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Letter To The Editor
I grew up seeing guns but never had the desire to use one.
Violent movies are made and viewed regularly. Violent music made in other genres every day.
Now I am not condoning violence in music but on the same note why not boycott violent movies and music (from other genres).
In my view the root problem of violence in society is:
1) Bad or insufficient Parenting
2) Poverty and lack of educational and economical opportunities etc.
3) Lack of Mental strength
4) Lack of proper Governance of the Country
The order from 1-4 is important also.
I was born and raised in Kingston 13 along with my sisters many of my cousins. Only one of my cousins turned out bad and that was because of bad parenting.
I lived near a weekly dancehall session for most of my childhood and adolescent years. I grew up seeing guns but never had the desire to use one. Death was an ever present sight especially in the election time but my relatives and I never partake in the violence.
Most of my high school and university friends came from the deep ghettos and know violence but we never indulged.
All of my friends from High School and University that I am in touch with are doing well economically and in many other ways and I have never heard that they were ever involved in any violent acts.
Most of my relatives, friends and I grew up on violent movies and we watch them even now and listen to Movado, Killer, Ninja, Shaba, Beenie, Kartel, Buju, Capleton (yes Buju and Capleton did a lot of violent songs) etc. even now but we don't commit violent acts.
Now what did the hundreds of persons that I am talking about - did that enabled them to not commit violent acts? One thing is present in almost all of those people’s lives and that is GOOD PARENTING.
Maybe violence in songs influence violence in real life but (if they did a study they might realize that it is minuscule - nothing that a little better parenting cannot solve) with the above four things in place especially GOOD PARENTING; then violence in songs will probably virtually no impact.
Partially to say violence in songs influence real violence is to avoid addressing the real issues of parental neglect, ineffective parenting skills, lack of opportunities, government ineptitude (high unemployment, high interest rate, high inflation rate, ineffective policing and corruption) etc.
1) Men must be much better fathers
2) Parents must learn good parent skills
3)Parents must help their children to be strong willed and have good morals, ambition, education, obey the law and respect the rights of other citizens etc. Parents must teach them to love, forgive, give, empathize, help, aspire, to have self-esteem, loyalty, to keep their word, to save, invest, spend, treat the opposite sex properly. Teach them about sex, marriage, divorce, faithfulness, emotional control etc.
4) Government must manage the economy much better in order to provide better opportunities for their citizens.
5) Policing (yes I know it is a part of governance) must be much better than it is now (e.g. training, facilities, remuneration and equipment).
What do you think the crime level would be if all the points from 1 - 5 were done properly (even just to 50%)?