Saturday, September 6, 2008


If I could get a dollar for every time I have been asked this question, I would have made a fare sum by now! It's at the point now where I can anticipate when someone's gonna ask me. That's because 9 times out of 10, it's usually being asked by someone from one of the two countries.

The normal scenario is, I'm out and about somewhere, maybe an airport or out shopping and I see them start to look at me. It's kinda funny actually. You know how black people acknowledge one another here in the US even if they don't know each other with a head nod or something, it's pretty similar to that. We don't really do that in The Bahamas because almost everyone is black and so you'd be nodding all day:) But I see them looking, wanting some kindred acknowledgment like, yeah you're part of the clan, the group and I'm trying to make eye contact with you. Sometimes I'll play a game and purposefully avoid the eye contact and then other times, I nod and play along and pretend that I'm one of them, lol.

The eye contact however, if made, is then usually followed by someone approaching me and asking me, usually in a foreign tongue, but sometimes not, if I am either Ethiopian or Somalian. Even if they speak in their language, I will answer immediately and just say no I'm not, which is then usually followed by a puzzled look or even the actual question, "Well if you're not, how do you know what I just said?" My answer, "because I've been asked this question a hundred times".

In my personal assessment of why this is the norm for me, I guess I've figured out that it's a combination of my eyes and my forehead, both not the smallest, lol and my hair. Anyway, I take it as a compliment because I like how their women look.

I figured I'd post a pic of myself along with some women who are actually from these countries and you can decide for yourself if the comparison is so frequently warranted.

Somali Woman

Ethiopian Woman

Ethiopian Woman


I think I look like a combination of both....


Anonymous said...

Love your blog. Funny because I'm Asian and Black and I get that exact same question atleast twice a day.

Anonymous said...

Just reading this blog made me feel like I was talking to myself. The scenarios you just explained are exactly the same as mine. The only difference is that at the end the person still won't believe me. They think i'm trying to assimilate into American culture lol. It's ridiculous really

Joice said...

So are you Ethiopian/Somalian? :)

Just messing with you Jack.

anonymousnupe said...

Yep, first time I saw you my knee-jerk reaction was that you're an Ethiopian distance runner. (Posting for the first time using Google's new Chrome browser. Hope it works.)

Anonymous said...

i have to admit that when i first came by your blog sometime ago, i wondered the same thing. i truly didn't expect you to be jamaican that's for sure. either way, you're nice on the eyes :-)

Elect Lady... said...

I've been following your blog for a minute now but never posted. After this posting though, I have to admit that your blog is one of the most interesting and enlightening that I've come across because it's so real. Thanks for your candid comments and discussion! And BTW, I checked out your friend's t-shirt site. I will definitely be making a couple of purchases within the next few weeks! :0)

Keep it funky...

Kinta said...


dejanae said...

im mad they asked it so many damn times u friggin know the damn question in another language

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

I used to live in ethopia - i see why such would make u rich

Eb the Celeb said...

your gorgeous... that's all that matters... but I feel you because for some reason everyone always thinks I'm jamaican

Anonymous said...

I can so relate to this post. I have almost been beat down because this guy swore I was from some African tribe. He kept asking me what I was, what my parents are. It was getting on my nerves that I just had to leave.

I am always being asked if I am Ethiopian, especially when my hair is lighter.

Like you, I take it as a compliment for the same reasons. Their women are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

You look beautiful regardless, and you can take that to the bank sista!

rebecca said...

I Remember, I Remember

I remember, I remember

The house where I was born,

the little window where the sun

Came peeping in at morn:

He never came a wink too soon,

Nor brought too long a day,

But now, I often wish the night

Had borne my breath away!


I remember, I remember

The roses, red and white,

The vi'lets, and the lily-cups,

Those flowers made of light!

The lilacs where the robin built,

And where my brother set

The laburnum on his birthday,

The tree is living yet!


I remember, I remember

Where I was used to swing

and thought the air must rush as fresh

To swallows on the wing;

My spirit flew in feathers then,

That is so heavy now,

And summer pools could hardly cool

The fever on my brow!


I remember, I remember

The fir trees dark and high;

I used to think their slender tops

Were close against the sky;

It was a childish ignorance,

But now 'tis little joy

To know I'm farther off from heav'n

Than when I was a boy!

~~~by runescape money

Anonymous said...

I bet if you do your DNA you will have Ethiopian and Somalian in your heritage, I did and I have lots of it, I am Caribbean as well and so are my parents and grand parents on both sides of the family.