We need to fight for Jamaica

December 30, 2016
In this 2015 photo, the police are leading residents of several communities in Hanover in a march against crime and violence.

Recently, I watched the modern version of the 'Magnificent Seven', which stars Denzel Washington as Sam Chisolm, a warrant officer, who assembles a team of seven that rescues Rose Creek from the clutches of the evil industrialist Bartholomew Bogues.

Most people in the town were terrified of Bogues, but Emma Cullen, whose husband was killed by Bogues, went out and hired Chisolm.

Many of the townspeople were so afraid that they refused to fight and fled before Bogues arrived with an army of gunmen to reclaim the town, which he claimed was his.

But while others fled, some stayed. And together with Chisolm and his crew, they helped shape a plan and fought for their land. Some paid the ultimate price with their lives, but in the end, the evil industrialist was defeated, allowing the residents of Rose Creek to return to their peaceful lives.




As we come to the end of another difficult year in Jamaica, where crime has become an even greater threat to each and every law-abiding citizen of Jamaica, I want to urge us all to be less like those who fled Rose Creek and be more like Emma Cullen and the folk who stood their ground in the face of adversity and the threat to their existence.

There is no simple solution to our problem. No minister of national security or commissioner of police, or police force, can, by themselves, bring crime to heel. It will require the collective efforts of the entire nation to bring this beast under control.

It will also require all of us to change the way we think about what is right and what is wrong. It will take that collective change in thinking for criminals to see that there is no room for them here in this beloved country of ours.

They will begin to see that a nation united can overcome the greatest of threats to the future of this beautiful country of ours.

Some of us will not last the journey, but in the end, their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Crime is not a JLP or a PNP problem. It is a Jamaica problem, and it's time we recognised that and came together to overcome it. We need people to be like Emma Cullen, who started the process of change, and more like Sam Chisolm to lead the charge.

Together, we can be magnificent.

Happy New Year everyone!

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