Haitiano

A Negro of Santo Domingo.
Haitiano
Eres Haitiano
eres haitiano por ser negro
eres negro
eso te hace haitiano
no por nacimiento
Por ser negro
Eres negro
Eres haitianoo por ser negro
Negro es lo malo
Malo es lo haitiano
Negro es feo
Feo es haitiano
Eres haitiano
Por ser negro eres haitiano.
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Haitian
You are Haitian
you are Haitian by being Black
you are Black
that makes you Haitian
not by birth
By being black
You are Black
Black is bad
Bad is Haitian
Black is ugly
Ugly is Haitian
You are Haitian
By being Black you are Haitian

Blas R. Jimenez, “Haitiano,” (1980). h/t: tifanmkreyol

Blas  R. Jiménez (1939 – 13 November 2009) Broadcaster, educator, essayist, and Dominican poet of Negritude and Black consciousness.

Further Reading

Essays
“Negritud andina,” Hoy (2003)
“Diálogo, memoria y emancipacion,” Hoy (2004)

“En la esclavitud,” Hoy (March 2004)

Books

Exigencias de un cimarrón (en sueños) (Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: Taller, 1987).

El nativo: (versos en cuentos para espantar zombies) (Santo Domingo, R.D.: Editora Búho, 1996).

Aquí …: otro Español. (Santo Domingo, R.D.: Editora Manati, 2000).

Caribe africano en despertar (Santo Domingo: Centro de Información Afroamericano, 2006).

Afrodominicano por elección, negro por nacimiento: seudoensayos (Santa Domingo, República Dominicana: Editora Manatí, 2008).

Image: Sir Harry H. Johnston, “A Negro of Santo Domingo,” The Negro in the New World (1910). Source: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / General Research and Reference Division / NYPL Digital Collection

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