Haiti and Haitians have influenced American history and culture significantly through the centuries.
After the earthquake in 2010, many nongovernmental organizations offered schools with practical experience. Haiti’s National Institute of Vocational Training, by 2016, had registered 190 vocational schools — 1,010 more existed without that official recognition.
Co-founders of the Black Women’s March — which grew from the Black Lives Matter movement — are now using those same organizing skills to marshal something different: donations to social causes, like the over 200 gifts for New York City foster youth.
Stories of Haitian-American youth being called names, taunted or assaulted because of their ethnicity go as far back as Haitians have been coming to the United States en masse. However, while being subjected to negative stereotypes is part of the immigrant experience, parents and caregivers should proactively teach their youngsters how to react, experts and Haitian-Americans say.
US Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) has condemned Cherizier and the government’s inaction, pointing the finger at the Trump administration’s unconditional support for the Haitian government. “There is no real concern for the plight of the Haitians, whether they are being beaten and killed by the president of Haiti,” she told The Post. “As long as the president is in our pockets, everything is okay.”
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