News and Views

Killing of Gays

 Jamaican Gay Teen Chopped To Death By Angry Crowd

I read this news paper article about a week ago and I have to state my views on the incident. Apparently a 17-year-old transvestite was spotted dancing with another man at  a street dance. Someone recognized him and pointed out to others that he was a man dressed up like a woman. Subsequently the teen was attacked, beaten, chopped and stabbed to death. His body was then dumped into nearby bushes and was later discovered by police who are reportedly launching an investigation. I will not hold my breath on any arrest in the matter.

In my opinion this was a wicked and barbaric act against this young man. He may have stepped out of line dancing with another man in a society in which he is aware that many people are homophobic. However taking the life of someone for this in this cruel manner is something we must denounce. Unfortunately in the comments it was clear that many people justified the actions of the murderers.

Siding with murderers in a country with a high murder rate as Jamaica murder rate is poses some serious questions. How seriously do Jamaicans feel about curbing the murder rate which already is over six hundred death for 2015.  How is it okay to stab and chop someone to death simply for being different?  How is it wrong to be gay yet okay to be a murderer. Many are quick to quote scriptures to justify their actions but let us also remember one of the ten commandments said Thou Shalt Not Kill.

Life and Living

Celebrating Black History Month

Remembering Trayvon Martin

Today marks the second anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The seventeen year old  was killed on February 26, 2012 while on his way home. The loss of a child is never easy and when there is no justice for the life that was taken it makes the pain even more profound. However the family can take comfort in knowing that while man denied him justice in God they will get justice. Today we remember Trayvon.

Remembrance Poem

I thought of you with love today
but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday,
and the day before that too.
I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.
All I have is memories,
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake,
with which I’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping,
I have you in my heart !!!
Forever and Always.

R.I.P. Trayyon!!

Stop Abuse of Women

Say NO to Domestic Abuse

The month of October is designated Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Domestic Violence is a global issue and as the month come to a close it is very important that everyone continue to be mindful and continue to spread awareness so that one day this vicious cycle of abuse will end.

Each year thousands of women across the world die as a result of domestic violence and other forms of physical abuse.  There are thousands who continue to suffer on a daily basis.  The fight against domestic violence like the fight against drug addiction often seem like a losing battle but we must do everything in our powers to end this malady.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of death among women.  In many countries there are laws to protect women against abuse but sometimes these laws are not enforced.  In counties which enforce the laws the fight against domestic violence is still very complex as it is often very difficult to identify someone who is going to snap and kill his partner.  Often it is only the person suffering the abuse and those in the household where it is taking place who knows about it.

The violent nature of their partners leave some women trapped in their relationships immobilized by the fear of what will happen should they attempt to leave.  These fears are justified as statistics shows that seventy-five percent of women killed by their partners lost their lives after ending their relationships.

The journey to end domestic violence against women must begin with women being aware of thing to look out for in an abuser and take measures to avoid these situations.  Abuse of any form is not a normal part of a relationship and is therefore not acceptable.