Should the Jamaican Motto, “ Out of Many, One People” be Changed?

Are we really one people? In a fractured class and race biased society as Jamaica, many people especially those in  academia or those that are Afro Centric or black conscious are examining the  “wisdom’ of those who construct the “Out of Many, One People.”

Noted  Post – Colonial writer,   Psychiatrist, International scholar , West Indian Scholar ,  Black Martiniquian, Pro Independence Algerian   Franzt Fanon stated ,”white depends for its stability on its negation, “black.”

Neither  exists without the other, and both come into being at the moment of imperial conquest.’

Out of many one people the motto of Jamaica Jamaican crest pictures of Jamaican crestIn view of the exploitation of our people by some racial groups over the centuries.


In view of the inequities in land and property. In view of the conspiracy to shut out the masses out of decision making, wealth creation and property rights and in view of the fact that some groups want the island for themselves ( example having Portland remaining with the worst roads as this will deter buses and mass transport from reaching the pristine  areas or  the Rural Hill/Manchaneal/Long Bay coastline) and in view of the fact that some groups want to carve their  enclaves by protesting at any residential development or attempt to put housing stock in suburban areas which create border to existing high priced estates, shouldn’t the authorities entrusted with our governance seek to question the national motto?

The actions of many or some groups who think Jamaica is theirs, the education of some groups who believe it is their God given right to hegemony and to be Lords because of their colours forgetting the exploitation  and rape done to our people , especially those from West Africa or the ancient  Mali-Ghana kingdom , taking us away into captivity to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Arab emirates, to Mauritania, Morocco, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and even to Europe and South India.

So should the Motto  now be “Out of Many Races, One Nation” ?

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Winston Donald

My name is Winston Donald. I am currently completing a MA in Cultural Studies researching Street Art ( from a cultural studies perspective) I am Recruiting Officer and Enrollment Officer for University College of the Caribbean, New Kingston. I contribute to the Commonwealth Short StoryCompetition Columnist for the defunct Sunday Herald Newspaper Author on Marijuana : Export trade and Rural economics (manuscript being completed) Author on Rural Jamaican Cooking Creator of The Diaspora - Word Press blog Contributor to Sun Sentinel newspaper of South Florida Regular/Frequent contributor to the Gleaner and Observer newspaper

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