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A Nation of Thieves


Posted: Saturday, September 10, 2016. 9:50 am CST.


By Giselle O’Brien:

[The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News.]

If you are a Belizean following any social media site, you would have seen or heard of the September Parade in Belmopan yesterday, where the Guatemalan flag was proudly presented behind a suspiciously smaller Belizean flag.  If you were like me, you scrolled down to read the angry opinions and comments, replies and conversations on each posting of the proud moment. What a way to start our beloved September Celebrations!

Or should I say Carnival? After all, in Belize City we did start with a proud display of Panyard at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex.  You bloody hypocrites.


So am I! We claim to ‘celebrate’ our heritage by banging on an instrument that isn’t ours, wining to a music that isn’t ours, and appropriating a culture that we barely noticed seven years ago.   Since when did we become a nation of ‘bacchanalists’?  When did we move from the brukdown and punta music, into an appropriation of poorly executed Soca Music? And please, tell me Belizeans, when did a ‘bash’ become a ‘fete’?  Are we really just a nation of thieves, blatantly stealing other cultures and putting it on display?

Don’t get me wrong.  I enjoy the sounds of steel pan and the body of Kees Dieffenthaller as much as the next person, but that they should be the highlights and center of our so-called season of heritage is a slap to the face of every Belizean trying so very hard to preserve the little that we have.  We live in a country where we celebrate the foreign and ignore the local.  Our heritage, so watered-down by the influence of Europeans and destroyed by the missionaries who came here to ‘spread the word’ is being further lost by our own ignorance and lack of self-belief.  The nation we claim to be so proud of has had its roots poisoned by its own people, who choose instead to mimic other cultures instead of embracing their own.  Wake up, Belizeans!  The so-called melting pot has truly melted, becoming a faceless mass with no real link to the past, blindly searching for another culture’s future.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?  Is there hope for Belize’s local culture? (I like to think so!)

Leave your comments below!

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I find this article irrelevant to the issue that really needs to be adressed! why was that guatemalan so proudly being displayed behind a BELIZEAN FLAG nd on a day BELIZE celebrates !

  2. Gilbert Yearwood says:

    Thank you!Giselle O’Brien for that piece of information,about what happen in Belize on the 10th of September.Belizean should stop kiss up under other people’s culture. About those missionary as a Belizean when I was living in Belize I new many of them and,some were reasonable but many did not like us blacks.They are all part of the slave mentality.They always acted like they were high class and that we were not.The Guatemalan was always some, you not what. Black people in Belize should put pressure on their leaders,to stand for their rights.Keep up the good fight.

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