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-- whom I know very well, by the way --
-- to various leaders, I became aware of this cleavage.
Well, in the twenties, and I presume the thirties, this was
clearly an important problem, factor.
Now, you asked me about my mother, on this. Another indication
of the unusual nature of this woman is that she did not take the
position that one would expect -- you know, namely that West Indian
blacks uber alles are, without question --
The more recent fights I've had with my mother ‘-- “fights”
in quotes -- have been in my trying to get her to....
One would expect that my mother would be an uncritically loyal
West Indian and Jamaican. Certainly she was born in Jamaica. Her family
were all Jamaicans. But she's not. She is very very harsh on Jamaicans.
She feels that -- by the way, it's her one area of strong stereotypes,
I think. She thinks that Jamaicans are hostile and competitive and
pushy, etc., and particularly Jamaican males. She thinks that they
are really superficially arrogant and domineering without substance, etc.
Well, my sister, much less than I, tried to talk to
her about it -- you know, that you just can't generalize in stereotypes.
She said, “Well, you people just don't know.”
Now, her generally negative feeling towards Jamaicans
extends a little to the other West Indian islands, but by no means as
vehement. She will admit that maybe the Barbadans or others are
softer people than the Jamaicans.
But the thing that is also interesting to me -- it does not
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