We should all celebrate Haitian Flag Day
During Haitian Heritage Month, remember the freedom that was won
By Jeneé Osterheldt Globe Columnist,Updated May 17, 2022, 11:31 a.m.
The Mattahunt children's choir helped celebrate Haitian Flag Day Breakfast at Boston City Hall.JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF
Once upon a time in Haiti, we were free. They say we are free in America. But there’s always a cost to Black liberation.
To be free is to be empowered and, unbound, Black people seem to scare this world. Look back at how countries worked to ravage Haiti of its path to self-sustaining freedom. See it in xenophobic deportation policies upheld by presidents, Democrat and Republican alike.
Haiti has been paying for daring to win its freedom for over 200 years. Black folk in America, though privileged by comparison, bear an expense too high to pay, as well.