Winston Donald is a Fine Art Gallery Operator, Cultural Practitioner and Newspaper Columnist.
Are we really one people? In a fractured class and race biased society as Jamaica, many people especially those in academia or those that are Afro Centric or black conscious are examining the “wisdom’ of those who construct the “Out of Many, One People.”
Noted Post –Colonial writer, Psychiatrist, International scholar , West Indian Scholar , Black Martiniquian, Pro Independence Algerian Franzt Fanon stated ,”white depends for its stability on its negation, “black.” Neither exists without the other, and both come into being at the moment of imperial conquest.’
Shouldn’t the authorities entrusted with our governance seeks to question the national motto.
The actions of many or some groups who think Jamaica is theirs, the education of some groups who believe it is their God given right to hegemony and to be Lords because of their colors forgetting the exploitation and rape done to our people , especially those from West Africa or the ancient Mali-Ghana kingdom , taking us away into captivity to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Arab emirates, to Mauritania, Morocco, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and even to Europe and South India.
So should the Motto now be “Out of Many Races, One Nation”
The Jamaican motto is not original, though most Jamaicans do not know that.
E pluribus unum or "Out of many, one" (alternatively translated as "One out of many" or "One from many")—is a phrase on the Seal of the United States, adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782.Never codified by law, E pluribus unum was considered a de facto motto of the United States until 1956 when the United States Congress passed an act "In God We Trust" as the official motto.
However, since Jamaica's Independence in 1962, these words have come to mean allot to the citizens of Jamaica because it speaks to our multi-racial roots. Jamaica's population of approximately 2.7 million, is predominantly African, European, East Indian and Chinese heritage.
I am not against changing the motto to something that is uniquely ours and something that is more representative of our country but I am not certain that I see such a strong distinction between "Out of Many, One People ' vs "Out of Many Races, One Nation" - just seems like a play on words to me.
Additionally, with all the other issues facing our country today - economic instability and crime - being chief among them. I am more concerned with improving the social well being of the poorer population, narrowing the margin between rich and poor in the country, reducing the profits of big businesses such as the Banks and Insurance companies and correcting the blatant classicism that exists in the society. In essence,
I guess I am kind of undecided on this point, I need more time to process.
I invite commentary from our readers, I am interested to know other people's view on this topic.