Caribbean women

There is a Haitian saying that might upset the aesthetic sensibilities of some women. ‘Nou lèd, nou la,’ it says. 'We are ugly, but we are here.’ Like the modesty that is common in rural Haitian culture, this saying makes a deeper claim for poor Haitian women than maintaining beauty, be it skin-deep or otherwise. For women like my grandmother, what is worth celebrating is the fact that we are here, that against all odds, we exist.
—  Edwidge Danticat, “We Are Ugly, but We Are Here,” Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean 

One misconception people have about Haiti is that, poverty runs the country. The media will never show you just how beautiful it is. There is in fact life there. Haitians party, work, raise families, go to school, & vacation there. Haiti is so rich in value but you shouldn’t have to go there yourself to know that. - 🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹

C: Look I have a problem with black Europeans chiming in on race relations in America. I’m not African American, but I am a black Caribbean immigrant and it’s frustrating to hear them say, “Oh, you guys are obsessed with race” and “We don’t experience racism the way y'all do,” which is like, OK so don’t open your mouth to tell us how to deal with racism in America. You’re not one of us. Everybody needs to stay in their lane. I don’t silence or talk over black Europeans when y'all have these discussions.