'Real talk, Shaggy'

Observer readers hail philanthropic artiste for views on race relations in the US

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Jamaica Observer readers have voiced agreement with international recording artiste Shaggy's view that the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency has resulted in a re-emergence of racism in that country.

The readers posted their comments under last Friday's story which reported Shaggy's thoughts on politics in the United States, and in which he posited that Trump's presidency has caused black people in America to wake up to the reality of how they are really seen in that country.

“Donald Trump cause everybody to find dem yard. I fought for the United States Government, did four years in the military and fought in the Gulf War; I pay taxes in America — you do not want to know the figure; and at the end of the day I am just a number — a black man. I am just a second-class citizen. That doesn't change in America,” the hit-making artiste with a passion for philanthropy said.

Trump's election, he argued, has “made us realise that some of the people I thought were my really good friends, really are not. He [has] allowed a lot of people to come out of their face. Because a lot of them were really just keeping it under wraps. These are people who you would have trusted to a point that you would have left all your children's future in their hands. They were your friends... they were at your dinner table. So it's good that he's president because it has allowed a lot of people to wake up. You have not seen so many people wake up”.

The story generated lively discussion on the Observer website with readers praising the singjay for forcefully stating his views.

“Real talk Shaggy!!!” said the reader who posts under the name Haggy.

“I get his point of view; glad I read the article,” said Lorna V Gray.

Here are lightly edited excerpts of some of the other views posted“



I'm very proud to know that a Jamaican shares the exact view that I have held. What Shaggy has said here, there are many black people who cannot and will not accept the fact that Jamaica belongs to us and nowhere in reality we can be psychologically comfortable like in that country of our birth.

I cannot speak for another person, but I've discovered long ago that there is a lot more to life than been privileged. I've lived most of my adult life away from Jamaica, between Canada and now Europe. I have asked myself why am I not psychologically comfortable when I have a reasonable amount of material things, I'm not living poor, but something is missing from my life.

I put the question to an Iranian engineer who has been living here from he was 12 years old. He is my senior; he said to me that the country where we were born has a psychological effect on us and the reality is that we belong there. He said every day when he gets up his mind is on Iran, hoping that he can return there but it is very risky — he could be arrested, placed in prison or even be killed, although it was his parents that illegally immigrated and had taken him with them.

When I'm in Jamaica I feel very comfortable [and], that is why I have a nice home there, and maintain our family home that my parents had built while growing up. I'm always in Jamaica. With all the crime going on out there I'm not afraid, I'm back Christmas again. Slowly moving back to live in my country of birth. Europe and America do not belong to us.

Shaggy is a true Jamaican: Long live our black cultural heritage. Plenty of respect, brother Shaggy.


Don Yee

I agree. Racial discrimination was not eliminated after MLK, it simply went underground and has now resurfaced under DT, telling it like it is. Jamaicans need to wake up, join hands and help bring our country to a level of self-sustainability. We have the talent, we just need the will to do it. Times are a-changing and it is time to react to these changes.



This paints a very positive image of Shaggy.

Best wishes on the fund-raising for the hospital.

A son of Jamaica.



Nun a the Marleys?

Best wishes Shaggy & Friends, continue to share the blessings.

One Love



Respect Shaggy...“every cloud has a silver lining”.

We do well to be thoroughly analytical.

One Love still!


Winston Fraser

The recent Senate race won by the Democrats in the deep red state of Alabama is a testament to Shaggy's comments. Blacks [mostly women] came out in their highest numbers to vote in that State... higher than in 2008 when Barack Obama first run for president. “Danall Chump's” presidency is “a wake up call” for all the world to see for sure.

Anthony McG

I hope people read what Shaggy said and don't run off screaming for his boycott after reading just the headline. His points are relevant and sometimes it takes a tragedy to wake people up so that they can see what must be seen and hear what needs to be heard.

I have always told my friends who migrate to the USA that they should not burn the bridge behind them, but when they go there, they should learn, then earn, then return and build their own country, because at the end of the day, and irrespective of how much wealth they have, they are still not seen as first-class citizens and everything they have worked hard for can be taken away with an edict from the White House and/or Congress and the stroke of a pen.

At the end of the day, and even taking into consideration the crime situation in JA, it still supports my view that no weh no betta dan yard, especially when you take into consideration the trials, tribulations, wars, hunger, famine, State-sponsored/supported killings and terrorism taking place all over the world (including in the USA). In comparison to what is happening elsewhere, JA is indeed a paradise.



Amen!!! Well said. Even if you are highly qualified and working with a top corporation as a top senior executive, you are still looked upon as a second-class citizen.


The Saint

Good thing I read the article. The headline is a bit misleading, but reading the article makes you know that you have to look out for yourself and do not trust others. It brings to light the fact that there are a lot of fakes out there.


Mike Beckles

No truer words. The only thing is that I am unsure whether this is enough to cause our people to wake up.

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