In response to my article published in the Jamaica Gleaner today, “Not Cashing in On Gay Tourist Dollar,” I received the following death threat:
From: THEDKJ Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 8:29 AM
Subject: You and those that are like you with all your filth!.
If the people of Jamaica knows about all your filth they would have done the right thing and slit your’s and those that are like you filthy throat a long time ago, I await to enjoy my morning cup of coffee reading about your filthy head being cut off.
Does the Jamaican public knows about what you filthy bastard terms cookie mouth, that that is the semen and shit that is formed around your filthy mouth from giving blow job after withdrawing from the ass hole of your filthy partner!.
I hope to read of your death and others that are of your sort in the not too distant future, my preferred way is for them to slit your filthy throat and take head off like a goat.
My article merely demonstrates how gay tourism is helping Caribbean economies and the potential for it to do the same in Jamaica. Yet in response, this person calls for my throat to be slit.
I have reported this latest death threat to the Jamaican police, as well as the LGBT unit of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
I regularly receive email death threats which I report to the Jamaican police. I have seen no serious attempt to identify the senders of this threats, despite the fact that their actions constitute a felony under s. 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act:
Letters Threatening to Murder 18.
Whosoever shall maliciously send, deliver, or utter or directly or indirectly cause to be received, knowing the contents thereof, any letter or writing threatening to kill or murder any person, shall be guilty of felony, and, being convicted thereof, shall be liable to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding ten years, with or without hard labour.
The police and my friends at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions probably consider such threats mere “violent words” or “metaphorical.” Clearly, the law these individuals are meant to enforce take a very different view. But I suspect my homosexuality means I am less deserving of protection. Had these same threats been made against an individual from any other group in Jamaica (Rastafarians, Muslims, Jews, etc.), I am sure the response would have been very different.
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