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Don't blame Kartel for crime crisis

Published:Saturday | February 25, 2017 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

No, I don't listen to Vybz Kartel, but I find it rather hypocritical that you all venerate a convicted rapist who made his debut album in prison! Nothing in my eyes is more duplicitous than these politicians who gyrate to this kind of music, use lyrics from his songs or other dancehall artistes' songs promoting violence to make Instagram posts, listen to and promote hip hop, which might be deemed more classy/superior to dancehall but promotes the same thing our hardcore dancehall culture promotes!

I'll support you if you're going to ban Adidja Palmer's music. Go ahead and ban all dancehall music that glorifies crime and violence and let's see the magical results! It's rather ironic that politicians have created this wound to our society called crime by creating ghettos, and now that it has festered into a sore, you're all crying about it!

If you're banning the music, ban the movies imported from Uncle Sam also! How did guns reach Jamaica? How did scamming arrive, because I'm 100 per cent sure that you executive criminals (people in high places/white-collar criminals) are the brains behind these dishonest operations.

What the People's National Party and Jamaica Labour Party have done is to create so thick a line of classism that it's hard to move up the social ladder! Even Rastafarians' songs encourage violence - well, some of them!

Start from the community level to eradicate crime. Deploy more police in violence-plagued areas and try to eradicate police corruption. Leave Adidja alone! Don't blame him for the mess you've created, as he is serving his time. Regrettably, none of the politicians are.

CONCERNED CITIZEN