“USVI: Sunbathing & in deep thought”

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. people must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson MandelaMagens bay - print mixing (3)

On our last day in St. Thomas, we visited yet another beach. White Sand, clear water, perfectly sunny skies – just heaven on earth! It’s no wonder Magens Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Virgin Islands. It’s without a doubt a blessing to be able to escape reality for a bit and just tune out from the foolishness we hear on the daily news.

I mean I’m supposed to be writing about what an awesome time I had on vacation in a gorgeous tropical island but seriously, how can you tune out the fact that 9 people were fatally shot in their place of worship in Charleston the other night? How long can we pretend that we live in a world that is all peaches and roses when the law enforcement officers who are supposed to protect our nation, are the ones causing harm to our youth? How can you ignore the hatred growing rampant in the hearts of the Dominican government who has decided to leave hundreds of thousands of Haitians stateless? This one really hits home because as you guys know I was born and raised in Haiti but guess what? All of these stories hurt to the core because no matter where they happen, and who the direct victims are, they affect us as we are ALL citizens of this world.

Considering the fact that many of us living in the United States emigrated from elsewhere, can you take a second to imagine what it would be like if the US government sent us all back home against our will? I read the story of a mother of 3 in her 20’s who was born in the Dominican Republic. Not only has she never been to Haiti but she also has no relatives there and she doesn’t even speak Creole or French. She is now facing an unfair deportation without having committed any crime besides having the “wrong” skin color. When she gets there, what exactly is she supposed to do? How should she feed her kids? Where will she work? It’s not like there is any government assistance program or housing available so where will she stay? 
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Wearing: Charlotte Russe cover up // Asos bathing suit bottom // Guess bathing suit top // H&M shorts & top // Mandee’s mirrored sunglasses

*I wish I would’ve remembered to take my hat off for these photos because the stripes on it kind of clashes with my floral print mixing (which by the way was totally intentional)… But oh well! Magens bay - print mixing (6) Magens bay - print mixing (4)Magens bay - print mixing (11)Magens bay - print mixing (7)

I can’t help but to be angry. We as a people can’t help but to feel helpless because we feel that we should be doing something but we are handicapped by a system that leaves us powerless and our voices have drowned under the loud thunder of racism.  With that said, I refuse to let anger and an overload of emotions cloud my judgment. I refuse to be hateful towards anyone of Dominican descent. I mean we share an island for God’s sake. We are only separated by a border and hatred. Lots of hatred for many years. So I refuse to do anything but love. I will love them like Jesus loved.

But for now, what do we do? For now, we weep. We weep just as Jesus wept for we know mourning does not mean that we are weak or lack faith. However, we weep with hope because we know that breakthrough comes in the midst of suffering. We hope that signing this petition will make a difference. So please spare a minute of your time and click on this link to help make our voices heard.

My heart truly goes out to the families of the Charleston victims. My heart aches for my fellow Haitians. And I am heartbroken over the heartless crimes destroying our world day after day. We pray through our struggles for we know we will grow through them. And we live in peace for “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1.

But know this: When I need to temporarily hide from reality and enjoy an earthly paradise, or yearn to experience the peacefulness that comes from laying beach side with the sound of waves playing soothing symphonies to my ears, rest assured that you will NOT find me in Punta Cana.

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With love like Christ, 

Edwina

3 Comments

  1. cheri406
    06/22/2015 / 7:06 AM

    I feel you Sis! When the story broke the first and only thought was “In Gods Home” and then the bombings in Birmingham and … well you know.

    The US should have put a Stop on the DR! I knew the government wouldn’t … can still see those Precious on the boats/rafts being turned away, not caring if they had water, food, or treat them from exposure … so what was their reaction going to be to people on dry land … just walk across the boarder?

    What could US have done? Major league baseball the US could/should have told DR no more players would be permitted to come into the country, and forced MLB to stop funding baseball there … DR lives and breathes baseball and players make millions here. They would have a real impact on the citizens, but we know our own country could care less about people of color here or abroad.

    Sad thing is I lost my Dearest Friend over this. 🙁 I know many Haitians … and friends with a model, a singer/actress and the Friend I lost so if I said anything to offend you Edwina please tell me, because not trying to lose another!

    I’m sincerely sorry that I haven’t commented on your last 3 posts, I read each, started to leave a comment every time and honestly went to sleep 🙁 Wasn’t bored just been working crazier hours than usual. Love my career but should’ve never married it! Will check the link and sign if I haven’t already, being born as an activist I’m subbed to most petition sites but will check.

    Edwina Take Care, Be Safe and keep Loving and PUSHing! Wishing you a Pleasant Monday/Week 🙂 Peace and Grace 🙂

    • 06/25/2015 / 4:46 PM

      Hey girl! So sorry for your loss girl. This is just devastating in more ways than one. It’s really not the US’ responsibility to fix the world’s problems but we just want to see someone doing something because besides signing petitions, not buying Dominican products, and most certainly not traveling there, I’m not sure how we can intervene.

      It’s just sad that a government would be ok with making and enforcing such a decision. We have lost our sense of humanity & it’s really upsetting and sad.

      Offend me? How?!
      Girl stop! I appreciate your feedback on so many of my posts but you have a life to live and are not required to comment on everything. Don’t apologize for living it and getting some rest! PS: I slept 12 hours last night. It was GREAT! 😉

      Have a blessed week / weekend as well. Xoxo?

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