Civil rights, human rights and the black gay descendants of African Slaves in Jamaica

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In Jamaica, if you are black and alive you will always know that you are a descendant of an enslaved African. You will also be reminded that the other people like you all over the world experience a “ism” against them. you will always be other. A just so di ting set.

 

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In Jamaica, if you are poor you are probably black. If you are illiterate you are black. if you are low paid you are black.

In Jamaica if your son or daughter has been killed by the police you are black.

In Jamaica if you are black you will always know that the system set against you so you haffi try hard, work hard just to try mek it through.

In Jamaica, black people nuh know nothing bout civil rights or human rights dem only understand the pity dem get all di while cause a dem poverty and illiteracy.

In Jamaica, a black people a define demselves everybody else know and understand and have dem ting set.

So if you black and you different calll it seh u gay or look gay how u think it a guh go.  U owna black people dem, some a dem nah go like yuh. cause nobadi nuh like dem and nothing nuh do dem. dem nah go defend u as a black gay descendants weh come from African like dem.

Life strange u hear. di one dem weh enslave we, come tell we seh human rights a fi everyone  and dem use civil rights and get through innah foreign but weh we have weh we believe we memba seh we a human. how we fi memba when from we know we self dem tell we seh nothing bout we nuh normal. nothing bout we black african self nuh normal.

 

English Translation

Human Rights and Civil Rights is not a narrative that can free black gay descendants of African Slaves in Jamaica.. Primarily because  in a country like Jamaica, black people have never understood equality and justice for them so they find it difficult to give it to others black like them who are said to be different by society.  The human rights narrative suggests that we can ignore the fact that we have never been seen as equal in the places where the narrative comes from, the West. What are our(black African Jamaican) own standards for being human?

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About afifa

dj. artist. creative director and co-founder of the SO((U))L HQ and DI Institute for Social Leadership. I make ritual spaces.

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