Taylor, Orville W
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
Not Posses, terrorists or snipers: The Jamaican success in South Florida
Date of Publication
Notes that in recent times West Indian migrants to the United States, and in particular, Jamaicans, have endured the stereotypes created by the activities of a small fraction of their numbers engaged in illegal activities. Argues that the most notorious are the drug posses, who came to the fore in the 1980s. Attempts to debunk the notion of West Indians being undesirable incursions into American society. By examining the socioeconomic performance of Jmaican migrants in South Florida it demonstrates that far from the portrayed parasites in the United States, they are in fact, the most successful group. However, it is not simply a case of the migrants having great ambition and purpose. While that may also be true, the evidence is that much of the success is due to the fact that America has siphoned off the elites in the Jamaican labour force. Concludes that the negative representation is actually a reversal of the reality.....