Stop pairing my ancestry with race.

PrayforParisJourney Brown-Saintel,
Charlotte, NC.

So, just because I’m black it’s okay to assume I’m African-American? Or is just easier? My family comes from Haiti; I’m Caribbean for freak’s sake. But there’s no box for me to check besides the Black/African-American one. Why are you grouping me? Historically, I have more of a connection to France than Africa. The slavery and migration my ancestors went through was not Africa—>America. It was Africa—>Haiti—>America.

 

Stop pairing my ancestry with race.

PrayforParisJourney Brown-Saintel,
Charlotte, NC.

So, just because I’m black it’s okay to assume I’m African-American? Or is just easier? My family comes from Haiti; I’m Caribbean for freak’s sake. But there’s no box for me to check besides the Black/African-American one. Why are you grouping me? Historically, I have more of a connection to France than Africa. The slavery and migration my ancestors went through was not Africa—>America. It was Africa—>Haiti—>America.

Stop pairing my ancestry with race.

PrayforParisJourney Brown-Saintel,
Charlotte, NC.

So, just because I’m black it’s okay to assume I’m African-American? Or is just easier? My family comes from Haiti; I’m Caribbean for freak’s sake. But there’s no box for me to check besides the Black/African-American one. Why are you grouping me? Historically, I have more of a connection to France than Africa. The slavery and migration my ancestors went through was not Africa—>America. It was Africa—>Haiti—>America.

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