I agree with James St. Furcy when he said that Haitians don't...

I agree with James St. Furcy when he said that Haitians don't identify themselves as being Haitians.

I am an American raised in Haiti(my parents were missionaries).

I lived there for 17 years and I have a very good knowledge of Haitian culture.

After being in the military for nine years and being stationed around the world I was looking forward to moving to south Florida and being around the Haitian community again.

However, I was apalled when I saw Haitian mothers and fathers raising their children almost ashamed to be called a Haitian.

Creole is not spoken in many homes.

Some claim to be Bahamian before Haitian.

The Haitian community needs to be proud of their roots.

Your a strong, proud intelligent people.

You should hold your heads high to be called by your heritage.

This said, you also have to realize your operating in a society that is quite different from in Haiti.

I can't tell you how many times I've phoned a Haitian business to hear a simple "Alo", answer.

How about "Alo, this is 'blank' business can I help you?".

I think everyone must agree that to be in business means to be competitive and professional.

If your going to succeed in this society you have to conform in certain areas to make yourselves more competitive.

Lose your sense of Haitian identity?

Of course not. Rather, cling to that and use it to your advantage.

I think it's incredible with the opening of Haitian Television Network in south Florida.

Definitely a step in the the right direction.

Haitians need to use these tools such as television and the net to reveal what a truly unique people you are,

Tim Hicks

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