African American And The Caribbean

1770 Words May 11th, 2016 8 Pages
Ariel Holder
SOCL 141
Dr. Danielle James

Caribbean people view race differently than African Americans. Caribbean immigrants who arrive to the United States are often shell-shocked by the tangible presence of racism there. What is all the more surprising is that some of these tensions are more so perpetuated by African-Americans. Before an immigrant can experience “the American dream”, a life of joys and hardship, they are adequately discouraged, or warned to reconsider moving to America. They are warned that success will most certainly be harder for them. Warned that things are different ‘here’ and that the color of your skin has, in more ways than one, already set them up for failure. But why is this? What sets Caribbean people and African Americans apart even though both groups are of the same racial background and share a very similar historical experience?
According to CAP, Caribbean people are viewed as nationalistic and are more culturally identifiable than racially separate. (2014) Islanders value their culture and their own people (nationals) very highly. You can see it at every international sport event, where there is a group of Black individuals holding a Jamaican flag, routing for their (country or Caribbean) team. Because many of the Caribbean islands consider themselves as a member of the “Caribbean community”. Being raised and living in the Caribbean, they were never required to identify others by ethnic origin or race.…
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