Sun | Sep 22, 2019

‘Bad word’ lobby intellectual folly

Published:Monday | August 12, 2019 | 12:20 AM
Senator Andre Haughton says he will move a motion for profanity to be decriminalised in dancehall settings. File
Senator Andre Haughton says he will move a motion for profanity to be decriminalised in dancehall settings. File

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I once heard former Prime Minister Bruce Golding refer to rhetoric from a high-ranking medical officer about legalising prostitution and collecting taxes from the trade as “intellectual folly”.

I want to ascribe similar sentiments to the young senator, Dr Andre Haughton’s, comments about lifting the ban on the use of profanity in dancehall settings as “acceptance of Jamaican culture”. The Gleaner editorial of August 10, 2019, resonates with me. Dancehall music is usually amplified and can be heard in communities even far away from the source, and children and those of us who find expletives offensive do live in those neighbourhoods.

It is appalling that we now live in a society where anything goes. Why can’t we encourage good values and attitudes and use of positions of influence to steer young minds in a positive direction? But then, someone may ask, what are good values and attitudes in a society where everything is all so relative? Heaven help us!

LORNA BRAHAM

St Catherine