THE EDITOR, Sir:
In her column published in The Gleaner of August 13, 2013, Ms Sheila Veléz Martínez begged the Government not to let the death of Dwayne Jones go in vain.
Since Mr Jones is just one of hundreds of children to be murdered in Jamaica in recent years, and Ms Martinez did not find the deaths of those other children disgusting enough to write about, it is safe to conclude that her motive is not because a human life has been unjustly and viciously taken away, but because he was a member of the LGBT community.
Why is it so difficult for persons like Ms Martinez to realise that the same wrong that they are accusing others of, they, too, are equally guilty? Ms Martinez claims in her column that the murder of Dwayne Jones is "evidence of the dangerously high level of homophobia that prevails throughout the Jamaican society".
If Ms Martinez truly believes that the murder of Dwayne was because of homophobia, she should reserve her opinion until she can learn to apply dialectical treatment to her conclusions.
I challenge Ms Martinez, and those who care to join her, to refute the claim that the same treatment handed out by the mob to Dwayne would not have been given to anyone accused of being a pickpocket at that dance?
Ms Martinez, the problem with too many Jamaicans is not that they are homophobic but that they are too violent. It is a matter of record that far more persons have died in Jamaica at the hands of mob violence for praedial larceny, heterosexual rape and pickpocketing, respectively, than for LGBT conduct or orientation. And I assure you that there are much more of the latter than the former.
Dwayne's death was caused, in part, by the attempt of influential LGBT persons to use these marginalised youth as sacrificial lambs to test the waters. They achieve this through their relentless propaganda which foster in the minds of these young persons that the buggery law is unconstitutional and, therefore, they are at liberty to go into public spheres and flaunt their orientation.