Today we fervently pray that we would see a real emotional outcry regarding the issue of our forefathers’ resting places. These historic sites are where our real cultural heritage lies crumbling- about to be disinterred and disappeared from the face of the earth, never to be remembered for their glorious deeds. After leaving Panama I always felt, like the dispersed Israelites of old, uprooted and sold into slavery and that I had to somehow show the world the injustice of our plight. We the descendants, as the remnant of these noble “builders of the Panama Canal,” are left with a sublime duty to rescue and rebuild “the broken down walls” of our culture, a culture that left future generations with a much better world.
We sincerely feel the hand of God still remaining on our ancestors and yet there is the very present threat at hand if we do not take some concrete action. How do you build a wall? – Brick by Brick! Therefore, with the large pool of skilled and educated Silver People here and in the vast Diaspora we should be able to have some recourse to earnestly combat the threat of losing our culture completely.
We have within our people skilled writers, technicians, educators, salesmen, artists, performers, churchmen and politicians who could bring to this “wall” all their skills for God’s sake and rebuild our besieged cultural heritage. Let us not wait to lament watching on the news media and videos how the grave diggers desecrate and disappear the bones of our forefathers.
All we hear down here in Panama is “Obama, Obama, Obama!!” and what I think we need to hear is “Silver People, Westindians, Silver People!!” Let us set aside pride and competition and come together as one people in this God given task and be brothers again. And I’ll say Amen to that.