Maybe the West Indians who went to Canada were different from the ones who came to the USA?And you were bugging me about long posts. LOL. It's all good though.
Yes, I am a son of Caribbean immigrants who came here for opportunities. That being said, my parents never raised me with this mentality that I am better than other black Canadians or other black immigrants. Why ? Because they immigrated to this country at a time when all black Caribbean immigrants had to struggle just like black Canadians did. Plus, my parents were the type that value behaviour over ethnicity so even though they had a lot of Caribbean pride, they wouldn't justify the backwards mentality that I see from freshwater immigrants today.
I also have an issue with people who never actually try. At the same time, I understand where it comes from. Here in Toronto, it is first generation blacks of Caribbean heritage who are under performing in schools. These are the kids who grew up with society telling them how low their expectations are of them. Some of them went to schools that didn't even try to educate them or prepare them for post-secondary education. Freshwater immigrants don't know what that is like because the ones I've met do not come from environments where you are expected to fail based on your race and heritage. On average, the ones who come here now are coming here for university or to build their career and have expectations. So I agree that a lack of self-motivation is a bigger obstacle but there is a root to that and it's easy to understand how people lose motivation to try. I'm not saying it's right but I get how it happens. And no one should hate on people who try but the lack of empathy that these immigrants have for local people with less than them is not something I respect either.
And I am sure that Black Americans had it ten times worse than Black Canadians so I am not sure that I see the struggle as relevant. Unless you just mean that Caribbean Canadians were equal with the Black Canadians.