Sun | Jan 21, 2018

Diner en Blanc and blank plates

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Editor sir:

As Jamaicans, we love to put on a show. We are easily the loudest, most engaging people in the world. We easily adapt to, and adopt, varying cultures. Cases in point are Halloween, EDM, carnival, and in more recent times, Diner en Blanc (DeB).

This year, Diner en Blanc occurred on March 25, with reportedly hundreds of picnickers in white descending on the lawns of Devon House. With baskets, coolers, bottles, platters and decorations in hand, participants set to feast on "delectable and scrumptious goodies". This must have been a great event, as social-media platforms have blown up, highlighting the best dressed, and most appealing meals and decorations.

But in an ironic twist, there are many more thousands of Jamaicans with 'blanc' plates, as they have no dinner. I implore the attendees of DeB to consider putting in such effort to feeding the less fortunate in our country.

Don't get me wrong. I am not saying the who's who of society shouldn't boast in the riches of a glitzy, music-filled, fashionable food frenzy, but let us also spread the love to those in need. Imagine a Jamaica in which thousands of lower-income citizens were fed and entertained (not only during Christmas), and that event being publicised.

I charge every able-bodied citizen of Jamaica to not turn a 'blanc' eye to those with blank plates.