12 Dec

Over the years Jamaica has seen much violence and power clashing. Starting from the early years as Spanish colony with the eradication of the Taino and Arawak tribes, then the British takeover and then finally independence in 1962 which led to violent outbreaks between the People’s National Party (PLP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).Both parties are said to be affiliated with Jamaican posses in Kingston, New York and other major cities of the world. Within Jamaica, these groups are very similar to gangs and also take on many such tasks as drug distribution and gunrunning. However there are also gangs that clearly state, that their motivation isn’t of political background. The gang leaders can supply the communities within their area of influence with jobs and housing, yet are expected to have positive results during the votes for the affiliated party.

The actual murder rates peaked in 2005 and thus were considered “highest in the world”.Since then murders have only slowly started to decline in total. One major factor among this rate is the strong homophobic drive within Jamaica, where openly being gay can lead to being shot in the street in broad daylight.
Another very important aspect is the deportation of Jamaican born US criminals back to their homeland. Due to this Jamaica has received many unwanted outlaws that have in addition lead to an increase of gang related violence.

There has been a tight bond between the US drug market, being one of the largest in the world and the Jamaican suppliers for a long time. Formerly Jamaica was well known for Marijuana, which has now been widely outdated by cocaine and crack.
Many traditional Reggae, Ska and even Dancehall artists have stated their disliking of this modern trend among the youth of Jamaica, yet are missing the influence to promote a change.
The original drug of the Rasta culture which was meant to create harmony, unity and love has been abandoned and other means determine the way of the younger generation today.


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