Thoughts

Millennials in Belize suppressed by gangs and crime


This is a story of one side of the coin that Belize faces with a Political angle to explain things but falsely. Watch the video first, I will provide my point of view after…

The narration starts off, then shortly after, some highlights….

  • debt
  • unemployment at 9%
  • the murder rate one of the highest in the world
  • drugs
  • rapid uncontrolled coastal development
  • past government corruption

Past Government Corruption? Man, this is the normal in Belize no matter which Govt it is and I suspect this will be the normal for Belize well into the future unless a drastic awakening happens in Belize, no not violence, an intellectual change to what and who are the real problems and the Plebs actually taking a stand and remove corruption at it’s root. Far too long has Belize been held hostage by the Two Party evil of the PUP/UDP Syndicates. I would re-write that last bullet-point to be never-ending Government corruption.

I used Pleb, because that is how the system sees us.

The plebeians, also called plebs, were, in ancient Rome, the general body of free Roman citizens who were not patricians, as determined by the census or in other words “commoners”.

Wikipedia

patricians – The patricians were the wealthy upper class people. Everyone else was considered a plebeian. The patricians were the ruling class of the early Roman Empire. Only certain families were part of the patrician class and you had to be born a patrician.

On Drugs

Host: Do you think Belize over the years got a bad rap as a transshipment point ’cause you know, that’s what we always heard the U.S., know what I mean?

I don’t think it was as bad as people say it was. We were not a country where you had participation of Belizean people in the movements of tons of cocaine and stuff like that I don’t see that, because then, our question will be; where is the money, we don’t see it?

Michael Peyrefitte

Mike, we all know that the movement of drugs involved local Belizeans. We also know too, that you don’t see the money because you choose not to accept that it happened, for whatever reason. Belizeans know the truth tho. The reason you “don’t see the money” is because the lion’s share went to the lords that run the drug trade in Belize and those in high places that are either involved or got paid off to turn a blind eye and we know that those on top hoard money instead of putting it back into the economy like a “Normal Belizean” would. You mean to tell me you don’t know about all the boats that used to and still pass though Belizean waters with poor local Belizeans doing the mule work to make a few bucks or the plane that are still landing across Belize?

On Education

because our population is so young much of our activities are geared towards the issues with our young people we spend almost a quarter of a budget on education and youth and sports in this country so it’s very important and it’s a it’s a key time

Patrick Faber

Based on the 2019/2020 Budget, the total expenditure was set to $1.256 Billion of which the majority was set to be spent on infrastructure projects that as far as I can tell so far has been awarded to politically  chosen like Gaspar Vega’s nephew which as any Belizean knows, a percentage of that gets kicked back to the Govt officials. The Governments of Belize has been full of Favoritism, Cronyism and Nepotism since as far back as history tells.

On Brain Drain / Migration

Belize is faced with a situation where many of the best and brightest of the millennial generation simply leave to better opportunities, we have our young people to get educated, they get qualified and they leave. We want the people who are trained, people who are capable, people who want to work, we want them to be invested in the country, to see Belize as the place where they have no choice. This is where I live it is a major issue and how to get them to come back and to contribute is one of our our struggles.

Michael Peyrefitte

Now Mike, you should know very well the underlying cause of this issue is Government corruption and the lack of concern to build the nation and uplift the people. Governments have refused to invest in creating environments where Belizean companies can thrive and hire local people or for the Belizeans you describe to be ale to start a company of their own so they can hire other Belizeans. Instead you all prefer to get your palms buttered by those coming into Belize to start companies that take all the money and pay Belizeans chum change. If you really want Belizeans to think feel like they don’t have to leave, and to be able to bring them back; you know what to do; I’m not sure how much clearer the answer will be for you all to see it.

On what young Belizeans need

When asked what is it that you think that the young people in Belize need to focus on as far as where the future is gonna be as far as jobs go what do they need to focus on, Dean Fuller from Fultec Systems, he replied:

technology, technology definitely

Dean Fuller

Yes, that is exactly what Belize needs, investment in technology and again, the Government refuses to invest in what the country needs to benefit all Belizeans, instead they invest in things that benefit them and their few chosen people. Technology is the one thing that Belize needs a huge investment in, especially in the lower levels of the education system. We need to start with the young ones and get them into technology at a young age and then expand up from there. Each school should have a computer lab building that can host two classes at a time at minimum as well as Government really needs to invest in getting homes affordable internet of at least 10Mbps for those that can afford it and have computer libraries for those that can’t.

