St. Ann’s Bay,
JAMAICA – As the U.S. presidential election comes to a head, there is excitement
stirring among many young Jamaicans over the prospect of a victory by Sen.
interviews, teenagers in the Jamaican parishes of Clarendon, St. Mary and St.
Catherine in essence expressed the same views.
Quite a few
Jamaican teenagers are buying into Obama’s message of change.
States voters will decide who they want to lead them out of their crises and
into the prosperity the future holds.
not have a say in their decision but they surely will be affected by it.
Whatever the results though, many teenagers in Jamaicans support Obama.
16, of Clarendon, emphatically said Obama will win the election on Tuesday.
If Obama wins,
“it would prove that the world has finally moved past racial segregation,” said
Hooper, an 11th grade
student at Cornwall College High School.
are by far superior to and more practical than those of his rival, Sen. John
McCain, said 18-year-old Tiffany Hedge of St. Catherine.
“It is a reality
that people are mortal,” said Hedge, a post-graduate student at St. Mary High.
“Should John McCain take over and loses his life – God forbid – Sarah Palin will
have to take over. She was a poor vice-presidential candidate choice from the
start as she hasn’t a clue what is going on.”
Asked how they
thought the results of the election would affect Jamaica and its economy, the
youth all pointed to the current economic crisis and said they see Obama as the
only hope for ensuring that Jamaica and other Caribbean territories are spared
the effects of the disaster.
president he will forgive some of Jamaica’s debt to the US,” said Janeth
Diggs-White, 17, of Clarendon, who is a post-graduate student at Glenmuir High
Eighteen-year-old Levaughn Simpson of Clarendon, also a post-graduate student
attending Glenmuir, takes this view a step further.
“If Obama wins,
there might be some hope for Jamaica due to the increase in business,” Simpson
said, “which could mean an increase in employment for Jamaican-Americans, which
would equate to an increase in remittances, maybe foreign visitors and overseas
Shadeed, 18, of St. Mary who is a post-graduate student at St. Mary High School,
passionately shared Simpson’s view.
According to a
recent article in the Jamaica
Observer, the teens are in synch with the rest of their country. The
newspaper reported that 95 percent of Jamaicans support Obama, a Democratic
senator from Chicago.