Clin­ton critic lives in another uni­verse

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: EWIN JAMES in­hab­its a dif­fer­ent world in a dif­fer­ent gal­axy. He is ei­ther blind and deaf or he lies to him­self.

In his re­cent guest col­umn, ti­tled ‘Liar, Liar, star­ring Hil­lary Clin­ton’, he seems to have for­got­ten or is ig­no­rant of the eight years prior to the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. Those eight years sported the great­est liars ever to be found in any ad­min­is­tra­tion. That ad­min­is­tra­tion even coopted the Blair government into the atroc­i­ties of the Iraq war.

The suc­ceed­ing Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion was met, a pri­ori, with eight years of ‘Nyet’, even on poli­cies and pro­grammes that would have ad­vanced the Amer­i­can econ­omy to the ben­e­fit of all.

On the re­cently com­pleted de­bates, what was on stage was not beauty and the beast, but in­tel­li­gence faced by an an­gry Mus­covite vul­ture an­tic­i­pat­ing a feast on a pu­trid car­cass.

The cur­rent mess (for want of a more em­phatic word) in which Ewin James’ fel­low trav­ellers find them­selves stems from pure racism, al­though the Amer­i­can me­dia refuse to ad­mit this truth.

I will vote and will vote early. There are no liv­ing saints, at least not in pol­i­tics. I will vote the Demo­cratic ticket for I see pur­pose and prom­ise and the ab­sence of neg­a­tive racist pol­i­tics. LOUIS ALEXAN­DER HEMANS la­he­ Hy­attsville, Mary­land and pol­i­tics, it was a real plea­sure to see Rex­ton Ralston Fer­nando Gor­don, more pop­u­larly known as ‘Shabba Ranks’, be­ing in­cluded in this year’s co­hort for his in­deli­ble con­tri­bu­tion to dance­hall mu­sic.


Al­though it has a neg­a­tive stigma at­tached to it, dance­hall mu­sic is a con­nec­tor that uni­fies the masses. Shabba’s award of the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion (Of­fi­cer Class) is in­deed an hon­our to the mu­sic sec­tor and it speaks vol­umes to the high lev­els of tal­ent gen­er­ated lo­cally.

While he has been in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised, hav­ing re­ceived two Grammy Awards for Best Reg­gae Al­bum – As Raw as Ever (1992) and X-tra Naked (1993) – this award from his coun­try of birth is in­deed sig­nif­i­cant, as it high­lights the fact that we are able to iden­tify the ge­nius of those among us.

Un­doubt­edly, the lyrics may some­times be ‘raw’, but the un­der­ly­ing mes­sage un­earths some of the core re­al­i­ties re­flected in our so­ci­ety.

I think that Shabba’s golden mo­ment is a cat­a­lyst that should ab­so­lutely drive the con­tem­po­raries of dance­hall mu­sic to utilise their tal­ents in a man­ner that will leave a mem­o­rable im­pres­sion upon so­ci­ety. I also im­plore them to run with the man­tle that has been passed and con­tinue to strengthen one of the nation’s un­shake­able pil­lars – dance­hall mu­sic. SUZETE ELISIA WILKIE St Cather­ine

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