Final warning from the youth
NO matter how the story goes, I am the one who gets caught up and eventually destroyed for no good reason. I could be any boy or a girl in a bunch of youth at a football match or a church. I am just an innocent or ignorant youth about to be slaughtered. I know full well that the killings will continue anyway, and often it will be the adults who instigate or investigate these murders.
We keep on getting killed unless we learn how to stand up and protest. Do I live uptown or downtown? Or am I a Rastafarian or a Christian? A Comrade or a Labourite? This response has nothing to do with my class, religion or political affiliation. I am just a tormented or tempted youth facing annihilation.
I am not trying to run away from my responsibility by making lame excuses. I am not trying to prove anything to politicians or the masses. I just want to remind you that the youth in this country are very angry and you must stop provoking us into wrath. We are silent by force; not by choice. We can turn your life into hell if you continue to suppress our voice. I admit it is our own fault, we get easily led, cheated and scared. We watch the unfolding drama on TVJ or CVM.
We call or text our friends and family and feel happy that we are spared. Instead of protesting against such tragic deaths, we try to adjust. Yes, we have our problems too: We have to study, do our chores and play our sports. Hence, we depend on adults to guide and protect us. The parents, family, community, church, schools, army, police and entire government are supposed to ensure our safety.
But no one seems to care a damn! We are tired of mere lip service and false reassurances. Why won't you prevent such heartless massacres? How many more young people need to die before you can actually do something? Don't think that we cannot figure out your hypocrisy or your loyalty to the lobbyists, or your interest only in winning the next election or making money. So just cut out the reckless pretence right now!
The whole system is corrupt and out of control now. If you adults don't stand up to your responsibility we will be forced to take things into our own hands. This may disturb the peace and balance in your so-called civilised society, but what other options do we have?
That press report quoting: "1,600 Jamaican children killed in the last 12 years..." is not just brutal, but a big question to all! That is the challenge for you as we continue to get neglected, ill-treated and murdered every day.
I am just reminding you of this today. No, I am not an emotional or sentimental teen. We always know what loss is. You have allowed us to be robbed of our innocence, abused, neglected, brainwashed or trained to be terrorists or soldiers of drug lords or area dons. Yet, I refuse to die like a dog by misguided youth in the hood or a gun-toting madman running across the school yard. This foolishness must stop right now!
Don't underestimate me and take me for granted. Don't assume that this is just empty teen talk. I am like blazing fire. When contained and used, I can cook for you a meal. If ignored, my wrath may burn down your entire dwelling. Please do what you need to do; so we can continue to do what we are supposed to do. If this does not happen, you will be responsible for all the evil that will be unleashed. And we all will have to pay the price!
Contributed by FARINA