Wednesday, May 26, 2010

'Who The Cap Fit Let Them Wear It'

The late great Bob Marley understood that while white colonial "downpressers," as he called them, had been a predominant force in the history of Jamaica, his own people bore responsibility for the never ending cycle of internecine violence that characterizes the Caribbean nation to this day.

In fact, when Marley died 29 years ago this month he went to his grave with shell fragments in his chest and arm from a politically-motivated assassination attempt at his Kingston compound.

This makes the latest convulsion of violence -- much of it ironically in the Tivoli Gardens ghetto of Kingston where Marley scrabbled as a young man -- so tragic.

Photograph by Andrew Smith/Reuters

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