Bermuda’s racialized immigration regime and other laws have been used to control the Island’s black population throughout its history for political, social and economic purposes.
Measures were devised to curb black political expression, keep the numbers of blacks within acceptable limits, and preserve white political and economic power.
Post Emancipation there were deliberate attempts to import and use Portuguese people as a ‘buffer group’ between whites and blacks, and set the local Bermudian population against immigrants from the Caribbean.
Immigration itself had a profound impact on Bermuda’s demography, economy and the levers of political power.
This lecture by CURB president, Lynne Winfield, and CURB Council member Cordell Riley explains.
Following the lecture, Activist-historian Dr Eva Hodgson and lawyer Eugene Johnston shared their views.
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