In the Loop

The culture behind the catastrophe in Haiti

Posted at 4:59 PM on January 21, 2010 by Sanden Totten

"I love Haitian people. That probably sounds like a racist generality along the lines of 'I love black people,' or 'Some of my best friends are...fill in your blank.' Let me clarify. I am Haitian. Second generation. One Hundred percent. My parents have inhabited America for forty-five years but they are Haitian to their core."

That's how Tania Richard began her e-mail to us earlier this week. Tania went on to describe the language, the dignity and the beauty of the Haitian people. She said any understanding of these traits are being lost in the coverage of the earthquake. In The Loop called her up to talk about her love of Haitian people and how she and her family are dealing with the disaster.

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