Anonymous asked: You Jamaicans boast a lot only when your island becomes noticed internationally. If there was no Usain Bolt or Bob Marley, I wonder how proud you all would actually be coming from a third world country.
"You Jamaicans" lol
i’m going to assume you’re from a first world country and that the only thing you know about jamaica is that usain bolt and bob marley come from there…………
So let’s begin the class on Jamaican culture, world-recognition and their “boastful behaviour”:
1. Usain Bolt wasn’t the first Jamaican man to be named the fastest in the world. Google: Asafa Powell. Moreover, prior to both of these relatively young Jamaicans’ existence, Jamaica’s track and field record has been tun up, practically since slavery (literally bc slaves in Jamaica derived from a specific African ethnicity which was remarkably aggressive and rebellious). Google: Merlene Ottey, Arthur Wint, Herb Mckenley.
2. Jamaica isn’t just recognized in Track and Field or Reggae Music from the 60’s-70’s, Jamaicans are recognized in EVERYTHING that they do. Literally everything, the bad and the good. From drug-dealing, to winning The Voice, to being named the fastest man in the world. We even have the most churches per square mile. Everything that Jamaicans do, we do it to the best of our ability, so there’s that.
3. Bob Marley isn’t the only recognized Jamaican musician around the world. We currently have numerous dancehall/reggae artistes travelling the world, to perform. Beenie Man, Shaggy, Shabba Ranks (YES THAT ASAP FERG SONG IS ABOUT ONE, SINGLE THIRD WORLD CITIZEN, A JAMAICAN!!!!) - For more recent artistes, you can check out Konshens, Vybz Kartel, Aidonia and Busy Signal.
4. Hip-hop and rap originated from Jamaica. It’s like a known thing, so there’s that. The first recognized rapper was a Jamaican, Coke La Rock. The so-called founder of Hip-hop was a Jamaican dj, DJ Kool Herc. B.I.G. spent all his summers as a youth in Jamaica. They were rapping in Jamaica before America even coined the term.
5. Jamaica is where all the totes cool first-world people vacation, and wish they lived, so there’s that again. Jamaicans literally live where you vacation. WOW WHO KNEW FIRST WORLD PEOPLE WOULD WANT TO VACATION IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY WOW!!!!!
6. Jamaica is a country everybody knows. Like I have never come across someone who hasn’t heard about jamaica, or who doesn’t know something about it. It’s funny, because I’ve come across some people don’t even know where the Caribbean is, but know a whole story about Jamaica.
I mean obviously Usain Bolt and Bob Marley are fabulous reasons for Jamaicans to boast and they play this amazing role in putting jamaica on the map everyday, but without them we’d have lots of reason to boast anyway. Plus, jamaicans are just proud people, i can’t even explain it, you have to visit and actually visit (not just sit in your five star hotel for ten days) the country to understand. We’re constantly boasting, about ourselves, and our families - not just about our country on a whole. We have runners, swimmers, scientists, writers, poets, musicians, drug-lords, miss universe pageant representatives, to name a few. We’re good at everything we do lol like there’s no question. Beyoncé uses Jamaican dancehall beats in her songs, lol like what else is necessary to justify our boastful behaviour?? There’s actually a lot, and I’m serious because i haven’t even got into the meat of this matter.
So in reference to “I wonder how proud you all would actually be coming from a third world country”: very proud, ESPECIALLY coming from a third world country. Part of the reason we’re so proud is because we’re a third world country and still do better than u first world countries.
So anyway don’t ever ask anyone that question in such a condescending manner ever again before researching the country. because you will be insulted, especially by a jamaican. I didn’t even go HAM on you bc I’m sick so peace.