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Published:Wednesday | August 17, 2016 | 12:07 AM


I write in reference to an article published in The Gleaner on August 5, 2016 titled 'US Embassy lights up in rainbow colours to mark Pride Week'.

Isn't that something, Mr Editor? August 1-6, formerly known as Jamaica's Emancipendence week, has now been hijacked by the organisers of Pride Week, which celebrates something other than national pride?

It breaks my heart, Mr Editor, that during the one week in the year that Jamaicans have to celebrated simultaneously their Emancipation from the evils of slavery and the tyranny of colonialism, an embassy representing a First-World country can foist itself and its ideologies upon our young nation, brazenly, within our borders, with seeming impunity.

Deja vu, anyone?

I'm certain that other patriotic Jamaicans can see the irony in this situation.




The US Embassy and the nation it represents have been behaving in ways closely akin to the United Kingdom, pre-1962.

And who can blame them? After all, they are spawns of the empire, and have declared time and again as the new world superpower whose reach is "from sea to shining sea" (including the Caribbean Sea, perhaps?).

The fault lies with our Jamaican Government which, a few weeks ago, hastily retreated from an opportunity to prove its mettle to the world and failed to defend our country's culture, traditions and policy, which were called into question after a timely tweet by our attorney general. Bravo, Marlene Malahoo Forte!

Who can blame the US for forgetting that August 1-6 in Jamaica was set aside to celebrate our Emancipation and Independence when our nation is not in the habit of acting very emancipated or independent, at least not when it counts?

Fifty-four years ago, Jamaica had the courage to throw off the chains that bound it to Britain. Hopefully, we can find those guts, wherever we've misplaced them, and do something similar in 2016 with the USA.


Youth Advocate