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?
Image via vision-newspaper.ca

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
Image via caribtorch.com

Here is quite safe 🙂

Safe places in Jamaica
Image via enchantedhoneymoons.com

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

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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
Image via wondersofjamaica.com

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
Image via cepolina.com

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?
Image via pheed.com

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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Kareen Sanguinetti
6 years ago

For those who know very little about Jamaica…here is an article with some real facts. First generation Canadians (of Jamaican Descent) are very ignorant about their parents homeland and often give a false impression of Jamaica. Yes! I am Jamaican and don’t ask why I am not black. No, I do not smoke ganja and never have so don’t ask. Not all Jamaicans migrate for a better life. Do not assume that my life was so deprived. I migrated for personal reasons and often yearn for the ‘Jamaican’ lifestyle and culture. Thank you for dispelling some of the misconceptions and… Read more »

Bobette Salmon
6 years ago

We are not all black? No matter the chinese and the Jews some of us r mixed with we are alll black.

Richard Minott
6 years ago

We don’t have winter? Really?

Dave Collymore
6 years ago

@Bobette. How are we all black? Not sure bout that one…We are all Jamaicans but we sure ain’t all black.
@Richard …. Do we have winter in Jamaica?

Sandra Gardner-Oglesby

Cool beans

Lois Mcleod
6 years ago

so true…ah boy

Theresa C Givans
6 years ago

I’m not black and I’m Jamaican.

Nathan Edward Campbell

This is so true….well spoken boss man.

Arnie Richter
6 years ago

MY biggest pet peeve is when someone asks if Jamaica is part of the United States. Ignorance abounds!

Gillian Myers
6 years ago

some are not mixed. i fully agree that we are not all black

Amani Smith
6 years ago

i dont have a problem with being referred to as african ….CAUSE I AM as for their comment about lazy JAMAICAN TELL THE DUTTY GOVERNMENT GIVE OPPERTUNITY TO EVERYBODY AND NOT JUST THE STUSH UPTOWN PEOPLE WHO IS ONLY INTRESTED IN SEPERATING THEMSELF FROM BEING AUTHENTIC JAMAICAN….BRIGHT

Ra Jacobs
6 years ago

Jamaican is a political name given to the people who inhabited that land mass which is a slave plantation made up of all those captured and their captors…the result of which you speak is clear…hence, why the question? it’s pretty obvious the people will be as they are…lol…what is important is to know thy self, not only in a physical way but through spirit and natural vibrations in this existence…peace

Elmer Lee
6 years ago

Unfortunately it is not a myth, that Jamaican government is selling out the country, not taking care of all it’s people, that’s why a part of the population will leave the country for a better life or stay in Jamaica to live like a beggar..

Lorrine Schreck
6 years ago

Black,white,mixed,or otherwise,we are all beautiful.Lets agree to disagree. The black genes are very strong,My great great grandparents were Scottish,intermarriage with African so I consider myself black

Lorrine Schreck
6 years ago

Colour conscious? I didn’t think any one really cared any more about what colour they are.

Sammy Rivera
6 years ago

Thank you for some in most part I’ve already known . I’m Hispanic and am looking to move to jamaica

Karen MightyQueen
6 years ago

In my opinion it does not matter what you are mix with, when you come to america you are black and whats wrong with that … we have diffrent shades of color but we are all black… its the inside that matter… Jews, Orientals, indians, mulatto and Greeks etc are all black people. If you guys didn’t know everything comes from black (the dominant genes). I agree Culturally we are diffrent but thats about it… Im black and I’m proud (My Mom dad is half indian, what does that mean he’s black just have some indian inna him blood smh)

Ainsbirth Winter
6 years ago

Only one race God created and that the human race ,so what colour have to do with that.Do we worry about the colour flowers in the garden we plant ;So why are we worrying about the lords garden don’t you know that we are lord’s garden just as beautiful as the one we put together.

Enzro Greenidge
6 years ago

lmao

Fallonious Knows All
6 years ago

cool runnings was actually based on the very true story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team. You should give it another go. After living in Jamaica for a bit as a kid, I thought it did justice to the wonderful people i have come to know and love.

QueenBee Hall
6 years ago

Nice, I like this.

Crystal Reid
6 years ago

What about the one the myth where most people thinks that we are all Rastafarian?

Ray Bak
6 years ago

I have gotten my sight tested and i have 20/20 vision, I also checked to see if i was color blind and found that i can see color very well so to all of you arguing about what color you are go get your eyes tested, because i have never seen a Black, White, Red, Pink or Purple person in my entire life. And most of us aren’t even Brown. Divide and concur is the M-O of the mental slave masters. Wake up and smell the coffee… literally WAKE UP.

Capone Gcm Kiid
6 years ago

If you have a mix ethic group in you you wont be accepted frommany if you have black in you you black for life no matter what in PHilippines you are called Niagara or something like that because of your mixed ethics so you got black in you you black get over it its the skin color people watch still not the race in you

Terrain Trupsi Wright
6 years ago

we are not all black as our moto states “out of many one people”

Brownshuga Jam
6 years ago

Frankly, I’ve always wondered why people want to call me ‘black’ even though it is clear that I have so much Indian roots … I think we copy way too much from ‘African’ Americans and forget that our culture comprises people of various ethnic roots. Why then do we think to lump everyone as ‘black’? It’s time we re-educate ourselves because we are dangerously close to being plain stupid!

