“Oh wow, you’re from Jamaica? You don’t look Jamaican.”
Pause, what does a Jamaican look like? Or “Can you speak Jamaican? Let me hear.” I wasn’t aware that we spoke a different language. I guess when people are ignorant to other cultures and can only rely on televisions representation there is bound to be some form of stereotype. There are plenty of stereotypes about Jamaicans but here are the ones that I have experienced time and time again.
All Jamaicans smoke weed – honestly the weed smokers are the minority in Jamaica, marijuana is illegal in Jamaica, and though its said that the best weed comes from Jamaica, not every Jamaican has had an encounter with the drug.
“Aww man you’re from Jamaica? I ain’t messin’ with you, ya’ll females are craaazzzzy.”
Jamaican women are crazy – women as a whole can be irrational sometimes, but I guess if you mix the irrationality and the accent together then it can be a bit scary.
“Speak in Jamaican let me hear.”
Jamaicans don’t speak English – Actually English is the nations language, though we are made of many one people, our primary language is English, our broken English which is the equivalent to Ebonics up here is called Patois (pat-wa).
Jamaicans are never on time – ……maybe that’s true, but what black person is?
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