Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bahamas Human Rights: When Women are treated less than dogs

Reposted, 08/12/15

I got this email from our Women's Issues Network whom share the concerns of the Bahamas Women's Watch group. In their release it stated,"Bahamas Women’s Watch condemns the unwarranted arrest of 11 Jamaican women on the weekend in a police anti-crime operation at a sport’s lounge in New Providence. Police claimed the women were at the sport’s lounge for the purpose of solicitation for prostitution and suspected they were in breach of the Immigration Act; however, these claims were proven to be completely unfounded. While detained with no charge for two nights, the women were subjected to degrading conditions and contemptuous verbal abuse by officers of the law. It was only after the aggressive intervention of attorneys, women’s rights advocates and the Jamaican Honourary Counsul, Patrick Hanlan that the women were finally released."

 

The release calls for a cease and desist notice. It reported further: "When dozens of police officers descended on the sport’s lounge, dressed in face masks, carrying “long guns”, looking like “the death squad”, the women said the police instructed Bahamians to stand to one side and Jamaican women, specifically, to stand to another. Without any due process, the Bahamian men and women were allowed to go while the Jamaican women, some of whom had documentation of their legal right to be inside the country, were violently hauled off."

This is not the first time these tactics – where police summarily dismiss the Bahamians and out rightly discriminate against the Jamaican women – have been reported. During a similar raid in September at two different nightclubs, where 16 Jamaican women were arrested and never charged, police were reported to have segregated the Jamaican women from the Bahamians in a similar fashion. And again at a raid last December. Curiously, these night clubs are never shut down and no men ever detained for prolonged periods. It is common practice, however, for the police to detain groups of immigrant women and then turn them over to the Department of Immigration once they fail to make a prostitution case, knowing full well that Immigration acts without impunity. Bahamas Women’s Watch condemns this manner of arrest as it reflects an outright pattern of discrimination and appalling professional conduct.

The media has recklessly spun the story of Friday’s arrest into fiction, outright calling the women prostitutes and strippers. One news outlet carelessly used a stock photograph of a completely unrelated incident of scantily clad women standing on the street to illustrate the story. The women who were arrested on Friday were, however, paying patrons of the bar. One woman was celebrating her birthday. Two of the others were there having a drink, catching up as one recently came to the Bahamas to visit her friend. They hadn’t been inside the club for more than 15 minutes.

This was a regular night out on the town for a group of women that turned into an epic night of state harassment. None of these women were found to have committed any crimes, and we question whether the police’s suspicions were warranted in the first place. One of the women detained is a state witness in the active prosecution of a rape case involving an immigration officer. The witness said she fears this incident was an attempt to harass and intimidate her specifically.

To compound the issue, the level of professional misconduct that is claimed by these women while in state custody is astonishing. While in custody, all of the women were not allowed phone calls. They were refused toilet tissue and denied free access to the bathroom. As a result, some of the women urinated on the floor inside the cell, only inches from where they were required to eat and sleep. They slept bundled up together on the floor on cardboard boxes and newspaper. And they were verbally abused. One of the women said the officers were just “dishing out their contempt for Jamaicans”. One of the women, a mother of a small infant, reportedly begged to breastfeed her baby inside the prison cell. Her breasts were so swollen with milk that she was in pain, having been separated from her new born for more than 36 hours.

At the Central Detective Unit, a female officer allegedly threatened the women: “If anyone else gets up without permission I am going to lock you in a cell and shoot you,” recounted one of the women. This was after a few of them had gotten up to make inquiries about calling an attorney and using the bathroom, requests that were denied.

At the Central Police Station, a female officer allegedly chastised another for allowing the women to use the bathroom. “She said: why you keep on coming down here to carry them to the bathroom. They Jamaicans you know.” Another police officer was chastised for bringing blankets to the women. “She said: you bringing in too many sheets now. And the other officer said, ok, sorry, I won’t bring anymore,” recounted one of the women.

