After our last episode we discussed the current state of Haiti at the end of 2019, and encouraged all Haitian diaspora to recognize their pivotal role in rebuilding the future of the new Haiti. We got some interesting messages from listeners and viewers as a result of the discussion about what it means to be Haitian. Some of those statements include (among many others): "even if you have Haitian ancestors, holding a foreign passport means you have no right to call yourself Haitian" or... "If the diaspora wants to make a real difference, the only thing they can do is move back here". We also received many messages from members of the Haitian diaspora saying "I live in [city abroad] and my heart lies with Haiti, I want to do anything I can to help my Haitian people..."
In this episode, we dive deeper into understanding where the polarity in these statements of identity come from, their validity, and how inclusive thinking will bring us closer to a brighter future.
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