People’s National Party Senator,Andre Haughton a young and upcoming star of that political party has decided that his contribution to nation-building will be to further erode standards of decency and decorum.
Haughton believes that penalizing dancehall artistes for cursing during their performances is outdated and in some way villifying words which other countries find unique and entertaining about Jamaica’s culture.
Speaking to local media enteties the up and coming national leader who has a [Dr]. beside his name insists, “There are a lot of people who these words don’t affect in a negative or positive way. If a man seh ‘b****cl**t eediat’ is not the b****cl**t doing the harm is the eediat, if a man seh ‘f*****g fool’, is the fool that have the impact. It’s words like corruption and eediat that are the bad words.”
In making his argument for the normalizing of more courseness in the society, the senator pointed to the July, Reggae Sumfest’s Dancehall Night which was halted by police due to profanity during the performance of deejay Javillani. In the past, hip hop artiste Nicki Minaj was fined at that show for using b**c**t on stage during her performance.
The term bad-word has been affixed to certain terminologies within the Jamaican colloquial vernacular for as long as our country has existed as an independent nation or longer.
These words are not part of any dictionary, but are words put together to drive home a point when we Jamaicans want to express a range of emotions.
Over the years they have been used when we are happy, sad, angry, fraustrated, excited or experiencing any other feeling within the range of emotions we may be experiencing at any particular time.
For example, the word [blood], is a part of the english language. So too is [cloth], pieced together [blood-cloth], or rather the colloquialized version [bloodclaat], is a novelty to foreigners who like everything about our culture.
In the United States, there are terms which are deemed not to be proper language, so too is it in Canada, England ‚as well as other nations.
Though these terms are used loosely in the streets, as the so-called bad words are uesd unsparingly in Jamaica, yet standing before a American judge, or dealing with the police would not be a good time to be reffering to them as a [motherfucker].
There is a reason certain guard-rails are in place, which this young senator would be wise to first be educated on, before he goes charging forward like a bull in a china shop.
There are strong points of views on this subject from both sides.
Do these words really harm anyone, I guess there is a strong argument to be made that at face value they don’t?
Nevertheless, there is the question of whether they do anything to advance decorum, particularly in public spaces, the very place this senator wants them to be freed up?
What’s more, it seems that these younger politicians are more interested in [an anything-goes strategy] which would open Jamaica up as a place where one could feel free to go and do whatever they please and once done, go back to their respective countries of law and order.
That Hedonistic approach is seen as a means toward attracting more visitors and inexorably more foreign money regardless of the harm it does to our country. This senator seems a willing schill for the dancehall industry, he says he and a team intend to go through the Town and Communities Act to decide the next move to get things in motion. He urges Jamaicans to embrace what is their profitable culture.
The police have a duty to enforce the laws. Police officers have to be discretionary gauges with their ears primed for [triggers]. Those triggers, sometimes determine whether an event is about to go south pretty fast. If not addressed immediately, those events may deteriorate rapidly, resulting in greater problems for themselves and the wider community, particularly, in situations in which large groups of people are gathered and alcohol has been consumed.
At a time when crime and lawlessness are at all time highs, it is regretful that these upstarts want to create more leverage for more crime and lawlessness rather than arresting those negative traits.
The idea that words are not bad is an infantile concept which this much vaunted Doctor ought to be conversant of. True to form however, he is demonstrating that having knowledge in one area does not mean smart in another.
Freedom of speech is essential. Nevertheless we must be cognizant that our freedom to say what we feel has consequence.
That is the reason we do not shout [bomb] on an airplane or in a crowded theater. That is the reason we do not go up to a cop and shout gun, that could get you killed.
In the United States traffic stops are used to stem the flow of illegal guns and drugs across states lines.
Through the use of traffic stops untold amounts of drugs and illegal guns are confiscated and suspects arrested each year, countless lives are saved as a result.
All because officers stay vigilant and observe traffic violations.
The police should be able to use a strengthened Town and community act to tamp down certain behaviors, potentially saving lives in the process.
What they do not need is for some upstart seeking a hype to create more havoc in the society.
Of all of the difficulties facing the nation, this is the issue this wunderkind has come up with toward nation-building.
It is nearly impossible to get some of our people to think critically.
Does the use of these terms physically hurt anyone? The answer is no!
What are the benefits of legislating further coarseness into a country which is already unnecessarily coarse? This does absolutely nothing to to enhance Jamaica’s image.
It is one more attempt to turn over the last bastions of decency or normalcy to the retrograde hedonism many crave.
Here is a situation in which law-enforcement correctly ended a show because the laws were being breached and a moronic upstart decides he wants to change the laws to usurp the authority of the police.
If this is an indicator of what the PNP has to offer, the nation will be in for a whole lot of hurt because the governing JLP is doing as much harm to our established norms as this upstart would.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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