Read this interesting piece from a fellow blogger, Kei’s Blog and it raised a lot of questions about the trending topic in Jamaica. I encourage you to read it as although it is specific to Jamaica it is worldwide in approach.
I added my comments to the blog. I encourage you to do the same.
A nation like ours where intelligent discourse like the one you’ve raised here is often not presented and are being constantly brushed under the table is exactly the problem why the majority of our people remain ignorant , neither do we grow as a nation evolving over time or the people seen as modern thinking and progressive.
Your comments in the end, quoted here-
“….. we’ve survived this long with these attitudes. Why should we change!? Jamaicans must be allowed some space to work through these complicated feelings and reactions and attitudes towards homosexuality without constantly being accused of being bigots…”
is likened to giving the people an excuse to wallow in their ignorance. Yes our DNA is rooted from slavery but thankfully people like yourself have risen above the stench of the plantation and refuse to be a product of what is expected of the Jamaican society. Hence the man’s reaction to you when you gave your speech. An educated and informed man especially from the Caribbean is still considered ‘unbelievable”.
I find Jamaica, like almost all of the Caribbean nations, is satisfied in their slow generational and educational transformation simply because we hide under the banner of being a so called ‘third world’ country and region, yet we live and bask on first world attitudes. Why is the black man so destined to be inferior to the white man’s world of intelligent debates and measured outcomes? Why are we as a country so happy with the current status of our people as free slaves enjoying independence,growing at a pace determined by the desires of a corrupt political system and leaders with no ideals or vision for its country?
I guess this nation still has a price to pay for nation building by the blood and tears of the present generation and history will look back at this time as our developmental stage where you aptly describe as “children never being the same” and like words, they change.
I or we may not live to see this, but I hope Jamaica will be a mature and progressive nation where it is guided not by flawed religious principles and preachers or corrupt politicians or langer over a degenerative economy but by three intrinsic beliefs, that all men are created equal, that all men have individual rights and beliefs and that every man is entitled to his own reward given the opportunity equal to all and it begins with education
It may sound like an American dream, but call it whatever you want to call it, it is a profound and inalienable right given to mankind expressed by mankind.
No cultural norm or the fact that we are just 52 years independent can hide the fact that we are an ignorant society in a world where being ignorant is a choice.
I finish with this quote by … Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned wife of the Emir to Qatar:
“The right to a quality education is, I believe, the perfect path to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilizations. Without such a right, the values of liberty, justice and equality will have no meaning. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind.”
Truer words have never been spoken
Here is the link to the Blog: