Penny Legg should not have been censored. So wrote one of my correspondents. I do not know Penny Legg. I only know that she is the wife of the Governor’s Staff Officer. She also writes for The Anguillian Newspaper. She writes well. She recently did a post on her blog about the knifing of the young man in The Valley over Carnival. I reported at the time that I thought the post she wrote was quite perceptive. The following day, the post disappeared from her blog.
It was an innocent enough post. Indeed, she claims that she only removed it because of viruses and the spam that it attracted. Some of my correspondents think they know better.
Perhaps, the only criticism that could have been made about the post was that it naively came to the conclusion that any American or European traveler could care in the slightest what the fate is of a poor black Jamaican lad in
This is what she wrote:
Sunday, 10 August 2008
As the 2008 Carnival season comes to a close, there were reports of a stabbing yesterday, Saturday 8 August, as rival gangs decided that the Last Lap Sunrise Street Jam, in the streets of The Valley, was the perfect place to stage a riot. I understand that police had to be drafted in from neighbouring island,
This morning there is nothing about this event in the media, but talk is rife and people are shocked. There is no official news on the victim yet. It is understood though that the hospital broadcast calls for blood donors to come forward. As our radio, along with most of the rest of our possessions, is in a box waiting to be shipped, we missed this appeal.
Some serious thought needs to go into formulating a response. Leaders also have to look hard at role models and throw the book at those who betray the public's trust. If those people youth look up to are seen, for example, to brandish and fire a gun, and are seen to get away with it, then what message does that send to the young of
I am sorry to be leaving Anguilla but sorrier still that
Posted by Penny Legg at 09:57
I think her post is worth preserving. The visiting touroids could not care less that the young man subsequently died.