THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am deeply concerned by the recent statements by Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey on TVJ's Prime Time News on Monday, July 11, that young homosexual (gay) men are the main perpetrators of organised crimes in Jamaica. This public declaration is most concerning to me as I have never heard of crime being attributed to a group of people by their sexual orientation. When has it ever been reported that certain types of crime were mostly caused by heterosexuals, lesbians or bisexuals?
This, to me, is a dangerous and irresponsible precedent being set, especially in a society where it is the norm to discriminate and perpetrate violence against homosexuals. Jamaica is noted to be one of the most homophobic countries in the world, where our intolerance to homosexuals is displayed even in songs played daily on responsible radio stations.
I would think it is the responsible thing to do for Senior Superintendent Bailey to return to the media with the relevant data/statistics that prove his statement. These facts should clearly display that homosexuals are indeed perpetrating high levels of organised crimes and show comparisons with groups of persons of sexual orientations (heterosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals) and the types, amount and period they commit these crimes. I am deeply concerned when persons come in the public sphere and make egregious statements without them being proved as fact-based or substantiated. I firmly believe that not everyone in a 'senior' position is suitable to represent and be allowed to speak publicly for the respective organisations. Where is the responsibility?
While I believe that Senior Superintendent Bailey is an honourable man, I question his intent and motivation. I urge him to do the honourable thing and revisit his statements and think of the harm and serious damage that could be caused by his not-so-well-thought-out public utterances.