“Rich man in his castle, poor man at his gate”

Sitting at the bar in Usain Bolt’s slick new sports bar, watching four sporting events at the same time and reading the news of the world, the luxury of remaining unaware of the oppressive heat of the island afternoon is not unappreciated. Switching to the local news, however, an article I read earlier highlighting the “Rich man in his castle, poor man at his gate” nature of this island gains clarity.
This country has one of the more segregated – along economic lines – societies I have ever been a part of. One hears of the growing economic divide in the united states, but it is hardly as out in the open and dramatic as it is here. Jamaica’s coasts are dotted with opulent, all inclusive resorts, where tourists are entertained with water sports, alcohol, and a manufactured but convincing exotic world.
Outside the resorts and walled communities, however, along the crumbling roads crossing the country, most jamaicans seem to live in converted shipping containers or multi-family homes.
The roots of and possible solutions to the situation are much more than I will venture in this Sunday afternoon thought, but they are things that must be understood if so many are to have a shot at realizing the potential that is so obviously there.

One Reply to ““Rich man in his castle, poor man at his gate””

  1. 7 weeks ago you wrote this: ………. Now wen in the u.s. are fresh from a congressional and presidental show that ignores the fact that our division between rich and poore is not going to be part of our national debate. Maybe its possible that the people will be united make claims on the rewards of thier production, but it appears that the best that ‘populism’ can muster is the tea party. HOw sad are we.

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