Disturbingly, not only is the spirit of Emancipation Day dying, but also the awareness of our young people regarding where they are in the human story. We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s development. There is hardly any indigenous Jamaican culture anymore due to the intense cultural penetration from North America which we have gladly embraced. We have become culturally unbalanced as a people.
It appears as if Emancipation Day is being treated like a step child who no one really wants but who is tolerated to some extent. This attitude is unacceptable especially for a country whose population is over ninety per cent of African descent.
We need to redouble our efforts at empowering the people of Jamaica, especially the youth population by infusing in the school’s syllabus and educating our students about their past in order for them to successful navigate a bright future.
In the words of Marcus Garvey, a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.