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The Promised Land

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 10:12 AM
Lee Boyd Malvo


As it turns out, the Promised Land is not available to everyone. As the immigration debate heats up and we listen to the Euro-Americans, we are reminded that people of colour are not welcome. To the major destinations of the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, the narrative today is: keep out.

This means that those parents and other persons who wish to the enter the Promised Land to drink that proverbial milk and honey have to think very carefully that they might have to stay home and make it a better place. Those who forced 13-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo to enter the US illegally under the spell of John Muhammed to become a sniper must take responsibility. Instead of becoming a pilot, Lee is now awaiting resentencing.

When we migrate, at any cost, we often pay dearly - broken lives, broken dreams, madness and prison. The desperation to migrate becomes an obsession which leads us into some serious trouble.

There are many in a quandary today, some of whom are currently being deported. We need to learn some very serious lessons. We cannot export our problems. Instead, we are often joining the people at the bottom of the societies that we are entering.

While we celebrate the exceptional Jamaicans who excel, who overcome the racism and tribulations, we need to discover and address our young people in prison and in trouble in the so-called promised lands. As they say, a promise is a comfort to a fool.

Hilary Robertson-