No bas­tard nuh deh again!

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION -

THE EDITOR, Sir:

PER­MIT ME to re­spond to the un­for­tu­nate pub­li­ca­tion in this fo­rum on July 10, 2018, ‘Gleaner wrong to fea­ture Bee­nie Man’s baby­mama’.

While I be­lieve in free­dom of ex­pres­sion, I be­lieve it is rude for Lip­ton Matthews to dis­parag­ingly com­ment on some­one’s choice of a part­ner be­cause both are prom­i­nent fig­ures.

The fact that they have cho­sen each other and have cho­sen to an­nounce it to the world as a sig­nal of their love is to be lauded. Es­pe­cially so, in the con­text of a world filled with hate and the ten­dency to judge oth­ers with­out tak­ing the log out of one’s eye first.

And by the way, to cat­e­gorise any child as il­le­git­i­mate is highly of­fen­sive, and we should not at­tach that la­bel to any child. Don’t for­get: “No bas­tard nuh deh again!” Thanks to the leg­is­la­tion passed by the Michael Man­ley govern­ment.

What mes­sage is be­ing sent to the pub­lic with this type of pub­li­ca­tion? What does one wish to achieve? Let us pub­li­cise val­ues and at­ti­tudes.

I am urg­ing The Gleaner to re­frain from pub­lish­ing such neg­a­tiv­ity and to use their medium of let­ters to the editor for pos­i­tive and in­tel­lec­tual dis­cus­sions of rel­e­vant is­sues. VA­LERIE NEITA ROBERT­SON (QC) At­tor­ney-at-Law

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Krys­tal Tom­lin­son and Bee­nie Man.

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