All posts by Lynne Winfield

Lynne has a BA Psychology from Queen’s U. and a graduate certification in Social Justice, Diversity & Inclusion from the U. of Colorado. She is a trained Social Justice Mediator, Cross-Cultural Facilitator and a Licensed Trainer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices ( She has published articles & opinion pieces in Bermuda media and presented on white privilege, historical counter narrative, and structural racism in Bermuda and overseas.  Lynne is a volunteer with Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB), a racial justice NGO, becoming its 1st President from 2005 - 2010, and re-elected in 2016.

Changing how we talk about racial divide – by Lynne Winfield

CURB218 years of enslavement and 137 years of segregation have left Bermudians struggling with the legacies of intergenerational trauma and economic inequities across our society. A culture of silence and fear arose ensuring that past was suppressed and not talked about. People speak of the need to work together and the need for unity, however, the racial divide is widening, economic disparity between the races continues to grow, and social media is both educating and inflaming passions.

With direct descendants of enslaved people and slaveowners still living on the island, and sharing in many cases the same last name, we needed to find a way to speak to the divide and bring light and truth to our understanding of that past.

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