LLoyd Taylor

IN HIS Sunday Express’ “Badmen” (Page 13) piece columnist Lennox Grant, tries to pry-open a less-often mentioned self and community justifying view of crime: “Everybody has to live out here, you know!” That narrative has its origin in the objective reality that living conditions describe. Life is hard.

Assumption No. 1. Some communities are so poorly equipped with the facilities for integrated living, largely because of the haphazard way they have been allowed to rise above ground, in response to dire need for life’s bare necessities, eg shelter etc. For the same reason their provisioning requires small lawful, but larger unlawful activities to meet the “normal” expectations of socially accepted standards. It begins to make sense that “Everybody have to live here, you know.”

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