“Nature is just enough; but men and women must comprehend and accept her suggestions.”
–Antoinette Brown Blackwell– (1825 – 1921)
There is a saying “If you ain’t got nothing good to say…… say nothing”.
Last year, I was on a roll. In six months, my writings evolved from mere rantings about our “honored” social institutions to creative insights into how we can look at the world from a more positive perspective.
Well folks, I’ve been back to square one, and for a while now, so, I decided to keep my trap shut. My friend Gussie Clarke, a world renown music producer told me to always put a solution verse in a song about problems, it makes people feel resolved… I suppose.
I don’t have any solutions, I just feel like screaming.
Man, all sorts of things have been happening. I’m still at war with the financial institutions, VMBS, being the victim of the moment (still trying to send a bank draft without selling my soul to the devil), Then, If you want to send Ja$50 via Western Union they require that you state the source of funds. Aaargh!!! On the last occasion I told them I was a pimp and that I get my money thru prostitution, before that I told them I get kickbacks from the government when I sent $1000 Jamaican to my friend’s mother in Mandeville.
Forget about what the US is doing in Afghanistan, the G20 summit, Obamas meeting with Latin American leaders, Jamaica back on the IMF boat. Deeeeeeeeeeep breaths. No writing, no one wants to hear a raving madman..ALL the time, right???
Then…The gas tax…stay calm!! Bruce, pleading with criminals not to riot?…..where’s the punching bag?…everything is good….don’t blow a fuse.
THEN!!!! The straw that broke the camels back!
The Miss USA competition.
I like the gay hairdresser/ clothing designer/ showtune performer as much as the next guy. I think Shebada is hella funny. When I was 14, Rex Nettleford told me I was a brilliant dancer. I don’t care for Oliver’s humor, but I think he’s a national treasure. (yeah right, he’s not gay), Chester Francis Jackson gets on my nerves but it has nothing to do with his sexual orientation, Cliff Hughes is a kickass journalist, probably the only real journalist we have in this country. Anyway, you get my point. Being gay does not really obscure anyone’s worth in my eyes
I’ve had clients who were gay, and they eventually ended up being my friends. Two of my best friends are lesbians or bisexual? Who knows? I guess its how they feel when they get up. Oh, I forgot lesbians don’t really count.
As far as I’m concerned people are people, different strokes (no pun intended) for different folks. What you do behind your bedroom door as long as its between two consenting adults, why should I care? Whatever makes you happy.
I’m Jamaican and I know that the “official” stance on homosexuality that ALL Jamaicans take is that “ALL batty bwoy fi dead” Yup, its written in our constitution. That’s right.
I’m sure that Oliver, Rex, Shebada, Cliff, Chester, Weston, Les, etc. All stand up every morning and scream it out their collective windows before they face the morning traffic.
So I know that what I said before about having gays as friends and accepting them as valuable citizens is a no no. Keep your thoughts and gayness to yourself, idiot.
The fact though, is that the Jamaican citizenry are surprisingly very tolerant of our gay brethren (remember lesbians don’t count). “As long as dem nuh bright wid it”.
But then, the same can be said about people who give or get oral sex, atheists, people who abstain from sex, people who don’t drink, people who don’t like Bob Marley and people who listen to rave music (eek!)
We, Jamaicans openly state our disdain for the practice of the gay lifestyle but like any statement of disapproval for anything whatsoever, give it 10 minutes and we forget what we were objecting to, because there’s a party or dance to attend to and that usually takes precedence.
I challenge any international agency to investigate crimes against gays or lesbians by heterosexuals in Jamaica, particularly injurious assaults or murder and come up with any significant number, especially in comparison with our notably high murder rate and in comparison to North American or European cities.
The startling truth is that the majority of “hate” crimes against homosexuals in the society are committed by other homosexuals.
Against the backdrop of these insights into my country’s attitude against “alternative lifestyles”, I was shocked by two particular news items over the past month. The first, a direct attack by the gay “lobby” against Jamaica and Jamaicans. A call to boycott “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth” i.e. Jamaica. The organizers of the boycott are calling on gays and lesbians, as well as allies, to stop buying Jamaican products and to vacation in other spots until the Jamaican government changes its policies.
They point out instances of arson, assaults and murder of gay people in Jamaica to illustrate our bigotry. A banner at a protest is shown in the article with the words “Gays are killed in Jamaica”, Yeah, well so are straight people, dogs, and goats, buddy.
Yeah, they’re going to boycott Jamaica because of “ flagrant and institutionalized human rights violations and bigotry” These are people living in.the US. No institutionalized bigotry there.
The second news item, The Miss USA competition, where a gay judge, Perez Hilton asks Miss California what she thinks of gay marriage, without bullshitting she says quite politely that she was raised to believe that the institution of marriage was reserved for a man and a woman, and this led her not to support gay marriage. Mr Hilton, proceeded to have a shitfit. He said she was divisive and alienated millions of Americans, he said “she gave the worst answer in beauty pageant history, he then calls her a bitch and a cunt, And of course she lost…according to him “because of her answer”.
What the hell is going on here? The banks are trying to control the way we think, the government is trying to control the way we think, the educational system is trying to control the way we think, religion is trying to control the way we think, the media is trying to control the way we think and now some dude in bad make up, tight pants and a floral shirt is trying to control the way we think?!!.
In 1980, Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married on TV, it was a spectacle. I know for sure, a lot of girls for the first time got to see a fairy tale wedding, maybe if it was Boy George and Elton John getting married, Perez Hilton would have a point.
But no, they are forcing us to accept overnight ideas and imagery still very taboo in society, they want us to accept it NOW as normal and right or else!! Some gay rights activists have the audacity to compare it to being black or jewish, comparing the discrimination to perhaps the holocaust and The Jim Crow laws
When I go on a bus, I love to scream “I LOVE WOMEN!!! I LOVE TO DO ALL SORTS OF SEXUALLY LEWD THINGS TO THEM!!!! It always gets me the front seat.
I’m warning you. If you’re a man , do NOT shout, “ I LOVE MEN!!! I LOVE TO DO ALL SORTS OF SEXUALLY LEWD THINGS TO THEM!!!! They’ll put you at the back of the bus. Just like they did blacks in the south in the 50’s.
What is the issue here? Certainly, I believe each and every human being has the right to being treated equally. I also believe that laws should change with the times to protect all people. I do know that not all homosexuals are radical and think the world should revolve around them. I know that all homosexuals don’t believe that traditional family values are a personal conspiracy against them, but is instead, a measure that secures the propagation of the human race.
The next issue is whether or not homosexuality is nature or nurture. I KNOW that some men are born quite effeminate and are drawn naturally to the same sex, I also KNOW that some individuals choose the lifestyle, others are recruited into the lifestyle as young boys by predators and child molesters creating a very vicious cycle. Who are the gay rights activists fighting for? Is it “natural” gays? Or all “gays”?
The question is then, should I be forced to change my beliefs for someone who chose a lifestyle or had it thrust (again, no pun intended) upon him or her?
Homosexual conduct is in no way comparable to other characteristics usually protected by civil rights laws. Race, color, sex or national origin are historically protected against discrimination on the basis they are inborn, involuntary, innate and immutable.
Homosexual lobbyists are bending the truth to serve their political goals. This manipulation is what makes me angry. All I can say is think for yourself, do your own research, don’t let anyone force their opinion on you.
Kudos to Miss California, Carrie Prejean.
Have a good week