The post-slavery scam and productivity

The post-slavery scam and productivity


Friday, December 06, 2019

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There are consequences when you mess with people's heads as growth is not a product of investment only. People must have a mind to work and produce. So, Michael Lee-Chin may try “5 in 4”, but powerful, credible forces are against him.

If thought-leaders insist we are owed billions by rich white people long and loud enough, at some stage we will believe and back off on effort. When you ramp up this rhetoric in a poor, semi-literate society don't be surprised if the “not working and not seeking work” group grows, and many in jobs reduce effort.

Some Jamaicans have made a business of propagating slavery and post-colonial angst and impact the national project. To instil in our 92.1 per cent that their ancestors “work areddy”, so they don't need to, is mischief and colts growth. This big jackpot message undermines production, productivity, and is fertiliser for idleness and crime.

Misguided or evil men monetise long-dead ancestors' pain to build careers, wealth and fame. They seek redress for what white people did to our ancestors 300 years ago while ignoring black men who rape and kill with impunity; yet there be no slaves here. They envy the white man's exploitation to fulfil his God's command to be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the Earth. Did African gods issue similar commands to us? I am the hero in my story, so had I lived in the 17th or 18th century I would be among the victors. I am nobody's slave — and you? I am Hulk, Thor, Superman; victory or die trying; so, don't cry for me Argentina!

Experts say there is one human race, so the temperate African Diaspora left the Rift Valley in pre-historic times for snowy lands and lost their skin melanin over time; but their scion returned to Africa around 1400 CE as Portuguese traders. The new tropical African Diaspora was bought, sold, shipped by African and European traders from the 14th to 18th century and we are their modern scion. Were ours docile, weak, and nave that their melanin-deficient cousins took charge? No, they had purpose — sugar cane farms, factories to run, and needed workers. Our ancestors were not Tainos who took their own lives rather than be slaves; nor like Japanese who disembowelled themselves so as not to be taken alive. Ours chose to not end their bloodline but to live in slavery. I am happy they did, as I would not be here. So, why? Was their vision generational revenge or so their scion may exalt them? Those who think revenge try to extort white people. Others like me work to build black empires in their name.

Friend, don't let academia label you. You are not post-slavery or post-colonial which imply conditioning to do predictable acts; for example, after Emancipation ex-slaves would drop tools when the estate “Corchie” sounded; quite Pavlovian, but all are now dead.

The “post-colonial” traversed from colony to independence; all now over 57. If you were born after 1962 you are modern and own none of this; so live free and prosper! Yet the identity 'cash flow' of some people are bound up in this nihilism — reject them! We, scion of the 18th century African, must prosper or scion of pre-historic Africans will rule us forever.

Jamaica is the epicentre of this racist scam. We are not owed billions, and the cynical, cruel “Jamaica, no problem” on the lips of the poor is mass delusion — waiting for Godot? Its associates are Rastafari, patois, ganja, and entertainers; not managers or scientists. Did Singapore burden itself with post-colonial issues or Australia harp on its criminal origins en route to prosperity? No! What can we do Lord?

We are a black nation with ethnic minorities all full of ideas and energy, We are inching to modernity; nothing post-slavery about us. First, unmask false prophets and discard labels as post-colonial as “none but ourselves can free our minds”. Do it! Next, don't obsess on ancestors; they played the hand God gave them as their cruel black family, like Joseph's brothers, sold them into slavery. Third, the legal evil of British and African slave traders is karma; yours is ahead!

Next, we want academia to open minds, not condition youth so expose them to capitalism, Rastafari, Christianity, slavery, Islam, communism, etc. We regret Africa has not told their side of slavery. Finally, let's honour ancestors with a “Day of the Dead” like our Latin friends and stop perennial moping. They were victims of human trafficking, but back then it was legal here, in Europe and Africa. Nobody owes us; but your car, gun, cellphone says we owe them! So produce, export, prosper to prove your ancestors made the right choice. Stay conscious!

Franklin Johnston, D Phil (Oxon), is a strategist and project manager; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK); and lectures in logistics and supply chain management at Mona School of Business and Management, The University of the West Indies. Send comments to the Observer or

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