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B. Grant and Barbadian George Morris, who had all married into Bermudian families. Blacks were logically drawn to Garvey’s calls for self-determination and the UNIA found life in the organizational structures of Bermuda’s churches and friendly societies. As a maritime community, Blacks were interested in and joined the UNIA’s shipping company, the Black Star Line. In addition, Whites involved in farming also controlled the shipping industry. This enabled them to quickly ship their own goods off the island, while forcing the produce of Black farmers to remain in Customs House or on the wharf, until they nearly rotted.

Greene expressed surprise at the hotels and restaurants for admitting Blacks to their establishments, asking whether Bermudian Whites were scared of Blacks: Are you not aware that this business of permitting coloured people in every hotel will be noticed in every newspaper in the American South and not improbably commented upon editorially? Are you not also aware that there are hundreds of people in the Southern States who will not even enter a room in which there is a person of any shade of African hue unless he is 16 BLACK POWER IN BERMUDA there as a servant?

From its inception, it was viewed as the party of the Black working class. As part of its political platform, it consistently advocated national independence and the revision of voting acts and districts. T. Richards and Lancelot Swan, and in later years, John Swan and Pamela Gordon). Through various dubious means, such as the Party’s close ties with the British government, Bermuda’s corrupt voting system, biased support of the Party through the media, insufficient support for the PLP by Blacks, and the UBP’s economic prowess (often utilized to intimidate Black dissidents and buy Black support), the UBP would not lose a political election until 1998.

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