Tuesday 16 January, 2018

Jamaican disc jock in the US coming around to his two ‘jackets’

DJ Linkage, born Dexter Blake

DJ Linkage, born Dexter Blake

Popular Jamaican radio disc jockey, DJ Linkage, has said he will continue to care for the two kids, aged nine and seven years, who he recently found out are not his biological kids after a mandatory DNA test which was required by the US Embassy as part of its immigration visa process.

Born Dexter Blake, the disc jockey owns and operates a station called Linkage Radio in New York, USA.

He migrated to that country to live several years ago, and had been filing for his kids under the immigration process.

Late last year, he was devastated upon getting a letter from a DNA agency informing him that the two kids he had supposedly fathered with two Jamaican women were not his biological offsprings.

DJ Linkage said the pain was even greater during the Christmas holidays, as fallout from the DNA test results has caused him intense emotional and psychological stress.

But with a new year, he has mustered the courage to approach the situation in the interest of the children whom he has been loving and caring for all these years.

"I am going to continue to take care of them. When I came to Jamaica the other day, I couldn't bring myself to go see them. It was just too much. I had to ease off the pressure. I can't get back too close to them. These women have done a terrible thing, but when I have an extra money, I will send it for them," DJ Linkage told Loop News reporter Claude Mills.

"This Christmas was the first without them, and it was tough. Normally, I would be around them on Christmas Day.

“I couldn't even buy them presents, because it was like reminding myself that I am taking care of other men's children. I couldn't see them this time, nothing, it was a bitter pill to swallow," he said.

He described women who resort to the practice of dispensing 'jackets' as being the real source of the problem.

"These mothers… One of them had even been boasting in her community that I had to mine her child even though it wasn't my biological child, and she was using my money to flaunt and show off on people with name brand things,” Blake said.

“They played me, and I can't see myself through the wall, I can't get it out of my system. Both played me and gave me jackets," he added.

A 'jacket' is a colloquial Jamaican term which defines a child which is given to a man who is not its biological father. It is reportedly a wide-scale occurrence in Jamaica, with women knowingly assigning the paternity of their children to the wrong man, often for financial gain or advantage.

DJ Linkage revealed that both children have tried to call him recently, but said he has blocked their mothers' numbers, though he still sees the rejected calls and wrestles with the issue in his mind.

"I am dreading the conversation I am going to have with them. How can I tell a nine or a seven-year-old kid that I am not their father (after being so for so many years)?" he asked earnestly.

 

DNA tests are required by the US Embassy in Kingston as a vital part of its immigrant visa process. The number of 'jackets' that were indicated in a diplomatic cable captioned 'Fraud summary' and covering the period March 2009 to August 2009 was noticeable.

A section of the cable in October 2009, read: "Approximately 10 per cent of all cases where DNA is done result in no biological relationship. This percentage does not include those applicants that choose to abandon their case rather than undergo DNA testing."

Every year, thousands of Jamaicans apply for non-immigrant and immigrant visas to the US.

"The fallout from this will be with me for a long time. My wife and I are very attached to these kids, and she has suggested that I still help them, but not get too attached, and that's what I am going to do, help when I can, every once in a while," DJ Linkage said.