How are you talking about Haiti? Also, a reader shares her story

We were all shaken by the tragedy in Haiti last week. I hope that all LIE readers who are able have found a way to offer comfort and support to our brothers and sisters in that country, as well as Haitian families here in the United States. How are you discussing the Haitian tragedy with your children? Have you noted that race has played a role in how this story is reported? (I certainly have.) If so, how are you discussing that with your children? If you are of Haitian decent, how is your family handling the demonization of Haitian  people that is muddying coverage (Pat Robertson’s comments, for instance)?


Love Isn’t Enough reader Kirsten H. was recently evacuated from Haiti, where she was finalizing the adoption of her son. Though Kirsten is home safe and sound, she was forced to leave her son in Haiti: “When we left our son, he and the other children from the orphanage were homeless, sleeping outside of a missionary’s house because of damage to the crèche and to the missionary’s home.”

At her blog, Kirsten is sharing her story and her thoughts on what people can do to assist with the care of orphaned Haitian children.  You can visit her blog here.

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek,, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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