There has been a subtle indoctrination of the Jamaican public which I believe began in the 70’s when I was a boy. Folks older than I am who agree with me, may actually have evidence that it started earlier. I am not opposed to the name of leaders being given prominence, particularly if they are deceased. I just don’t believe in overkill for psychological , tribal reasons.
So you enter the country by way of the Nation’s Capital and you arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport. Leaving the Airport you drive on the ,(you guessed it)the Norman Manley Highway which links the Airport to the Harbour View round-about. Drive up to the University and you have the Norman Manley Law school, oh there is The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts operates from a single campus, in Kingston, Jamaica_w. There is the Edna Manley clinic in Grants Pen Kingston 8. There is the Edna Manley gallery a special Gallery dedicated to her life within the National Gallery of Jamaica. There is the Norman Manley High School in Kingston. the National Housing Trust (NHT) head office building in New Kingston was renamed in honour of Michael Manley. The list goes on and on in fairness to the Manleys other Politicians have had their names attached to notable sites throughout our country, none however to the extent that the Manley name have been plastered throughout Jamaica’s national life. Many other sites bear the names of notable Jamaicans, Nethesole place is the area around the bank of Jamaica bearing the name of another People’s National Party functionaries .
Yet when the suggestion was made to rename Ocean Boulevard in honor of Edward Seaga for his contribution to our country, PNP Councillors objected. Mister Seaga said then, he was not interested in having the boulevard renamed in his honor because of the controversy surrounding the proposal. In light of the aforementioned it seems there is ample evidence of a systematic campaign to name and rename every single monument street and building in Jamaica after the Manley’s or some other PNP member past and present. Just recently Paul Burke made the absurd suggestion that the Donald Sangster’s Airport in Montego Bay should be renamed in honor of another deceased PNP member of parliament Allan George Coombs who died in 1969.
In a country smaller than the state of Connecticut it is a bit cloying and downright stupid to have so many places and things named after one family. Which brings us to my first contention that this was never an innocent happening but a systematic attempt to tribalize the entire country by naming everything after People’s National Party Functionaries. Literally every garrison under PNP control is named after PNP past and present . With this kind of tribal political mental and psychological bombardment is it any wonder our people are unable to extricate themselves from the Liberal socialist politics/policies of the Manleys through Patterson now to Miller? There are those who will ask Huh? How do you make that kind of connection? psychologist understand the importance of that kind of bombardment, the visual, the audio, they do impact the way we behave. Not so long ago the Jamaican Police embarked on a mission of removing murals of criminal Dons from buildings and other places within certain inner-city communities in our country. They are finally starting to understand the impact those murals have on people , particularly the young and impressionable. The People’s National Party understands this, that’s why they keep winning national elections, to the detriment of the country of course.