November 24, 2020
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Simple Talk Blog
I’m your Host Tara Smith- Jarrett
“There is no time stamp on trauma. There isn’t a formula that you can insert yourself into to get from horror to healed. Be patient, take up space, let your journey be the balm” – Dawn Serra
Beautiful, talented and full of life are words used to describe 17-year-old Kaylan. Battered, scared and rendered unconscious is Kaylan’s present reality. Spectators who stood and watched threw invisible blows, by rendering no assistance. Our black kings turned a blind eye out of fear, some out of lack of compassion while some stayed true to the “informer fi dead” mentality.
“See and blind, hear and deaf”, a Jamaican slang that many live by especially in the inner-city communities. Fear of reprisals and labeling of derogatory terms are cause enough for many men to adopt the slang as their pledge. Most inner-city men have a badman image to portray and maintain. Just as how oil and water don’t mix, the badman persona and informer/tattletale clearly don’t go together.
This newly developed mentality has crippled our justice system, everyone is tight lipped and has instant memory loss, it’s funny how amnesia sets in as soon as the police pleas for any form of information. Kaylan’s story should be the prime catalyst for the change that is long overdue and is a long time in coming. When is the saying fitting? “If you see something, say something”. Talk about knocking someone when they’re already down. Isn’t that what we are doing by remaining closed mouthed?
Give her a fighting chance, help to bring the perpetrators to justice. Black King’s reclaim your place as our protectors, help to restore the moral fabric, restore the love, and restore the paradise of wood and water. In the words of Whitney Houston, “I believe the children are our future”, this is a stalk reminder that our future is in the hands of the nurturers taking care of our children. Rid yourself of the informer mentality before you try to rid the nation of its informers.
“Part of building a new nation means building a spirit of tolerance, love and respect amongst the people of our country” – Nelson Mandela
Tara Smith- Jarrett