Friday, July 31, 2015

Hush up or else...


In Clint Eastwood's 2008 film Changeling, a woman is committed to a psychiatric hospital when she challenges the police for trying to substitute another boy for her missing son. The movie was based on a real case that happened in Los Angeles in 1928.

Fast forward 84 years to 2012. Cheryl Miller is in her office writing a letter of apology for a public outburst. Usually a reserved person, she had chosen to speak out against what appears to be unfair treatment and harassment from a co-worker. The result? She was sent to St Ann's Psychiatric Hospital, with not even a courtesy call to an emergency contact.

Speaking out for her rights made her a danger to herself and to others; yet the persons her presence supposedly endangered took to the streets to protest her forced incarceration. I thought we lived in Trinidad, but apparently while we all slept the name on our airport was changed to North Korea, where dissenters are sent to re-education camps to learn how to toe the line. But lemme hush my mouth, the syringe brigade might come for me next.

K Gittens

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