The bus driver turned up the volume of his squeaky radio and I leaned forward, the better to hear the evening news headlines, among them an appeal by United and Strong to Saint Lucians not to celebrate the demise of convicted criminal Yolanda Frederick, also notorious as a hermaphrodite. The individual had been fatally shot at Leslie Land by person or persons unknown.
Soon afterward the Facebook ghouls were posting their thanks to whoever had taken Frederick out. As barbaric as were some of the posted comments, few matched the expressed venom of our allegedly Christian society.
I had a difficult time getting what USSL leader Kenita Placide had said as it came over my bus driver’s crackling radio. My holier-than-thou fellow riders didn’t help. The consensus was that Placide was determined to remake Saint Lucia into a gay society.
Tiway sa la! shouted one of the sinless ones. Meekly, the driver switched to a “go pwel” station just then featuring the still popular “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” by Boy George as famous for his homosexuality as for his several eighties hits.
Later that evening I read online what Placide had said over the radio: she deplored all forms of violence; blamed the “failed system” for the increasing crime.
Yolanda Frederick, aka Jordan, was an “inter-sex person,” whom the system had never protected, never served, never supported. Neither had “the community.”
Placide made far more sense to me than the government-employed clinical psychologists who’ve been having a grand time in the spotlight with their after the fact advice regarding people under one kind of stress or another.
Since the shooting I’ve found myself contemplating the lives of the flamboyant pop star who, like Frederick, had his fair share of troubles involving the police, whether or not in relation to drug use. Once he was charged with kidnapping and “gratuitous violence.” Like Frederick, Boy George often attired himself as a woman. His celebrity offered him no cover.
From all we now have been told Frederick was teased, better to say bullied, both by schoolmates and by other parties. No one will dare say whether any of that forced him or her into crime.
Frederick, 35, originally from La Clery, had been for some time considered dangerous. In 2010, Frederick was remanded at the Bordelais Correctional Facility—accused of murdering 52-year-old Justus Cenott of Morne Du Don, and the attempted murder of a 16-year-old.
It will come as no surprise that Frederick had a rough time fitting in at Bordelais, largely because of the “inter-sex” status.
At least two psychologists this week addressed the problem of suicides and criminal behavior. Alas not only did they have nothing new to say on the matter, it would seem the experts are still not ready to discuss sexuality, let alone people of uncertain gender.