This behaviour must be investigated and condemned in the strongest manner by the Commissioner of Police. And we request an urgent meeting with him to discuss how he plans to eradicate the systemic practice of discrimination against vulnerable immigrant women, Jamaicans in particular.

The Bahamas Women’s Watch calls on the Royal Bahamas Police Force and all state agencies, including the Department of Immigration, to cease and desist the reckless and unconstitutional practice of discrimination against Jamaican nationals, and  more broadly, immigrant women who suffer the indignity of systemic discrimination because of their nationality. In particular, we note the totally reprehensible trend of misusing the country’s outdated laws on prostitution to carry out acts of state harassment against these vulnerable women.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
The attached photos depict the conditions in the Central Police Station in Nassau, Bahamas. These women were arrested with no charge and held for over 36 hours. They were made to sleep on the floor and denied sanitary facilities to use the bathroom, including the use of toilette paper. 

 












---END---

About Bahamas Women’s Watch (BWW)
The BWW is an advocacy organisation that brings together a diverse group of women’s rights and human rights advocates to engage the community in a broadened understanding of local and global women’s issues. Using the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Belem do Para Conventions, we endeavour to strengthen the rights of women and to protect the interests and concerns of women and their families to achieve the highest living potential.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amplifying Quiet Diplomacy at CHOGM: A Belize Report on TCEN

Posted, November 27th, 2015

The work of the Commonwealth Equality Network started 18 months ago, which included circulating a Collaboration and Consensus a report on mapping out the Commonwealth unique characteristics for political engagement. This included having meetings at the Royal Commonwealth Society Building, meeting parliamentary leaders individuals, assessing international reports and sharing knowledge about the structure of the Commonwealth secretariat. The process of political engagement is sometime tedious and boring, but it was clear with the leadership of Alistair Stuart and with support from Kaliedscope Trust the work at CHOGM slowly took shape with a clear vision of how engagement was to take place. Like all things, ideas of engagement  evolve from a myriad of places. The Doughty Street group, of the UK, helped to facilitate reflection and leadership to act in international spaces and activists refining the engagement process to its finality.



 
While it can be said, that the concept of a network started with Rosana Caldera of Equal Ground, Sri Lanka and Lance Price former Executive Director of Kaliedscope Trust, what is clear, in international spaces is that a concerted effort is underway, that complements TCEN work at CHOGM with national efforts that have included litigation in Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Belize, Guyana, Bermuda.What was clear is that the OAS has an Inter-American Court, a Commission, an LGBT UNIT, Conventions but the Commonwealth has one Charter and a Secretariat that manages two year activities influenced by the A Communique and outcome documents from the Forums. This is the biggest difference between the systems.

 Additionally, the international and regional environment are evolving using platform issues like HIV and gender discussion to advance of health and human rights. However, little regard is given about the political capacity of small LGBT organization to engage the political environment nor the diplomatic restricts that exists when UN agencies engage on human rights at the national level. Whether intentional or unintentional, the culture of health investment is frame in a position that,' Minority Rights must be protected, but the will of the majority must prevail.'  A political culture that institutionalizes the superficial presence of marginalise groups at the policy table, that creates non-existent political accountability systems that allows the spending of millions on health education and paper strategies for human rights, but distinctly ignores the socio-economic and civil rights of not only marginalise groups as a whole, but LGBT people in the various regions in particular.

 


 
 In addition policy norming, have taken place at the OAS which have adopted seven LGBT resolutions, since 2008, that have led to resources to investigate discrimination and violence and allowed for political access to its Inter-American Commission and General Assembly. This was complimented by the African Commission condemning Acts of Violence against LGBT persons and the UN resolution on extrajudicial killings that have done so base on sexual orientation and gender identity. We unfortunately, are not the only ones fighting for Justice equality, as our friends at Black Lives Matter, points out, being visible, being clear and remembering the blood that have been lost is not to be taken for grant. More importantly, accepting the status quo is accepting oppression in a system that deliberately marginalise and that we must all find our voice.


