THE EDITOR, Sir:
On Sunday, September 23, 2012, Professor Carolyn Cooper expressed concerns about the selection of children who were first displayed on the Jamaican two-dollar bills. She feels that Afro-Jamaicans who now form the greater portion of our population were not fairly represented in the picture. She feels that the selection of the children should have been all black Afro-Jamaica children.
The fact that two of the children on the money are my cousins, viz Williams and Walker, and having lived through the early Independence period, I know that the selection of those children truly represented our population then, and, to a lesser extent, still validates our present population.
It is unfortunate that in many of her articles, Professor Cooper seems to be still stuck along the corridors of time in a racist confrontation.
Readers will notice that the attached photograph of Alpha Academy in the late '50s and early '60s speaks volumes. The picture shows that only about three to five children of 700 children were of solid Afro-Jamaican at the school then, and to exempt them would be to discredit the history from whence we came.
Please note that Prime Minister Golding's mother formed part of the teaching cadre in the left side of the front line.
For Dr Cooper not to embrace or recognise minorities is a retrograde step in these modern days and is certainly not a good doctrine for the young of this country. Besides, 'Out of Many, One People' is certainly a better label for the tourist attraction to the island.
Afro-Jamaicans cannot honestly lay claim to this island as they came here only through migration and could easily be named 'the boat people'. The Indians on the coat of arms are the only true indigenous natives.
Let us, therefore, continue to embrace the richness of diversity and to see ourselves as 'Out of Many, One People'.
ELVENA WILLIAMS REITTIE