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So-called ‘extraordinarily’ violent Jamaica

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2016 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am certainly not discrediting the fact that Jamaica is a violent country but in all fairness, judging the country on a per capita basis is not the ideal way of measuring violence. I am so disappointed in the learned individuals who fail to understand simple logics. In a small country like Jamaica with a population constantly oscillating around 2.8 million people will definitely always have a higher rate of violence. If 1000 murders occurred in this population, it will seem so much, compared to US where there is a larger population. One thousand murders would have been distributed throughout their population and after calculation would seem so little.

Furthermore, I must say that individuals fail to understand that violence is not merely a physical act. Whether or not it is defined and recognised the racial violence going on now in the US (Trump) is of equal concern as it disturbs our equilibrium psychologically. Anywhere you go in this world, you can't forget that people can be violent despite their country of origin. To say Jamaica is extraordinarily violent would therefore mean that more heartless people are from here than any other country and this is definitely not so.

World Health Organisation's definition of violence is a comprehensive one which these same educated individuals don't take into consideration what they have all decided to define it as.

I am deeply saddened by what happened to the missionaries. Some who say that we are not in fear because we belong to the country, are inconsiderate on one part. This is because if we should go to other countries, we would be in fear just the same and the same comments would be made by individuals who are not from that particular country in a murder situation.

I truly hope that individuals whose minds are clouded by their unfair judgements will see humans on a whole are capable of independent of where you are from. Violence can occur anywhere!

Demar Mckenzie

demarmczie@yahoo.com