“We need to use the language of the people to help uplift the people:” An Interview with Wynnie Lamour (Part II)

Here’s the second part of the interview:

“We need to use the language of the people to help uplift the people:” An Interview with Wynnie Lamour  (Part II)

The language of the Haitian people is Haitian Creole: An Interview with Wynnie Lamour (Part I)

I recently interviewed Haitian American educator Wynnie Lamour on  “Haiti: Then and Now.” Check it out:

The language of the Haitian people is Haitian Creole: An Interview with Wynnie Lamour   (Part I)

Wynnie Lamour wrote:

“The language of the Haitian people is Haitian Creole. That can never be contested. We live our lives fully and richly every day with Haitian Creole.
One of our main goals at HCLI is to battle the negative imagery that’s often associated with speaking Haitian Creole.
Still others criticize the language because the majority of the people who speak it are a dark, brown people.
In creating a space where one can learn Haitian Creole formally, I’m reminding the world that our language is as relevant as any other language.
It is as structured, as rich in variety, as useful and as important to its people as any other language.
In allowing people the room to learn the language formally, I’m helping to create the scaffolding that will help carry on the language to the next generation, especially among the Dyaspora.”

Erasing Memory: The Miseducation of a Cardinal

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Saving Vodou from Cardinal Langlois and Internalized Afrophobia

By Manbo Asogwe Dòwòti Désir

Originally posted on DDPA Watch Group:

Saving Vodou from Cardinal Langlois and Internalized Afrophobia

By Manbo Asogwe Dòwòti Désir

The drums of Vodou are used to call down the spirits, connecting congregants with the sacred vibrational energies of the universe. Photo: D. Désir

Roshmee Roshan Lall’s recent article in the Guardian, Voodoo Won’t Save Haiti, Says Cardinal, is so problematic on so many levels the temptation to ignore it is only outweighed by the number of people who have called it to my attention. They expect me to respond and so I shall. Lall’s expertise in international affairs is in business and economics so why the journalist is writing about religion even from a development perspective is my first question? Before I continue, it is imperative that one glaring observation be made: She misspells Vodou or has not made it clear to the Guardian’s editors that the orthographically correct spelling of the religion and discipline is…

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A letter to Christian Theologians, American Evangelicals, and Religious Scholars Concerning Jewish Violence and Human Rights Abuse

A letter to Christian Theologians, American Evangelicals, and Religious Scholars Concerning Jewish Violence and Human Rights Abuse

July 20, 2014

Dear Christian Theologians, American Evangelicals, and Religious Scholars,

We would like to know what you mean for the church to reconnect with Israel and its Jewish roots. Is this a Theo-political reconnection and project? or are you asking us to support Israel in all she does. If the latter expresses your request and intention, you are, in fact, asking us to support Israel’s program of massive violations of human rights, public segregation, mass murder and destruction of the Arabs, and on-going racism and racial violence toward the Palestinian people and African refugees in the promise land. If that is what your Bible and the God of Israel is urging YOU to do, we are not with you. KEEP YOUR GOD AND KEEP YOUR HOLY SCRIPTURES!

Sincerely,
Your friend in the project for peace, justice, and democracy.

Viktwa sou Lesklavaj / Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond

Originally posted on Repeating Islands:

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The exhibit “Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond” [Viktwa sou Lesklavaj: Ayiti e menm pi lwen pase sa], which honors the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, is still on view at the United Nations Headquarters Visitor Center in New York City until September 14, 2014. The exhibit is organized by the Memorial of Nantes, France; the architect Rodney Leon, designer of the Permanent Memorial: The Ark of Return, and the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). [See previous posts ‘Ark of Return’: Telling the stories of 15 million slaves in a UN permanent memorial and UN marks Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Slave Trade.]

Description: On March 25 every year since 2007, the UN marks the International Day to honour the more than 15 million men, women, and children who suffered and died during the more than 400-year transatlantic slave trade, the largest forced migration in…

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On Being an Intellectual!

What is an intellectual? What is the function of the intellectual in society and culture?

Here’s what I think about “on being an intellectual”!

An intellectual is both a cultural critic and a problem solver. He is also a visionary leader who critically analyzes the life condition of his people and that of others, and that which holds them captive. In the same vein, he assesses culture, ideologies, movements, and the world of ideas, and unearths the roots of oppression and injustice in society. He is burdened about injustice, inequality, and the presence of evil and oppression in his community and elsewhere in the world. One can say that an intellectual is also a cosmopolitan. The work of an intellectual should appeal not only to the mind but also to the heart. We might infer that the ultimate goal of an intellectual is to work collaboratively with others to create a just and democratic society toward the total emancipation of his people. The thrust of his work is to create promising future possibilities for the common good. In summary, the intellectual does the following things:

1) diagnose the problem;
2) critique the present condition;
3) foster change and transformation through deep thinking;
4) propose new solutions and come up with new plans, ideas, methods, strategies to alter the present Haitian reality.
5) create new future possibilities and foster a new vision of life and humanity.

Above all, the intellectual is a servant to his people and to humanity in general.

“Haiti: Then and Now”: Call for Contributors

 

“Haiti: Then and Now”

“Haiti: Then and Now” is an online venue and platform composing of writers, cultural critics, intellectuals, artists, poets, historians, philosophers, etc. The goal of “Haiti: Then and Now” is to engage and reflect critically  on the human condition–past and present– in Haiti and the Haitian experience in the Haitian Diaspora, by providing insightful  analysis and commentaries.

The task of our Contributors
Our contributors will write critical, interdisciplinary, and reflexive online blog posts, reflections, commentaries, and opinions; hence, they will comment on major or pressing issues affecting the everyday life of the Haitian people.

 Our Philosophy

The five-fold objectives that underscores the philosophy of “Haiti: Then and Now” are as follows:

1) diagnose the problem;
2) critique the present condition;
3) foster social change through deep thinking;
4) propose new solutions and come up with new plans, ideas, methods, strategies to alter the present Haitian reality.
5) create new future possibilities and foster a new vision of life and humanity.

If you are interested, send us a brief bio and an amazing picture of yourself so we can post on our website. Drop us an email haitithenandnow@gmail.com

Blog posts are welcome in English, French, Creole, Spanish, and any other human language.

Our website: http://haitithenandnow.blogspot.com/

* One does not have to be an Haitian to be a contributor or join the team; however, we do ask that you are familiar with or at least interested in the Haitian narrative and the Haitian experience, both in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora.

 

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