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Who exactly is a Jamaican?

Published:Friday | November 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM


SometimeS I have to question who should be considered a Jamaican. Last year, 'The Voice' had our little island cheering on Tessanne Chin. Fans would rush home to view the show, which was then aired on our local television so that everyone could get a glimpse of her performances.

Tessanne, already a big local star, was further supported, and every Jamaican took part, even using voting methods that, unknown to us, were unregistered. Our Facebook pages were flooded with Tessanne's pictures.

This year, Anita Antoinette took the stage and represented Jamaica as her homeland. Whether or not Anita still resides on our island doesn't determine if she is still a Jamaican.

We, as citizens, have claimed numerous persons who have left Jamaica years ago and who have been highlighted in the countries in which they now live as extraordinary citizens. Let us take, for instance, the first black police chief in Canada, Devon Clunis.

We need to stop and think about how we treat persons who have migrated and are excelling. We are too quick to accept those who have already been accepted by other countries and fail to acknowledge and support those who are trying. We can't be that biased.

Anita deserved our full support and we failed her. To the few persons who went all out to give her some votes - thumbs up, you are true Jamaicans.