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THE TRUTH IS, we were taught to hate JAMAICANS. As a little girl in primary school, our teacher taught us that Barbados was the jewel of the Caribbean. We were taught that any mad/crazy slave or any slave who could not take instructions, were shipped off to Jamaica. This was the mandate, I supposed in my little head (or was that taught to me also), of every Caribbean island. Send the mad and **aggressive slaves to Jamaica. Then as time passed and you start to see clearer, meet people and question things, you soon realize that the insurgent slaves were the brave ones. They were the men and women who could not be broken. There were the men and women who remembered their rich past and knew of their dark future away from their homes.

They didn’t need the new religion and they certainly didn’t need to bake in the sun! As time went on, I learned of the *MAROON settlement and of the slaves who fled to the mountains in Jamaica. Obviously their quest for freedom continued and even the government fought to contain them! As mad/crazy as they were (supposedly), these humans knew they didn’t want to be slaves. Call them what you might, but they were not getting on their knees! I thought who are the mad people here, the ones who ran for their freedom or the ones who bowed down and remained slaves?

The sad part about this history is that Jamaicans came to believe the propaganda. They heard it so often and wanted their freedom so badly that they started to believe something must be wrong with them. Why didn’t they bow down and be normal? Why are they so outspoken and demand the freedom to speak? Why up to this very day are Jamaicans still considered aggressive, criminals and unduly outspoken?

TRUTH IS, Bajans and Trinis are not going to let up, so it’s up to you Jamaica to make your formal statement. It’s up to you to see your strengths for what they are!

Respect! Respect, Jamaica!

THE TRUTH IS this is why you are disliked, hated even, by other islanders, your other side of the family. You show them their weaknesses. You show them their ‘yes sir, no sir’ shame. You show them your strength in the face of all odds being stacked high against you. You are an affront to other islands Jamaica! You stand tall in rooms filled with short people.

TRUTH IS JAMAICA, heroes are never hailed by people who don’t know how to get off their knees.


  1. Ummm…o.O That Makes No sense ! Seriously That’s your best excuse ? Really ? I’m a History major and i was NEVER TAUGHT they sent crazy slaves to Jamaica And by any chance you should try telling the Teacher that you don’t understand what is being taught could have tried that because that’s a dumb excuse o.O I would like to know an excuse for Jamaican’s hate on smaller Caribbean islands ? Smh >.> seriously now ? I Never knew Maroons TO be mad or Crazy ? Lol

    • What history do you majored in? Is it Caribbean history? Because no one knows everything about history and a lot of our Black history have been buried and perverted. But as a “History Major” I don’t have to tell you that. As a Jamaican, I have always wondered why other Caribbean nationals seem to not like us when our societies have almost the same level of social similarities, high poverty level, high crime level, similarly most Euro-centric societies look upon all of us in similar manor, requiring aall of us to jump through the same hoops. But for some reason, we Jamaicans seem to be the “black sheep” of the Caribbean. There are corruption, criminal elements, violence on a levels within all Caribbean nations but Jamaica is singled out.

      • “a lot of our Black history” FIrst of all I Don’t know what the hell is “black history I am not an american nor black americans Idk what the is black history I was TAUGHT CARIBBEAN HISTORY not a history about race ! so i think you are a little yankee washed out with this “black history Stuff ! v_v i never knew in the caribbean we used to single out ethnic groups history smh

        • As you stated above that you do not know about “Black History”.

          But as you further said that you are neither black nor black American. Which would explain your ignorance of black history.

          But to enlighten you about “Black Caribbean History” began with “The Atlantic slave trade which brought African slaves to British, Dutch, French, Portuguese and Spanish colonies in the Americas, including the Caribbean”. These Afircans (Slaves) were brought to the Caribbean from the early 16th century until the end of the 19th century. The majority of slaves were brought to the Caribbean colonies between 1701 and 1810. Also in 1812 there was a slave revolution in the colony of Barbados.

