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I almost postponed December’s column because I was so infuriated by what’s taking place on the streets of the U.S. right now. It felt as if writing a profile of two Jamaican gentlemen living in Japan in the lap of safety was tantamount to treason.

It’s bad enough that I’m over here basking under the rising sun as well, while black Americans — who could very well be my family or close friends — are living in constant jeopardy and dying at the hands of abusive power at a perpetually alarming rate, as an injustice system consistently invalidates their lives. Was this the right time to focus on a Jamaican brain drain — amid an American blood bath?

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