 



In the spirit of finding our voice, Two days before CHOGM in Malta, fifty people rallied outside the London headquarters of the Commonwealth,. Supported by Out and Proud Diamond Group, a Peter Thatchell release is noted as saying, “For 66 years, the Commonwealth Summit (CHOGM) has refused to even discuss LGBTI human rights, let alone support LGBTI equality. This CHOGM is no different. They won’t even allow LGBTI rights on the agenda.” His Out and Proud Diamond Group colleague, Abbey Kiwanuka, added: “At least seven Commonwealth countries impose life imprisonment for homosexuality. Parts of northern Nigeria and rural Pakistan have the death penalty for LGBTI people, and Brunei plans to introduce death by stoning. This makes a mockery of the Commonwealth Charter.


  1. The release also defined four points that can be said to add one more layer to the discussion on visibility and political engagement.
  2. Establish on-going consultations and partnerships with LGBTI organisations in the member states
  3. Set a timetable for Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality and legislate legal protection against anti-LGBTI discrimination and hate crime
  4. Establish on-going consultations and partnerships with LGBTI organisations in the member states
  5. Promote adherence to the Commonwealth Charter and international human rights conventions that protect the rights of all citizens, including LGBTI citizens
As an activists, one learns to restrain ones emotions despite the experiences of violence and urgency in a state that does not acknowledge bias-motivated crimes, homophobia or legal discrimination. In fact, few commonwealth countries have basic anti-discrimination laws. Among CARICOM member states, where 11 countries criminalizes same sex intimacy, there is no such protection. For TCEN or the  Commonwealth Equality Network, our achievement were many. In our first session at CHOGM, it was entitled, LGBTI Policy Dialogue – Resilient societies safeguard the security of all people in all their diversity. Present at our first panel was Baroness Sandip Verma Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development, UK who chaired the session with a look that ensured you knew it was time to wrap-up. while speakers included, Dr Helena Dalli MP Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Malta; First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Policy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia Dr Lachlan Strahan along with fellow Advocates, Steve from South Africa and Ruth Baldacchino from Malta.



At the session, Belize pointed out that it was appalling to know that personal dignity and rights could be negotiated so easily by states and that the ability to speaks in CHOGM , must not forget the blood of the fallen that have been spilled in the pass. Few will lead, many will wait for freedom as oppressive environment and family support as a social mechanism, affect how persons express their visibility.  It has been clear that most countries in the commonwealth have never needed to deal with its legal and general fiduciary responsibilities to its L.G.B.T people and that efforts to raise the knowledge levels of leaders is an important part of the process of political engagement. The Australian representative spoke of the difficulties in negotiating language in resolutions and other documents and that its a delicate process of engagement. What was clear with activists presentations and political leaders was that progress would not happen in isolation and that Civil Society has a critical role to play in pushing the issue forward in international spaces and at home. The argument that LGBT issues is a Western imposition ignores that most states are govern by a constitution which recognizes the explicit rights of all its citizens. When one analyzes the issue of North /South divide, it can be said that the resentment is not about LGBT rights, but about the economic divide that exist between member states.

In addition to  panel one, we had a 2nd panel the following day that spoke of national challenges. This included activists from the Tonga, Kenya, Malta. Belize did its part centering around its approach to collecting information about opponents, the struggles of taking advantage of the media coverage and it use of social media to directly shape the social narrative about its challenges regarding public education and opposition. What was clear in that presentation was that family can be on the frontlines of social change or act as a mechanism of oppression. What was establish in the end, is that we fight for ourselves, we fight for mothers we dont know and we fight for sisters living in violence as their experience is our experience, for when they are weak, we are weaker for it as a social movement. As such, gender issues will remain deeply personal, in the fight to transform our society and advance justice for all.







