The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies presents Russell Stockard
Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake attracted international media attention and humanitarian aid in proportion to the devastating scale of the disaster that killed a quarter of a million people and left more than one million refugees homeless among the ruins. While media accounts led Americans and citizens of other nations to contribute money and attract direct assistance by waves of volunteers, the neoliberal racial regime depicted in mainstream narratives perpetuates relations of power. This discourse tends to prevent Haitians from taking control of their destinies during the reconstruction. Under these conditions what Haitian voices have emerged? How do Haitian cultural and media narratives of self-help and self-determination counter this racial regime?
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