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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE A HAITIAN HYBRID?

TO ALL MY HAITIANS OUT THERE WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A HAITIAN-AMERICAN/CANADIAN/MEXICAN/FRENCH/GERMAN/DUTCH etc. WE HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FROM THE ISLAND (Haiti) THROUGH OUR PARENTS AND WHAT NOT, BUT WHAT ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HAITIAN IN THE DIASPORA? WHEN YOU’RE BORN ELSEWHERE HOW IS YOUR CULTURE A PART OF YOUR LIFE, IF IT IS AT ALL? PLEASE ANSWER CANDIDLY. YOU CAN MESSAGE IF YOU WANT AS WELL…THANK YOU =D

KODAK by FELIX MORISSEAU-LEROY

Tourist, don’t take my picture
Don’t take my picture, tourist 
I’m too ugly 
Too dirty 
Too meager and too thin 
Don’t take my picture, blanc 
Mr. Eastman wouldn’t approve 
I’m too ugly, too thin 
And your Kodak will break 
I’m too dirty and too black 
Your Kodak will burst 
Don’t take my portrait, tourist 
Let me be, blanc 
Don’t photograph my donkey 
Donkeys here carry too much 
Donkeys here are too little 
Donkeys here don’t eat 
Tourist, don’t shoot my house 
My house is a house of hay 
Don’t take a picture of my poor house 
My house is a house of clay 
Go shoot the National Palace 
Shoot Bicentennial Avenue 
But don’t take a picture of my garden 
I have no plow or car or tractor 
Don’t take a picture of my tree 
Tourist, I’m barefoot 
And my clothes are all torn 
Isn’t this what you see? 
Tourist, look at my hair 
Your Kodak’s not used to its color 
Tourist, don’t take my picture 
You won’t understand my pose 
You won’t understand a thing 
My affairs aren’t yours, tourist 
Gimme five cents and be on your way