What Bahamians Are Learning During The Covid (And Why It Matters)
I haven’t been writing as much. You always think that with more time there will come more self reflection, growth and learning. Apparently when I get more time I just eat and drink more while pretending to do pushups every day. This was me that first week…
…this is me after drinking every day and eating everything the Diabetic association of the Bahamas told us NOT to eat….
We’re all suffering.
Especially niggas stuck in some weird sleeping pattern because of one nap they took a month ago, in the middle of the day, that lasted too long. Now they up until 5am every morning and sleep till 2pm. I see y’all posting weird shit at 4am on Facebook.
Y’all ain low.
So, here we are.
In the middle of a pandemic, Trump is president, Minnis is Prime Minister and Duane Sands left us like so many fathers left their children when they needed them the most….
So let’s talk about what we have learned thus far during these days of……inside.
Let’s address the elephant in the room: I don’t think any of us expected most of us to be this dumb.
Imma let that breathe for a minute.
I can’t speak for y’all but, boy a lot of us dumb. And no, I don’t want to correct my speech and use a better or more politically correct term for these people.
You want me to call them ignorant?
This is ignorance…
…this is what dumb looks like….
See the difference?
Two (2) doctors, 2 Infectious Disease professionals and the fucking WORLD told Bahamians that isolation and social distancing was what was needed to slow down this virus. Niggas then decided it was time to not do any of that.
Does the government lie about shit? Absolutely….
…but to act the way the majority of us did was dumb and dangerous. I hate that my kindergarten teacher, Ms Pernell, was right all along.
We knew there was a D Average but we didn’t know it was so far reaching and so powerful. We also knew that there was a class divide on this island but we NEVER knew it was this bad.
We can complain and argue all day about why people aren’t social distancing and why people being dumb on the road but did we ever ask why most possibly can’t social distance?
It’s easy to type from your 2 bedroom apt with your boyfriend in the other room who has BEEN over you since the sex slowed up and realized neither of you can cook, and now he misses his side chick more and more….texting her on some….
Even I am guilty of looking down on people in lower income neighborhoods and talking shit. Driving through the hood like….
Only to get checked, and rightfully so, by my sister who sat me down and had to explain to me that not everyone has the luxury of “their own room”.
We forget that some people live in a 3 bedroom house with 10 niggas in that bitch. We forget that, while our modem is behind the big TV in the 2nd living room, that a lot of people have to go outside and thank GOD Ms. Moultrie didn’t put a password on her router so about 3 houses worth of people can access the precious internet we take for granted.
Meanwhile, in ignorant influencer town….
We’ve learned that y’all really don’t fuck with y’all kids that heavy and you probably should have pulled out/used protection.
Don’t look at me like that.
I’m not saying you don’t love your kids. In fact, I KNOW you love your kids cause otherwise there would be a shit ton of “missing kids” on this road.
Listen, its ok.
Its ok to love your child with the entireity of your being and protect them with every breath in your body but to also look at them like….
Y’all really don’t know them lil niggas. I see y’all calling teachers and freaking out cause you now gotta adult AND be a parent indefinitely….ALL DAY.
When this first started? Oh y’all was talking that good shit. I seen y’all….
Listen, I don’t have kids so I have zero idea what you’re going through but….ummm….I don’t know….pray?
(I have no witty or smart solution for y’all. Godspeed tho.)
And boy, a big lesson we learned is just how quiet a lot of these popular Bahamians/influencers get when theres no audience clapping for them and theres limited clout to chase. I see y’all struggle instastories.
Y’all ain low.
When outside was open?
Now that the salons/nail spots closed, everyone home getting fat and now, in order to get that applause, you realize being fake woke and naked is not a personality trait so……them posts lil sad now.
The “Catch flights not feelings” folks are legit sad and confused. The “I’m popular because I brunch with the other populars” have Throw Back Thursday’d us to fucking death over the past 2 months. The “My lifestyle is better than yours because I make more money than most of you” folks wasted ALL their good pics during the first few weeks and now they’re legit posting weird ass shit now.
And make no mistake: I’m right there with ya.
When last y’all seen a Andrew/Naldo/Kari etc workout instastory? How many times I gotta post shit about missing the gym when no one gives a fuck? I knew gym niggas hit a new low when Miguel aka Frank posted a TBT gym instastory. That was our lowest point I think. That and watching Kayle strive during the covid while we all get fat…
Don’t worry…. we out here too.
Not all of us tho.
Schin Nguyen has been out here explaining and entertaining the community and keeping us all informed.
Harrison Thompson has been Harrison Thompson’ing the fuck outta this pandemic to the point where I am not COMPLETELY sure this wasn’t a lightskin conspiracy on the low.
I knew the virus was lightskin when you only got it by touch, breath and crying after sex…..as I assume lightskin niggas do….but I digress.
We learned that our government is not perfect. We learned that we can be innovative. We learned that we can change our mind about things.
Remember when Eyewitness news posted this story….
…and y’all was in the comments like this….
But now, because niggas eat a lot, y’all out here with Kraven, Kanoo….everyone all of a sudden have debit/credit cards AND REALIZE WHAT CASHLESS REALLY MEANS.
It took a global pandemic to bring us to our knees but it will take our Bahamian pride and spirit to get us off of them. NONE of us have been perfect during this. None of us are 100% ok. I talked to Naldo the other day and this was his response…
A minor thing to many but the gym to us is a temple. So who am I to tell anyone the things they miss are arbitrary and dumb? For a lot of us those things are healing, self sustaining.
We had to learn to deal without those things and be ok.
I said it before, we are all in this together. But we cant come out of this the same…..we musn’t. Lets take what we’ve learned and be kinder, gentler, sweeter, more patient, more understanding.
If we don’t we’re fucked. Its as simple as that.
We will be ok and we will get through this. And, if we don’t, If worse comes to worse, if this goes left and it really does turn into a zombie apocalypse leaving thousands of innocent Bahamians dead in its wake….