An Exposition: Scamming versus Slavery

Doing the right thing is simply black and white! 
I have asked myself these questions a million times, not to defend any place or to claim any wrong doing justifiable for anyone, but to show that in this life there are no absolute injustices. We cannot undo what is already done, we can only learn from it and move forward, committed to advancing our human race. 
Who will pay for the enslavement, terror and heinous crimes committed against black people in slavery and in comparison what do you suppose is a more horrendous crime: scamming or the Africa Slave trade?
An axiom in Jamaica states that “everyday bucket a go a well one of these days it’s bottom ago drop out”. Evil in whatever form cannot continue to prevail. Evil eventually consumes those who perpetrate it. 
Evil gives and it takes away those who are its purveyors.
Evil, Like good has a reward system. 
moneyWho pays for the evils perpetrated during slavery? It may seem that crimes against humanity are often overlooked while financial crimes pursued with vigor. We sign treaties and forget about those who lost their lives but when it comes to money we do not want a truce, we want our money back and those who took it to pay with their freedom or their lives. We care more about money than we care about humanity. 
I wrote a novel I titled “The Barn Raiders”. I chose that title when I remembered how we dreamt and spoke of the “good life” during childhood. We wanted ‘Big Benz and Beemers’, but we didn’t chart a course of how we would come to attain these pricey status instruments. We wanted wealth more than anything else so that people would look upon us with admiration and our enemies would hide with envy and shame. Our parents wanted it too but they thought education would get them out or maybe the drug trade.
We wanted success but very few of the adults we knew in our lives were confident in the vague idea that education would make us rich. It is this very notion that angers most degree graduates when they see boys who can barely pronounce Mississippi driving opulent cars and living in mansions making millions a day or week. Everybody wants to raid the barn but no one wants to plant the corn. Young people want wealth but very few are willing to work for it. They believe in the cinematic nature of the rise and fall of famous people. They found a way to make their lives into movies and become their own celebrities using gains from the illicit activity. 
We don’t talk about it much but it is there within our  sub consciousness that money, not goodwill is what we validate in every aspect of our social lives. BMW’s mean everything and people who drive them were more important than those who didn’t have. Therefore we spend our lives trying to own BMW’s so that we will be recognized by our fellow men.
A lot of people are now saying the Jamaican government tolerates scamming because the money boosts the economy. Jamaica is not the first country to benefit from crime; look at the mob families of the Unites States or West Indian Slavery which built the empires of the European super powers.
Which crime is more heinous, Slavery or Scamming? 
 Ghetto Youths in Jamaica are crying out saying “reparation money” for slavery.
Reparation is a good idea but why do these young men use their “reparation money” to buy expensive vehicles, guns and feed organized crime instead of buying a computer for the high schools they attended or to help the poor and needy in their communities?
If it is “reparation money” for slavery, why only a select few benefit from the reparation funds while the rest of the community members live in abject poverty.
 They invest their “reparation money” in protection whether by wearing voodoo amulets and rings or by buying guns like fashion accessories. 
We did not envision that we would be killing each other over “reparation”  and destroying communities with grief, horror and heartaches over “reparation money”.
From an exposition on Scamming in Jamaica 
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Crystal Evans

Crystal Evans was born in Westmoreland Jamaica. She is the author of several books centered on her experiences growing up in rural Jamaica and the Jamaican cultural nucleus. She is a voracious reader.

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