Is it Woodstock?

I saw this Facebook post from Dwayne Caines which I thought was very pertinent.

I hope he does not mind me reproducing it.

A lot has been said on social media as it relates to individuals and their personal desecration of Cup Match from the illicit sex act last year, to a half dressed man running onto the field and now images of persons doing drugs behind bleachers. Let me say to paraphrase a friend and family member, Cup Match is not Woodstock. It is not a two day party, but a commemorative period by which we remember and reflect on those who suffered from the immoral, cruel, dehumanizing and wicked institution of slavery. Cup Match should be a solemn occasion that even with its fun rivalry should never be trivialized to just red and blue and or blue and blue, or the beach and concerts.

In reflecting on how we now are having conversations around those who are disrespecting the game with poor behaviour it made me ask a few questions.

On the day, do we do enough to highlight the event of emancipation? Should we at the game even for a minute observe a moment of silence for those who endured slavery on these isles and to the countless thousands that died in the middle passage? Just imagine the sight of everyone at Cup Match standing to their feet in absolute silence, no crown and anchor, no, selling no movement just for a minute to pay tribute to our ancestors simple but powerful overture of respect.

Our guest will behave differently at Cup Match when:

· We treat the day with the respect and honour that it deserves
· We openly and publicly on the day do something that visibly honours our ancestors
· When we educate ourselves and then our guest on why we celebrate the day
Cup Match Time in Bermuda………..

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  1. I thought it was a very good read myself – every year around Cup Match, people may mention it in passing or there may be an article in the daily, but as far as Cup Match itself, any first-timer coming in would have zero idea that Bermuda marked that day as Emancipation Day.

    It wouldn’t take much to have the start of the match preceded with some kind of remembrance ceremony. Have the clubs place their players on the field for a moment of silence. Have the home team captain give a few words. I like the idea of having Crown and Anchor, vendors, etc., pause at this time, to give the moment what it deserves. It would also be a great visual for those watching on TV or on the Internet.

    Something on a smaller scale could also take place during lunch interval on Day 1 (for those late-comers), just to reinforce what the original impetus was behind Cup Match.

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