BOOK: “Jamaica: Post-Colonial Struggles – Selected Columns 1976 – 2013” – By Wilberne Persaud

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Comment (excerpts) by Historian Brian Moore on “Jamaica: Post-Colonial Struggles for Dignity, Equity and Development – Selected Columns 1976 – 2013”:

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“The book is a wonderful compendium of Wilberne Persaud’s erudite commentaries on contemporary socio-economic developments as they unfolded. In that regard, it literally relives a relatively recent past that still impacts present-day Jamaica.

So, it is particularly informative for policy makers today who can see where and how their predecessors went wrong. But its value will be further enhanced over time as it will become an invaluable interpretive source for future history researchers whether or not they concur with your views.

“Of course, since the focus is exclusively on Jamaica, it should naturally have strong resonance on Jamaicans and on people like me who lived there over many years and experienced much of what it discusses; and of course, also on people who have a scholarly interest on the economic challenges and pitfalls in developing countries. … it’s a work that I will have to read, not in one go, but in segments. There’s a lot to digest. With that in mind, your clear thematic sectionalizing of the articles is a boon.           

“The book is a treasure trove of your published and unpublished writings made easily accessible by pulling them together between two covers. It is further enhanced by the stupendous body of photographs which alone provide the reader with visual images of the actors and lived landscape of modern Jamaica. This painstaking compilation and organising of materials must have consumed an enormous amount of your time and energy, and you must be fulsomely congratulated on the excellence of the final product. Speaking for myself, I look forward to making my way through it slowly, and especially to benefit from your thoughtful insights.”

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  • Clyde Duncan  On July 18, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Jamaica Governor General To No Longer Wear Offensive Medal

    Jamaica Observer

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he will no longer be wearing the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image depicting St Michael standing on the neck of a chained black man.

    This follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over the image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalise the continued degradation of people of colour.

    In a statement earlier this week, Allen said: “The Star of the Order depicts St Michael the Archangel as being triumphant over Satan. However, in light of the heightened scrutiny of our iconography in Jamaica undergirded by our history, the Black Lives Matter movement in America, and related issues in the global sphere, it is evident that the image can be offensive.”

    Additionally, the Governor General said he has asked his office to initiate an immediate review of all insignias and iconography associated with the Office of The Governor General that may be considered racially culturally inappropriate.

    His office said he has also sent a letter to the Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George requesting a revision of the image used on the medal, and recommending that it be “changed to reflect an inclusive image of the shared humanity of all peoples”.

    Sir Patrick further encouraged everyone to work together to build a more just and inclusive society.

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