Marcus Says A Morning Prayer For Jamaica

Finally Saturday!

Good morning folks. Neither Shona nor I are working today so we are going to take it easy. Big feed tonight with family and friends, hopefully outside but the weather doesn’t look too friendly at the moment. We have a new leak in the roof so I’ll get to that after lunch if I can. If not, then some other day.

I am on island time today…

Jamaican Gangs

This morning I was surfing around and came across Jamaicans.Com weekly news summary. After reading the good and the bad, once more I thank God for my good wife and son, my family and friends and for being born in Barbados. No matter what problems we face here, there are good people in Jamaica who must think every morning “Why did you put me here, Lord?”

Lest anyone take that as a backhand against Jamaica – nope, it is just an acknowledgment of the way things are. Everyone could use a little prayer, and I think I’ll say one this morning for the folks in Torrington Park, Jamaica…


In Torrington Park, lower St. Andrew, residents are panicked and fearful, and over 20 families have already left the area. Residents suffer attacks, and some have been killed, while children are too traumatized to attend school. Gunmen invade the houses of the families who have left and steal their appliances. Some women say they run away at night and return to their homes in the morning. The fighting is not political, says Superintendent Delroy Hewitt, but results from an internal gang feud. Hewitt said additional resources have been put into the area to help resolve the problem.

… from Jamaicans.Com Newsweekly (link here)


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13 responses to “Marcus Says A Morning Prayer For Jamaica

  1. Anonymous

    Those who survived the Middle Passage to Barbados
    were taken off the ships and ‘rehabilitated’ in a holding pen somewhere along what is now Cavan’s Lane,Bridgetown,Barbados.
    They were cleaned, fed, sorted, fattened up,etc.
    and the Bajan planters knew how to pick the best, most tractable, least-troublesome ones.

    Then it was back on board(better conditions) to St.Vincent and St.Lucia, where their Planters knew how to pick the best, most tractable ones.
    The rest were sent Dominica and Antigua.
    This selection process repeated itself, all along the island chain,
    as the labour ships entered each port.

    By the time the boats got past Antigua,
    ‘best and most tractable’ wasn’t much of an option, any longer.

    On to St.Kitts and the Virgin Islands, Haiti.
    Hey… you get what you get,okay?

    And on to the end of the line: Jamaica..who got very much ‘what-they-got’:
    – the ones that no-one else wanted! Unfortunate but true.
    Speak to anyone with much experience travelling these Antillean islands, and you’ll discover that the selection process of 2-300 years ago still shows in the general demeanour of the individual island blacks.

    Antiguans are not cute: not even to fellow-Caribbean blacks….and I’m told that the ppl in the Virgins are decidedly unpleasant and abrupt, and the trend worsens in the direction of Jamaica.

    And that, Dear Virginia, is why to this day, Black Bajans are the most tractable/reasonable , and Jamaicans got the utter dregs.
    Hope this puts it in sociological perspective, as you travel along the island chain.

  2. Rumplestilskin

    And when things reach as low as this, a downward spiral in inevitable, as certainly no foreign investor will take the risk in such an environment. Less investment, further economic recession, further downwards socially.

    A local investor will be equally reticent, the only thing keeping them ‘loyal’ is that the may have little choice other than leaving the country.

    Which is what some Trinis are now doing, leaving Trinidad.

    Unfortunately the only thing to stop a ‘bleed’ is a bandage, the worse the bleed, the heavier the bandage.

    In such cases as above, the bandages now needed are draconian in nature.

    International bodies may question it, but curfews etc and a strong Police/ military unit are required for a number of years to clamp down and eventually to reverse such trends.

    This may also require special legislation and leaders capable of having a strong conviction and a stronger hand.

    Where the current Police may be involved in existing abberations, it is that much more difficult to bring to implementation.

  3. Rumplestilskin

    PS Additionally, ‘strong’ measures described above may also be used to implement ‘biased’ and personal political motives rather than ‘genuine’ socio-political motives.

    So the solution also is exposed to being its own problem, depending on the underlying motives of those leading and their agents.

    Which is why, despite being a necessary move, it is also a very dangerous move, from the viewpoint of any nation.

