The Editor, Sir:
We do not think in words but in images. Instead, we use words to communicate images of ideas, intentions, eventsand feelings more effectively. Ms TamickaBonnick, a teacher at Kingston College (KC), in her letter to the editor of April 5, presented another perspective in defence of the athlete who, in celebrating victory at the Issa/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships, made a gesture which was condemnedas being associated with violence.
All forms of violence are to be condemned. The Gleaner has been forthright in its condemnation of this gesture.An important concern, however, is the role the media may have playedin influencingthe behaviour of this athlete.Are the wordsbeing used by the mediato describe competitive sports affecting and influencing the behaviour of athletes and fans?
It is interesting to note the extent towhich metaphors associated with violence have become deeply entrenched in our lexicon, especially in the area of competitive sports. We often read and hear terms like 'All out battle' between teams, or of one being 'crushed', 'demolished' 'destroyed' or 'whipped', and there is also 'vicious encounter' being used by reporters, especially in reference to football.
The KC athlete used his fingers in a manner similarly where many who condemn have been using words (denoting violence)with even greater effect and it is hoped thatthey all remain metaphorical and never literal.
I am, etc.,
DAIVE R FACEY