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#222: Several comments on Diaspora post
Re "Diaspora" report by Leonie,
I would like to know what organization or what sponsors were in charge of the
conference at Moulins sur Mer. The REKA E mail list has been discussing this
nonuse of Kreyol in public documents or meetings in Haiti for some time, and
is trying to actively pursue the increased use of kreyol in such situations.
An example is the electoral report of the CEP. It seems to be common to use
French or French-English, or French-Spanish as the primary languages of some
such conferences, and then sometimes to provide kreyol summaries later if
they are demanded. This is no way to run a democracy!! The diaspora, in
particular, should be heard from on this issue. Right on, Leonie!!!
From: Jean Saint-Vil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Unfortunately, we must admit Frantz Fanon's observations on "Le noir et le
langage" off his excellent book "Peau Noire, Masques Blancs" (1952) hold
true in 1999 Ayiti.
Furthermore, the last decade had given ample indication that our so-called
"sektè pwogresis" is way behind in terms of awakening as far as the language
issue is concerned.
Chay la lou!
See REKA's letters to President Préval and Léon Manus on
http://www.windowsonhaiti.com/reka (Achiv REKA)
"Chenn nan tèt pi di pase chenn nan pye!"
Check out/Voye youn lèy sou: Koze Nèf Tankou Ze Fre
To Leonty Hermantin
(Please excuse me if I misspelled your name --) Did even the Haitian women
from grassroots organization in Haiti participate in the French-spoken
debates, or did they too sit on the sidelines? "Go figure," you say...