The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 41, Issue 1 and 2

Article 2
The “Race Card” and the Rise to Power of the Progressive Liberal Party in the Bahamas

Gail Saunders


The severe discriminatory practices in Bahamian society resulted in deep-seated emotional feelings among the non-White population. The near-White founders of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) did not base their platform on racial issues, but as more educated Black men joined their ranks, they began to use the “race card” more and more. However, Bay Street’s powerful racial propaganda against the almost wholly Black PLP and its leadership assisted the PLP in gaining power in 1967.