How long will we suffer as all our goods and talents are taken from us by foreigners who exploit us for their benefit at the expense of our well being? Jamaica is a poor country and most of it’s inhabitants struggle on a daily basis to make a living. So it is very disrespectful when a foreigner, who comes here and generally has a good time, turns around and says that Jamaicans beg too much. Most times these foreigners refuse to look beyond their own selfish need to have a good time without taking into account the state of the people in the host nation. Their mentality is of such that Jamaicans are there to satisfy their whim and fancy while they are visiting and only deserve their smiles and “thank yous”. We Jamaicans are friendly but hard working people and are willing to entertain foreigners while they are guests in our country, however, no one seems to respect the time and effort expended in keeping them coming back to Jamaica. If Jamaicans are so bad, why do you still return if you are not benefiting in some way? Why is it that you can’t receive the same benefit in your own country?
This also extends to some expatriates and returning residents, who when they have earned and benefited from earning an income in a economically stronger country, come here and behave as if the resident Jamaican is less than a native of their home (or adopted home) countries and have the temerity to talk down to us as if we are children in need of a scolding! One would think that instead of criticizing and pointing out our flaws, they would take a more proactive approach and lend assistance to the betterment of the country and it’s people. Some of you returning residents seem to have forgotten that when you left the country for a better life a “farin”, that the country was in a poor economic state, so why do you think that when you return, things would be so much better? It may be better for you, due to your elevated financial standing but for the rest of us who decided to stick it out and build the country, it has changed at a slower pace, due to our low earning capacity, which you already know! Unless you are willing to actively take part in the development of the country, your criticisms are not needed and in fact are useless!
I pray to God for the day that Jamaicans realize their full potential and not have to tolerate ungrateful and disrespectful foreigners who merely use people for their own selfish ends. I also pray that these foreigners to take an introspective look and realize their negative ways and recognize the time and effort spent by Jamaicans in making their stay an enjoyable one. Some returning residents and expatriates need not come here and criticize and complain…….we already know! we’ve been living with these conditions not because we want to but because we can’t do any better right now. I’m a black Jamaican and I am proud and will continue to look towards the father for his mercies as the same people you pass on the way up, you will pass them on the way down.
CARBOSS is an Automotive Engineer/ Consultant. Check him out at Astro Performance Racing.