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What's race got to do with it?

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 4:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Sunday Gleaner article 'Dissing the dollar' (April 19) made several references to race, using phrases such as "growled the woman of Asian descent" and "pointing to a man seeming of Asian descent".

Such phrases serve no purpose in the article other than to incite fearmongering. The writer should be aware that such fearmongering incited violent anti-Chinese race riots in Jamaica in 1918, 1938, and 1965.

We should meditate on the fact that the national motto is 'Out of Many, One People'. But such an idealistic vision is impossible until "the colour of a man's skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes", or even the shape of his eyes.

Do we really want to go down the path so many other countries have taken and later regretted? There is much power to be abused in the hands of journalists.

ANTON SHIM

Georgia, USA