Jamaica has become a violent and heartless country where most people have become desensitised to things that would make people in civilised places pass out. Something is blatantly wrong but everyone goes on with their daily life like everything is fine, wake up my people and smell the stench of death around us.
We need to stop hiding behind the excuse that the person must have been involved in some kind of mix up to justify the violence that is perpetrated against them. This is the excuse we use to reassure ourselves that things are not as bad as it seems. Some will wait for a general feel good march or some kind of PR feel good stunt that makes uptown people go back home feeling like they have done their part in curbing the violence…
After the apparent attempted assassination of Oneil Edwards from the group Voicemail the other day, the emotional bandwagonists were out in full force on Facebook, Twitter and the other social media. There were people gathering in Half-Way-Tree and outside Kingston Public Hospital.
I am truly sorry for Oneil, I do not know him personally but my anger is the same for any innocent hard working person who is gunned down by these animals. I however will not be a part of the hypocrisy that the music and media fraternity is promoting.
Where was their anger and sympathy when two children were brutally murdered last week? Where was the mourning and condemnation for the assassination for Dennis Hamilton, soon after he participated in exposing alleged fraud at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica? This man died for an honourable cause and all he got was three sentences written about him in one of the major newspapers, yet we give coverage to any dribble these entertainers utter?
We are a hypocritical set of people and I am waiting for Beenie Man and company’s self-satisfying musical tributes to come out. The usual suspects, including the Minister of Culture will do the media walk and talk; The church will jump in with calls for various peace marches, the talk shows will have the usual rhetoric and the calls for the death penalty, then finally the ultimate cry of “Bring Back Adams!”.
We have seen it already. STOP!
When the nation is appalled at student athletes being denied visa’s to participate at the Penn Relays but not a blip when women and children and viciously being raped and murdered every single day, something is definitely wrong with our priorities. Jamaica’s murder rate for 2010 is about four-and-a-half persons per day and people who have lived in civilised country are supposed to move back to that?
I think about my uncle who was so optimistic about the formation of the National Democratic Movement and the prospect of being a part of a new movement in Jamaica, that illusion was quickly erased when a gun was stuck in his face at the entrance to his home in Meadowbrook with his two children in his car that the gunmen wanted.
My uncle now lives happily outside of Toronto in a place that he calls civilised and has no plans to move back to Jamaica, This was a man who swore that his son had to follow in his footstep and go to his alma mater in Jamaica. I use to think he was a sellout but now I realise that he just saw the decay through very clear eyes.
I am angry, angry that I need more fingers than I have to count the number of friends and acquaintances that have been brutally murdered in Jamaica in the past 15 years. I am scared for my family that still live in Jamaica because it can be any one of them the next time. Some people are going to be offended but I don’t care if I can get some kind of movement going. The night is turning to day and eventually a lot of you same hypocrites will have to run away because some of you are the breeders, supporters and instigators of these murderers.
I am suggesting that we start having an intelligent national conversation, without the ignorant rhetoric amongst ourselves to find solutions to this murderous cancer that is devouring our country. Time and history has proven that violence against violence has not worked and Senior Superintendent Renato Adams is not our saviour.
It is time to make real demands for action from our failed MPs that have been cuddling and serving gunmen and criminals instead of creating a safe atmosphere for business to strive. Full support must be given but pressure must be kept on our new police commissioner to be vigilant in his drive to arrest and eliminate the criminals in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Finally, everyone has to make a serious call for Prime Minister Bruce Golding to resign because he has deserted his leadership of the country to serve the interest of his garrison.
Sherman in Observer