You Know Who I Am? – Look Pon Mi Farid Good – U Nuh Si Di Sign???

How many sides are there to a story?  Would you make a determination without having all the facts?  The person who is to be believed is the one who pursues justice, reports and records it.  The person who brings it to your attention on the inset must also bring  to your attention the progress, follow up.  The Roc has a term ‘nine day wonder’.  Usually after that duration, you are like, ‘wait memba dah story deh a wha happen?  Sad, unacceptable but true.  As it relates to this particular story, I need more information and that will only be forthcoming if the writer follows up with the respective government agency.  I will say this, however.

Wielding of power is a people thing.  The total unacceptability it appears to me is often times heightened when it is wielded by a black person to another.  It is twofold, we resent black people in positions of leadership and they resent anyone black that appears to be more intelligent or appear to be self assured who is not in leadership as they define it.  Wow………………..do I really believe that?  Absolutely, I live it, I experience it and I know exactly how to handle such 60% of the time.  I am not saying ALL, but certainly enough to create inefficiencies, unending bureaucracy in the way we conduct business on the Roc.  From the supervisor across the border to middle line and upper management.  I recall I encountered a road block a few years ago.  I summoned the worker to let me speak to the supervisor on duty.  Once the supervisor came and proceeded to speak, my comments were brief as I interjected, ‘clearly you have no training or you do not understand, waste of my time’.  I moved on never to return.  A minor incident that did not need a major follow up on my part.  Why?  The choice in hiring was made amongst wuss, wusserer and wussest.

Wielding of power…………………you could be part of the labour force who from time to time ‘bossey’ engages you in dialogue.  For you that could be a form of power you deem to hold over those like yourself who also reports to the ‘bossey’.  Can you imagine our borders, port of entries?  In training, is that behavioral disposition addressed or is it enhanced, encouraged by virtue of those who have the power to make the change failing to do so?

Wielding of power………………links run tings pon di Island.  Definitely a part of the inefficiencies in how we conduct business.  Do you know who I am?  Mek dem tell u who me is, so wen u si mi, u better humble uself or else.  We seem to suffer more being a small Island with an abundance of small minded thinking people in positions that while academically qualified to manage, fail miserably in personal development.  Your thinking about ‘self’ will greatly play a major role in how you perceive others.  Especially when you do not know them, they are not fazed by your positon as for them it is your job.  We pay for favours, we pay for links and when you have developed a culture of conducting business that way, then all and sundry believe they are able to wield power over someone.  The black man’s way of reigning supreme is over their own people and that is why the insult is even more devastating. 


ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Denied entry to my own country

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 11:18 AM 57 Comments

Dear Editor:

I’ve read stories of Jamaicans being denied entry to other countries; however, nothing prepared me for being denied entry to Jamaica — the land of my birth.

On Friday, September 30, 2016, I was the first passenger to disembark WestJet 2600 from Toronto in the early afternoon.

As an airline professional with over 20 years experience I have never been to a country and on arrival found there was no one at Immigration to greet and process arriving passengers. This happened to us on arrival in Kingston.

After waiting several minutes, I expressed disgust at the poor service with another passenger. Suddenly an immigration officer appeared, he must’ve overheard and instructed me to “shut up… or keep my voice down”.

Of course I let him know as an adult, I didn’t appreciate being spoken to like that. He quickly glanced at my passport and passed me on to his supervisor, who explained that the officers were late due to some training session.

I found the excuse even more appalling. Why would they schedule training during peak work period, early afternoon — when most flights start to arrive?

By then the supervisor decided I was to be denied entry.

This stunned me, as a Jamaican by birth, who lived more than half of my life, in Jamaica.

I planned to visit a terminally ill relative and provide her with some nutritional health products. I explained all this to the officer who showed no empathy. I was to be returned to Toronto on the same day.

This caused me much inconvenience, embarrassment and distress.

The person who escorted me back on the return flight, further explained that under the Geneva laws, the authorities could’ve also stripped me of my citizenship.

Again, I was stunned at the idea I could be stripped of my citizenship by birth. I therefore call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate this matter.

I believe the Jamaican immigration took matters to an extreme here and overstepped their boundaries, only because I complained of what I thought was poor service. How can we get better as a country if we’re so touchy about criticism?

Richard Leiba

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