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According to this Mormon missionary, Jamaican men were not raised to be men. He thinks that many Jamaican men do not have an expectation to get married and raise a family. Instead his view is that they are more interested in drinking and having fun.

You have to watch the 1:10 mins video to process what the young man said
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This is part of a series of video posted on the Mormon Mission YouTube channel, where this young Mormon “missionary” provided an overview of his experience in Jamaica. In these videos he covers a range of topics related to Jamaican social issues and everyday life.

But is this a case of a foreigner with no detail knowledge of the Jamaican culture, casting a negative view on Jamaica?

While I agree with some of his observations on life in Jamaica, his explanations points to a lack of understanding of the realities of ordinary Jamaican life. I cannot dispute the fact that SOME Jamaican men were not raised to be men but I don’t think this is true for MANY Jamaican men. I recognize that Jamaicans have to acknowledge that serious problems exist in the Jamaican society.

Yes it is true that Jamaican men including myself, must face up to their(my) responsibilities. And yes, it is true that the cycle of “single motherhood” must come to an end. But spare us the lecture Mr Mormon man. You might be genuine in your beliefs but if we don’t create our own solutions to our problems, no amount of lectures and preaching is going to make things better for us.

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Kwame Samuels was born and raised in Negril Jamaica. He currently resides in Toronto Canada where he works fulltime in the field of market research. Kwame is a avid soccer fan and listen to Roots Reggae everyday