  4. D'Arts

    The first comment actually made sense ( ‘_’ )

  5. Jupiter


    Soon we will not have any thing to feel proud (or in the case of some smug) about.

    Check today’s Nation newspaper where that guyanese woman who was deported 4 times and at the last occasion jumped into the carenage and boldly told Magistrate Birch at her hearing that she will be back for world cup – Guess what? – SHE’S BACK PEOPLE.

    Same with the jamaicans who decide to run here from their problems and others as well.

    What does the Minister for Immigration – Owen Arthur – has to say about that Guyanese woman and others like her?

    Didn’t Mia say that security will be so tight during Cricket World Cup that persons deported will not be allowed in?


    And she expects to be leader in waiting to run this country?

    She should not even win her seat.

    What about the poor immigration officer in court saying that the department is overstretched?

    Who cares? – anything for a cup I suppose.

    I guess the money that was sent on that empty cruise liner for the non- existent visitors for cricket world cup could have paid for a few extra immigration officers to man the airport.

    But then again,since when was owen $ arthur concerned about preventing guyanese from coming in?

    The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,the answer is blowing in the wind.

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  7. John


    Your interpretation of the slave trade is way too simplistic.

    It would follow that the slaves who got to the Spanish possessions in Central America and were then transported across the isthmus and down the the lower reaches of South America would be even lower than the dregs. This is simply not so.

    I think something happened in Barbados which was quite unique to Barbados.

    I won’t expound at the moment but suffice it to say I have my theories as to why Bajans are so different, I say unique, just as citizens of the other islands are quite unique in their own way.

  8. I am a born Bajan who lived in St. Kitts from age 12 and has recently moved to Jamaica. I think it is terrible the way we Caribbean people pass judgment on each other like this. Like it or not, Jamaica has alot to do with the cultural identity of the Caribbean as a whole. I have observed Barbadians as a returning national and then moved here to Kingston. The fact of the matter is that Barbados has always been the privileged child of England. For better or worse, Barbadians are far more docile than Jamaicans. Preferring to debate than to fight, they are to be commended for their development.

    Jamaicans have had a hard time and it has resulted in a hardened people. I have tremendous respect for the tenacity of Jamaicans. They don’t stand for B.S. As far as culture and artistic expression, I think Jamaica is the mecca of the Caribbean.

    I have found Barbadians to be terribly unfriendly in many circumstances where Jamaicans have been warm and open. Likewise I have seen Jamaican aggression the likes of which I would never see in Barbados. In the end, we must stop this business of looking down on our Caribbean brothers and sisters and realise that we are all different facets of the gem that is the Caribbean.

  9. Rumplestilskin

    Who said that anyone is ‘looking down on our Caribbean brothers and sisters’?

    Paranoia can also blind. It is about accepting that there are significant problems, particularly crime, which face the Caribbean today. Jamaice, Trinidad and yes Barbados.

    These have GOT to be addressed, particularly if we are aiming for the ‘golden era’ of a united Caricom.

    Without addressing these there will be no Caribbean economies left.

    With the fast changing world and economic interdependence increasing, if we ourselves do not lift the operating conditions here in the islands then we will not be able to gain investment, trade or otherwise interact effectively with other Nations.

    Who visits the Sudan? Who visits Beirut now?

    I am not getting into the origin of their problems but the reality is that no one is safe there.

    Simple. If investtors and their money is not safe, including local investors, then there is no economic tomorrow for the islands.

    I am NOT saying we have to cow-tow to every foreign investor. Certainly not. But the conditions need to be such that business and life can go on safely without ‘cruel and unusual circumstances’ pervading the environment. IINCLUDING for local investors and citizens who have something to offer, who as per T&T recently, can just as easily be chased away.

    We have eliminated, via the Privy Council, ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ in prisons re capital offences.

    But now we ourselves in the Caribbean are being subjected to such a lifestyle, outside of prison. Acruel and unusual threat to our daily lives, in the form of unbridled criminal violence.


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  11. D'Arts

    There is no god…

  12. Rumplestilskin

    Oh, the Almighty certainly exists.

    But, we have to at least show an interest in looking after our own kind and less materialism and less greed would be a good start.

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