Trevor McPherson
5 years ago

Our motto are out of many people we are one. That is why we Jamaican are so unique we are hard working proud and very independent. Not everyone are raster, I Think we Jamaica Have a lot of confidence e,g sky is the limit we always dress neatly and smart and we always take pride in our self, E,C,T

Patricia Cain
5 years ago

Why would anyone know where Jamaica is? That’s why people ask questions to learn.how many Jamaicans have full knowledge of every country in the world.i am sure if someone commented they couldn’t tell the difference between Jamaicans and other black people everyone would be shouting racism.people do not live in straw huts but a lot of poor Jamaicans do live in board houses and ghettos, which your government should be ashamed of. Jamaicans are of mixed race the same as most races around the world, I am British but we were invaded by the Romans, Vikings, French and many more… Read more »

Robin James
5 years ago

I am a white Jamaican by birth,my parents were Welsh,Scottish and Irish.I am proud to be Jamaican.

Dermont Thomas
5 years ago

well :does it matter,we are all Jamaican,no blackness there.

Runerranks Runerranks
5 years ago

I am a jamaican a yardie anything u wan cal it me love mi country bad when mi here people a talk bad bout mi jamaica the feelings mi get no normal, whe mi see mi flag pon car or sport event tears fall from my eyes thats how much mi love my sweet sweet ja out of many one people.

Dawn Levene
5 years ago

And yes we fo speak English

Dawn Levene
5 years ago

Sorry do not fo

Kayti Sanantat Maa't
5 years ago

A pig that is born in a goat pen is still a pig. Chinese are Chinese no matter where they are born and we were warned not to mix out seed.

Jedidiah Feliciano Thorpe

Thank You..lol

Mike Reid
5 years ago

AS FAR AS I KNOW IS THAT THE THE AFRICANS AND THE PORTUGESE JEWS LANDED IN JAMAICA WITH THE SPANIARDS

Valerie Colyard
5 years ago

Thanks for educating the world.

Bryan Lewis
5 years ago

All i can say i am no african i am jamaican

Ochi Link
5 years ago

So basically this article is trying to say what? Impose that Jamaicans are confused and lost.

Leroy Bimmer
5 years ago

if you can find the book THE PEOPLE WHO CAME book 1&2 it might help those who don’t know there culture

Amani Smith
5 years ago

The chiny and the so called Asians can talk all they want last time I check they were .6% and 1.2% for the Indians

Kyle Allstarr Anderson

cool article, but the author, like many others seem to think being Jewish is a race and has some kinda impact on one’s physical appearance. being of jewish ancestry affects your features as much as being of christian ancestry does…

Marie Petronzio
5 years ago

I really enjoyed this post and the pictures you posted to go with it. I try to dispel rumors about Jamaica as much as possible. I feel more safe on the island than I do in my own hometown ( sorry, Cleveland… look at your crime rate…). The diversity of the Jamaican people is beautiful, and it is extremely refreshing to visit and not be exposed to all the blatant racism that is overwhelming in the States. Your post about straw houses really has me cracking up, because the homes in Jamaica are some of the most beautiful, well-constructed homes… Read more »

Corina Codre
5 years ago

So how do you start an article aimed at educating people by insulting them first?I am east-european and according to your views i do not know anything about the Caribbean.And why would anyone else be interested in your cultural perspectives,when you openly admit that you can not tell the difference between Greeks and Turkish people?!isn’t that just as condescending as your assumptions about what the world knows of the Caribbean?

Ainsbirth Winter
5 years ago

One race God made the human race we try to segregate disect and classified we are all humans beings why time on God business .Look how long we are fighting about who who the devil give a puzzle you all will never solve so say keep waisting valuable time .we should spend all this loving each other and try yo love together people wake up Jesus is comming Spend time seeking him if not we will all like wise perish this classifying the one is the big distraction the devil throw give us this is a eye opener .

Kennedy Cameron
5 years ago

We are not all black!!! I know of a white European couple who migrate to Jamaica and had children in Jamaica hence white Jamaican.

Elaine Allison
5 years ago

Who determined if you were black or white back in the days of slavery. We have a choice to embrace our ancestors or not. In an effort to make endogamous group determination more consistent and objective, colonial and then state legislatures adopted blood-fraction laws. These laws spelled out just what fraction of your ancestors had to be on which side of the color line in order to determine your own group membership. And so, the rule of blood fraction became an alternative criterion used by courts to determine which side of the color line someone was on. The earliest blood… Read more »

Dave Collymore
5 years ago

@Bobette. How are we all black? Not sure bout that one…We are all Jamaicans but we sure ain’t all black.
@Richard …. Do we have winter in Jamaica?

Theresa C Givans
5 years ago

I’m not black and I’m Jamaican.

Amani Smith
5 years ago

i dont have a problem with being referred to as african ….CAUSE I AM as for their comment about lazy JAMAICAN TELL THE DUTTY GOVERNMENT GIVE OPPERTUNITY TO EVERYBODY AND NOT JUST THE STUSH UPTOWN PEOPLE WHO IS ONLY INTRESTED IN SEPERATING THEMSELF FROM BEING AUTHENTIC JAMAICAN….BRIGHT