The shopkeeper who slapped a schoolgirl was reportedly charged by the Police. Social Media has been ablaze with pretty much all the comments laced with vitriol against the woman.
The poor schoolgirl was terrified and was particularly respectful to the woman. I am glad that action is being taken when these images are recorded and a report made to police.
What I found appalling however is the anger directed at the woman in the video. Granted that the woman was way out of line in slapping someone’s child, the takeaway from the responses seemed to be fueled solely because of who she isn’t, or more to the point who she is.
At a time when there are much angst and dismay about Donald Trump’s shithole comments about Haitians and Africans, many are zeroed in on the Racism inherent in the statement attributed to Trump.
It bears asking, however, whether the anger directed at the woman may be about her race? Would there be such an outpouring of anger at her if she was black?
Isn’t there some logic to the idea that the anger may be because of the fact that she is in fact Chinese?
It seems to me that she is as Jamaican as anyone calling for her head, yet the animus seems to be centered on her Chinese ancestry.
People look at the way we conduct ourselves, they make decisions how to interact with us based on how we treat our own kind.
Her language and the act of violence toward the child is exactly the way we act. That explains why she felt empowered to act that way.
We can cry racism all we want but unless we begin to value ourselves, others will feel no need to value us.
The year 2017 saw a reported 1616 Jamaicans murdered by criminals. The new year is on par to register even greater number of the murdered.
The United States State Department, as a result, has issued a travel advisory to Americans traveling to our country.
Yet the seriousness of the wanton killings has elicited no demonstrations, no outcry from the citizenry.
What has brought out the anger in them is the fact that the police shot and killed one of them and recovered a weapon. The narrative coming from many of the imbeciles is that if you got off the bus late the deceased would accompany people home, a little fact which tells me that he was some kind of enforcer or wannabe don.
We have to come to the grim reality that these communities, these people, are themselves criminal imbeciles unworthy of our care.
At some point in time, we have to come to the realization that the people we are fighting for, the people we are asking the Government to act to save, may not be worth saving.
At some point in time, we have to reconcile that in many cases these people are indefensible heathens unworthy of our efforts.
This is what INDECOM has brought Jamaica to‑, to a place where the police are on scene and are afraid to lift a finger to stop the carnage and the threat and inconvenience to the traveling public.
This is what Bruce Golding gave Jamaica, it is what Portia Simpson Miller and Percival Patterson and Andrew Holness have done to our country.
Effectively turning our country into a criminal state.This is what the political parties have done to our police department.
At this time it makes no sense to talk about the Commander on the scene who totally abdicated his responsibility to the rule of law.