 In the 2nd session was was the representative from Tonga who stole the show with her song, that left chills in the room. This was the 3rd time I heard her sing, once was at Wilton Park, the 2nd time was at Baker and Mckenzie in London the 3rd time was at CHOGM, in Malta. The song reminded us all how we can channel our concerns, heartbreak and hurt that allows an audience to connect to its own humanity.
A lovely Indian gentleman in a wheel chair named Bandula Kothalacoda of TUC or the Trade Union Congress was present. He was kind enough to share the the TUC position on LGBT human rights which spoke to the following:

  • We welcome proactive legislative developments in some countries, especially, Malta, Cyprus, Australia, Fiji, South Africa, and the repeal of oppressive laws in Mozambique.
  • We condemned the attempts by a number of governments, notable in Africa (Nigeria and Uganda in particular) to boraden the scope of laws that can be used against the LGBT community.
  • We reiterate our belief that civil society in the commonwealth including unions should take the lead in mobilising support for protection of human rights of the LGBT community. We note that in some countries discrimination against LGBT workers workers has been outlawed mainly due to the pressure from trade unions backed by the ILO.
While this is not the final end of the TUC position  call for specific reference in outlawing discrimination, harassment and violence against the LGBT community. Bandula is a humble man of great strength and was proud to have engage in conversation with him.


Through all this, we had time to an AGM in Malta that was Co-Chaired by Belize, we did interviews and tracked imagery of our presence across the forums either through allies or direct photos taken by the organizes and twittered comments that were supportive.










 Additionally, we saw the PM of Malta, Joseph Muscata express supportive language on LGBT Rights as well at the out-going Secretary General, Karmalesh Sharma chimed in and added in a separate seech, '..Being committed to equality and human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds, we embrace difference, and that includes sexual identity. Discrimination and criminalisation in any form on grounds of sexual orientation is incompatible with our Commonwealth values.'

 

We saw the President of Malta get into the act of ensuring that inclusion applied to all. In her speech, Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said, 'We must think about inclusion as a process in which we must ensure equal opportunities for all...True inclusion cannot discriminate on grounds of gender....even if some progress has been made, the fact is that women, girls and gender minorities continue to occupy a disadvantaged position throughout the world.'



Jason Jones and my self did a number of interventions to raise the questions of LGBT concern. Immediately we saw  Minister,  Dr. Micheal Farrugia of Malta for Family and Social Solidarity etc get up to give his story of how he was excluded with his partner when the pope visited while another gentleman, who was, Sonny Loeng, the Chair for the Council of the Commonwealth got up and said,' Its time the commonwealth show leadership and take a position on LGBT issues, child slave workers, Female Genital Mutilation and Human Rights'


The CHOGM was for Youth, Women, People and Business as all groups had a forum for each. The Peoples Forum was held at the Corinthia Hotel in Malta. As I write, the Heads of Ministers are meeting late into the night, as the last and most important document the Communique remains. We note, that work has been focused on getting language into the People, Youth and Women's Forum which will inform the Commonwealth Secretariat work for the next two years. Never before has their ever been a direct session at CHOGM on LGBT issues along with so much political language of support. Changing the political substance of CHOGM cannot be rushed as countries are at different levels in their political system. I am reminded that the UK took 60 years to evolve. It did take CHOGM 66 years to allow two LGBT sessions in one of its forum. The questions for the day is, Will it take another 60 years for all countries to be on the same page on LGBT human rights. In the meantime, are diplomats absolving themselves from their constitutional responsibility and the blood, violence and harassment that occur? Who protects LGBT individual, if states across the commonwealth refuses to do it? Are states complicit by indifference, omission and inaction in letting violence and discrimination simply happen? As one looks at all the leaders with the queen, lets see what the next CHOGM brings in two years from now, as Malta chairs and host the CHOGM this year.



