I just heard the news that Rosa Parks has passed away.
While she was an activist, and not a politician, it reminded me of my commitment to enter active politics. The problem is, at the moment I'm not able to create a point of entry I'm happy with.
As I mean this to be a shorter blog intended to get the mental ball rolling in a particular direction, I'll keep this short.
Rosa Parks actions turned out to be the catalyst of a tremendous sequence of historic changes -- much more than she had ever planned. Many others had "refused to sit at the back of the bus" but it was her action that unexpectedly created a snowstorm of other activity, that helped catalyse the US Civil Rights Movement.
I also want to create a snowstorm.
And I want to do so in a place that brings up almost a universal sense of revulsion among Jamaicans -- local politics. Just letting people know my intentions has been enough to bring up strong feelings of anger and hostility in some.
Beyond that anger, however, is a deeper commitment that just about every Jamaican has, which is to be lead by people whom they respect and who respect them, and want the same things that most of us all want.
It's that simple.