Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Bad Trend is Starting

This was bad news.

The world is paying attention to our crime rate, and in a small way has stopped doing business with us as a result.

A few days ago, it was announced that a girls netball team from New  Zealand has refused to travel to Jamaica to play because of the crime situation here.  See the link below for details. 

Recently, a friend of ours in the U.S. vehemently stated that she would not be coming to Jamaica anytime soon. The reason?  Her brother had informed her about the hatred we Jamaican people have for gays, and the laws that could see him and his partner thrown in jail if he ever visited.

Gays have been boycotting Jamaica for some time, out of a reasonable fear of being discriminated against in ways that they simply don't experience in other countries.  We have dropped off their radar of places to consider visiting, and unfortunately many Jamaicans would happily affirm -- say "Ah so it fe go, yes!"

Would we say the same to the Kiwi netball-players?


At 3/06/2008 4:07 AM, Anonymous Esteban Agosto Reid said...

Why is this not surprising? We need to clean up our act, it will only get worse if we are not capable of abating the high incidence of crime.

At 3/08/2008 7:59 AM, Anonymous Noel Lee said...

Um... Gays do not "fear of being discriminated against". Let's say it together: "They will be killed". So, homosexuality is not a societal norm in J'ca. Fine. The treatment of homosexuals shows, however, that MURDER is becoming a norm. J'cans in their hypocrisy are too narrow-minded to see the link between the wanton, savage murders of homosexuals and the same behaviour amongst themselves.
I say, don't legalize homosexuality, but for god's sake, someone needs to stand up and say that murder is wrong even when the Bible tells you that the victim is a sinner. We, J'cans are so damn church-y, but equally hole-y. HUGE gap!
As to the netballers thing, that is just a sad bit of racism. Just a touch... NZ lets Nazi war criminals in, though. We're just committing the wrong types of crime. Damn! :-D

At 3/08/2008 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The JA murder rate is totally out of control, yet I have my doubts that there is a higher percentage of homosexuals being rooted out and killed compared to the rest of the population. It seems that really everyone has a high chance of being killed.
The homosexuality thing is tough. The fire that is called down on gays in reggae is far more proverbial and less literal. Gay bashing exists in the US rampantly and there are laws to protect gays and other minorities. Until JA can fix things like debt, its continuing depressed x-colonial mind set, and other huge issues. I am hesitant for the flood gates to open up and have the island become a new stop in the gay sex trade industry (our straight sex trade industry is bad enough). I've had gay friends visit and warned them strongly and you know what ? They said they were more scared of being over charged than killed.
J'can homophobia is deeper that prejudice. Its fear, its protective and its cultural. Those things will not change anytime soon. But the murder thing in general has got to STOP.
Noel Lee you hit it on the money. Those net ball players just didnt want to endure the flight! Or they are gay.


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