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The Hypocrisy of Outrage Against LGBT Rights in Jamaica

Written by Janine Mendes-Franco On 23 July 2014 @ 19:21 pm | No Comments

In Caribbean, Citizen Media, English, Ethnicity & Race, Gay Rights (LGBT), History, Ideas, Jamaica, Media & Journalism, Politics, Protest, Quick Reads, Religion, Sport

An off-colour comment by a Jamaican sports commentator who “dampened the moment of post World Cup celebrations with his shouts of ‘Heil Hitler’ on national television” leads author and blogger Kei Miller [1] to pen a letter to the editor illustrating why his countrymen are living a double standard – outraged by the Hitler reference, most Jamaicans seem to have no problem “liv[ing] comfortably in a period of bigotry” when it comes to LGBT rights.

But wait, some may argue…isn't that like comparing apples and oranges? Perhaps, but Miller argues that the two can be compared:

The point of any comparison is never to make things equal. A thing is only equal to itself. My point really is…that it is interesting a widespread reaction against the historical REMINDER of bigotry, when there are other contemporary expressions of bigotry being tolerated and even celebrated.


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[1] Kei Miller: https://keimiller.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/apples-versus-oranges-hitler-versus-jamaica-cause/

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