          The following table lists the number of slaves brought into some of the Caribbean colonies:[11]

          Caribbean colonizer 1492–1700, 1701–1810, 1811–1870. Total number of slaves imported British Caribbean 263,7001,401,300 —1,665,000 Dutch Caribbean 40,000460,000 —500,000, French Caribbean 155,8001,348, 40096,0001,600,200

          Abolitionists in the Americas and in Europe became vocal opponents of the slave trade throughout the 19th century. The importation of slaves to the colonies was often outlawed years before the end of the institution of slavery itself. It was well into the 19th century before many slaves in the Caribbean were legally free. The trade in slaves was abolished in the British Empire through the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807. Men, women and children who were already enslaved in the British Empire remained slaves, however, until Britain passed the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833. When the Slavery Abolition Act came into force in 1834, roughly 700,000 slaves in the British West Indies immediately became free; other enslaved workers were freed several years later after a period of forced apprenticeship.[citation needed] Slavery was abolished in the Dutch Empire in 1814. Spain abolished slavery in its empire in 1811, with the exceptions of Cuba, Puerto Rico, andSanto Domingo; Spain ended the slave trade to these colonies in 1817, after being paid ₤400,000 by Britain. Slavery itself was not abolished in Cuba until 1886. France abolished slavery in its colonies in 1848.

          Marriage, separation, and sale togetherEdit

          “The official plantocratic view of slave marriage sought to deny the slaves any loving bonds or long-standing relationships, thus conveniently rationalising the indiscriminate separation of close kin through sales.”[12][a]”From the earliest days of slavery, indiscriminate sales and separation severely disrupted the domestic life of individual slaves.”[13] Slaves could be sold so that spouses could be sold separately. “Slave couples were sometimes separated by sale …. They lived as single slaves or as part of maternal or extended families but considered themselves ‘married.'”[14] Sale ofestates with “stock” to pay debts, more common in the late period of slavery, was criticized as separating slave spouses.[13]William Beckford argued for “families to be sold together or kept as near as possible in the same neighbourhood”[13] and “laws were passed in the late period of slavery to prevent the breakup of slave families by sale, … [but] these laws were frequently ignored”.[13]”Slaves frequently reacted strongly to enforced severance of their emotional bonds”,[13] feeling “sorrow and despair”,[13]sometimes, according to Thomas Cooper in 1820, resulting in death from distress.[15]John Stewart argued against separation as leading slave buyers to regret it because of”despair[,] … utter despondency[,] or ‘put[ting]period to their lives'”.[16] Separated slaves often used free time to travel long distances to reunite for a night[15] and sometimes runaway slaves were married couples.[15]However, “sale of slaves and the resulting breakup of families decreased as slave plantations lost prosperity.”[17]

          Colonial lawsEdit

          European plantations required laws to regulate the plantation system and the many slaves imported to work on the plantations. This legal control was the most oppressive for slaves inhabiting colonies where they outnumbered their European masters and where rebellion was persistent, such asJamaica. During the early colonial period, rebellious slaves were harshly punished, with sentences including death by torture; less serious crimes such as assault, theft or persistent escape attempts were commonly punished with mutilations, such as the cutting off of a hand or a foot.[18]

          Under British rule, slaves could only be freed with the consent of their master, and therefore freedom for slaves was rare. British colonies were able to establish laws through their own legislatures, and the assent of the local island governor and the Crown. British law considered slaves to be property, and thus did not recognize marriage for slaves, family rights, education for slaves, or the right to religious practises such as holidays. British law denied all rights to freed slaves, with the exception of the right to a jury trial. Otherwise, freed slaves had no right to own property, vote or hold office, or even enter some trades.[18]

          The French Empire regulated slaves under the Code Noir (Black Code) which was in force throughout the empire, but which was based upon French practises in the Caribbean colonies. French law recognized slave marriages, but only with the consent of the master. French law, like Spanish law, gave legal recognition to marriages between European men and black or Creole women. French and Spanish laws were also significantly more lenient than British law in recognizing manumission, or the ability of a slave to purchase their freedom and become a “freeman”. Under French law, free slaves gained full rights to citizenship. The French also extended limited legal rights to slaves, for example the right to own property, and the right to enter contracts.[19].

          And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. I don’t know what Caribbean History you studied which doesn’t involved black history. But then again, it’s hard to face the reality of what truly happened to people of African origin when looking at it through European lense.

  2. oh no, you should not generalize your statement clearly based on your opinion. i am a bajan. I for one have never heard in a classroom about sending crazy slaves to jamaica. most bajans that i know admire jamaicans for their culture and heritage if anything.


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