Black Lives Matter, Too

In the last few years I’ve avoided social media and tend not to get into dialogues about race relations, politics or religion. However over the last few weeks I’ve seen how our perceptions as individuals have been skewed by our own experiences and privileges. Being Jamaican, I was fortunate to grow up in a society where I was a part of the racial majority. As such, I never experienced systematic racism as many of my African American brothers and sisters. However I have been careful not to dismiss their experiences because of my failure to fully understand their reality.  Continue reading

Miss Jamaica World Stirs Racial Debate

On Saturday, July 12, 2014 Laurie-Ann Chin was crowned the 2014 Miss Jamaica World, and almost immediately there were some Jamaicans who voiced their dissatisfaction with the winner of the pageant. Although I did not view the pageant, I gathered from the vitriol posted online that the dissatisfaction stemmed not from how Laurie-Ann Chin conducted herself in the pageant, but rather her perceived ethnicity. A few seem dissatisfied that a contestant with a darker complexion was not chosen. Continue reading

iBelieve in Me – What life in the USA has taught me

On a day marked by celebrations regarding the independence of the United States, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the beauty of this great country. The opportunities presented to me here are endlessly and I have grown to love and respect the people of a land that means so much to our world today. Continue reading

Celebrate You, Don’t Settle to be Someone Else

In the summer of 2008 Jamaica’s Usain Bolt ran the 100 meters race in 9.69 seconds at the Beijing Olympic Games. Following Usain Bolt’s record-breaking run, the world has been fascinated by the speed of many Jamaicans, a country which over the years has produced some of the world’s greatest athletes.  Committed to securing the claim as one of the top athletes among the greats that Jamaica had produced I decided it was my time to run the 100 meters race. Therefore, in 2011 after 1 day of intensive training which included brisk walking, and few short jogs, I decided I was ready to attempt what would be considered one of the greatest challenges of my athletic career. Continue reading

Police and Race Relations in America

Recently the media have been dominated with reports of the incident which occurred between Dr. Henry Gates Jr. and members of the Cambridge Mass. Police Department. I am troubled by the way in which the argument has degenerated into such a divisive issue. No doubt, the issue of race and race relations in the U.S. has again resurfaced, and has been made more relevant due to an African-American commander-in-chief. Continue reading