Let’s deal with our own ‘Trumps’

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: FOR THE past year, the world, in­clud­ing Ja­maica, has been fix­ated on the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal process. The rise of Don­ald Trump has been both en­ter­tain­ing and shock­ing.

Many Ja­maicans have ex­pressed dis­gust with this man. Trump’s views ap­pear to be very ex­treme. One can re­call this man stat­ing that a woman should be pun­ished for abort­ing an un­wanted preg­nancy. In essence, this is a stance against a woman’s right to con­trol her re­pro­duc­tive health and the right to live her life as she chooses. Most Ja­maicans claim to be ab­so­lutely against this idea. How­ever, what are our own poli­cies on this mat­ter here in Ja­maica?

Don’t you think it is highly hyp­o­crit­i­cal of our so­ci­ety to crit­i­cise Trump for his ban­ter but not place the same ac­count­abil­ity on our lo­cal of­fi­cials? Early this year, a no­table Govern­ment of­fi­cial called an­other a Jezebel and sent other sex­ist re­marks her way. There was no na­tional out­cry.

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