Believe it or not, there's a real-life human zoo right here in Kingston. It's definitely not a work of art. And the exhibits in this human zoo are not victims of a racist artist projecting stereotypes. These humans have deliberately imprisoned themselves in the zoo.
Instead of avoiding controversy, Ronnie Thwaites should have courageously taken the opportunity to reflect on the function of our local language in public conversations about the educational system; and its use in schools! He knows the power of the language.
Throw-word a one big stick. An it lik hot. Chruo-wod a wan big stik. An it lik at. Hurling abuse can be very effective. It hurts a lot.
I really don't like that generic term 'patois'. I prefer 'Jamaican', which specifically confirms the link between language and national identity. Language is, indeed, a powerful expression of cultural authenticity.
In supposedly independent Jamaica, politicians are selling off the birthright of the people to our new colonisers. If we're not careful, they will soon own the best of this country.
The newly arrived Chinese were supposed to be permanently at war with black people. But what shortsighted cynics like Gloster did not anticipate is the fact that some barriers can be easily overturned, given the right motivation. The sex drive is a powerful social leveller.
Wi cyaan chain up fi wi language. It change up wen it go a foreign. Same like reggae music. Wi kyaahn chien op fi wi langgwij. It chienj op wen it go a farin. Siem laik rege myuuzik. We can't chain our language. It changes when it goes abroad. Just like reggae music.
I must admit I do have some sympathy for Jodi Stewart-Henriques. She’s suffering from townhouse syndrome. It’s a condition brought on by living so close to your neighbours that every little sound starts to get louder and louder. It gradually gets on your nerves. Eventually, even the flush of a toilet enrages you. Let alone loud music and dirt bikes. And you end up making unfortunate statements on social media about who should go back to where they came from.