The Hypocrisy of SOME Jamaicans Living Abroad
More times than not I tend to irritate people when I speak, but as usual I really do not care.
I speak my mind and let the chips fall where they may.
As a Jamaican living overseas I refuse to be a HYPOCRITE and pretend that where I am from, the little place called Jamaica is a bed of roses. I see many Jamaicans here talking smack and acting as if they forget about the many TRUTHS that happen back home while they bury their heads in the sand. Do not leave your country where all is well, cock up yuh behind in another country, reap the benefits of said country, and then chat CRAP about how RACIST the country is.
Go back to yard where you claim you have nothing to worry about when walking the streets. Some of us come here to AMERICA, and suddenly we are all professors on RACISM and CLASSISM, yet fail to admit that it is the same CLASSISM and RACISM why many of us left Jamaica. We sit on our derrieres here and talk crap about how beautiful Jamaica is, and do not want to address the problems why so many of us leave in the first place.
While we are crying racism and such in AMERICA, the land of our birth JAMAICA is rated as the third most homicidal country in the world.
How messed up is that? So where are the marches by Jamaicans living abroad asking for PEACE and to bring back Jamaica? Mario Deane was brutally beaten while in the custody of the police in JAMAICA, yet how many American-Jamaicans PROTEST for JUSTICE FOR MARIO DEANE?
How on earth can people be up in ‘MERICA’ BUSINESS, while in the land their your birth all HELL is breaking loose and remain SILENT about that? What if UNCLE SAM decides today that whether we have a GREEN CARD or CITIZENSHIP that we all have to go back home? Many of us would drop dead from day one, because the stress alone would send us to hospital, and the conditions of the hospitals alone down there would KILL many of us.
January morning , bright and early over 100 SUGAR WORKERS will have no jobs. Add that to the list of JOBLESS JAMAICANS and we can see that the ‘corner very dark’. Farmers there are not making any money, because the FOREIGN IMPORTED GOODS are CHEAPER than the locally produced ones. Last week a well known Chinese shop keeper had his throat SLASHED by fellow JAMAICANS in the land where we boast of blue sea, white sands, and murderous Jamaicans along with politicians who do not care about the country or its people. Our young girls are being KIDNAPPED, RAPED and SLAUGHTERED by HEARTLESS JAMAICAN MEN and I have yet to hear the outcry of ‘MERICAN’ JAMAICANS on that issue.
So while you stay in UNCLE SAM’s country and discuss STATISTICS about which CITIES IN AMERICA are most RACIST, while you show the videos of what police are doing to BLACK MEN IN MERICA, at what point will you make some noise ABOUT WHAT A GWAN A YARD?
America is working on its problems. At what point will JAMAICA begin to work on its problems? Many of us need to check ourselves and stop the HYPOCRISY. Stop condemning America speaking about how scared you are for your children who walk the streets here because they are black because we all know that it won’t take much for them to get knifed or shot in Jamaica.
We all know that it takes nothing for police in Jamaica to ‘buss shot under wi skin’ or brutalize us when we call them out so we need to stop pretending.
While of us diligently seek justice in America, we need to spend time seeking justice for Jamaica as well.
A deh suh wi come fram!
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It is very clear that your outburst is fear that uncle Sam might send u back to your country. Obviously this is where u call your home and this is my home also so even though we in this country it does not mean we cant love the land of our birth. On the topic of what we are doing to help stop the crime there it would be impossible to stay here and do that, but we are here in America and the ones that are citizens have freedom of speech rights, keep in mind that its what others… Read more »
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Concern for Ja. is good but misplaced, you take care of where you live. Plus at this time we should be thinking global. The Earth is not looking good right now.
Dumbest article ever!!! So cause I’m a Jamaican living in America I shouldn’t speak about any injustices because my birth country isn’t perfect???? What non sense
All you Jamericans who hate us should sell us your land and never return. We are fine living in Jamaica and want to live nowhere else. Further, moving to America is not an academic qualification which qualifies people to bad mouth our country. Why don’t you all just enjoy America and leave us be with our poverty and crime and backwardness and lack of Walmart. We are happy here.
