Tagged: jamaican history

Strong Man Never Wrong?

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...

Jamaicans – Out of Many

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...

Rewriting Jamaica’s History

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...

Working the Democratic System

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...

Obama’s Advisors Should Respect Marcus Garvey

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,...

Are Americans Ready for a Retreat from Utopia?

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...

It’s a Modern Monarchy; Time to Move on

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...

Cheap Energy Solution is a Four-Letter Word – Walk!

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...

Is a “Middle Class” Life Really Worth the Price?

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...