A First Generation Haitian American Wom The Black Of Color Separates Me From Black Brothers

1922 Words Dec 15th, 2015 8 Pages
On the very first day of the class of the Introduction to the Black Experience, we learned that people are defined by their culture and geography. We are also defined by the gaze of others and our own gaze. This realization led me to contemplate what the “black experience” means to me. As a first generation Haitian-American woman at Wellesley College, it has become clearer to me how important the language and culture of parents has been in shaping my identity. I have also begun to think more critically about how my identity as a woman of color separates me from black brothers as well as my white peers at Wellesley. My realization of the different variations of the black experience has made me rethink how I look at history and how the various institutions that I am a part perpetuate the injustices that have recurred throughout history.
To begin with, Tom Reiss’s, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, is a prime example of how black people are often at the forefront of global transformations. Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was arguably one of the greatest generals in history. He won countless battles, led thousands of troops, and was promoted to General-in-Chief of a division of the French Army. Despite Dumas’s victories, he is rarely remembered in history because he was the child of a slave woman. While I found it interesting that Dumas is not in my textbooks, what is more interesting to me is the fact that even though he was born in…

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