On Gangs and the Streets

Diana she took us to meet with gang leaders they call him Big Mike he didn’t want us to show his face

The reoccurring circling is getting worse and worse because the younger generation they don’t see no future growing up every day seeing that there’s no future so they don’t hear so they keep on the cycle of violence drugs then they’re trying to find an escape but there’s no escape from this life.

Big Mike

Do you see Belize having a future the way things are now?

The way things are right now don’t see any future unless some miracle happen and people open their eyes and see what’s actually happening. Couple months ago we have so many thousand youths that graduated from school, high school, University where are those people? Do they have a job to go to? And then they want to tell them don’t hang on the street, so where I’m gonna go I don’t have a job? I’m angry in my home because I can’t provide for my family I gotta be a trying to make a little one two to stay alive.

Big Mike

A conversation between the host and Guyon

Host: Staying alive has been anything but easy for Guyon at 32 years old he’s been on the streets for nearly half his life deeply involved in gang life

This one this is where to um, the bullet entered and it exited here

Host: Guy on was shot a year ago he’s in a wheelchair now trying to regain the use of his legs. The young man that shot you, you said he was a, it was a kid

Yeah he’s a kid all right, now he’s about 15 or 14, 15 right now, still still a kid going about

Host: Well, why did they come after you, do you know

well, Actually, they say because then me when I was there one of my area that I’m the boss of my area

Host: Do you worry that, you can’t get out, that somebody’s always gonna be coming after you?

That’s what I realized when it’s too late you know, it’s not, it’s not possible to you to get out to me, well it’s not possible to go because if I tryin to change, no matter how long, eventually, someone will come that I don’t, know didn’t expect and it will happen

Host: In fact a rival gang came after him again at his mother’s house they missed him but injured his mother and young niece

know I really wish I didn’t came into, been in the streets you know, I wish I I continue to continue the road that I was shutting when my first you know

Host: During high school

Yeah, I was in high school you know, when I, the best high school in Belize you know, in my country, an I was, I threw that all away, you know

Host: You threw it away

Threw it all away

Host: Don’t you regret that?

Very much

Yes gangs are an issue and we can blame everybody else for the continued growth of gangs and violence and the other related ills that result from this; but, ultimately the responsibility lies in the gangs themselves. If they know it’s really that bad and can talk about the sad part of the life, then they can do something about it; they choose not to tho. I’ve seen too many people that were in gangs bring up their kids in that lifestyle and teach their kids the gang life at home so that is pretty much all they know.

I’ve always said that to change your outside you first need to change your inside; to change your environment, you first need to change your being. It all starts at home and if you know how hard it is to be in a gang or in the street life; you should be pushing your child/children harder than anyone else to be better than you, to strive and work hard to attain a better life.

I agree that the conditions are stacked against poor people to get out of poverty and the violence surrounding them, but, if we all start to work together rather than bringing down each other, we can make Belize a better place even if the Govt does everything to keep us under their feet while they take the riches for themselves.

Wake up! youths, wake up! you in gangs and working the streets, you are only hurting yourselves when you keep doing the same things over and over and allowing the next generation to make the same mistakes you did.

On Outsiders easily coming to Belize and develop

Host: Tourism is growing exponentially nearly every day two or three cruise ships sit off the coast visitors head to the islands to snorkel and dive new resorts continue going up but the profits don’t always end up in the hands of Belizeans.

And we’re tired of seeing people who come from abroad to Belize, develop, and we’re like, well why didn’t one of us do that, but we never, we were not born with that spirit it seems like.

Michael Peyrefitte

After being under colonialism for so long and you, we get our independence, that we’re very very wise to entities coming in to try to take over and so while it is we need to do the delicate dance of trying to survive we’re also very mindful that we don’t want to back into a situation where there’s a master.

Patrick Faber

Mike, if you all are seriously tired of the situation in Belize where people can come from abroad and develop in Belize you should do something about it. Experience shows that you all really don’t care about it at all as it is what lines your pockets to let those people com in than to let Belizeans invest in businesses in Belize.

