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Murder and Mayhem : The X6 Culture


Since the brutal and senseless murder of young Khajeel Mais, I’ve been reading comments from various factions in the society. While there seems to have been a general expression of shock and disgust, I didn’t get the feeling that the murder had caused enough alarm. That is, I didn’t feel that our collective conscience had been offended as it should have been. Further, I didn’t feel that we understood that quite literally that could have been any of us. We could have been in that taxi and some materialistic psychopath could have ended our life.

Perhaps I shouldn’t try to make sense of what clearly is a senseless act, but I was so shocked and appalled that someone could act so recklessly and with such wanton disregard for life; I had to try to make sense of it. If I didn’t, I would have left myself to assume that Jamaica had fallen so deep into this murderous cycle that we were now just killing for sport. I had to find justification, anything else would be terrifying. So I decided to blame it on our materialistic culture.

The X6 Culture.

Yes, I believe Jamaica has a X6 culture. What do I mean by that? We have reached a place where life is no longer important; a materialistic place. That scratched X6 personifies this culture. It has come to personify our greed, our cruelty and our wickedness. We have come to a point where we genuinely believe that our material possessions are worth more than human life. And I’m sorry, but that is the mark of a depraved culture. It is the mark of a people that has lost all sense of humanity.

 We are murdering children for cell phones:

16 year old Matthew Reid, student of Cornwall College, stabbed to death for a Blackberry.

 We are kidnapping children for ransoms:

3 year old boy kidnapped from Mount Alvernia Prep in Montego Bay. His parents were required to pay a ransom.

 Kidnapping and slaughtering the elderly for their life savings:

Richard & Julia Lyn were kidnapped and murdered, their bodies dumped on a garbage heap in Mandeville in 2006.

If His Worship, The Mayor of Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, is to be taken seriously; we are even desecrating graves. We are stealing from the dead:

Scrap metal thieves have dug up over 100 graves in the May Pen Cemetery, stealing gold and other precious metals that may have been interred with the dead.

This is the value we place on the material and insignificant. Yes. Insignificant. No matter how hard you worked for whatever you acquired, a human life has to have more value! It just has to. That little boy had his whole life ahead of him, he did nothing but take a cab. In a civil and humane society, one should feel comfortable doing that without fearing that some reckless madman will open fire killing you. Oh right, but Jamaica isn’t a civil or humane society. We are a depraved people. If human life means nothing, then there can be no society or community. Murder is now fashionable.

Murder & Mayhem.

Perhaps the thing about this whole affair that upsets me most is the incompetence in our crime fighting abilities. Why doesn’t this country have some kind of vehicle database? Or do we? In a country where motor vehicles are used in furtherance of so many crimes, it is inconceivable to me that we do not have such a database. The police admitted that few X6’s exist in Jamaica, having such a database would have made it easier to track all those who may have imported such a vehicle into the country.

17 year old Khajeel Mais

The police had to go on a wild goose chase and rely on the occasional broadcast message every time a X5, then readjusted to X6, was spotted. The investigation was largely left at the coorperation of the public and justice for Khajeel rested heavily on a public that simply didn’t seem to care enough. It was certain mayhem. What’s worse is the fact that those who perhaps had information, were content to protect this man. I don’t mean to bash the police, they have made significant strides; but so much more needs to be done. It shouldn’t have taken so long for us to apprehend this man.

We need to begin to seriously think about our priorities as a people. We need to start seriously evaluating this X6 culture. What is more important? A human life or a X6? This is something we seriously need to think about.

R.I.P. Khajeel Mais. It is my sincere hope that this country will do right by you and justice will be done.

“The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” – John Conrad

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2 responses

  1. Karen

    July 1st, 2011 was a sad day in our history. I think we all knew that there is little respect for life here (murders are at an all time high) but I think through this senseless killing people were forced to pay attention.

    Humanity is dwindling at a rapid pace in Jamaica. I mean how can you just shoot at someone because your vehicle is damaged? What could possibly justify that? It is not okay to shoot at anyone out of anger. Anger is understandable. Use the legal avenues that are in place. That is the right thing to do. I’m sure it wasn’t intended for the youngster but even if the taxi driver had been killed it would not have been justified. That is FUCKERY. A vehicle can never be worth a life, no matter how you spin it.

    This is materialism at it’s highest and it is just sad. When did we get here? Where are we headed as a people?

    July 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm

  2. Neller

    I was awaken by my big sister to read tweets by a certain person and to my surprise the person was saying we are jealous of the X6 driver hence why we behaving like that and why isnt the taxi man being blamed, so based on the tweets i asked my sister is the person trying to say the driver have all rights to kill the young boy because of the taxi careless driving and does this mean that every fire arm holder who is wealthy and drive a “hype car” once their car is scratch should kill the occupants tsk tsk, I for 1 did say the taxi man is wrong yes but didnt the taxi man made it his duty to bring him to the hospital, where was the shooter already on the run. In this day and age i believe people knew who did it but didnt want to talk its not about wealth, position or power its about a precious life that was lost because of material things

    July 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm

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