In Solidarity: When Caribbean Immigrants Become Black

Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

listened with fascination as my Jamaican immigrant student enumerated the ways West Indians were superior to African Americans.

Children from the Caribbean went to better primary schools, didn't skip classes, had parents who taught them manners, and had more respect for authority and their elders. West Indians, she said, were willing to work hard and African Americans were lazy; more than anything, she couldn't stand being mistaken for a black American.

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