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Thin Remorse: The Racial Politics of Pain
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Thin Remorse: The Racial Politics of Pain

By Jean McGianni Celestin

When NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were fatally shot in Brooklyn on Dec. 20, I was sitting in a barbershop a few blocks away. The mood shifted instantly. Executing two New York City policemen in broad daylight on the streets of Bed-Stuy carries severe repercussions; one of which is the fear of more deadly force by police on the entire community.

OP-ED: Time To Rise To The Occasion
Opinion, Politics

OP-ED: Time To Rise To The Occasion

By Concerned Haitians Living Abroad (CHLA)

Concerned Haitians Living Abroad (CHLA) has followed the political situation in Haiti tentatively since 2010-11. Post that historical election, most of us understood the tremendous challenges that were in front of our government given the magnitude of the January 12, 2010 massive earthquake that changed Haiti forever. Thus, rebuilding the country with a weak political infrastructure was no easy task.

OP-ED: “Where Would Haiti Be If the People Didn’t Work Together During the Haitian Revolution?”
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OP-ED: “Where Would Haiti Be If the People Didn’t Work Together During the Haitian Revolution?”

By Samuel M. Pierre

Once known as the “Pearl of the Antilles,” Saint-Domingue was the richest colony in the world. The French-owned sugar cane plantations were maintained by nearly a half million West African slaves. These bondsmen refined sugar cane into granulated sugar and rum that was sold worldwide. If it had not been for the leadership of Toussaint L’Ouverture, Haiti may have suffered the brutal act of plantation bondage for several hundred years more than it did. Thanks to L’Ouverture’s leadership and improvisation, the people of Haiti were able to defeat one of the eighteenth century’s finest militaries.

Refusing To Die Softly: Respectability And The Sin Of Black Anger
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Refusing To Die Softly: Respectability And The Sin Of Black Anger

By Jean McGianni Celestin

The idea that black people could put an end to their marginalization if they would just ask nicely is delusional, because racism doesn’t work that way. It never has. Not once. Racism operates on the premise that one race is superior (or inferior) to another.
So, by this virtue, black people may never gain the respect of a society that deems them as characteristically inferior, no matter how docile they remain during the storm.

OP-ED: Marching for Justice Not Just Race
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OP-ED: Marching for Justice Not Just Race

By Cameron Pierre-Pierre

When you turn on most U.S cable or network news channels, a lot of what you may hear about the Ferguson shooting incident is about race — an unarmed black teenager shot by a white police officer. It’s a classic tale of racial inequality in America. The mainstream news pushes this narrative to the general public, with the exception of Fox News that denies it altogether.

Never Forget: The Case for a National Monument for Victims of Racial Violence
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Never Forget: The Case for a National Monument for Victims of Racial Violence

By Jean McGianni Celestin

America knows how to honor its dead. It memorializes national tragedies so we, the living, will Never Forget.

For millions of African-Americans, 2014 has been an unforgettably tragic year. Last night’s grand jury decision to excuse Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown represents the nadir of it all. Since George Zimmerman’s acquittal for Trayvon Martin’s murder in June 2013, the violent deaths of unarmed black men and women at the hands of white civilians and law enforcement have found permanence in media headlines.

OP-ED: A Right To Question
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OP-ED: A Right To Question

By Dr. R. Kenny Leblanc Dr. R. Kenny Leblanc is a communication and governance professor in the South Florida area. She has a fundamental interest in strategy, leadership formation, training, and succession planning. The head of Haiti’s political parties do not like people questioning what they’ve done for the country. The issue is not whether…

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