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A nation of cowards

Published:Friday | January 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

The cancellation of Sean Paul's Maldives performance (The Gleaner December 29, 2014) points to a new phenomenon among Jamaicans as cowards developed during the past 40 years.

Unlike the Michael Manley era and the contributions of the great Bob Marley and other great reggae artistes to the struggle against oppression and injustice on the international scene, a new generation of Jamaicans has emerged with no consciousness of social justice nor a willingness to die for justice.

This has manifested in the vast majority who have become non-participators in the electoral process or who sell their birthright for a measly $500. However, the most telling confirmation of this was the recent Ebola outbreak in western Africa, where neither the Government, the medical association, faith groups, nor the "back-to-Africa movement" did any form of mobilisation to help our African sisters and brothers.

Only two Jamaican women had the 'balls' to remain in Liberia to help, as they were there as missionaries (Jamaica Baptist Union).

Our atheistic neighbours, Cuba, sent more than 200 doctors, while in Jamaica, the 'Jesus-loving crew' hid under their beds.

We have indeed become a nation of cowards!

Dudley C. McLean