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Disclaimer I am not one to support discrimination or stigmatising/stereotyping anyone. In fact, I comprehensively repudiate such things. I believe that the humanity of persons should ALWAYS be respected regardless of the many differences. We all have prejudices that can colour our judgment and consequent treatment of persons. my suggestion is that we engage people based on their humanity so as to mitigate offenses against people.

With my disclaimer out of the way,I want to begin to engage the purpose of this post. There has been much drama surrounding the inhumane treatment allegedly meted out to Shanique Myrie by Barbadian Immigration authorities

Jamaicans have been crying foul! This was not the first incident of such treatment received by Jamaicans attempting to enter the Eastern Caribbean nation. Reports are that more than 800 Jamaicans have been denied entry into Barbados between the periods 2008-2010, while only 4 Barbadians have been denied entry into Jamaica during the same period.
A deeper analysis of the issue I will save for a subsequent post. But permit me to ask, "What are we really upset about?" Is it because of our national ego; Jamaica versus Barbados? Is it because a human being was treated inhumanely? Does the latter incense us so much that we want the government to take action; that we want to rid our region and island (Jamaica),in particular of such misanthropy? Are we so concerned about the dignity of others?

I want to submit that our apparent concern about the humanity of Ms. Myrie is cosmetic. We are using her experience to measure the size of our national egotistical penis against the Barbadians. A genuine national concern about misanthropy and discrimination will lead our authorities and our people to reflect such in our own national policies and charter of rights. While we rant and rave, yes and posture, our own charter of rights as worded betray us; revealing us for the show-boaters we are. It leaves vulnerable many [based on their health status, sexual orientation and dis/ability] to similar inhumane treatment and discrimination that we are "repudiating" and creating excitement and raucous about.

Again, I am not saying that the treatment of Ms. Myrie was correct neither am I saying that the government should not seek redress but DO NOT premise it as a distaste for discrimination and stereotyping when you have not shown through your actions in your own domestic situation that you are genuinely concerned about rights and humanity of our citizens.


  1. when I saw the title I was wondering where u were going with this? but I agree to a certain extent I would have zeroed in on lgbt rights in particular when we have been raped time and time again with help of (of all people) Christians or so called ones, namely the LCF who belive theocracy is the way to go

  2. I don’t think that you can reasonably get away with this argument. While I understand the apparent hypocrisy of Jamaicans crying foul and berating the Barbadian officials, what else would you have them do? On what basis should they rest their case if not on human rights abuse and ill treatment? It’s well known that our own system of addressing discrimination and flagrant human rights abuses is woefully inadequate at best and at worst, nonexistent (in some cases), but that shouldn’t prevent them from voicing their disgust at the atrocity that allegedly took place with our fellow Jamaican citizen. The point is, any stance that they take will have an inextricable air of hypocrisy and self-righteousness. So while you question their sincerity about their stated concerns, you have no evidence to the contrary and it therefore can be dismissed as pure conjecture. After all, isn’t the abuse of a grave enough nature that its revelation would naturally spark the outrage of Jamaicans? No doubt there is an element of ego-bruising on the part of the Jamaicans but so what? Anyone with an ounce of self-worth would feel belittled and thus react accordingly.
    So, instead of giving them flak for talking out you should praise them and encourage them for defending and supporting their own. This particular time is highly inappropriate for you to be lambasting them about their deficiencies because it seems extremely callous and insensitive on your part, even with the opening and closing disclaimers. It is also grossly premature for you to be admonishing them for flexing their collective ego. This particular claim will become readily apparent in time because it will be easy to see if all of this hue and cry fall into the nine-day-wonder category or if there is meaningful follow up in terms of satisfactory resolution and/or policy change as a result of the case. There is a time and place for everything and now isn’t the time for pious haranguing.

  3. Jirmz, I appreciate your ranting and your clearly emotive response to my posting. Debates are always healthy and differing positions keep the world going. I am not too surprised that the point of this post was missed (by you or anyone). My challenge is definitely for us to do our homework Notwithstanding the need to seek justice for Ms. Myrie.
    The Great thing is that in a pluralist society where there is respect of humanity and a more sophistication way of thinking, we are able to disagree with each other's positions here, yet respecting that each view has its own merit.

    I remain resolute that a real commitment to human rights must be VERY apparent in our own laws toward everyone and just those with whom were are in agreement.

    Thanks for stopping by and do come again. :)


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