so my wife was a minority in that society. She grew up with many of the black Bahamians who now run that country. She is on a first name basis with the Prime Minister, and other Judges and Members of Parliament. Its a small country, only 330 thousand people in total.

This is the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence. Since the Bahamas became a independent nation, it has become a world centre for banking, and investment.

American blacks who go to the Bahamas are surprised to see a country where black people are in charge of everything, from the head of government, to the Police, the military, and the education system. I have been there dozens of times, and I have never seen a white Bahamian Police officer.

This has a lot of effect on how Bahamians see themselves, and how they see the world.

The Bahamas is a very religious country. Imagine a place where the newly elected Prime Minister gives his election night speech in his CHURCH, not a banquet hall. The Bahamas council of churches has vast power, to influence the political atmosphere, and sway voters. Some times it gets really strange, as when the Government held a national referendum on gambling. The outcome was a no vote, by a large margin.... BUT the betting shops are still open, all over the country, and millions of dollars are going to the Florida lotteries, every week. Can you say weird ?

Jim B

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