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After 25 years we should not even be talking about this

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I will start by saying, let he that is without sin cast the first stone. And I probably would wait in vain as there are so many undercover sinners around with worn-out halos.

We are too eager to judge and cast people out without knowing the real facts behind an issue. It is this same judge, jury and executioner mentality that has held us back as a people. As we try to lift ourselves from the slums and overcome the many challenges, there are those who seek to use us as punching bags.

Many hold themselves on a high pedestal knowing that they are not as squeaky clean as they present themselves to be. They have wallowed in dirt or have had ethical shortfalls somewhere along the way, but have managed to wash their sins away through unadulterated nepotism, cronyism, and the ever so popular and widely used Church.

I am sure there were times in our lives when we had those weak moments. We know that we should not have unprotected sex, but because of the heat of the moment we do it and ignore the repercussions at the time. These moments, no matter how we have overcome them, will remain with us forever. Some mistakes never leave us; we just place them on the back burner or in a place in which we think no one can find them. We do not advertise our shortcomings knowing the judgemental society in which we live.

We have learned our lessons, we have moved on from it. But are we not allowed to get a second chance at life? Are we going to forever live with the thought that a thief will always be a thief? While that may be true in some narratives, some people who have committed some of the most heinous acts have indeed changed. They have made a complete 180-degree turnaround and they are not the same person they were before. Their life over the years can be a testament of the change they have undergone.

Now, this issue with the executive director of a State-owned entity, who had been convicted of a drug-related offence some 25 years ago, being chastised for not declaring same leads me to ask: How much more must this woman pay for that one mistake she made? Must she continue to pay for the crime after she has done her time? I surely do not agree with the request for her to be fired from her job. If she had not declared this information while being interviewed for employment, then the employer should have done its due diligence, having not asked these pertinent questions.

It is funny how some people are more focused on the conviction and not realising that the lady might not even be qualified enough for the post. She holds an undergraduate degree and is pursuing a master's degree. A post like that requires at least a master's degree and a prescribed number of years of experience. With that aside, if they had argued from this angle then I would agree to some extent with them. But calling for her to lose her job merely because of a conviction is unwise and hypocritical.

What about those in the highest offices of the executive of the country who have been accused of rape, murder, racketeering, nepotism, and corruption but they are still holding on to their positions despite the public outcry for their removal. Is it that what is good for the goose is not good for the gander?

This woman should be allowed to live her life; her conviction will haunt her forever, even after expungement. She deserves a chance at life; one without the fear of her past conviction sabotaging her opportunities or every time she has an issue with people in high places.

There are so many things to be fixed, but they will never be because we align partisanship and party colours to every issue we come across. Some of whom are calling for the lady's head are doing so with hidden agendas. Many have no moral ground to stand on to criticise this woman.

Carolyn Warren, this is your struggle. I hope you will become a mentor for people who need the support. You will move past this and in the future a full disclosure might eliminate potential of accusations or scandal down the road.

Nickoy Brown


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