Jamaica Racism and Collorism

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Jamaica (Mckoy’s News) – Jamaica Racism and Collorism in Jamaica: People in Jamaica love to point fingers at racism/collorism in other countries, the fact is it is alive and well in Jamaica although we pretend it does not exist.

Racism manifests itself in the control and economic power of the island. They of European stock (White Jamaicans ) and ethnic minorities will tell you that they are 100 percent Jamaican. Fact is they do not include black Jamaicans in the inner workings of their business. While we cannot blame them because to each his own, what is disgusting is when they take away or literally steal what emancipation and the Morant Bay Rebellion has given to black people.

The major minorities in this island still predominantly take a negative look and view of their black neighbours.
Our sports, music benefits the other ethnicities . From the days of Chinese producers earning most of an artists creative revenue to today’s monopolist capitalists using dancehall music to spruce up their products, to showcase their products and to associate black people creative products with their commodities.

Then there are those who appropriate the cooking, spices and culinary practices of the masses and market it with black labour selling and making enormous and super profits. All of a sudden roast potatoes and roast yams are big culinary items in finely structured eateries, water holes and restaurants.

Racism/colorism against black Jamaican is nothing new. It even cuts into academia. Just a few years ago the face of our air hostesses were white or very light skin. When my uncle left Jamaica in 1958 not one black person work in the bank. Interestingly, one of the first black guys to be employed in the commercial bank was hounded by false accusations of impropriety.

Up to 1972 , the top echelons of the police force were light skin Jamaicans . Black cops rarely attained the rank of Assistant Commissioner. IT brought back stories of my Scotland Yard trained uncle from St. Ann who could only attain the rank of Detective Corporal.

Schools up to the early 1960’s had few real black students. The beneficiaries were sns and daughters of light skinned, Syrians, Lebanese , Chinese and white Jamaicans. Even the introduction of the Common Entrance Examination by Rt. Hon. Norman Manley benefitted the light skinned at first.

Today, the beneficiaries of large tracts of land, not unlike South Africa are white Jamaicans. They owns the richest farmlands and real estate having inherited from the days of slavery. Yes, they may hypocritically tell you they are not English but the slave trade was run by many who were other ethnicities than English, in large by all things called British.

Racism is also hidden in the form of classism. Most excuse when the masses is deprived of certain tings is viewed as an offshoot of a class system. Lie, big lie, it is often racial but in our corrupt society fingers are pointed to classism. The blatant examples of racism are blamed on classism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, every “ism” that exists. They blame the USA and other predominantly Caucasian country , yet they ignore and deny the crap that exists in our Caribbean space.

The conversation of truth needs to be a part of Jamaica’s dialogue. If we continue to deny the social and economic reality of race in Jamaica we are only fooling ourselves. It will and is going to mushroom one day in the future.

As we are about to celebrate independence let us reflect on the realities in our country that all is not well and for too many years we have lived a lie.

 

by Maurice Christie

Gentilly Boulevard,

New Orleans

 

 


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