Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Jamaica: The Horror and the Silence
I'm glad those Canadian tourists got out of Jamaica alive.
I hope that before the scary end they had a good vacation..... in the most homophobic place on Earth.
In 2004, a teen was almost killed when his father learned his son was gay and invited a group to lynch the boy at his school. Months later, witnesses say, police egged on another mob that stabbed and stoned a gay man to death in Montego Bay. And this year a Kingston man, Nokia Cowan, drowned after a crowd shouting "batty boy" (a Jamaican epithet for homosexual) chased him off a pier.
Bathing in gay blood.
One night last month, Andre and some friends were finishing dinner when a mob showed up at the front gate. Yelling antigay slurs and waving machetes, sticks and knives, 15 to 20 men kicked in the front door of the home he and his friends had rented and set upon them.
His skull has deep cut marks and his ear was sliced in half, horizontally. Doctors managed to sew it back together and he can hear out of it again.
And then there's Stephen Harper. I hope he enjoyed his little vacation too....with his new best friend Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
The ugly bigot who recently said this:
“We are not going to yield to the pressure, whether that pressure comes from individual organizations, individuals, whether that pressure comes from foreign governments or groups of countries, to liberalize the laws as it relates to buggery,”
Where "buggery" can mean just holding hands.
I was hoping the plight of gay people might come up at a news conference this morning. But it didn't. Harper didn't mention it .... naturally. And the media asked no questions.
What a wasted opportunity. Can you imagine what an effect a statement from Canada might have had? Can you imagine how much violence it might have prevented ?
But instead there was NOTHING about the poor gays of Jamaica. Nothing about this humble boycott.
Can you imagine how powerless I feel? The deadly silence continues.
And the horror goes on and on...