Nevertheless, as Civil Society we are relentless in our approach to political engagement, we learned today that Baron Patrica Scotland, won the post of Secretary General for the Commonwealth. We remain happy she won as Belize supported her efforts to vy for the post. In the Maltese Parliament, our representative, Kenita Placide of United and Strong of St. Lucia got to ask the candidates an LGBT question. We found that the Baroness, overall, performed well, in the questioning process and look forward to working with her in the future. Here is the TCEN crew as we looked on from the balcony.










  For Belize, we have used this space to share our struggles, engage systems that can coordinate diplomatic resources and engage our Foreign Minister. The question of institutional change remains, can we be the first, to offer our people anti-discrimination legislation, among CARICOM member states and lead in the next meeting to be held in Belize in 2016? Time will tell!


In the meantime, CHOGM offered young activists Donnya D. Piggott  a chance to engage Foreign Ministers in the Commonwealth along with fellow TCEN member. She reported back," I was honored enough to address over 80% of the foreign ministers of the entire commonwealth for just over 3 minutes on the need for anti-discrimination legislation and protection laws for LGBTI people across the commonwealth on behalf of The Commonwealth Equality Network(and yes Hon. Maxine McClean was there). It was a beautiful moment. The foreign minister for St. Vincent supported my statement and spoke warmly about tolerance - He concluded by quoting the Pope 'Who am I to judge?'. Canada's foreign minister also supported my statement and encouraged dialogue and emphasized Canada's position on the issue. The Bahamas boasted of their decriminalization of homophobic laws since the 90's. But one of the most warming moments for me was my 10 minute conversation with the foreign minister and representatives of Uganda who welcomed my palatable and non-confrontational approach to collaborate instead of dictating. It was pure love from the Ugandan foreign minister and representatives and from many other ministers and diplomats from around the world..."

What one learns from political engagement is that tone can be set without any commitment to substance and while my colleague helped to set the tone, the substance of committing resources in the commonwealth Secretariat will remain to be seen in time along with a policy position.

On the heels of her experience which was a good one, a fellow activists wrote, "What Uganda passed is a law that govern NGO operations. Its called the the NGO Bill. The net effect of the law though is to reintroduce the provisions of the annulled law through the back door, under the guise of another law. in effect LGBTI forms of organizing whether formal or informal will be criminal. The Law gives powers to the NGOboard to refuse registration of an NGO of its view it offends te dignity of the poeple of Uganda. It also gives power to de-register any organization that works to contravene the divinity of the people of Uganda. It further criminalises any form of civic organizing without the issuance of a permit from the NGO board." He goes on to say," our ministers can act deceptively. Do not be misled, they habor extreme hatred for sexual minorities."

We must be mindful as well, that no CARICOM state has anti-discrimination legislation nor has any among the 11 countries that criminalises same sex intimacy made a commitment to do away with the laws. Furthermore, when 140 right-wing groups signed a petition to derail the PANCAP Roadmap on Stigma and discrimination, they failed to endorse it calling for further consultations on the roadmap and placing the goal of decriminalisation on the lower end of its priority. In the end, to agree to do nothing on decriminalisation.

For TCEN, its engagement role in CHOGM was a first, first sessions, first young activist to engage Commonwealth Foreign Minister, first network of openly gay activists, and first to have politicians at the table. It took advantage of all our experiences and channel them into diplomatic engagement that allow for dialogue. Our Kenita Placide couldnt help herself, which I support in a photo-op with the new Secretary General Baroness Patrica Scotland.



The future is hopeful, that as blood spills around the world, that conversations and engagements opens, just a bit more to advance protections.



  


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Political Strategy before Misery Porn in London

22 October, 2015

Literally upon arriving at the Lodge, I had my first meeting with the a representative of GLAAD, Ross Murray who met me in a little restaurant around Vauxhall Lodge to talk about communication support in North America.  Yes, my face looked like how I felt which was tried, but we managed to get an hour long meeting in before he had to leave. This effort was coordinated by Kapil Gupta of Human Dignity Trust, an effort, I had no regrets making on time.



