Strong Man Never Wrong?

  Growing up in Jamaica, I often heard the saying, “Strong man never wrong.” It was a reflection of the society of the times. Jamaica was a colony in which white colonists and British civil servants called the shots. The black majority had no say. They were expected to do as they were told, treat […]
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Jamaicans – Out of Many

Perhaps the most startling claim in that video Janice provided a couple of blogs ago is the assertion that there’s no such thing as a Jamaican. Really? I must be a figment of my own imagination then, because I am certainly a Jamaican. I don’t have dreadlocks, can’t carry a tune and don’t smoke ganja. […]
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Rewriting Jamaica’s History

I just watched a video posted by Janice and I wonder where the “historian” in it got his “facts.” According to him, everything we “know” about Jamaica’s past is fantasy. An early history of Jamaica was written by my granduncle, Archdeacon John Graham (photo). And, trust me, he was a decent, honest man. He would […]
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A Day for Memories

As a child, I was told how “seven Graham boys” fought in the First World War. I didn’t learn their names but I know my father, George (photo at right), was one, and his younger brother, Arthur was another. I suppose the others were their cousins, John, Frank, Willie and Tom, and possibly their elder brother […]
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Working the Democratic System

Democracy is supposed to express the will of the majority but what it really does is serve the interests of the people who take the trouble to work the system. I’m not just talking about taking the trouble to vote. It goes without saying that voting is essential if you hope to influence your government. […]
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Obama’s Advisors Should Respect Marcus Garvey

I never knew Marcus Garvey. He died when I was 6 years old. But my mother heard him speak when he visited Guy’s Hill back in her childhood. And, if my information is correct, my granduncle, the Rev. William Graham, advised and encouraged him. Click here to read about Garvey. To my mother, Garvey seemed […]
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Are Americans Ready for a Retreat from Utopia?

Americans take so much for granted despite mounting evidence that their way of life is under siege.  I may be more able than most to grasp what’s happening because I did not grow up in the United States. I grew up in Jamaica when there was no government welfare to speak of, and the destitute […]
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It’s a Modern Monarchy; Time to Move on

To appreciate the value of the wedding we all just witnessed – two billion of us, a third of the people on this earth – we must let go of the bitterness of the past while retaining the precious things we have inherited. A reader commented on my earlier blog (click here to read it): […]
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Cheap Energy Solution is a Four-Letter Word – Walk!

As oil gushes unchecked from the bowels of the Gulf, you will hear laments about the world’s dependence on “cheap energy.”  Oil spills are horrible, the pundits will tell you, but it’s the chance we have to take to sustain “our way of life.” Whose way of life? Millions of people in far-off corners of […]
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Is a “Middle Class” Life Really Worth the Price?

Sometimes I lie in bed at night and imagine what it would be like to go home to Jamaica, find a plot of land far in the mountains and build a wattle-and-daub house, the way my grandmother, Rosa,  did. I think she was in her fifties when she gave up on my philandering grandfather and […]
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