…it may well be that you haven’t been paying attention.
Sooner or later, a rant was going to make its way to this blog. It’s just I can’t sleep on something that really touches a nerve. So… (said in my best Niecey Nash voice): I’m going in!
I’m horrified that…
Already in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, my homeland, 21 persons, many of them under the age of 25, have been murdered in just over six months. This, in a sleepy hollow of a country with just about 45,000 inhabitants. In 2008, there were 28 murders in the Federation, 27 in 2009, and 20 in 2010. So in six months, we’ve surpassed the total number of murders for the entire previous year.
What really scares me is that it is now so commonplace to hear of murder in SKB that my people seem almost desensitized by this “new normal.” The fact that most of the victims/alleged perpetrators are gang members adds to the sense of inevitability of reprisals and revenge killings.
What happened to our “land of beauty, our country where peace abides”?
What happened to the place where I grew up and where even one murder per year sent everyone reeling? Where you didn’t think twice about leaving your door unlocked, or walking about in the streets at night, or going to the beach without looking over your shoulder?
And why does it seem to be taking a year and a Sunday for the authorities to make a dent in these unsolved murders? I truly wish the new police chief the best.