The following videos show how the islands of the Bahamas are unrecognizable after hurricane Dorian. Six days after the storm, there were reports that the stench of death was on the streets from so many bodies that were unclaimed and exposed to the elements, and the entire country looked post-apocalyptic. People were desperate to get out of some of the more isolated islands into a place where some semblance of civilization and normalcy was restored. I was reminded of the post-hurricane-Maria reality in Puerto Rico.
The Bahamas’ population grew steadily over the centuries as a result of transfers of large groups of people from the US–from British loyalists after the revolutionary war, to ship-loads of enslaved Black people who revolted against the terrorism of being sold like cattle to work for other human beings. There were many times when Bahamians carried out elaborate rescue missions to free enslaved Blacks from the grip of American capitalists. Migration to Bahamas has historically served as a pressure valve, releasing demographic pressure, taking in the populations that the US would not accommodate as it chose to shape itself and its destiny. And so the two countries have co-evolved together, choosing different demographics and destinies, with The Bahamas becoming the land of freedom and promise when the US would not fulfill its own promise. In this way, the country of The Bahamas is culturally and demographically like a little sister to America. There are even connections with Black Seminoles from Florida, and with Gullah culture. It inherited a similar language and, to a great extent, similar demographics.
Today, The Bahamas needs help, and I hope some of you, my readers, help our neighbors from Bahamas in some way if you have the means.