LETTER OF THE DAY - No welcome mat for Jamaicans with attitude

Published: Tuesday | December 3, 2013 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Since the Myrie verdict, there has been quite a bit of talk of Jamaicans being up in arms about their nationals being refused entry into Trinidad, and elsewhere in the Caribbean, but perhaps it's time Jamaicans consider the following:

1. We are not amused by a big-island mentality that suggests we only exist when it's convenient to use and abuse us.

2. Currently, we have many problems with Jamaicans who show up with the sole purpose of getting a 'husband/wife' as a means of getting to the US.

3. Unheard of criminal activity in our communities by proven Jamaican perpetrators.

4. Know-it-all, better-than-you and ghetto attitudes.

5. Automatic inclination to doing what's wrong before doing what's right.

This is by no means true of all Jamaicans. We have many wonderful Jamaicans in our communities. However, the bad deeds and attitudes are usually so horrible that all good feelings towards Jamaicans are swiftly forgotten.

Perhaps it is time official Jamaica start ensuring it exports not only it's best products, but its best people also. We are sick of nasty ... Jamaicans.

After all, we have not forgotten that it's the same better-than-you Jamaican attitude that caused the aborting of the West Indies Federation.

When demanding rights from others, it is vitally important to examine the wrongs perpetrated by self.

M.W. POWELL

chmh52@hotmail.com

Charlestown, Nevis

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