I know you’re kidding, right? It is my experience that quite the contrary is yrue if Jamaicans who move to America. These Jamericans are the first to tell you how Perfect America is and how crime riddled and backward Jamaica is!
This author is not observant. And not making sense. The Jamaicans that leave Jamaica and first experience racism or classism in America obviously were not experiencing it at home, this author seems to be very angry about that and so I assume was on the receiving end of racism and classism back home. I NEVER experienced any negativity surrounding race nor class until I came to America. You cannot tell me my experience is irrelevant or hypocritical just because it hasn’t been YOUR experience. Further, America is NOT working on its class issues and they are confusing a lot of… Read more »
What’s your point? Is it that if you are a naturalized citizen or legal resident in the the USA, you cannot exercise your rights and criticize injustice or other wrongs because such problems might also exist in your country of origin. You know that’s crap. But I guess that what this blog is all about.
this blogger usually writes some great articles, but this here is just nonsense. If America is racist, the fact that there are problems in Jamaica does not mean that those who are from Jamaica must remain silent about that racism or go back home. One can be upset about injustice in America AND about the problems in Jamaica. The two ideas are not mutually exclusive. I don’t see how that amounts to hypocrisy…
I have no need to JUSTIFY or CLARIFY myself to anyone, I write what i am aware of, and have no problem speaking my mind, anyone is offended, that is your problem.
You are right. I do fear, my country. If I have to go back. I’ll commit suicide first.
You write an article criticizing a group of people and then you are offended when said group respond to it. That is very childish and your responses are as well. Jamaica does not have a class or race problem. Out of many one people is our motto. We have crime yes but on the topic of race we are far ahead of the US and of that we are proud. So stopping telling people to shut up and write something more coherent next time.
IT IS TRUE THAT WE AS JAMACIAN DO THE THINGS THAT WE COULD NEVER THINK OF IN OUR COUNTRY ONE OF THE MOST UPSETTING THINGS IS FIGHTING AMONST EACH OTHER AND USE EACH OTHER TO GET OVER AND UNGRATEFUL WITH IT TOO.
The only person who has made an ass of herself is you.. If you don’t believe me. Just read below.
Michelle you’re right.
We need to stop killing each other.
This article merely represents the author’s view. I see nothing stated here supported by facts, research, surveys…nothing. So we don’t need to necessarily agree with the authors view. but a note to the author, those clapback comments serve to do your blog more harm than good. If someone doesnt agree with your view, no need to get dirty and post nasty retorts. Be happy that these folks are paying attention to your article, as their attention could have been elsewhere,and then you wudnt have the numbers you need to turn your blog into an advertisers paradise…….but as it relates to… Read more »
I 100% AGREE WID U SISTA……
Some people do not like to hear the truth well done to you Michelle Bradshaw. If Jamaica is that wonderful how come nearly 50 per cent of young people would give up their Jamaican citizenship to live either in the UK or USA.
Dearest Michelle. I am an Anerican. Born in America. Reared in America. I found your article spot on. I was raised by my Jamaican father, but has never lived in Jamaica. Just yesterday, I had conversation with my Jamaican brother-in-law. I was thinking about moving to Jamaica because my income would allow me to live quite comfortably in Jamaica. However, I have to weigh my options. I am very much aware of the social and economical hardships in Jamaica, and these concerns makes me very hesitant to live there. Both America and Jamaica have serious sociological issued that concerns me.… Read more »
If Jamaica was the only country on this PLANET I would agree with you; however, you seem to be throwing stones and I see them landing on your own head! While I care deeply about the many issues the LAND of my birth maybe dealing with. Your written piece is nonsensical; what did our National heroes and heroine try to teach US as a people, and as a RACE (BLACK) unity we stand divided we shall FALL! Take a LOOK at Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. and his movement and maybe just maybe you will see beyond your own self! Like… Read more »