I find it very insulting that you say that Belizeans were not born with the spirit to develop themselves when you all create the environment that kills that want and stifles Belizeans from uplifting themselves.

For Mr Faber, if you truly don’t want to go back to a place where there is a master, do what you were elected to do and stop putting Belize in position to have Masters, yes; I said Masters. It’s not just 1 person or entity that controls things and you all are giving them control of Belize.

My thoughts

There are so many thing that can be done to help uplift Belize but it all starts with The Wanting To Do It, if we do not want to do it, we will not do it.

I want to implore to the Government of Belize be it UPD, PUP or whatever other P that gets to hold office, start putting Belize and Belizeans first. We must create environments that allow our children to become more than we have been and we must ensure that we are creating future generation that are world marketable and that can be competitive in the world market.

I get understand that in Jail, they get vocational education but, the reality is that pnce they get out of jail it’s impossible to either get a job because of your record or even start a small business of your own because as it is, without a record “Normal Belizeans face an uphill battle to get finance to start a business much less someone with a police record.

I hope and dream that one day, Belize will be a place where Belizeans live in an environment where they can get a quality Education and thereafter have an opportunity to get a good paying job and the option to get financing to start a local business. An environment where the youths have options to life outside of schools and work other than being in a gang or on the streets.

How do we get there?

As we all know, the source of all the issues facing Belize is Government Corruption. However that is not the only cause of the issues Belizeans face on a daily basis, especially the youths. There are the factors of lack of proper Education (not that Prussian Schule crap that create mindless Nationalist Robots, more on that in another article.), lack of a decent wage, broken homes, lack of technology, lack of ability for Belizeans to invest in creating economic building businesses, lack of investment from private sector into education and uplifting of our children. We could go on and on listing issue after issue but that would take up the entire article so lets move on.

One of the first things that need to happen for all of these solutions to come to be is for Belize to have an OpenSource Government where citizens have a vote on matters of National impact, where there is full transparency into the happenings of Government save for certain National matters that would negatively affect the nation but kept confidential only until such time that it is no longer effective or can negatively affect the Nation. Secondly there needs to be an independently elected Prime Minister, Senate and House of Representatives; a Judicial System that is not impacted by any body of Government and an independent audit board made up of professionals that volunteer hours to audit Government proposals from Road Construction to Annual Budget to ensure that:

  • they are written in a transparent and understandable manner for Belizeans to understand
  • they provide an equal opportunity for bidders and an open bidding system
  • budgets are not dragging the nation further into debt and that spending is being done responsibly and on the right projects.

Secondly, we need to have a change in how we think and behave as a society.

In 1924 Marcus Garvey gave a speech of which I grabbed some excerpts below and highlighted some lines that I always found inspiring, ideas that our youths today need to ingrain into their minds and daily life, here you go:

If you cannot do it, if you are not prepared to do it then you will DIE. You race of cowards, you race of imbeciles, you race of good for-nothings, if you cannot do what other men have done, what other nations have done, what other races have done, THEN YOU HAD BETTER DIE.

Can we do it? We can do it? We shall do it.

[…]

God made man lord of his creation; gave him possession and ownership of the world. And you have been so darned lazy that you’ve allowed the other brother to run away with the whole world.

[…]

Let sentiments and cross opinions go to the winds. We are entitled to our own opinion and are not obligated to or bound by the opinions of others.

If others laugh at you, return the laughter to them; if they mimic you, return the compliment with equal force. They have no more right to dishonour, discredit you in Manhood than you have in dealing with them.

Let NO ONE inoculate you with evil doctrines to suit his own conveniences. “Charity begins at home.” So first to thyself be true and “thou canst not then be false to no man.”

God and Nature first made us first what we are, and out of our own creative Genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let God and the sky be our limit, and eternity our measurement.

There is no height to which you cannot climb without the active intelligence of your own mind. Mind creates, and as much as we desire in nature we can have through the creation of our own minds. And today being scientifically the weaker race, you shall treat others only as they treat you; but in your homes and everywhere possible, you must teach the higher development of science to your children; and make sure; and make sure that we have a race of scientists par excellence. For in religion and science lies our only hope to withstand the evil designs of modern materialism.

Marcus Garvey

I will stop here for now but will do another write-up to share some more thoughts around this topic and expanding on the issues as well as my thoughts on possible solutions.

Keep safe, God bless.

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