Hey Guys, so if you don’t know by now I’m a Jamaican. Born and raised there I left at the age of 14 and I haven’t been back since. I’ve just been busy that’s all , but when I went to high school the type of questions that I was bombarded with were so ridiculous it had me questioning the minds of out American teen (I still do). So I’m here to squash stereotypical sayings about Jamaican. You ready?
Myth 1. We don’t live in huts: Yeah I know what you are thinking “people have asked you that or really you guys don’t”. And to answer your questions yes someone has asked me that and we don’t. I grew up in a lovely home that my parents had built around the time my older sister was about 6. There are mostly of houses on the beautiful island , the only huts are on the beach for shade from the sun.
Myth 2. All Jamaicans don’t have dreads: Dreads are normally worn for either religious purposes or just a stress free hairstyle. Rastas who practice Rastafarianism (yes that’s actually a religion Bob Marley was a practitioner) and its a practice of theirs that’s the only reason why they have dreads
Myth 3. Marijuana is not our national plant: Just because our country has the perfect climate to harvest marijuana doesn’t mean that everything we do involves it. And let me just clear up other myths: Jamaicans are not pot heads nor do we all just smoke marijuana all day everyday and everywhere we go. SURPRISE ! Marijuana is also illegal in Jamaica , if you are caught with more than a quarter (7 grams) you can go to jail. So when you vacation there and people
Myth 4. Not all Jamaicans can run fast: Yes we have the fastest man in world but that doesn’t equal to all Jamaicans are fast. Look at me , I’m not athletic at all ( and no it’s not because I came here to live). You being born in a country where Usain Bolt is from doesn’t mean that you are fast as well. Just because Donald Trump is president doesn’t mean we are all umpa lumpas.
Last but not least Myth 5. There’s no language called Jamaican: We have an accent and we may talk fast but Jamaican is not a language. But we do speak with our own Creole dialect which is really broken down English so please for the sake of you not being embarrassed in front of Jamaicans because we will laugh at you to your face , don’t ask us to speak Jamaican.
And there you have it folks 5 myths about Jamaicans, I hope I have answered some of your questions or destroyed any of you stereotypes. Thanks for Reading….