Reading the RG this morning, it appears that Minister Dale Butler thinks St. Davids Islanders are separatists and incapable of learning anything besides through the method of force-feeding it down our throats. Not only that, but somehow by not wanting to lose the name our school has had since Hilton Richardson’s time (and which he was proud to call it, I’m sure), we are indirectly insulting both Mr. Richardson and his memory and by extension, Dame Lois Browne-Evans. Really? I mean, like… really??
“The least our generation can do is say thank-you and we are going to rename a building after you.”
No, the best our generation can do is make sure that people become educated about Mr. Richardson through the web, through books and other methods. Renaming places is one way to honour and educate people, sure, but it’s not the only way. And what good does that renaming do when you are doing it in such a way that ostracises the people who should be doing the honouring. What good does it do when by the very act you are removing a symbol of solidarity of a community! As has been suggested, let’s rename the assembly hall or the library. Just as effective. But make it two-prong. How about we start making sure that these people are commemorated in ways that actually teach people. Through books and the web, as I said before.
As for his comment that St. Davids Islanders consider them separate from Bermuda? Yeah, in a way we do. Ask yourself why. It’s because the rest of Bermuda considers US separate. Who makes the jokes about St Davids Islanders? Which way is the good-natured, at times, ribbing directed? YOU think we are different and odd and strange… but we aren’t. We are a family. A big family made up of all types – it’s called a community.
Okay rant done.