Independence

  • Beneath The Mask Of Racism And Classism In Jamaica

                    This year’s  observation of Emancipation and Independence,  led to reflection on an important question which is often asked of Jamaicans. Does racism exist in Jamaica? The immediate response has often been defensive to this seemingly frightening assault on what is often perceived as national dignity. The rebuttal,...
  • Progress blunted at Independence

    Public Opinion was launched by Osmond Theodore Fairclough in 1937 specifically to create an awareness about the need for a political party. It succeeded in 1938 when the People’s National Party (PNP) was born. But it also may be credited with promoting the national movement which, distinct from the...
  • Holiday or holy day double standard

     The Holidays (Public General) Act was promulgated on 27 April, 1895.  Jamaica was still then cuddled firmly in the bosom of the British Empire and was the subject of Crown Colony government. Queen Victoria reigned.  The Act declares that the days set out in the Schedule to the Act...
  • Here’s what has really thrown the American media into a hissy fit

      They say time heals all wounds. They also say that people tend to romanticize things from the past. We see this everywhere. In Jamaica, we gripe about the good old days just before Independence when everything was ‘hunky-dory’. In the USA, they gripe and hark back to the glory days...
  • A life beyond Thunderdome

    “Out of the ruins; out from the wreckage; can’t make the same mistakes this time; We are the children, the last generation; we are the ones they left behind; And I wonder when we are ever gonna change; Living under the fear, till nothing else remains; We don’t need...
  • Culture Interruptus

    The English language has been the adopted (forced) communication methodology of an enslaved people as Bob Marley said “stolen from Africa, brought to America”. Languages of the ancient Africans, not written but passed on by the words, and stories of the Griots, and storytellers, and repeated as legends about...