It was satisfying to see the February 12 headline, "28 gay Jamaicans granted asylum in US last year" because indeed, gay Jamaicans are running for their lives. They seek refuge from some in academia, the self-righteous, political grandstanding and poor policing.
Who will deny the usefulness of the frequent islandwide homophobic rhetoric in uniting "Holy-Ghost tongue-talking" Jamaicans, rude boys coming together to salute with guns, some politicians standing in oneness to applaud because there will be a Gomorrah-free Cabinet, and lousy music artistes firing up a crowd, not with lyrics but with "fire bun them"?
Jamaica is not the only murderous country. The problem with much of Jamaica is that it seems to be obsessed with violence. Inflicting blood, pain and shame give too many Jamaicans a consensual mood which appears to have become a cultural thrill.
Pity that most Jamaicans are still in such denial!
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