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.