By Larisa Karr On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, two Haitian organizations will livestream a virtual panel discussion about the…
News reports showing thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters storming the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon welled up painful memories of political unrest for Haitians
While efforts to address maternal health disparities have focused on the Black community at large, disparities within Black subgroups like Haitians need to be addressed also. The need is all too evident in both the presence of and inattention to the health disparities impacting the Haitian community. The contributors to these unacceptable disparities are not a result of biology, but of racism. But for us Haitians, we know very well that racism extends beyond race.
Whether made from an age-old family recipe or store-bought, the warmth of kremas’ sweetened milk, coconut aroma and cinnamon spice is sure to permeate many a household. And in a year filled with loss and anxiety, the eggnog-like beverage, spiked with Haitian rum or moonshine and strained to silky smoothness, will be a source of familiar comfort.
Césaire, Senghor and Damas were also influenced by the Haitian ethnologist Jean Price-Mars, who also developed the concept of Indigenism. Thus, Césaire considered Haiti the place “where négritude stood up for the first time” as the first black independent nation. As a result, the word “nègre” tends to be more accepted in French and has about one century of historical use in the literature, although it is still not mainstream.
Older Haitian-Americans struggle with several unique barriers when it comes to casting their ballots. Language translation is consistently viewed as the biggest obstacle hindering these senior citizens from fully participating. Other issues include information inundation, the layout of the ballot and, this year in particular, adjustments made to the voting process due to COVID-19.
Brooklyn’s Haitian community has experienced a tumultuous summer defined by the pandemic, subsequent job loss and a national reckoning over racial justice. As the heat index rose, gun violence also spiked, rising more than 60% citywide compared to last year. In the 67th Precinct alone, which encompasses East Flatbush, murder rose more than 120% through Oct. 4 — double the citywide figure.
With the final weeks of the campaign in full swing, the current approach observed is largely based on a report by Herlande Rosemond, voter protection deputy director for the Florida Democratic Party.
With more than 425,000 in Florida and 200,000 in New York, according to the Census Bureau and community organizations, Haitian-American civic engagement is in full display. In addition to voting, at least 17 candidates from Haitian-American communities are seeking to represent constituents at the municipal, state, and local levels.
“Now that we have a month, we’re going to continue and intensify our campaign to make sure those who are part of hard-to-reach populations are touched and encouraged to complete the census,” said Marleine Bastien, executive director of the Family Action Network Movement (FANM).