one accord the people of Jamaica let out a thundering 'NO' to the latest
round in Government attempts to take a dollar out of 15 cents. The unity
of the Jamaican people: the man with the tear up pants, brown people going
bright red under the sun, ladies who lunch driving Pajeros, older folks
who have become accustomed to this kind of thing and young son-to-be technocrats
from the island's University; converged to form a human protest.
Though the riots are disturbing with ugly images
of human greed, looted business, distressed fellow countrymen and burning
buildings; the riots were also a celebration of the best of Jamaica.
The unity that I experienced, with old and young,
men and women, upper, lower middle -any class- , black, white brown, Chinese,
Syrians coming together finally to reclaim this country as their own.
Despite the ugly truth, Jamaicans all were together.
While we also were standing in unity, a sense
of empowerment was evident when people decided "dis cant work!" and went
out and did something about. Applause to those who protested with placards
peacefully, I only wish that that was the extent of the demonstration
It also came to pass that Bounty Killa, with
his songs "Poor People Fed Up' and "Anytime" was proven a prophet. Perhaps
Bounty should be given a public relations post as he truly knows the feelings
of the people.
Dickens has been known to say "It was the best
of times and it was the worst of times" and I think thats how I feel about
the riots. It did really rough but bredda it did worth it.