Yesterday CNN journalist Ashleigh Banfield caused some controversy when she said on her evening program that Jamaica is an “extraordinarily violent” place. She stated:
“It’s astounding to think that a lot of people think that Jamaica is a paradise but it is an extraordinarily violent country with a remarkable murder rate,” said Banfield on her programme ‘Legal View’.
The Internet reacted, of course. I like this tweet from media personality Fae Ellington:
It is yet another instance of the nation being stereotyped by outdated and inaccurate beliefs, and another instance of the responsibility the media has, especially when you have an audience of millions.