My Personal Family Heritage
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This author, a biracial individual with with an Irish mother and part Haitian and part Jamaican father, relates her father's background and the life experiences of his parents. The author then describes her father's marriage to a white woman and the prejudice of her mother's parents who would not accept her marrying a black man. The author then describes her childhood and relates that from the time she could walk and talk, her relatives drilled into her head about the importance of getting an education and made it clear that she would be going to college after graduating high school. The author posits that she is grateful for them pushing her to be the best person that she can possibly be, but what saddens her is the growing gap now between whites and blacks in attaining a college degree.
From the Paper:"I am biracial with my mother being Irish and my father being part Haitian and part Jamaican. My parents separated when I was very young and I lived with my mother. I still have contact with my dad and since I know more about my mother's side of the family, I will write about my family heritage on my father's side. My dad and I are not as close as I would like for us to be, but we do have a decent relationship and I am close with my aunts (his two sisters) and their children (my first cousins). It was actually my mom that suggested that I focus on my dad's side of the family for this assignment because she felt it would give me a better understanding of his culture.
"My father's parents are from the Caribbean. His father was born in Haiti in the early 1940's. He met my grandmother, who was from Jamaica when he was about twenty and they married shortly thereafter. Less than a year later my father was born. I'm getting a bit ahead of myself. My grandfather grew up extremely poor city name Carrefour which is near Port au Prince. He never really knew his father, but when he was sixteen his mother moved him and his two sisters from Haiti to Miami where she already had family members. My father says that my grandfather would tell him that Florida was too slow and too much like Haiti to him and he had always heard about New York City and had always wanted to live there."
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