Opinion

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Opinion: Elite High School Test ‘Not a Problem Then’ or Now

Brooklyn, Education, Opinion June 7, 2018 at 5:52 pm

A Brooklyn Tech graduate writes in Amsterdam News on how specialized high schools can reflect the demographics of the city, like they once did, while still keeping the entrance exam.

God is Great: A variety store on Nostrand Avenue catering to a Haitian clientele. Photo Credit: Garry Pierre-Pierre

Opinion: Little Haiti Project Could Define Rodneyse Bichotte’s Legacy

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Demographics, Opinion June 5, 2018 at 3:57 pm

In a column for The Haitian Times, Garry Pierre-Pierre examines what the “real test” will be for Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte after securing the designation of “Little Haiti” in central Brooklyn.

Co-founder of the Haitian American Caucus, Samuel Pierre, addresses crowd during a 2015 rally protesting Dominican Republic’s court ruling rendering thousands of Dominican Haitians stateless. (Photo by Garry Pierre-Pierre via The Haitian Times)

Opinion: Haitian Leaders in NY Rekindle ‘Glory Days’

Caribbean, New York, Opinion April 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm

Haitian community leaders are planning an April 20 march to speak out against Trump but “unfortunately for them, it will not have the intended impact,” Garry Pierre-Pierre writes in The Haitian Times.

Mariel Fiori (Photo via La Voz)

Opinion: Asking Hudson Valley Police to Fulfill Sanctuary Resolution

Immigration, New York, Opinion, Police April 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm

In an editorial piece, the editor of La Voz talks about how Hudson Valley pro-immigrant and community groups are pressuring the Kingston police department to fulfill procedures from a sanctuary city resolution that was signed a year ago, La Voz reports.

Suraj Patel (Photo from campaign website via News India Times)

Opinion: Maloney’s Comment ‘Smacks of Hypocrisy and Racism’

Elections 2018, New York, Opinion, South Asian March 26, 2018 at 1:25 pm

A column in News India Times responds to comments made by Rep. Carolyn Maloney regarding the names of donors to opponent Suraj Patel’s campaign.

Women's March on Jan. 20, 2018 (Photo by Garry Pierre-Pierre)

Opinion: Haitian Diaspora Needs To Put Its Needs Above Those Of Haiti

Caribbean, Opinion February 2, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Haitian Times founder Garry Pierre-Pierre writes that the diaspora should focus not just on helping those in Haiti but also on empowering and supporting the community in the U.S.

Women's March on Jan. 20, 2018 (Photo by Garry Pierre-Pierre)

Opinion: Trump Provides Haitians with a Unique Moment to Organize

Caribbean, Opinion, Politics January 25, 2018 at 2:59 pm

In the wake of Trump’s comments and actions, Haitian Times founder Garry Pierre-Pierre describes steps for empowering the community ahead of the midterm elections.

On August 26, 2017 an unknown vandal spray-painted ‘racist’ on the back of the Sims statue and splashed red paint over his face.

Opinion: J. Marion Sims – Keeping White Supremacy on Its Pedestal

Black, History, Manhattan, Opinion, Women January 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

A piece in Virtual Boricua describes the city’s failure to remove altogether the state of J. Marion Sims as an “unacceptable insult to the East Harlem community.”

A Letter to Trump from ‘a Proud Shitholer’

A Letter to Trump from ‘a Proud Shitholer’

Caribbean, Immigration, Opinion January 12, 2018 at 6:07 pm

Garry Pierre-Pierre writes a letter to Donald Trump giving him a history lesson about Haiti.

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Opinion: Trump’s Assault on Haiti and the Hypocrisy of It All

Caribbean, Immigration, Opinion January 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm

“Trump’s rhetoric and attack on the Haitian community, black and brown immigrants as a whole, is rife with irony and hypocrisy,” writes Vania Andre in The Haitian Times.

"The Irish Remedy – Emigration To America," 1898. (Illustration via The New York Public Library Digital Collections)

‘Trump Would Have Turned Away the Famine Irish Just Like the Salvadorans’

History, Immigration, Opinion, Western European January 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm

An Irish Central column compares the plight of 19th century Irish immigrants to that of Salvadorans today.

Mariel Fiori (Photo via La Voz)

Opinion: ‘Why Are We Marginalized?’

Demographics, Latino, Media, Opinion November 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm

La Voz managing editor Mariel Fiori discusses how Latinos are marginalized “in the news and media in general, not to mention other spaces.”

An eruv on the Lower East Side, Manhattan (Photo by Ella, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: ‘Why the Eruv Matters’

Jewish, Metro Area, Opinion, Queens October 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Commentary in The Bukharian Times describes how the Bukharian Jewish community in Queens can relate to the eruv controversy in Mahwah, New Jersey.

(Photo by Garry Pierre-Pierre via The Haitian Times)

Opinion: The Message of the Debate Over ‘Little Haiti’

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Demographics, Opinion October 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Can Brooklyn’s “Little Caribbean” also encompass “Little Haiti”? The debate, including some vitriolic comments, tells The Haitian Times’ founder that there is more the community needs to do to achieve economic empowerment.

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Opinion: Another Latino Politician Embarrasses His Community

Crime, Government, Latino, Metro Area, Opinion October 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Reporte Hispano devoted a rare editorial to Paterson, New Jersey, Mayor José “Joey” Torres after he pleaded guilty in a corruption case, arguing that he has shamed all Hispanics.