Repeating Islands

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“Haiti: Jamaica’s Embarrassment” is the title of a recent article by Dr. Orville Taylor, a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of the West Indies-Mona. Here, he writes about cultural similarities, shared histories and experiences, and the stigma and injustices suffered by Haitians at the hands of other Caribbean peoples.

It might sound like the Jamaicanised pronunciation of the number which comes after 79, but Haiti is a historical enigma and its people are a worthy of respect, dignity and even our admiration. This is the last week in Black History Month, and it is ironic that in the 28 days given to us to come to an understanding of ourselves, we have figuratively and literally missed the boat regarding the first nation in modern history to have a black government. The Haitians are not as far from us as one thinks. It is a different experience when one…

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