On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World


State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. is in the UK on a “diaspora trip.” As I am sure you know, the “diaspora” is that large, but often scattered community of people of Jamaican descent living overseas, whatever their citizenship status. There are several Jamaican Diaspora … More On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World

Stop anti-Roma racism


Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
This video is called The untold story: Roma Holocaust. By Derek Wall in Britain: Anti-Roma racism is on the rise Monday 2nd June 2014 As the far-right make strides across Europe, DEREK WALL argues that we must take up arms against the routine demonisation of its most discriminated-against…

The Roma: An Ancient Culture Still Struggling for Respect


Today is International Roma Day. Now, that may mean little (or nothing) to my Jamaican readers. But perhaps I can illustrate this with a childhood memory or two. When I was young, I remember being at Waterloo Station in London. We were on the way to the south coast, I believe. I remember being fascinated … More The Roma: An Ancient Culture Still Struggling for Respect

Illuminate Me, Baby


“Everything is illuminated in the light of the past.” So says Alex (played by the marvelous Eugene Hutz) at the end of the 2005 film “Everything Is Illuminated,” which has become a Petchary Instant Classic ever since I first watched it on cable with my son. Illumination is a beautiful word, isn’t it?  It glows, … More Illuminate Me, Baby