WHO AM I TO TELL THE STORY OF BLACK PEOPLE? "Who are you to tell the story of black people? It's not your place! You're not even black!" She said. Like I have NO right. Like it's not my place. Like I am one of the white faces that come to our lands to take… Continue reading “Who are you to tell the story of black people?
We met at a dinner party. Oysters were being shucked, white wine was being served and an honest conversation was taking place amongst brilliant, beautiful and fierce women. As the night progressed the conversation moved to writing. Most of us in attendance had aspirations, visions and ideas for stories and characters we were creating or… Continue reading Meet the Keynote: LaShonda Katrice Barnett
I am completely devastated at the news that a man was murdered in the Dominican Republic of Haitian descent. There are many things I am furious about… the first is that this “could be” a hate crime based on race, which is absolutely appalling. However, another huge problem in the Dominican Republic is POVERTY… there… Continue reading Haitian Man Lynched Amid Dominican Republic #NoMasRacismoRD
We have a dream... Today my girls re-wrote the famous I HAVE A DREAM speech by #MLK... They wrote about peace and love and a world they dream of... A collective end to police brutality, racism and discrimination. Today was a day of love. And for this I am so grateful.
“Today I am embarrassed to call myself Dominican, yet I want the world to know that not all Dominicans are racist! The Dominican Republic’s highest court ordered the denationalization of all Haitians who were born after 1929, and according to news reports, more than 210,000 Dominican born children of Haitian descent could be deported next… Continue reading A Night of Commitment and Action / Noche de compromiso y accion
"One of the important lessons of the Holocaust is that the first step to genocide is to strip a people of their right to citizenship." ~ Mark Kurlansky, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, and Julia Alvarez. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/01/opinion/two-versions-of-a-dominican-tale.html
Story published in Latina on the a Dominican Republic ruling to deport Haitians. http://m.latina.com/lifestyle/news/commentary-today-im-embarrassed-be-dominican
What an incredible honor it was for me to participate in this mornings conversation about seven year old Little Miss Delaware, Jakiya Mckoy having her crown taken from her because she wasn't Latina enough "light/white" enough. Then we move to the government shut down and how it affects Latinos and all people of working classes.… Continue reading NPR conversation ~ Haiti, Racism, how the shut down affects people of color
"The pallbearers are in the job precisely because of the color of their skin, a phenomenon unique to this South American capital that was the regional seat of Spain's colonial empire for more than three centuries. In fact, prominent citizens such as Reyna, a widely respected, charitable man of indigenous origin who died at age… Continue reading Black Pallbearers In Lima Reveal Ingrained Racism In Peruvian Society