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Do You Have Any Skin In The Game?

One should come to see their skin as the epitome of neutrality and comfort. Whether you arrive at this necessary conclusion because of slavery, legacy, circumstances, or despite them, your skin was, is, and will always be innocent. It is an awesome responsibility not to be shirked, or to be compromised. There is no sin in skin. No blemish, barrier, […]

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The Stain Of Genocide

One can employ a strict, torturous, and legal definition of “Genocide”, with mandatory boxes to be ticked, but only if certain necessary conditions of intent are met before a sufficient declaration can be offered. Even then, with apprehension, for genocide connotes a seemingly, unimaginable, dastardly deed for which denial or incredulity must be affixed. The net effect of that “measure […]

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The Prime Minister Has No Clothes

The Prime Minister of Jamaica is at liberty to propose and bamboozle his subjects with a Ministry of Peace and Human Development, or “Whatever he wants to call it.” Shell-shocked, over-promised, and underdeveloped by governments that insist on patronage as the way to secure their stranglehold on the levers of power, Jamaicans do not have the liberty to hold their […]

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The Mountains Of Negativity

“Raised in the rain-shadowed Mountains of Negativity, can our Breadbasket produce abundant harvests of prosperity?” I was more than soundly beaten out of the attack the first time around. So, it was with some trepidation and intrigue that I took the ball to rejoin the bowling attack at the captain’s request. The captain was more sanguine yet quixotic about it. […]

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No Sin In Skin

One should come to see their skin as the epitome of neutrality and comfort. Whether you arrive at this necessary conclusion because of slavery, legacy, circumstances, or despite them, your skin was, is, and will always be innocent. It is an awesome responsibility not to be shirked or to be compromised. There is no sin in skin. No blemish, barrier, […]

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Treating With A Slack Hand

By now, you and I have had the good fortune to lend or borrow to repair a hole in our affairs. “Good fortune?” “I insist, lest you be tempted to color harshly black or blue and other vexatious hues, instead of allowing misshapen aspects of ourselves to be confronted.” A recent memory, I can tell, has not left you well. […]

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Israel’s Apocalyptic Footprint In Gaza Is Unacceptable

In my recent commentaries on the Israel-Hamas conflict, I asked the question: How many Gazans must die to assuage Israel’s thirst for vengeance? In over two months of fighting in the beleaguered strip of land not bigger than St James, this question, to my mind, has become more urgent. It is becoming clearer by the day that Israel does not […]

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No, Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Jamaica is at liberty to propose and bamboozle his subjects with a Ministry of Peace and Human Development, or “Whatever he wants to call it”.Shell-shocked, over-promised, and underdeveloped by governments that insist on patronage as the way to secure their stranglehold on the levers of power, Jamaicans do not have the liberty to hold their breath […]

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Understanding The Issues

One can assume – indeed, we reflexively do – that if reparations are paid to the descendants of slaves, then their economic positions will improve. Hold that thought for a while. It is not uncommon for folks schooled or brought up on the idea that if the poor had access to large sums of money, they would be rich, to […]

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Judge Dread

“Rude boys don’t cry!”, said Judge Dread in a 1960s record. “Hush Up!”, he berated Rude Boy who was begging for mercy, and proceeded to give Rude Boy a sentence of one hundred years in prison. The popular sentence should have alarmed us, being beyond life expectancy, but instead, Judge Dread felt emboldened – and we as well- to give, […]