The Wage Dispute

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Wage dispute, anxieties and tensions caused by world war 11, recent migrants and new kind of cultural contracts, new expectations, unemployment, rising prices, and falling wage and growing black consciousness the West Indian influence and racial tension. These are the factors that contribute to the unrest of the 1930s and 1940s. The West Indian influence caused a questioning of the social system in the Bahamas. At the early part of the 20th century hundreds of West Idian were brought in the Bahamas. They were skilled workers they came to rebuild the hotel colonial. They also came in as policemen and artisans. They were way smarter than the Bahamians. The racial discrimination made the indains dissatisfied. By 1931 there was a sudden appearance of race consciousness and group consciousness. They were vocalizing their discontent about the political problems in the Bahamas. Racial tension, the Bahamians suffered severe discrimination. It was also the cause of the Burma Road riot. Blacks were banned from all hotels, restaurants, movies, houses and they were only allow to go to some churches at the back door. Black children were not allowed in some schools and jobs were hard to get because the business firms were close to black people. It is believe that the high class blacks were aware of the injustices in the society. In 1940s vociferous colored politicians exclaim against abuses and encourage racial ill-feelings but seem to have no common policy and no common ambition. Sir Milo Butler, a successful black merchant was the most outspoken of the black leaders he needed a party to develop his leadership. Dr. Claudius Walker, a medical doctor and Bert Cambridge, a musician, these two leaders were aware of the racial division in Bahamian society. They were successful in the professional or you can say business world. Dr. Roland Cumberbatch, a Trinidad-born black and he also experience discrimination. Duke of Windsor and the American vice- consul, saw race as a strong...
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