Crime step in right direction

National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds - Angelo Marcelle
National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds - Angelo Marcelle

THE EDITOR: Recently, National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds unveiled a promising initiative aimed at engaging our youth through a $30,000 song competition. This initiative has been met with mixed reactions, particularly from the opposition.

Critics argue that it won't completely eradicate crime, but it’s important to recognise its potential to offer young people an alternative in singing about violence. By channelling their creativity into music, this initiative could serve as a constructive outlet for many.

The opposition, particularly the United National Congress (UNC)'s shadow minister for national security, Dr Roodal Moonilal, has been vocal in its scepticism. Moonilal dismissed the initiative, suggesting that the Government cannot simply "sing its way out of crime."

He criticised Hinds, implying that he needed to better manage the resources of his ministry.

While it's true that crime affects us all, it's also essential to consider the merit of any initiative that aims to address the root causes of youth involvement in crime.

Three ole sayings come to mind when considering this situation: "Damned if yuh do, damned if yuh don’t," "Give Jack his jacket," and "If you have nothing good to say, stay quiet."

First, the initiative may not be a cure-all, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Second, we have all, in some form, nitpicked at Hinds's locks and have faced this criticism, "duck back." Now we should acknowledge his efforts when he takes positive steps.

Lastly, while opposition is a crucial element in our democratic blueprint, it’s not necessary to oppose every single action of the Government.

In this instance, Moonilal might have chosen a different issue to critique, as this initiative has significant potential. Harnessing the natural talent of our youth through a national platform can be highly motivating and beneficial. Music is a powerful influence, and directing this influence towards positive expression can have far-reaching effects on our young people.

This initiative should not be a one-time event. Again, as the ole people said, "The Devil finds work for idle hands," "Let's keep them busy."

We can draw inspiration from figures like Aunty Hazel, who provided young people with opportunities to shine and express themselves. Her efforts gave children hope and a platform when they had none.

Similarly, continuous support and opportunities for our youth in music and other arts can cultivate their talents and positively impact their lives. Hope was given and hope was harnessed and continually shared in their adult lives.

S BENOIS-SELMAN

Woodbrook

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