Notebook

Even within Harlem and away from white bigotry, Leslie faced marked prejudice against West Indians among American blacks. They were seen as tireless hustlers after everyone else’s jobs; as would-be entrepreneurs up to every sort of trick. Moreover, because they had no direct experience of slavery, which had been abolished in America only fifty years earlier, they often riled the American blacks by adopting superior attitudes; by playing cricket, waving the Union Jack and displaying fervent loyalty to the British. In Harlem, they were particularly associated with insurrection and crime. It was often said that a revolutionary always turned out to be an over-educated West Indian out of work.

Charlotte Breese, “Hutch”.

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