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Public SecretsRace and Colour in Colonial and Independent Jamaica$
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Henrice Altink

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620009

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620009.001.0001

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Commitment to Colour-Blindness

Commitment to Colour-Blindness

(p.160) Chapter Four Commitment to Colour-Blindness
Public Secrets

Henrice Altink

Liverpool University Press

This chapter zooms in on colour blindness. Focussing on the racial domains of politics and criminal justice, it explores the correlation between race and colour and the enjoyment of civil and political rights. It argues that it was not just government inaction but also a lack of collective action from race-first and other groups why dark-skinned Jamaicans struggled more than others to exercise their civil and political rights. But while successive governments lacked the commitment to create a society where all Jamaicans irrespective of race and colour could enjoy their ‘fundamental rights’, they did their best to present Jamaica as a colour-blind nation. This chapter will also explore the purposes of this myth of racial harmony that was developed after the Second World War.

Keywords:   colour blindness, Rastafari, Black Power, Rights, racial harmony, independence, constitution, legal system

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