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We as a people must always display power and pride in our national symbolism and as a nation and people of Jamaica, we have a choice. Why the “big wood” man statue instead of the “freedom statute” in Emancipation Park? There is absolutely no connection between emancipation and been naked. If slaves were kept naked it is more symbolic of degradation than empowerment which emancipation symbolizes. We will always continue to choose evil over good if we don’t know who we are as a people and proud of it.
“The freedom statue on Goree Island, The House of Slaves and its Door of No Return is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island, 3 km off the coast of the city of Dakar, Senegal. Visitors from Africa, Europe, and the Americas continue to make it an important place to remember the human toll of African slavery. Honor our Ancestors, if we do not who will?”
In the totality of monuments erected to celebrate black power and its rise above enslavement, the current “big wood” statue in Jamaica’s emancipation park is the most despicable. It is for this reason, it is an affront to common decency when we as a society are struggling with sexual abuse especially of young men and girls some of the most vulnerable in society.
The Ultimate goals of our political leaders are to deconstruct our history and culture by inserting themselves as the only reference to civic pride and culture. They are becoming our gods if we don’t stop them.
Every decent god fearing Jamaican should let it be known to the government that this symbolism as a people coming out of slavery is tainted with promiscuity and infidelity to the cause Bogle, George, Nanny, Cudjoe, and Garvey stood for. It is time we replace it with decency and the courage and love of the black men and women who triumphant victory of good over evil must be honored with clear and unambiguous morality.
by Silbert Barrett

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