I'm a black woman of non-Haitian descent... And I was wondering if it'd be considered appropriation if I got the saying "nou led nou la" tattooed? The saying really resonates with me but I need to know if it's just not for me. Thanks.
I am very uncomfortable with that idea
Im glad it resonated with you on a personal level but tbh that’s kind of irrelevant and disrespectful in my eyes. that text, that quote is very specific like VERY specific, like that quote is about US as a people, as a culture as a nation and it’s larger than personal resonation. It speaks to so many of the tribulations Haitian people have quietly faced throughout the years, It speaks to how were the first independent black republic and the richest country in the west which lead to us facing decades of western exploitation, poverty, racial and economical tribulations, that still goes on til this day. it speaks to how through our willpower, through our spiritual strength alone we freed OURSELVES like no other fucking nation could, then proceeded to assist in the freeing other nations in the west, including the United States, including the Domincan Republic the same country that’s currently killing off and running off anyone with a drop of Haitian blood, It’s about how our voices today are silenced and muffled, our great triumphs lost in history, our children left for dead, our country is stripped of anything profitable and how time and time again we’re left to pick up the pieces of someone elses mess.
and even through all of that shit all of that pure evil fucking shit we’ve dealt with; we are still here, we are still fighting and we will never fucking stop.
Like it’s specifically about the struggle of MY people. and to me, you getting that on your body takes it completely out of that context and that is very fucking offensive. That quote has nothing to do with aesthetic, you getting that would not be in tribute,
this shit is deeper than all that.
I really appreciate you asking first I will say that.
but I think if you really grasped the history and context behind that quote you wouldn’t even have to ask.