Don't idolise rubbish! - Campbell
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
OCHO RIOS, St Ann:
MEMBER OF Parliament for North West St Ann, Dr Dayton Campbell, is encouraging students to stop idolising rubbish and, instead, focus on their education.
Addressing the First Regional Cooperative Credit Union's annual scholarship awards function last week Tuesday at Almond Tree Restaurant in Ocho Rios, Campbell decried the current trend of skin bleaching and lack of proper role models.
"In relation to our morals and our value system, I want to say to young persons, that we need to stop idolising what I call rubbish," Campbell stated.
"We find that persons are way more intrigued by Vybz Kartel as opposed to a pastor. When I was growing up, a role model in the community would probably be a good male teacher, a good pastor, a good businessman or somebody like that. Now a role model in Jamaica is a musician, somebody who is singing a lot of lewd lyrics and somebody who is bleaching their face, somebody who is wearing their pants just above their knees and we're wondering what is going on."
CHANGE IN CULTURE
Campbell said growing up, it was unheard of for a man to be bleaching, but, nowadays men are offering documentaries on how to bleach.
"Persons think that they must bleach in order to reach. We don't understand that culture," Campbell said.
"We're in the month where we celebrate Emancipation, we celebrate Independence, but somehow the minds of our people are not free because we haven't reached to that point where we can appreciate ourselves, we can appreciate our identity and we can realise that there is worth in all of us. So my first message to the students - don't idolise rubbish!"
The Member of Parliament also urged the students to consider carefully when selecting their areas of study.
He suggested that students look at studying in areas that are in line with the development plan of the country and they will easily gain or create employment.
Campbell congratulated the students on being selected for assistance by the credit union and encouraged them to perform to the best of their ability in order to use education for their upward mobility.
"Never allow your memories to be greater than your dreams. You can't give up on yourself," Campbell urged.