Cool Sunday, January 19, 2014

This is really a great read each time it appears. Please note also the call for support for the national bobsled team.

Petchary's Blog

We have a visiting cold front, bringing lovely cool air and lovely rain to some parts of the island. Aah!

Graffiti wars: It’s either smart PR, or clever strategy to lure gang members. Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor, who is in charge of West Kingston, stands in front of walls covered with graffiti calling for freedum”  (sic) for the oppressed inner-city area. There were over eighty murders in West Kingston last year. The spelling doesn’t matter, but the police seem happy with the defaced walls. The messages suggest that residents are tired of the lingering influence of Christopher “Dudus” Coke and his cronies. On previous occasions the police have whitewashed out some beautifully painted walls in inner city areas – because they celebrated the lives of supposed gangsters, one assumes. I’ve seen similar wall art in San Francisco in memory of a “ghetto youth” and no one would dream…

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