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#282: Haitian pride : Vedrine comments
From: Emmanuel W. Vedrine <email@example.com>
"Can Haitians be proud of Haiti?" (Evans Thesee)
- I would pose the question this way: Can a Haitian be proud of being
Haitian? Remember, no matter how Haiti is Haitians are responsible. And I
think it's also important for every single Haitian to try to do something
positive. We, who are in the Diaspora, have the opportunity to create a
positive image of Haiti. I don't how much travels some young and old
Haitians have done (to other countries) in order to answer the above
questions which remind me of the beautiful verses of "Ayiti Cheri" (Haiti,
In any case, it's a heavy load on one's shoulder. This is not just a "yes"
or "no" question of information. Answering either one in the positive or
vice versa, has a lot to do with the individual's view (of being Haitian and
of having some historical background of their country).
In an interview with a Haitian journalist, Roody Barthelemy, he says: "...Se
vre nou reprezante Ayiti. Nou chak Ayisyen reprezante Ayiti, men nou pa
reprezante Ayiti nan tout domèn, pase nou gen limit nou..." [... It's true
that we represent Haiti. Each of us represents Haiti, but we don't represent
Haiti in all domains because we have our limit]*1.
Note: *1 - [re: "Chache-konnen ak Vedrine", Haiti-Diaspo Inter - Radio talk
show, 1330 a.m. Boston, MA. August 10, 1997]
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