Mon | Sep 25, 2017

Why are we so complacent?

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Everyone is expressing concern about crime these days. People are beyond frustrated, and there are continuous calls being made to the Government to do something about it.

Nevertheless, I have a problem. Everyone seems to be pointing fingers at the Government and the police alone to solve it, while we prefer to bury our heads, turn off the TV and radio and wait on somebody to fix it.

What is wrong with us? Why are we so reluctant to act? If each Jamaican sees it as his or her personal responsibility to do something, crime would have been curbed years ago.

I was in discussion recently with a second-form student and I asked her if she liked her school. Her response was "no". When I asked her why, she said, "Every day dem fight and di teacha dem nuh do nuttin bout it." She seemed distressed about the hostile environment in which she was forced to operate and was even more distressed that the adults around her do nothing.

I often wonder why we as a society are so complacent. We are just full of chat but fail to act. It is time for our parents, the teachers, parent-teacher associations, the community, the Church, the mediaeveryoneto look at themselves and to ask what positive value they can pass on to young persons.

If we can't see it as our personal responsibility to bring about a return to values in this country, we have no business calling on anyone to do something about crime. Without all well-thinking Jamaicans getting on board and playing their part, I'm afraid that such calls will only yield futility.

JEAN-ANN BARTLEY

jeanannbartley@yahoo.com