Dispelling the Myths About Jamaica and Jamaican People

1) Jamaica is NOT in Africa

This is especially for many Asians and Eastern Europeans that know nothing about the Caribbean.

And for whatever reason, most Jamaicans want to be recognized as a Jamaican and not African.

Just like how Japanese don’t want to be recognized as a Chinese or Korean and how Greeks don’t want to be recognized as Turkish.


Though we can’t tell the difference.

2) We DON’T all smoke weed

I’ve never smoked weed in my entire life.

Neither do I have any interest in doing so. Smoking is just not my thing.

As far as I know, none of my family members ever done this before.

I do have friends who do it occasionally however.

Do all Jamaicans smoke weed?
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3) NOT everywhere in Jamaica is Dangerous


Just like anywhere in the world, there are also dangerous places in Jamaica as well.

But generally speaking, if you stay away from the danger zones and just don’t be stupid, you are pretty much fine.

Here might be dangerous

Dangerous places in Jamaica places to avoid
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Here is quite safe 🙂

Safe places in Jamaica
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4) We are NOT all Black

Yes the majority of us have black ancestry but most of us also are mixed with some other race.

1% of the population is Chinese. We have Jews, Syrians, Europeans, Indians… Its a big mixture of people and cultures.

My friend M…Who is of African, Jewish and European ancestry


My cousin with African and Syrian ancestry


Dave Colleymore and cousin

5) We DON’T all lay on the beach and be lazy

While there are some lazy Jamaicans who don’t want to work or do anything for that matter, there are many Jamaicans who are very hard working.

Honestly… not all of us!!

Jamaicans got to the beach everyday
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6) We DON’T have straw houses

Unless it’s a hut or a shop or something like that, there are no buildings made of straw.

You probably won’t see a house like this in Jamaica

What are houses like in Jamaica
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We do have these though  🙂

Image via flickr - Bonita Jamaica
Image via flickr – Bonita Jamaica

7) Most of us know about Bob Marley but DON’T know him personally

He died in 1981, I wasn’t even 1 yet.

Do you know Bob Marley?
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8) A good amount of us either never saw or don’t remember about the movie Cool Runnings


In my case, I remember watching the movie years ago but for the life of me  I can’t remember it’s contents.

It was too long ago!! The only thing I remember about it is some Jamaicans entering bob sleigh which is a winter sport, but we don’t have cold winters in Jamaica.

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