Everywhere I go, I meet another Caribbean national . most places I go to, people seem to be excited to meet someone from the Caribbean. Then they think there are only black people in Jamaica. Nope! Jamaica has a wide diverse ethnic mix. And even though most people may be mixed, they are prejudiced against each other. I faced more prejudice in my own country Jamaica than I faced in London. In Jamaica there is the class system that is summarized in the popular saying,
If you are white, you are alright,
If you are brown, hang around,
If you are black, stand back!
Wherever I go, people are so excited to hear my Jamaican accent. They think I a m unique and that I am from some far away exotic fairy tale paradise.
In large cities like London and New York, people of other races seem to be more open and “tolerant” of others from different backgrounds. As you leave the cities and go to the country areas, like the country parts of America, prejudice is more obvious.
Jamaican athlete Usain Bolts holds the Olympic record for the fastest sprinter in history.
International Music Legend Bob Marley was a Jamaican Tourist and Honeymoon Destination
Jamaica is known internationally as a tourist and honeymoon destination The Importance of time
Jamaicans show up 2 hours late for every event. If they are having a party at 10pm, everyone shows up at 12 midnight, then they party till 7am the next morning. Then they show up at their 9am job at 11am. The Elderly
Most Jamaicans have great respect for the elderly and they take care of them at home instead of taking them to nursing homes. Male and Female Dress
Jamaicans have the same cultural patterns as the British. Jamaica was once a British colony, so the males and females dress in similar pattern as in British culture. Making Eye Contact
Jamaicans were taught that it is polite to look people in the eye when you are speaking to them. Touching or Standing in Close Proximity
Jamaicans do not know…
well i am a black female and i would like to find out feedback from people like me. i know even though it is 2007 some cultures may not be very open to black people. where are black friendly places? so far in my travels, i have not met any cannibals and i have some largely positive experiences and i wanted to stay away from the negative places. everywhere you go in this world you are going to face prejudice. it depends on the type of person you are.it is up to you to decide that you are not going to let these people get you depressed. it is human nature to have some type of prejudice.by having a positive attitude you can keep yourself from making the negative experiences bring you down and wherever you go you will be happy. as a black traveller from a third world country like jamaica, the first place that i stayed more than one month was london. i was so excited to be in a first world country. in my native country jamaica, sadly to say, i faced a lot of prejudice. white people only soc…