Will we ever have this kind of inclusivity in Jamaica from our leaders??

Here is a quote from US President Barack Obama’s speech during his inauguration exercise. Take note his direct references to the mix of persons. As the post title asks, we wonder when Jamaica will ever reach that stage of inclusiveness or if we will at all ever see people blind to labels and stereotypes and just respecting people as people…..what changed for us?

“…As I stand here tonight, what gives me the greatest hope of all is not the stone and marble that surrounds us today, but what fills the spaces in between. It is you – Americans of every race and region and station who came here because you believe in what this country can be and because you want to help us get there. It is the same thing that gave me hope from the day we began this campaign for the presidency nearly two years ago; a belief that if we could just recognize ourselves in one another and bring everyone together – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; Latino, Asian, and Native American; black and white, gay and straight, disabled and not – then not only would we restore hope and opportunity in places that yearned for both, but maybe, just maybe, we might perfect our union in the process.”
Howie seh so
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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

2 thoughts on “Will we ever have this kind of inclusivity in Jamaica from our leaders??”

  1. Believe it! “Yes we can!” But first we need to come together and work for this kind of change…it may not happen today or tomorrow… but like any civil rights movement it requires the input of those in the community who have a vision and are willing to work and sacrifice to achieve it.It begs the question “can we and do we want to unite in the struggle for our rights?”

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  2. The problem in Jamaica is that the leaders are cowards. Maybe, just maybe, the likes of Mr Obama will give them something to emulate in the years to come.Check out this blog and The Writers’ Forum. Join in the discussion on “Young people, Kids, and the Gay Word” in England, and leave a comment, if you have something to say: http://paulboakye.net/blog/forum/off-topic-1/young-people-kids-the-gay-word/You can also watch the film, “For the Bible tells me So,” which deals with homophobia in the church. http://paulboakye.net/blog/2009/01/society/religion-society/for-the-bible-tells-me-so/

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