What we have had problems with is certain Jamaican women whom my wife thought were friends being a little over friendly with myself. She doesn't have any problem setting them straight either: Perhaps the issue was that she was Haitian. Some Jamaicans and Haitians don't get along so well. Shadism is still alive in Jamaica though.
But the more I learned about his spirituality and religion and also his strong personality, I fell in love gradually. And like I said, the family was close, the daughter who had just gotten married, lived next door to her mother and father. Busby sees growth in Reggae Girlz after successful first camp. It may just mean you were invited to that particular party. If one were to go through each relationship in my past however, it would become obvious that all of my past love interests except for one have been white. Thing is family gatherings tend to be a very important part of social life. Meeting and absolutely free at loveawake.
It is a little different than racism. For some reason many Jamaicans tend to think that fair complected people have it easier. We have several family members and friends who still don't believe me when I tell them there are poor homeless white people in the US. Perhaps one of our Jamaican posters will chime in about this. I am white male with a Black Jamaican wife and many friends in Jamaica. Jamaica does not appear to have much racism from my experience. I have spent significant amounts of time there, in all parishes and Kingston , but not so much in the tourist areas.
I have never been confronted with an extremely bad situation, or felt threatened. Many times, I walk around with a black female companion, often holding hands, but rarely hear any adverse remarks, in fact there have been more positive comments made than adverse ones.
Mnay guys treat me just the same as a black guy when I'm with a 'sistah', and that includes when I'm in Kingston ghettos. An old black Jamaican lady in Maggotty, said to my wife and I that she thanked God she had lived to see a married mixed race couple. The whole family, parents, grandparents and other relatives made me most welcome, showed interest in me and took time to chat.
She had spoken to them about me many times, and it was clear they already knew quite a bit about me. The fact that I was white was irrelevant. So much so that they were not aware of that until they saw me. That reply may have been a bit harsh due to some anger at being asked such a question, particularly by a woman that had had two failed relationships with men of her own race.
Again, while unwelcome, this was certainly not a confrontational incident. Very soon she said everyone was looking at us, but I was oblivious to that. If someone is self-conscious they may find instances of discomfort in Jamaica, but if anyone hangs out with a partner of another race, they need to be far less sensitive.
I would recommend Jamaica to any mixed race couple, it is no worse than anywhere else is and better than most places. As a black American women that has been to the Island 5 times before with freinds. I can say it really was not bad. I went into downtown Ochie husband in toe to the local grocery store to all 3 stores that i found with a mile and we both where just fine. I had heard things but you have to live your life. Go for it you only live once! Yes I've experienced it white woman with black jamaican man and not in the tourist areas either. I totally agree about shades as well.
Just like poverty there I have been to Jamaica many times as part of an interaccial couple I have actually experienced more problems here on TA ,with one or two members who believe 'black with black ' or 'white with white' is the better option Our staff may also remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.
Thanks for being a part of the TripAdvisor travel community! Well, my grandparents, aunts and uncles are Jamaican. Before we get down to the nitty, gritty can we just agree that not all Jamaican men, or all men in general for that matter, are the same. Just like anybody else there are the good and the bad.
Do I know Jamaican men who have treated their women with little to no respect? A few of them are in my family. But I also know Jamaican men, both inside and outside of my family, who treat their partners like queens.
How a man treats a woman has very little to do with his country of origin and more about how he was taught to treat women by the men and even women who raised him. And in the case of the Jamaican man, that food needs to come from your stove, oven. Bringing home a greasy bag of something is not quite going to cut it. In American culture, women think their relationship has reached some type of serious plateau once their man brings her around the family. It just might not mean all that much.
Thing is family gatherings tend to be a very important part of social life. And you may very well be invited. It may just mean you were invited to that particular party. And another young lady may show up at the next one.