I'm not speaking on behalf of my daughter or anyone pretending to be linked to Jamaica.<quoted text>
But the average Jamaican descendant in the UK has two British born parents in fact half or more of them have one white ethnic British parent.
You probably go to Jamaica and act like a white British tourist or at most a wlgga British tourist. In my generation they're many white Brits who cook all that stuff and even go as far to claim they're part Caribbean when clearly they're not.
Eating the food and buying the music is one thing, feeling at home in Jamaica as opposed to the UK is another.
I am speaking about how I feel as someone raised by parents and grandparents born in Jamaica.
A white tourist isn't going to stay in Jamaica for 6 weeks at a time travelling from one Auntie's house to another.
Being shown an over grown piece of land that "Great Uncle Cyril" left for them in his will in 1984.
They are not going to live and cook and get up on Sunday morning and go to Church with Jamaicans... are they?
Most whites who travel to Jamaica are recommened to stay in gated all inclusive resorts and not to venture outside the gates un escorted.
Someone who has 2 Pakistani parents, will speak Urdu, be Muslim, understand their traditions and cultures and maybe even marry a person born in Pakistan.
That doesn't mean that person would be able to live there and act like a native straight away.
But they would certainly settle in better and have a much better chance of making a life their having family and connections and being raised by people from that country.
Jamaican citizens are living in a poor country and have a different life to my own.
But they acknowledge when someone has TWO parents born on that small Island in the Caribbeam, out of ALL the places in the world both my parents could have been born... it was a small place called Jamaica.
That obvioulsy will mean something to me and them.
And white people saying they are cooking Jamaican food, is the same as white people saying they are cooking Indian or Thai food.
It's a mild, Jamie's Cookbook version of it.
They are not seasoning it right or having it with hot pepper sauce :)