THE EDITOR, Sir:
The sordid events of the past weeks have sparked howls of protest for others to do something. This is how it has always been.
We are good at calling on others, or demanding that things be done. It is time for each individual, group and entity to stop and think. What can I do to reduce crime in Jamaica? What can we do as a church, school, club, or organisation to bring about a Jamaica where there is respect for all, irrespective of gender, age, political or religious affiliation, place of abode or level of education?
We have perfected the art of bawling out, and pointing fingers; it is time for something new.
There is no lack of atrocities for us to recount. Brutal acts abound. We have had national days of prayer and mourning spearheaded by different individuals and groups. We have had 'Jamaica Bawl Out', as reported in The Gleaner, August 2, 2004. We have also had Mothers in Crisis, Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness, and so on.
These have obviously not worked to bring about a Jamaica where law-abiding citizens can live in peace. Do we really want a better Jamaica? Are we willing to pay the price?
Mothers who know that their sons are criminals will have to turn them in. "To whom?" I hear readers ask. "A corrupt police force and an unjust justice system?" I think not.
Where do we go from here?
Despite our challenges, there is still good in Jamaica. There are individuals, groups and organisations that are making a difference in their small corner. Can we create a directory of all such groups and give them our support?
We are not helpless. When we do our part, we can then appeal to others to play their part. Are we waiting for God to teach us true respect for all? When will we begin to show true respect for all? The time is now. Let it begin with you.