Where In Jamaica Are You From? St. Vincent?
Today I was talking to a guy who was trying to impress me with his knowledge of Caribbean lingo. “What’s up mon?” He greeted, proudly letting me know he’s a frequent flyer to the island of Jamaica which he incorrectly assumed was my ‘home’. He then asked me where I was from, meaning where in Jamaica. I said, “St.Vincent” and started to explain that it was also an island in the Caribbean. He didn’t let me get to that part. He interrupted with an excited response, “Oh I have been to Negril and Kingston but never that part”.
The guy continued to extol the beauty of the islands, based of course on his visits to Jamaica and I pitied him for not having a good geography teacher when he attended school. Darn North American Education! As I am apt to do, I let him stew in his ignorance and rolled with it. We talked about Ocho Rios, Ganja and resorts. I even humored him and spoke like a true Jamaican. He asked when I was last there and I told him when I last visited St. Vincent. Then he left. No wiser than when he walked into my office. Bad Bad teacher! No Jamaican rum for you!
Why am I blogging about this? Well too often it is assumed that because of my skin color and maybe accent, I have to be either from Africa or Jamaica. It’s not a big deal as I’m used to it but assuming someone is from a particular place because of their skin color is a bit ignorant, isn’t it? Or is that just my take?
I do not assume every white person is from England. To do so would be bordering on presumptuous, don’t you think?
Just my take. Everyting irie, mon.
- When is the Best Time to Visit St. Vincent? (expertscolumn.com)
- Guide to Scuba Diving in St. Vincent and Grenada (expertscolumn.com)