TALLAHASSEE, Florida, USA (sentinel.ht) – A memorial making May a month for celebrating Haitian culture and heritage passed in committee but began facing serious opposition in the Florida Legislature.
The House Memorial bill was discussed in committee and passed to declare May “Haitian Heritage Month”. But Republicans and some Democrats said they prefer it “Haitian American Heritage Month”. Rep. Sharon Pritchett (D-Miami Gardens) told reporters the title should include American. She says this would make it in line with other nationally and recognized months with “American” in the title, “just for the sake of consistency and uniformity”.
“Remember? Caribbean American”, Pritchett said. She was referring to memorials filed by Sen. Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) and Rep. Daphne Campbell (D-Miami) after the Haitian memorial was filed. The State senator and representative are urging congress to recognize June as “Caribbean American Heritage Month”.
Concerns on the Haitian side is that the house bundles the bills together and decide to adopt one month and not the other or less delay it. Proponents state clear that Haitian heritage is not like Caribbean and should be taken in its own account.