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Ferguson Sparks Self-Discussions on Haitian-American Identity
News

Ferguson Sparks Self-Discussions on Haitian-American Identity

By Vania Andre

For Haitian American Péralte Paul, the idea that he was considered an “other” was never an oddity to him. As the child of Haitian immigrants, he was aware that he was an outsider, not because of his race, but because of his proud cultural identity. Last Tuesday’s announcement that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, however, reminded him that he’s perceived as an outsider for all the wrong reasons.

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

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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.