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We're clueless on black too

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM


There can be no denying that the omission of the 'green' from the backdrop at a recent Montego Bay civic ceremony has created quite a bit of controversy, and rightly so!

The cartoon on Page A9 of The Gleaner of Wednesday, April 18, however, highlights another issue - the true meaning of the colours in our flag. The cartoon depicts a little boy indicating to an adult that the 'black' in the flag stands for 'hardships'. This error has been repeated too often, bearing in mind that that symbolism was changed almost a decade ago!

The black in the Jamaican flag stands for the strength and creativity of the people. The reason for the change was that it was felt that to associate 'black' with hardships was to unnecessarily and inappropriately create a negative connotation.

As Jamaica celebrates her 50th year of Independence, it behoves all of us to seize the opportunity to become thoroughly conversant with our national symbols and emblems.