My White Jamaican Dad’: Unlikely YouTube Star

I think we should start a category for odd news about the Caribbean—God knows there’s plenty of strange reporting about the region. Here is one of those odd ones: a news post by Cooper Fleishman in the hypervocal.com site about a youtube video about a white Jamaican that has gone viral. Here are some excerpts. For the complete report follow the link below.

I’ll bet YouTuber TypiKelly is right: A lot of people don’t know — or don’t believe — that there are white Jamaicans. This is why she interviewed her dad, a white guy with gray hair who looks as American as Caucasian apple pie, who happens to be from “the Western part of Jamaica.”

It’s astounding to see and hear that accent come out of a dude who looks like my Irish friend’s pasty uncle, but it’s real — and so difficult to make out that YouTube’s closed captioning hilariously misinterprets just about everything he says. Watch: “I can’t really tell you where I come from” turns into Carried it into account from the legal development on the conference or had.

It’s also worth watching because he’s a really easygoing, magnetic guy who seems to have a great relationship with his proud daughter (although he’s unsure why people on the Internet would care). He raves about curried goat. He mentions Yellowman.

. . .

So of course there are white Jamaicans. They descended from the small portion of the population that owned a much larger portion. History has been pretty good to them. As Kelly’s dad reminds us, “The Jamaican motto is ‘Out of Many, One People,’ so you’ve got all different kinds of people in Jamaica, and I’m just an example of one of them.” It’s kind of a sad motto: Perhaps servitude is the only thing that unites Jamaica’s rich and poor. But my guess is Dad would be happy if his video raised awareness of his country’s extreme class inequality — seems like it’s long overdue.

For the original report go to http://hypervocal.com/vids/2012/my-white-jamaican-dad-unlikely-youtube-star/

One thought on “My White Jamaican Dad’: Unlikely YouTube Star

  1. This is not wholly unusual in Jamaica. He reminds me of my grandmother who was white, who lived in the depths of Jamaica, in Brae Head in Clarendon. She married my grandfather who was black, and I enjoyed a happy childhood
    when I visited them during the holidays. Now at 72 years I still remember those times with much joy. His Jamaican accent is so very reminiscent of hers.

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