Expunging heroes’ records takes shine from sacrifice
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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