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Old 08-23-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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Jamaicans are often presented as easy-going, dread-locked, ganja-smoking, and laid back, but Jamaica also has one of the highest violent crime rates in the Western Hemisphere. In recent years, it has attained a reputation for street-violence, not only between gangs but occasionally spilling over towards general crime against the public including tourists.

I find this contradiction/dichotomy between the idealised image of the laid back, 'everything's cool' rasta and the violent street thug, portrayed in films such as 'The Harder They Come' as quite interesting. I've heard Jamaica is still a deeply religious nation, where homosexuals often fear for their life. Is this 'easy-going' persona more of a screen, or do most Jamaicans try not to espouse violence and distance themselves from the gangs?
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:55 AM
 
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Yeah Jamaican is my nationality so Jamaica is like any other third world country you have pele up too no good and people who work hard to get the heck out of there and in Jamaica its usually sexually active guys on the corner tempting and dirty talking every girl to have sex with them so its not the best place.oh and the stereotype that every Jamaican is a colorful person smoking something every two seconds is wrong.Jamaica has its bad parts and its good parts the worst part is Tivoli Gardens the best part is near ocho Rios resort (u should visit sometime ).
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:05 AM
 
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Jamaicans are often presented as easy-going, dread-locked, ganja-smoking, and laid back, but Jamaica also has one of the highest violent crime rates in the Western Hemisphere. In recent years, it has attained a reputation for street-violence, not only between gangs but occasionally spilling over towards general crime against the public including tourists.

I find this contradiction/dichotomy between the idealised image of the laid back, 'everything's cool' rasta and the violent street thug, portrayed in films such as 'The Harder They Come' as quite interesting. I've heard Jamaica is still a deeply religious nation, where homosexuals often fear for their life. Is this 'easy-going' persona more of a screen, or do most Jamaicans try not to espouse violence and distance themselves from the gangs?



Most Jcan's do not involve themselves in such foolishness. Not all smoke ganja ( hate that perception) not all have dreads, and not all are rastas. Tourists think that ganja is legal in JA, it's not.

I've been a part of this culture for over 26 yrs and I guess it depends on who you surround yourself with. Most of our friends are like us, upper middle class business owners who do their thing and mind their own business. You can make a very nice living for yourself ( the legal way!) if you know how to run a business.

JA is very laid back and easy going, it's just the way it is. Nothing moves fast in JA except for the crazy ass taxi drivers. It took me awhile to get used to how slow things move, but there are times you just want to pull your hair out. It also took awhile to get used to having a security guard at my yard, bars on my doors and windows and fences with razor wire....now it's just second nature and a part of life.

There are those out there who are always looking for the easy way out, always looking for the easy buck, the easy target, but you'll find that just about anywhere in this world where you have hunger and unemployment and youth with nothing better to do.

Despite all it's issues, I love that island. Inside and out, good and bad, rich or poor, it's the people that matter.....and it's the people that really make the difference.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:48 PM
 
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Most Jcan's do not involve themselves in such foolishness. Not all smoke ganja ( hate that perception) not all have dreads, and not all are rastas. Tourists think that ganja is legal in JA, it's not.

I've been a part of this culture for over 26 yrs and I guess it depends on who you surround yourself with. Most of our friends are like us, upper middle class business owners who do their thing and mind their own business. You can make a very nice living for yourself ( the legal way!) if you know how to run a business.

JA is very laid back and easy going, it's just the way it is. Nothing moves fast in JA except for the crazy ass taxi drivers. It took me awhile to get used to how slow things move, but there are times you just want to pull your hair out. It also took awhile to get used to having a security guard at my yard, bars on my doors and windows and fences with razor wire....now it's just second nature and a part of life.

There are those out there who are always looking for the easy way out, always looking for the easy buck, the easy target, but you'll find that just about anywhere in this world where you have hunger and unemployment and youth with nothing better to do.

Despite all it's issues, I love that island. Inside and out, good and bad, rich or poor, it's the people that matter.....and it's the people that really make the difference.
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