Reparations is a reverberating issue! Right-mindedly, being wronged — no matter the distance between the then and now — one feels a sense of incompleteness, deep, raw, open wounds that figuratively will not heal until there is satisfactory accountability on the part of the aggressor. The ever present cry for justice — whether by someone wronged in the narrow personal capacity or by a nation, a race whose DNA bears the stain of injustice — is a common denominator among the wronged. No matter the generational gaps between the present and the past, the need for restitution will always burn…

Democracy is that lofty ideal that is everybody’s battle cry but no one seems to understand its complexities, its dynamics, what it takes to make it work, so when they get it becomes the classic case of having it but not knowing what to do with it — — certainly not knowing how to make it work to their welfare. The results of Jamaica’s last elections were the most rank example of that dilemma.

For a while now voters have lost their zest for participation in the process as far as elections go. Understandably, because over the years the promise…

Today August 17, 2021, Jamaica celebrates the 134th birthday of Mwalimu Marcus Mosiah Garvey. The usual traditional meaningless, “putting on a show” floral tribute at his national monument will have to be postponed at least because Tropical Storm Grace is now pelting the island. …

Graeme Pearce, my white, woke, progressive "friend" from Down Under, this one's for you. So completely justified with kicking your racist butt to the curb.

Sometimes it is best not to say anything rather than do the diplomatic thing. It would be interesting to hear how your private self differs from your public self because this man who you venerate is not worthy of any such revere.

It is one of those great mysteries that people like Philip and Elizabeth who are of such despicable character are loved by so many simply because of who they are and that their crimes are not as overt as others. The world makes heroes out of the victimizers and demonizes the victims.

That image in this post is telling about who Philip was and what he represented. If hell does exist, there is is special place for people like him. #BIH

As a Catholic, I have long become weary of a lot of teachings of Catholicism. In another life, the Church and its belief in miracles could be put on trial for fraud. Nobody is going to pray to anybody and be healed of illnesses like the ones mentioned in these two miracles. Life is material.

I became less and less of a supporter of Teresa when I read that she saw suffering as some honour and instead of relieving it was telling the suffering to feel honoured to be suffering because Jesus suffered too. Of course, this is not unique…

***This article was published on the blog site Caribbean Organization for People’s Empowerment on August 8, 2020. It is reprised here in its entirety to help give some perspective on the court ruling in Jamaica “banning” dreadlocks.***

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The Case of ZV vs Kensington Primary And The Colonial Racism That Haunts Jamaica


ZV, a minor and her parents wear dreadlocks. They do so outside of any adherence to religion. Her school has an unwritten policy of ‘no braids, no beads, no locking of hair’. Placement at the school is dependent on adherence to this policy. …

For students, summer this year is not filled with that characteristic longing for school to end and thoughts of late nights, putting away the alarm clock and trips abroad before the “free paper” (as we love to call it in Jamaica) ends and it’s back to school. The pandemic brought a premature end to school activities. So students had an unexpected early vacation. Albeit online classes meant that class was still in session, though I’m quite sure classes in your “jammies” from home is way different from the formal schoolroom.

Millenium summer holidays are so very different from back in…

Columbus Statue Fall In ST. Paul. CGN
The toppling of the statue of Christopher Columbus in St. Paul. Courtesy:CGN

The removal of colonial statues is not new —- it has been a function of activists across the decolonized world, predominantly on the African continent, from as early as the 1960s. Much of it has particularly found expression in newly Independent nations wanting a reversion to pre-colonial societal fabric devoid of these repugnant reminders of the colonial epoch.

The sentiment anchoring this action was that statues honouring “heroes” of colonialism were a contradiction to the new spirit of nationhood. Generations later have seen the growth of radicalism that has led to demands for the toppling of more racist relics. …

This submission is influenced by fellow Medium member Indi Samarajiva’s “Brown People Are Racist Too”, an honest and enlightening piece on an issue that gets very little attention, if it even resides in the psyche of those who perpetrate it. Ironically, that article came off the heels of aTwitter exchange with a Japanese contact with a congenital aversion to the notion that racism is as rampant a function among Asians as among whites. It is one of those conversations that when approached cannot be won. After a few courteous tweets between us, the contender opted to block my account.


Donna Mattis

History/Politics degree/taught for a while/ once copywriter. On a journey of reclamation of African identity to the full restoration of African humanity.

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