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"I Don't Look Haitian," is a wonderful poem that speaks volumes of truth.

It is true; there are many stereotypes about minorities in America, and Haitians in particular.

The poem addresses this poignant reality.

Still, one question remains: Have we as Haitian people internalized the same stereotypical views about our own people.

When a fellow Haitian says to me, "Marissa, you don't look Haitian," or is surprised when I say that I am Haitian, this makes me wonder...

This makes me wonder whether they, themselves have subscribed to the same stereotypical views that many naively believe are held only by those outside of our race or ethnic group.

This poem can serve to educate Haitians and non-Haitian, alike.

We must embrace who we are as a nation and as individuals, thereby, discarding the notion that all Haitians are...

How ridiculous is that!?! It's sort of like saying that all European descendents are clean and/or wealthy.

It's like saying that all Chinese men are highly intelligent.

Lastly, it's like saying that any blood line is entirely free from miscegenation.

Thank you Prosper Sylvain, Jr. I too hope that my children will not have to face the hurtful stereotypical views held about their mother's Haitian descent.

I hope all stereotypes will be done away with, though I know we are far from realizing this utopian idea. I guess all I can do is start with me and attempt to impress this on my children one day.

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Hello, My name is Nadia Sanon. Im a 20 year old Floridian mother that just wanted to share the joy that I got from this poem. As a young child I was... read more >
Topic, 24-Feb-05 9:28 pm
“I Don’t Look Haitian,” is a wonderful poem that speaks volumes of truth. It is true; there are many stereotypes about minorities in America... read more >
Topic, 2-Mar-05 1:24 pm
The peom "I don't look haitian" its kind of talking about me in a way. I am 19 yrs. old and when people find that I am haitian they always " for... read more >
Topic, 15-Mar-05 12:47 pm
I loved your poem, it was honest, intelligent and very well-written. Let us all rise to a new level and remove the stereotypes that hold us back... read more >
Topic, 10-Apr-05 5:10 pm
I never had a chance to thank you for your ccomment on my poem "I Don't Look Haitian.". Today was the first time I was actually seeing your comment... read more >
Makendal, 31-May-06 11:25 am
I am a poet and I am mixed as far as my cultural is concern, but you really moved me and I really would like to do an article about you. I am a... read more >
Poetress, 11-Jun-06 11:52 am
well I always wanted to know how does a Haitien look??? a Haitien can be white as snow or blacker than a chalkbroad.I personally think Haitiens come... read more >
Belkaramel, 16-Sep-06 5:38 pm
wow!, I am stunned and shivering. Very well put together poem. I am also Haitian, Came to America when I was young. I get the same horrible response... read more >
Clivens Laguerre, 20-Mar-07 4:38 pm
wat ur topic is about? please reformulate ur comment. by the way r u some kind of a racist person? read more >
Rachel, 28-Mar-07 11:50 am
Thank You!!!! OMG!!! it's WONDEFUL to find someone who has pride in his background. It's insulting having others tell you "you don't look haitian... read more >
Jessie, 19-Oct-07 2:38 pm
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