Last week I met with some friends from Germany who were visiting Florida. I don’t know how the discussion on ganja (marijuana) started but it did. Like many people I have met from (and in) Europe and the USA they think that every Jamaican smokes ganja or have tried smoking ganja. You can try to explain that this is not the case but this stereotype continues to grow. They give you the “Yeah, right, you never smoke ganja”.
Bolt’s comments this week “that all Jamaican children learn to roll joints” in a magazine interview did not help. He apologized but I can hear the sarcasim from many people who already beleive the sterotype. They are saying “Suuuurre, they don’t know how to roll joints”.