Today is being celebrated as Martin Luther King day in the USA.
As a Jamaican I remember when this great man used Jamaica as an example when fighting for CIVIL RIGHTS for BLACK PEOPLE in the USA.
I wonder what his thoughts on the country of Jamaica would be today.
Dr. King had this to say about Jamaica and Jamaicans: “Here you have people from many national backgrounds: Chinese, Indians, so-called Negroes, and you can just go down the line, Europeans, and people from many, many nations.
Do you know they all live there and they have a motto in Jamaica, “Out of many people, one people.”
And they say, “Here in Jamaica we are not Chinese, (Make it plain) we are not Japanese, we are not Indians, we are not Negroes, we are not Englishmen, we are not Canadians. But we are all one big family of Jamaicans.”
One day, here in America, I hope that we will see this and we will become one big family of Americans.”
Today as a Jamaican I am deeply ASHAMED to see what we have become.
Imagine this great man had a dream about UNITY and saw that same UNITY on his visit to Jamaica, yet here we are today saying that Jamaicans who are NOT BLACK enough are not Jamaicans.
We have become the THIRD most murderous country in the world, and we are so POLITICALLY DIVIDED that wearing the mere colors of GREEN or ORANGE in the wrong place can get you KILLED.
HOW SAD IS THAT?
As a people truly WE HAVE FAILED OURSELVES and our CHILDREN, for a country that had so much to offer.
To see what we have become SPEAKS VOLUMES about HOW WE THINK, and the LACK of LOVE and UNITY among us.
On Social Media every day we see JLP and PNP supporters engage in verbal disputes, and to what end?
To simply put POLITICIANS on a PEDESTAL and make GODS out of them while COUNTRY and PEOPLE perish?
HOW SAD IS THAT?
A people with no knowledge of their past are seriously bound to perish.
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.