This article has been written by Guyana-born Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth. He left Guyana in the early 1980’s and now lives in New Jersey. He is now almost totally blind but this impediment has not stopped his academic studies or his ability to craft his interesting and sometimes amusing stories about Guyana, the USA, and life. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have published a previous article entitled: Small Change still on my mind
AUTOBUM – By: Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth
June is the month of weddings and every boy and girl, irrespective of country of origin, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity et al, looks forward to tying the nuptial knot. June, real name, got married in the month of June, on her birth date and was unable to consummate the marriage. Her husband was returned to prison immediately after the ceremony.
The husband has been incarcerated for more than 18 months and originally was scheduled to be released a week before the wedding day but encountered some technical problems regarding immigration. Originally, he was charged for grand auto theft and had done his time. The problem he encountered has to do with his citizenship.
Both his parents are from the Caribbean…father Guyanese and mother Jamaican. Both parents, according to the records, were un-documented aliens and even though the husband was born in America, schooled in America and has never visited or does not know anything about the cultures and concerns of any of his parents, active plans are afoot to deport him.
June, born in June, married and hijacked in June, was hoping that “things would go well’ and get straight in June. From all accounts, the husband will be deported some time soon. June is Guyanese, and she too might suffer the same fate of deportation because her fervent hope was to marry as a means to citizenship. She already has two children, twins, for him and it looks like Guyana will be the place.
Several immigration lawyers are on the case and are positing the defense of “double indemnity” for a simple case of auto larceny. The case file reveals that the husband shoplifted a number of auto fragrances and later stole a car to make good his escape for the items valued less than ten dollars.
Caribbean nationals, Guyanese especially, are treated as habitual shoplifters in North America. The statistics reveal that nationally, 1 in 49 people shoplift but in sanctuary societies such as Brooklyn, Newark and Baltimore, four in ten people do not shop lift. In other words, you may be sleeping with a shop lifter or raising one and you do not know it. This information has been garnered from self-reporting data.
The reason for the high incidence of this petty crime is both sexual and immigration trends.
Caribbean families feel besieged in this guava season, to be supporting themselves in the host country and repatriating their earnings to take care of their families in the countries of origin.
The range of jobs offered to Caribbean nationals hardly ever put them (above $70,000 per annum) in the upper echelons of income earners. Oft times, they made more money in the countries of origin when you factor in other social and economic imperatives like weather, familiarity of territory, free education, affordable housing, sense of community and family and political stability.
Caribbean nationals are forced even before migrating, to become high level consumers and dispose of their sense of community, citizenry and morality and become fodder in the marketplace. The cars, the SUVs, the driveway furniture, become the model, the mantra for success.
Fair play, commonsense, community and civic responsibility and family have all been left behind and the accumulation of things has to be sustained and maintained at any cost. Prison is no longer a disincentive. Stores are reluctant to prosecute shoplifters because of the prevalence of the problem. In the meantime, June has been making arrangements for her sisters to keep her children if things get worse and gets angry each time she sees an air freshener hanging from a mirror in an auto car.
07 12 2011 – Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth E-mail: email@example.com