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Outameni can showcase Jamaica's history

Published:Monday | November 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM


For the past week, I have been following the saga at the National Housing Trust (NHT) with the purchase of Outameni. Yes, it was a bad idea, but that doesn't mean that the investment cannot be salvaged.

Slavery was a bad idea at the time, is still a bad idea today and it makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Some ideas are best left alone and the controversy surrounding Outameni is one of them.

Western Jamaica has no cultural attractions to showcase to visitors. I am tired of bumping into whores of all sexes, and there is only so much time you can visit the beach before you get bored.

Why not relocate the Arawak Museum here. Also, with such a rich cultural heritage from our African, East Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern and European forefathers, this centre could also be used to showcase how far we have come as a nation and the influences of these groups on our island.

I am quite certain that there are hundreds of seniors who would be willing to donate their time and effort to see their stories and that of their foreparents told. It would also be nice to have mini food courts that present dishes from these groups for sale. Everywhere I go it's the same old thin - jerk chicken and pork. It's time for something else. We have so much to offer.

Lastly, the statements made my Mr Little-White about "black people" needing a bailout is very unfortunate and has no place in the Jamaica that I know. This is Jamaica, where all ethnic groups are viewed as equal, and colour doesn't matter unless it's green or orange.

Casburn Tomlin

Toronto, Ontario, Canada