Caribbean parents, consciously or maybe subconsciously, measure success by their proximity to whiteness.

My parents immigrated to the United States from Haiti in the 70s. They were part of the second wave of middle and lower-middle-class migrants fleeing deteriorating socioeconomic and political conditions. My parents’ story is like that of many other Haitian parents who decided that leaving their homeland was a necessary sacrifice to give their children a better life. I was 10 when my family settled in Miami, Florida, but I rarely interacted with other Haitians outside of my family and the local restaurant where we picked up our Soup Joumou on Sundays.

For context, Haitians account for less than 2%…

Stephany Faublas

“Race is in everything and I can see.”

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