It can be agreed worldwide that, for a small island, Jamaica does well for itself when it comes to notoriety. Every Jamaican I know is proud to be a Jamaican, regardless. However, there is something just a little extra sweet about the Olympic events, particularly those which consist of running.  

Ask any Jamaican what it feels like to be one of us during this time and the answer will be a unanimous...

Why is it especially sweet in this particular time? Here is this Jamaican's point of view.
Of course our music and culture are trending and have been since a certain Marley was instrumental in putting us on the map around his release of Stir It Up (1972), I Shot The Sheriff (1973) and No Woman No Cry (1974). Of course our island is full of colorful riches, wonders and the most beautiful of beaches. Biased? Maybe.  Of course, we are a land of many mixes and matches of talents, cultures and characters. That in itself is more than enough to be proud of. Most people know of these golden qualities. However, most aren't aware of the suffering the Jamaican people sometimes truly endure.
As would any other country, Jamaica has its dark traits to go along with the light. Poverty is a large concern, as 20% of individuals are below the national poverty level (2012.) Crime rates in certain areas are soaring, and the divide amongst the people regarding topics such as politics is undeniable. Due to lack of financial resources, many people aren't able to get the help they need to ensure the health of themselves and their families. Common civilian complaints concern corrupt politicians and lack of help for the people as a whole.

As fun as it is to be recognized in a trend, it also becomes insulting as people barely bother to actually learn our culture. We are stereotyped as people who smoke ganja all day and say things such as "irie mon." The view of our culture has become limited, defined and restricted by things which are merely small parts of it.

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For us, Olympic victories are more than a call to simple nationalism. They are a way of bringing our people together again; a reminder that we are not a worn out trend. Other countries can't take bolt's speed and try to use it as their own. The pot smoking, "irie mon" saying stereotypes are dropped and we are seen as the "likkle but tallawah" people we are. I assure you; you will never meet a simple Jamaican with a dull personality. We are a charismatic people and here, it shows. Olympians such as the history-making Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser are just two examples of the charismatic charm that Jamaicans carry wherever they go. It can't be misinterpreted as an act, as the olympics is not a theatrical performance but a showcase of incredible athleticism and a strong will to succeed.

At this time, we are not stereotyped or simply copied, but respected and admired. We are proudly Jamaica; out of many, one people. The Olympics and the victories it has brought us forces us to remember that, come together, and love ourselves and each other.

Then of course, there's also the obvious factor: we still a win!

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