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Don't bash our men!

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The cartoon in Wednesday's Gleaner illustrating a boy listing his ambition of becoming a lottery scammer was not funny! Portraying girls as studious and ambitious and boys as 'wutless' must stop!

Why should our youth (or anyone for that matter) aspire to be a scammer? The current debate is, what to do about the crime in Jamaica, especially murders? For answers, we need to look at the root(s). What value-and-attitude system are we promoting and instilling in our citizens from the cradle to the grave? If we don't value life (our own and that of others), we will commit murder or serious injury. If we don't respect people's rights and an orderly society, we will lie and steal and try to scam others. Just look at media headlines, e.g., 'HAJ sacks managers'.

Look at the cartoons - both Wednesday dailies were about scamming. I have five brothers, my husband has eight, and we have three grandsons. None of these males are wutless or were encouraged to be such.

Can we just stop bashing the males, lest it become self-fulfilling prophecy? Then who will our daughters/young women marry?

Is Jamaica a nation built on corruption? Are our sensational headlines designed to embarrass, hurt and destroy?

Can we fit Ephesians 4:32 into our national fabric? It says, be kind to one another.



St Catherine.