Ex­pung­ing he­roes’ records takes shine from sac­ri­fice

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY TALK -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: HERE HAS been an up­surge in the de­mand for the crim­i­nal records of sev­eral of Ja­maica’s na­tional he­roes to be ex­punged. Among the sup­port­ing ar­gu­ments are that their con­vic­tions were un­just and that their ac­tions were of a high moral cal­i­bre.

I do agree that some of our na­tional he­roes such as Ge­orge Wil­liam Gor­don, were un­justly tried and hanged. How­ever, I can­not fathom why Ja­maica would, at this mo­ment, con­sider the ac­tions that are now in progress.

Per­se­cu­tion dur­ing a rev­o­lu­tion has al­ways been the way in which men of note are built. To me, re­mov­ing their crim­i­nal records is equiv­a­lent to re­mov­ing their strug­gle, pur­pose, and leg­end. It is through the re­volts and re­bel­lions that these men

Tand women emerged as strong, in­de­pen­dent-think­ing he­roes.


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