Tuesday, December 03, 2002

"If we continue to perfunctorily categorise murder victims, we may come to a point where we calmly compartmentalise 'at risk' fellow Jamaicans and relegate them to the realm of the unfortunate doomed within the society. Since most killings occur within the poorer communities we mentally dispatch them to the back of the metaphoric herd as prey for bloodthirsty killers while we scamper merrily along with our lives believing that the predators will be satiated before they get to the rest of society."

— Garth Rattray, responding in today's Gleaner to Osborn Dyer & Leachim Semaj's recent comments that "Jamaicans need not be overly worried by the current spate of brutal murders taking place in the capital city as the murders are not random."

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