Belize was asked, as well, to make a short presentation at a cocktail in private home in London in 2015, regarding LGBT response in the Commonwealth  at the request of Kaleidoscope Trust. It was small, but important gathering for it set the stage for a week long engagement with the All Parliamentarian Party Group and builds on previous efforts through the Human Dignity Trust in 2014 as part of a panel.


 
Belize effort at raising international awareness and lessons learned have not been just about promoting misery porn, it has been about strategy, building political capacity, and sharing lessons about the various mechanism that is at our disposal. Whether social media, Universal Periodic Review or International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the OAS, conducting quiet engagements or community mobilization at the national level, the point is made that we need to be smart in action, language and in the leveraging of systems if change is to be trans formative and relevant. 

Of note, LGBT issues in commonwealth countries have not needed to be dealt with by most governments, because of social stigma and the assumed lack of protections that exists in various countries. However, we have come to learn, when speaking of Climate Change, the Sustainable Development goals or national constitutions, that LGBT citizens have rights that are implicit and explicit in many countries. Where the rights are written and does not directly say protection base on sexual orientation or gender identity, legal decisions in Kenya, Botswana, South Africa and Uganda points out that Fundamental rights apply to all citizens, that protection is implicit to all. In negotiations around Climate change, no government have argued for language that said, Climate Change affects only heterosexual citizens, present language speaks of all citizens. By default or omission, commonwealth countries have implicitly acknowledged the rights of its LGBT citizens. The point can be made as well that governments spend millions trying to protect the diversity of its environment, but the reluctance to officially invest in the diversity of its LGBT citizens, reflect a lack of understanding, that sustainable development goals apply to all.

The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) provided a platform to deliver this message to allied diplomats working in the Commonwealth and acted as a facilitator of political engagement at Canada House in London. We had an opportunity to meet with diplomats to explore opportunities for engagement which made it clear that we needed to find non-confrontational, implicit language that  would be supported in political communication. We met with the A.P.P.G representative currently in Parliament as well to provide guidance on strategy at the regional level. TCEN's potential to become a mechanism to leverage Commonwealth Systems to gradually respond programmatically to LGBT issues on the ground remains limited only by its imagination in doing political engagement work with vision. It is not the end all or be all solution, but its certainly has the ability to leverage or complement work being done in the UK in other areas and amplify national work.






In engaging International Advocacy, this was the first time I saw, a conscious effort to promote political strategy and access rather than the use of misery porn as the center of an international approach. It must be noted that usual international media communication to the wider world uses misery porn as a model to garner international action, but fail or ignore communities on the ground need to be inspired to organize and defend themselves. Belize came to appreciate that misery porn does not inspire oppressed communities to organize in their concerns for rights protection and enforcement, but rather, discourages or ignores communities ability to build and recognize its history of social resistance while acknowledging that victimhood as part of the overall social, civil and political environment.

Leveraging international spaces, though, depends on vision, political position to engage and an organization perception about the value of international awareness building and engagement. The work of TCEN supported by the coordinated hands of Kaleidoscope Trust, offered activists working in Commonwealth countries an opportunity to leverage their national experience into international strategic political engagement at the next CHOGM (Head of Government Meeting) in Malta in November. Coming from Nigeria, Kenya, Sri Lanka Tonga and Belize we met between the 12th to 14th October in London to examine concerns about resistance, strategy and to define processes for engagement at CHOGM. For the first time,as well, the People's Forum has included two session that focuses on  LGBT policy, one geared towards policymakers and Civil society respectively.


