Just a quick note to invite you to join the Bonita Jamaica movement, in a bid to help to bring Jamaica to the world, as we invite the world to visit Jamaica and share our beautiful sunshine, beaches, heritage, and culture. All Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica can play a role. It starts by sending an email to all the people in your contact list, telling them about Bonita Jamaica and doJAMAICA. For those who do not know, Bonita Jamaica is focused on showcasing the beauty and greatness of Jamaica for the world to see, while doJAMAICA is focused on showing the world some of the tourist resorts and tourist attractions that are in Jamaica. This is what we call reality marketing and, of course, we are doing it with the help of dancehall reggae beats, genres that originated in Jamaica that people all over the world have been relying on to spice up their parties. Special thanks to Google for giving us this awesome blog, to Flickr (a Yahoo! company) for hosting our great photographs of everything Jamaica, and to you for sharing your photographs and for taking the time to visit the sites.
Understand this. When Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visited Jamaica with his wife Coretta Scott King in 1965, he was amazed at how Jamaicans live in love and harmony. What was most shocking to Dr. King is that there are no minorities in Jamaica. Instead, what he saw was one big happy family of Jamaicans. He was amazed at how happy we were, even though we were a poor country and people. Dr. King was so impressed by our Jamaican society that he went back and told his congregation at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, that he would like for America to one day have a similar system like Jamaica, in terms of race relations and in terms of how Americans coexist. Every Jamaican should be proud and humbled by this. RIP Dr. King.
Of course, Jamaica is not perfect. The world knows that we wrestle here in Jamaica with a very serious crime problem. Steps are being taken to improve the crime situation. We will get it right over time. We are also not very kind to homosexuals, but we are slowly becoming a more tolerant society and, hopefully, we will be able to repeal the British colonial-era laws against homosexuality that were left on our books and grow to become a more united country. Every Jamaican should be free to live in Jamaica and enjoy Jamaica in freedom.
Please join our Bonita Jamaica groups on Flickr and share positive stories about great achievements of Jamaica and Jamaicans with us (at BonitaJamaica@gmail.com). Also, could someone please start a Jamaica Sports Achievement blog? The world desperately needs one. We can’t capture all the sports stories here. That requires a very special blog.
Let us continue to be proactive as a country and as a people. Please don’t look to the global media to cast Jamaica in a positive light. They somehow think their stories are better when they show Jamaica to be a country of violent people who live in mud huts and tend to goats. Still, we continue to do very well wherever we go in the world. So the world has been seeing that the joke is on them (media clowns).
Beautiful Place. Amazing People.
See you in Jamaica.