Hack At­tack

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By Lu­cia H. Best

The con­tin­u­ous as­sault on the rights of oth­ers by the fierce hacks pack on the Saint Lu­cia Aim­ing for Progress (SLAP) Face­book plat­form is tan­ta­mount to an in­fringe­ment of the free speech of oth­ers as far as many ob­servers have agreed. This clique ap­pears to be bent on vit­ri­olic and ad hominem at­tacks on those who dare see things from a dif­fer­ent political light. They at­tack so er­rat­i­cally, they at­tack their very own, as in fel­low Saint Lu­cia Labour Party Sup­port­ers. Per­sons who dis­agree with those in­di­vid­u­als are con­sid­ered Labour op­po­nents. This be­hav­iour is con­found­ing, given that SLAP mem­bers should know that per­sons are free to be­long to par­ties of their choice in this demo­cratic coun­try.

The hacks of the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party need to re­visit the gen­e­sis of SLAP, the brain­child of Rose-Marie Belle An­toine, first lady and wife of Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Kenny An­thony. In­deed Ms. An­toine re­cently came out with a post to the users of this plat­form plead­ing for the ad­min­is­tra­tor to re–in­state some­one who had been blocked, (ob­vi­ously for the of­fence of es­pous­ing a dif­fer­ent view) from the ag­gres­sors on this plat­form. The first lady gra­ciously sugar-coated her words to the SLAP zealots. How­ever, we be­lieve they need to res­o­lutely be called to or­der, to adopt some class in their use of the English Lan­guage and adopt some re­spect for fel­low pa­tri­ots. Ad­di­tion­ally, many on there need to quell the per­sonal at­tacks on peo­ple who have never trans­gressed them ex­cept that they hold a dif­fer­ent view on political is­sues. Rec­og­nize that they too have the right to ex­press them­selves.

What a shame. What a slap in the face this en­tity has be­come. No one should have to ad­mon­ish the grownups us­ing SLAP to ex­er­cise self­con­trol and political ma­tu­rity. This group is drag­ging peo­ple through the mud with insults and name call­ing. This ob­nox­ious at­ti­tude is not the sort of en­rich­ing, un­emo­tional anal­y­sis that an en­light­ened pub­lic will ap­pre­ci­ate nor will it pro­mote con­sen­sus. If any­thing, all this anger and neg­a­tiv­ity is re­pelling peo­ple not only from be­ing a part of SLAP but also from the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party as they seem to tac­itly en­dorse such dis­taste­ful be­hav­iours.

Con­trary to their think­ing, SLAP has not helped the im­age of the SLP.

It is dan­ger­ous to be a fa­natic. It is dan­ger­ous to be a zealot. It is dan­ger­ous to be a bigot. It is dan­ger­ous to be a political hack. Th­ese qual­i­ties are not ben­e­fi­cial to coun­try and only serve to re­tard the “progress” of re­spect­ful free ex­pres­sion among us.

The me­dia has been the lat­est whip­ping boy of SLAP. What is the use of blam­ing the me­dia when it brings to light the very is­sues which are bring­ing the coun­try to its knees? The me­dia’s role is not to make the SLP ad­min­is­tra­tion or UWP op­po­si­tion look good. The in­cum­bent and op­po­si­tion have their re­spec­tive teams to man­age their im­age. That sort of im­po­si­tion on the third es­tate is un­rea­son­able and in­ap­pro­pri­ate. It brings to mind the fa­mous chal­lenge is­sued by jour­nal­ist Ti­mothy Poleon to per­sons who are hold­ing the me­dia re­spon­si­ble (for the pa­thetic state of gov­er­nance in the place) to not vote for the me­dia this up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion! But then again, mis­placed crit­i­cism and flawed rea­son­ing is noth­ing new in the Lu­cian psy­chic.

Is the Kenny An­thony-led ad­min­is­tra­tion anti-me­dia? Maybe not in prin­ci­ple, yet one may just think that it is, based on what its mouth­pieces on so­cial me­dia are post­ing. In­flammable, petty, an­ti­me­dia rhetoric, anti-reporter sen­ti­ments and un­founded per­sonal at­tacks have all been the an­them of the Saint Lu­cia Aim­ing for Progress Face­book page. This fo­rum does lit­tle to ven­ti­late the ideals of the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party.

So un­healthy and toxic is the air on SLAPS that many of their old par­tic­i­pants are now en­joy­ing an al­ter­na­tive, a breath of fresh air on Face­book/ Saint Lu­cia Votes 2016, a newly cre­ated plat­form that has seen many for­mer SLAP fol­low­ers de­fect­ing to an in­ter­ac­tion that is more whole­some and pos­i­tively ori­ented.

Has the so­cial me­dia plat­form founded by Rose-Marie Belle An­toine been turned into a den

of ven­omous vipers?

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