[OPINIONS]:::Black History Month On The Back Burner

No. 50 Friday, February 05, 2010
[POSTED BY::: anonymous]
With everything that has been going on since the start of the year, February has crept up on us, without us even realizing that it is Black History Month.

   Crime, violence and corruption has taken our minds off the month which has been designated for us to celebrate our heritage, how far we have come as a people and heroes who paved the way for us to come this far and make so much progress. As bad as it may sound, it’s probably a good thing that most of our ancestors are deceased, after all, with all that is happening in the country and the world on a hold, we are positive that they would not have been pleased. Take Bob Morley for example, the music pioneer would certainly have wrinkled his brow at the drivel that is being called music nowadays. In a Jamaican music industry seemingly dominated by Vybz Kartel and Mavado, Jamaican music seems to have lost its substance as the meaning of these songs seem to always translate to promoting violence and crime and roguish behaviour.
    The black race is the most talented race in the world, from inventing the refrigerator to the microwave; vision is in our genetics, yet some of us chose to do the things that make the entire race look bad. Sometimes many of us travel overseas and are stereotyped by the police, but what we don’t realize is that we are the ones who make it bad for ourselves.
    Jamaican icons such as Louise Bennett, Bob Marley and most recently, Usain Bolt, are all exceptional individuals we should aspire to be like. Let us not be blinded by the rush of the fast cash, or the momentary satisfaction of stepping on others get to our desired destination. Regardless of all that is happening around us, let us never forget the struggles our fore parents have gone through to make us lead what could be considered privileged lives today. Let us not put our heritage on the back burner, but instead look to these individuals for inspiration on how to strive and achieve.

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