Losing the tint ... A sacrifice worth making

February 17, 2017
Deputy Superintendent of Police Errol Adams removing tint from a Coaster bus in downtown Kingston on Monday.

Why do we continue to make mountains out of molehills? In response to the rash of abductions in which a number of illegal taxi operators have been fingered, the Government - wisely or not - has said that all tints should be removed from the windows of public passenger vehicles. This includes the state-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses.

Given what has been happening in recent months, the abductions and slaughter of teenage girls and women, one would have thought that removing the tint from the windows would be the easiest thing to do. I mean, if by removing the tint from my windows means we improve our chances of protecting our women and children and catching perpetrators, then what is the big problem?

Yeah, it might cost you the money used to put on the tint in the first place, and you might be the most innocent person in the world, but can you really put a price on someone's life? Based on the reaction I have been seeing from taxi and bus drivers, I guess we can.

Some representatives have gone as far as suggesting that being ordered to remove the tint may be against the law. I mean, it seems as if tint was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

However, here is the thing: Our lawmakers, in an effort to protect some of the most vulnerable among us in society, have issued a directive that they think will help. You might not agree, but it is not about you, it is about us.




And that is what I think has gone wrong in our society. Everything is about 'me, me, me'. It has never been about the collective. This individualistic approach is what has given criminals the upper hand. They know how selfish we have become. They know how materialistic we are. They are well aware that to many of us, a few hundred or thousand Jamaican dollars - monopoly money in real life - is of greater value than someone we don't know.

But I would argue that we do not need to know someone to value their life. We are all Jamaicans, and we are all in this together. Most of us will never be able to pack up our things and run off to the USA, especially now, with Trump in charge and people like us no longer feel welcome.

Therefore, the logical thing to do would be to make our home safe for all. If it costs you some money, then so what? Life is precious and in the pursuit of justice for all, sometimes, we have to make sacrifices. It is as simple as that.

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