Resume fight against musical filth
The Editor, Sir:
Obviously, the music industry has become the dumping ground for academically unsuccessful youths. It is no wonder the lyrical contents of our music have degenerated into a cesspool. The enduring scent of it has penetrated all areas of our life.
The attempt by the Broadcasting Commission last year to begin some cleaning up of the filth from the airwaves should not go unnoticed. But, frankly speaking, we in Jamaica do not like the idea of espousing preventative measures; we rather seek to go the route of corrective measures. For whatever reason, I do not know, but we can be very schizophrenic in our actions.
Waited too long
The Broadcasting Commission and the powers that be waited too long to control the thirst of these guys for slackness. If I had the power, some of our disc jockeys would have to face the music of censorship, democracy or no democracy, freedom of speech or no freedom of speech.
The kind of music that we embrace in the name of culture is having a severe impact on two of our most important institutions - the family and the education system. Let's face it, it is becoming more difficult for parents to rear their children in a society like ours, and especially since today's parents are becoming younger as the years go by.
Educators are also finding it more difficult to teach children who are drawn towards our so-called music. A teacher recently complained to me about the impact the Gaza-Gully image is having on her grade-five class. This is a primary school, but the influences of these deejays are so strong that the classrooms cannot escape the poisonous fumes they are unleashing on us.
I am very much concerned because those same boys in that grade-five class were among those who failed the national examination in literacy last year. Teachers are almost becoming helpless, and whether we want to absorb it or not, there is a secret war going on between the music industry and the education system.
If one has the privilege of travelling on the Coaster buses, one would understand why our children, no matter how young they are, have to "bruck out and gwaan bad". The Broadcasting Commission should keep up the pressure and cleanse the cesspool, once and for all. Let not those whose minds are always in the gutters prevent you from a doing a good job. The ball is in your court.
I am, etc.,