The Disillusionment of Paradise
Jamaica is known as an island of paradise for many individuals around the world. The culture is rich with its long white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water as far as the eyes can see, palm trees blowing in the crisp breeze, Duns River falls, and the birth place of reggae music. Often times when the illusion of perfection is removed from a situation, clarity is identified. In reality, to the vast majority of its natives, Jamaica is a country plagued with corruption and an unprecedented wave of violent crimes (Kovaleski, 1999). It is of my opinion that the increased and continual violence that occurs is a direct result of political corruption and poverty.
Political corruption in Jamaica is the exploitation of the impoverished population by the people in power for private gains. For example, political leaders make promises during election periods in order to gain votes.
A few of the many promises made include new schools for the different communities, better housing, construction projects for roads and potholes, and employment opportunities. When promises were not delivered, many individuals would retaliate. Vivid memories are recalled from the numerous occasions when my sister's and I could not attend school or work. Certain colors were forbidden as they represented political connotations. The roads were barricaded with debris, burning cars, and gangsters patrolling the streets with their ak-47. I would sometimes ask myself, why? These men believed they were fighting for a better way life for their families and children.
The roots of crime in Jamaica spread beyond the political corruption. My 26 years of living on the island leads me to recognize poverty as another primary cause of violence. I have witnessed many people from impoverished neighborhoods steal and commit crimes in order to survive on a daily...