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JAMAICA'S HISTORICAL BUILDINGS

THE DEMOLITION OF JAMAICA’S HISTORICAL BUILDINGS

Jamaica has no modicum of thought or consciousness with regards to restoration or preservation of the vestiges of her history within the body politic of our country and it is no doubt due to a lack of exposure. As a result, the thought process leads to mash up, tear down and rebuild only. There were fervent discussions about the demolition of The General Penitentiary somewhere around 2015 amid the furor of England having the gall to offer us £25,000,000 to be used for building a new prison. Did the offered handout come with a slap of shame and a reminder of the heinous period of slavery the country suffered under colonization, I guess. But here is what I know for sure, Jamaica is not in a position to afford that tidy sum from it’s coffers comfortably any time soon, as there are more pressing matters to be addressed at hand, and which, I daresay, are challenging at this time. Do we need a new prison, of course. Will our refusal stop England from deporting prisoners to the island by the plane load? Absolutely not. I admit that it takes more than I have to bring to the table to figure out how best to keep malice, specify demands for handouts or piss in a piss-pot or “chimmey,” rather than accept a gift of sorts from the landlord to upgrade to a latrine or toilet – to save face. However, to accept or not is not the bone of my contention!

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