Where Is The Middle Ground?


queen ifrica

queen ifrica

Recently Clippers owner Donald Sterling made some rather offensive and neanderthal comments in a telephone conversation with a young lady said to be his former girlfriend. Sterling was unaware he was being recorded,  the comments attributed to him were probably the best indication of his feelings for African-Americans.  The National Basket-Ball Association, through it’s Commissioner, acted swiftly to ban Sterling from the game for life, and is actively taking steps to force mister Sterling to sell his stake in the Team which he owns with his estranged wife.

This is not the first time we have seen where racist comments have evoked swift responses . Donald Imus “nappy headed hoes” comment cost him his job. Rick Santorum “bla people” comment may have done him in 2012. Former Virginia Senator George Allen may have had his Presidential aspirations curtailed by his “Macaca”comment while on the stump. There are no shortage of instances where it has become clear that certain language will no longer be tolerated against others.

Reggae acts are no strangers to this kind of sanction the latest being Queen Ifrica, a talented Artiste.

Queen Ifrica, 39, whose given name is Ventrice Morgan, is known for her stri­dent lyrics, includ­ing Keep It To Yourself, Daddy and Times Like These. The Rastafari enter­tainer expressed her dis­ap­proval of the homo­sex­ual lifestyle at last year’s Independence Grand Gala cel­e­bra­tions in August which prompted cul­ture min­is­ter Lisa Hanna to express regret at the utter­ances. In her response, Ifrica’s man­age­ment team released a state­ment which, in part, read: “Queen Ifrica expresses that, while she remains grounded in her morals which espouses het­ero­sex­u­al­ity, she wants to make it abun­dantly and emphat­i­cally clear that she does not con­done nor has ever sup­ported or advo­cated vio­lence against any group or com­mu­nity, whether implic­itly or explicitly.”.http://​www​.jamaicaob​server​.com/​n​e​w​s​/​G​a​y​s​-​b​l​o​c​k​-​Q​u​e​e​n​-​I​f​r​i​c​a​-​_​1​6​7​3​5​516

Ifrica was pulled  as head­liner at Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York, on May 24th due to mount­ing pres­sure from the gay com­mu­nity. Six other Jamaican female acts are also booked to perform. A 200-​strong protest was held out­side the club. The organ­is­ers called for a halt of the ‘Invasion of the Queens’ show, which they said con­tributes to vio­lence against les­bians, gays, bi-​sexuals and trans­gen­ders. According the New York Daily News, the protest is being led by openly gay City Councilman Daniel Dromm. “We don’t need homo­pho­bic peo­ple like her com­ing to Queens to spread their mes­sage of hate,” he was quoted as saying.                                                                                                                                                                 

Donald Sterling Clippers Owner

Donald Sterling Clippers Owner

As we move to remove hatred and bigotry from our national discourse and ultimately our lives, do we give up our right of dissent? Are we bigots to be ostracized because we do not agree with someone else? Should Donald Sterling be forced out of the NBA because of his comments or should the League institute a punishment which includes tolerance training as suggested by Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban? Do we give up our God given right to free speech in order to get along?

In the end, what about forgiveness and redemption? What about second chances, are we so wounded and scarred that it has become one and done? What would Jesus do? He would be forgiving ! He would not ostracize Donald Sterling ,neither would he support killing the career of Ventrice Morgan simply because she dared to dissent.