The meeting entailed examining the structure of the CHOGM, examining its decision making processes and mapping allies. It offered Belize a chance to share its seven years of experience at the OAS General Assembly, which included coordinated social media communication, declarations, engagement with the Inter-American Commission, national diplomatic missions and sharing best practices of political engagement back home. The presentation shared that we can always be smart in our strategies despite resistance in any institution and that political engagement is a long-term process. As part of the process, accredited organizations at the Commonwealth were asked to shared their perception of the CHOGM process.

The engagement at the commonwealth foundation was valuable as well, for it laid out the the barriers to resource mobilization, but also offered opportunities for communication with persons working on Universal Periodic Process as well as on National Human Rights Institute. We did not have alot of time, but what we learned had application to how the Foundation is engaged on national issues and on how we comnunicated with allied governments in the future.



The Commonwealth Foundation meeting was complemented with a side panel discussion at Baker and Mckenzie, in London which offered academics, lawyers and representative from various charities insight into the need to access resources to sustain national movement, national and international strategic responses with activists, bi laterally and diplomatically. Our Sri Lankan, Kenyan, Tongan and Nigerian colleagues presented on points for resources support and legal history, but Belize focus on the value of strategy. We only had seven minutes in our presentation, but it was worth every minute. The time was also used to shoot a documentary on Belize present effort in its decriminalization process, supported by Susan Thompson. At the cocktail, afterwards, Joleen gave the audience a performance that grabbed every single person attention, that was the 2nd time I heard her, the first was at Wilton Park.






On the last day of running around, I met Lord Black and his boss of the Telegraph in London, we spoke of strategy and communication with some specific actions to be done behind the scenes. The value of the conversation was too fold 1). To gage political thinking and action around LGBT concerns in the UK  2). To express thanks for Lord Black statement in Parliament earlier this year on Belize and on LGBT issues in General.



Whether in Grenada, South Africa or at  Human Rights Campaign meeting in Washington, Belize must never forget that its experience, lessons and the state constructive reaction offers others a chance to learn about strategy refinement nationally and the use of a leverage approach in political engagement. What the future brings, only time will tell!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

People Say I am Mental...Belizean Art with a message



RePosted: September 12th, September, 2015

 by
Anthony Berbey





People say I belong in a mental institute.
I say, y’all belong in a fucking zoo.
People say I’m not mentally well.
 say y’all can go to hell.

 
People say I don’t fight real causes.
I say I can’t even find a word that rhymes with causes.
‘Cause it doesn’t matter what people say Whether you’re straight, bi, les, trans or gay.
‘Cause I don’t discriminate.
I’m not the one showing all the hate.
I call their hate-mongering bullshit when I see ‘em.
‘Cause their bullshit is the size of a Roman Colliseum.
While they’re getting high and playing Yahtzee.
I say you’re no better than the Nazis.
‘Cause we have stupid people in power so let’s watch ‘em crash and cower.

People say what I’m saying can’t be true.
I say y’all don’t even have half a clue.
‘Cause it doesn’t matter what people say Whether you’re straight, bi, les, trans or gay.
‘Cause I don’t discriminate.
I’m not the one showing all the hate.
I call their hate-mongering bullshit when I see ‘em.
 ‘Cause their bullshit is the size of a Roman Colliseum.

People say I’m a lunatic.
 I say y’all are drug addicts. People say I hate Jesus.
 I say since when did I say anything about Jesus.
People say I don’t believe in God anyway.
 I say what do you mean? I talk to him everyday.
 ‘Cause it doesn’t matter what people say Whether you’re straight, bi, les, trans or gay.
 ‘Cause I don’t discriminate.
I’m not the one showing all the hate.
I call their hate-mongering bullshit when I see ‘em.
‘Cause their bullshit is the size of a Roman Colliseum.

People say I make no sense.
I say your heads are dense.
People say I’m full of trash.
 I say y’all can go die in a car-crash.
People say I got no class. I say take your hate… AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS!

Source: Image Factory BAFFU collection... http://www.imagefactorybelize.com/uploads/3/4/7/0/3470758/baffu_4.pdf