We Want Justice

“We want justice! We want justice!”

Placard bearing mis-spelt words; women skimpily clad with hair unkempt and children at their sides accompanied by sounds effects of raucous screams “we want justice” forms the familiar scene we so often see.  (or that’s the part some newscast show)

Justice for what?

News reporter: It is alleged that the police shot and killed a man in Rat Town…

People: We want justice!

News reporter: A woman was killed by a motorist travelling along Pathway Avenue…

People: we want justice!

News reporter: Children are not going school because parents not working…

People: We want justice!

News reporter: “Fire destroyed a three bedroom dwelling in Johncrow Town. Fire fighters ascertain fire was caused by an illegal wire…”

People: We want justice!

…and the situations continue.

But the question is, are they really in a position to plea for justice? Do they really want justice? I question this cry for justice on the basis that the law enforcers on numerous occasions pratically beg citizens to give information to help prevent crime and violence but only a few respond. Some of these people screaming for justice are swift to call others “informa” when they give information that will aid in fighting crime. By doing this they are doing a gross INJUSTICE to the judicial system and Jamaica. So why do we cry for justice when we ourselves refuse to ‘give’ justice? Boy, sometimes we are so hypocritical!

Robbery of Justice!

Informa fi dead!

Really? (Raise my brows) We need to re-examine the word information from which this term ‘informa’ is derived “inform-a-tion”. The word is telling us to give information (to a source). Therefore, we can substitute the “tion” with several other words:

  • Inform-a-nation
  • Inform-a-people
  • Inform-a-child
  • Inform-a-government

… and the list continues.

These information we always find relevant and if we are not informed, how are we going to move forward? So what is this talk about “informa fi dead”?  By withholding information we are committing a robbery of the justice system.

Wash over gold!

Silence is not always golden. (In the case of seeking justice it is “wash-over-gold”!. Unsightly!) We need to speak out! When our children are young, we encourage them to be ‘informas’ by giving us inform-a-tion (inform-a-parent) immediately if they are violated in any way, shape or form; or if something happens in class they should INFORM the teacher. Yet, when they get older we silence them- “shut up yuh mout” or  “you chat too much” and then they too learn that “ informa fi dead”As adults we refuse to give information  on the things that are destroying us.  Based on this I ask, Is it that the meaning attach to the word informa is age driven? Hmmm!!!!! As a child it is okay to talk and as an adult it is not!

Yet we continue to recreate the familiar scene and echo the words “we want justice” like a programmed robot or automated machine.  But do we really know WHAT justice is? Think about it.

Dor @ reins

 

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3 thoughts on “We Want Justice

  1. rayon simpson

    Rain fall!!! Wi want justice!!!!
    MP lose him seat wi want justice!!!
    MP win him seat wi want justice!!!
    Man killed 3 and was arrested moments after by the police – wi want justice
    Earthquake damaged house – wi want justice family got justice – wi want justice!!!

    Listen nuh justice can’t be too much and nuh matter how much justice wi get wi can still tek more!!!

    But seriously we need to get rid of this foolishness bout “informa fi dead” – let’s “inform-a-nation”!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. courtney2502

    He was a low rate criminal at best.

    More of an informant really.

    Running errands for the area leader

    since age twelve.

    “Im neva trouble anybaddy.”

    When the cameras came and the

    crowd converged and the mother’s

    hoarded tears and cow bawling fell

    like torrential rain in October…

    “Is mi one pickney dem kill.”

    When the placards were resurrected and

    the burning tires perfumed the air with

    the vengeance of a thousand ‘Fitzroys’…

    “Wi waan justice!”

    When the police came back and the M.P.

    came with his monochromatic entourage and

    solemn expression and rehearsed speech and

    mellifluous voice which hushed the crowd and

    ‘this cycle of violence must stop’…

    And a faceless shout…
    (Nicola Lawrence)

    Reply
  3. rayon simpson

    He was a low rate criminal at best.

    More of an informant really.

    Running errands for the area leader

    since age twelve.

    “Im neva trouble anybaddy.”

    When the cameras came and the

    crowd converged and the mother’s

    hoarded tears and cow bawling fell

    like torrential rain in October…

    “Is mi one pickney dem kill.”

    When the placards were resurrected and

    the burning tires perfumed the air with

    the vengeance of a thousand ‘Fitzroys’…

    “Wi waan justice!”

    When the police came back and the M.P.

    came with his monochromatic entourage and

    solemn expression and rehearsed speech and

    mellifluous voice which hushed the crowd and

    ‘this cycle of violence must stop’…
    And a faceless shout…

    Jade Cameron

    Reply

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