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Social media failed, but Miss Lou already my icon

Friday, September 08, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Born on September 7, 1919, Jamaican icon Louise Bennett, otherwise know as Miss Lou, broke the glass ceiling for Jamaican patois in the mainstream.

I've seen that a patriotic Jamaican started a petition wanting the Government to make Miss Lou an icon and erect a statue in honour of her. The petition failed to garner enough support from the public by way of online signatures. It reportedly only got 1,486 signatures — not even close to the 15,000 mark that was the aim. Unfortunately, the deadline was Miss Lou's birthday and so it would have not been successful.

In any event, I don't need the Government to tell me Miss Lou is an icon, because she already is.

I have to revisit the Ishawna saga that took place recently after she made the comment in reference to Miss Lou. Many Jamaicans were against her “tablecloth” comment and people took to social media in numbers — attracting thousands of views, likes and comments. Even the traditional media people 'gave it to her'. It's so sad the majority of those people never signed this petition.

Miss Lou, your legacy and achievements will live on for generations, no matter what.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann

teddylee.gray@gmail

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