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Editor’s note:This is a guest post from Danielle Edwards – a Literature and History student and an aspiring Journalist.

To many of us, migration really isn’t quite as appealing as some persons would have it seem. Apart from today’s declining prospects of economic benefits, disincentives to leave the Caribbean region for the more developed world are more than glaring.

Certainly, life as we know it- full of colour, rhythm and flavour- would lack its brilliant variety of fresh fruits, and the fresh air and fresh water that we so often take for granted. Many of us would long for the vibes of the steel pan, Soca and Reggae music that we love so much, as well as the daily breathtaking sunsets of soft pinks and lavender. The beauty of our exotic fuchsia bougainvillea sprays and hibiscus blossoms would perhaps become only a memoir. And there would be other more significant changes too…

There aren’t too many societies out there that are as receptive to cultural, racial and religious diversity as West Indians. Unlike many parts of the world where homogeny is the boring norm, our trademark is diversity- and personally I’m proud of it.

And for a people of African, European, East Indian, Lebanese, Kalinago and Chinese heritage, we really don’t have any grounds to discriminate against any race, colour or creed.

At the end of the day, migration is an essential part of the cycle of life. It’s all over the Bible, and it’s the reason why different human races have evolved all over the world. I really don’t understand why so many people are so afraid of it. None of us had the power to choose where we wanted to be born!

For my part, I see the world as everybody’s own, and I think if more people were to think that way, there would be a lot less global conflict. Certainly, the Israelites and Palestinians would no longer have difficulties living next to each other- because the borders would no longer exist in their mind.

It really baffles me as to why- even in this age of globalization- highly educated Americans are actually calling Mexican migrants ‘Illegal Aliens’. 10 years ago, I could never have fathomed the existence of aliens on Earth! If Mexicans are transformed into Aliens just by migrating to the U.S.A., what does that make the rest of us?

I believe strongly in respecting all cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. As far as I’m concerned, anyone who isn’t driven by violent, supremacist or Satanic beliefs is just another regular human being. That’s why I’m very much against any pejorative statements against persons from different backgrounds.

If you feel you must use a derogatory statement to describe someone of a different race or culture, its better to keep it to yourself. If you don’t you will be recycling the ugly and bitter trash that fueled the system of slavery (It wasn’t just slave labour, as some would have us believe). That’s why I’m invariably very disturbed when I hear Dominicans declaring ‘what a Haitian looks like’, or even boldly daring to say ‘that Haitian not looking like a Haitian’.

I think we should all know better in this the 21st century. What does a Haitian look like? What does an American look like? What does a Dominican look like?

If you can REALLY answer any of these questions I’m most eager to be enlightened.

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Comment by Karima
2008-07-27 13:09:49

It is disturbing how discriminatory people can be of one other based on their background, race, religion, etc.
I think growing up of African descent, in north America, I was constantly giving the idea that I was a minority and that things would be difficult for me… and maybe that’s true, but looking at people all over the world it doesn’t really look like it’s any easier regardless of where a person lives or comes from.
I may have some subconscious ideas about others, that I didn’t realize was there, for example I noticed a few years ago that I had some stereotypical views regarding “white” people that happens too often among “black” people.
I don’t see why people are so afraid of migration either. Sure it’s difficult & maybe scary at first and also adjustments have to be made but how else can people learn from each other and witness first hand other cultures and belief systems and begin to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the human race?
There’s a lot of people in the world. and I guess countries.. governments want to control their populations and make structures they can control, which is why America labels immigrants who don’t follow the migration process as illegal aliens… it’s sad to see though, because throughout history, as you said, people have always traveled the world freely.
In all honesty.. do we have a right to create these restrictions on people who are not criminal etc. etc.? Have we forgotten who created the Earth that we are here for a very limited time and it doesn’t belong to us at all?
This is definitely something to think about.

Comment by Dan
2008-07-27 22:56:39

I agree that racism is evil. My people, Jews, were considered a race (not a religion) by the nazis. By their theories, our daughter (my wife is not of Jewish ancestry) would also be considered a member of the Jewish race. It is so damn stupid! People are just people. Character, and not skin color, matter.

Comment by Igor Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-28 19:37:59

Racism is anti-human 👿 and irrational. But in many countries (including big ones like USA and Russia, countries I KNOW) it’s still indirectly intentionally supported by the state itself. Why?

Comment by Suki
2008-07-29 12:51:24

Because the people divided are easier to control.

Comment by Igor Subscribed to comments via email
2008-07-29 12:56:09


2008-08-13 11:10:42

Can’t agree with you more on that. I clearly once at a dinner table an Indian friend commented on mine and a friend’s nose, saying one can easily recognize you guys in India since you have a Muslim nose.

This was really strange!!!

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