In his presentation, Mr. Robert highlights the significance of Haiti's national history and the Haitian Revolution in the Black experience in America and African American struggle for freedom, democracy, and equality. He argues that Haiti provided inspiration for African American revolutionaries and freedom fighters and that the African American population is indebted to Haiti in their fight against white racism and violence in the United States.
A Blogger who loves all things politics. SHEER political independent; unafraid to slay the most sacred cows of ideological orthodoxy from the Left, or the Right and one who enjoys global affairs and aspects of pop culture. In all ways he is a child of the Haitian Revolution.
Pascal Robert has been known for years to the online world as THOUGHT MERCHANT. Since 2007 he has been recognized for his hard hitting, blunt unvarnished style of bringing attention to current events and global affairs, especially those affecting communities of color.
One of his earliest Blog posts "The Revenge of the "Good" Blacks" was published in The Black Commentator, one of the most sophisticated online sources for commentary on issues affecting the African American community at that time.
In 2008 THOUGHT MERCHANT was recognized for its coverage of the Democratic Primary by authors of the famous Black Political Blog, "Jack and Jill Politics," for being the first to introduce Hillary Clinton's plans to use the Super Delegate system to disadvantage Barack Obama in the Democratic Primary to the Blogosphere.
After the election of President Obama, Pascal Robert continued to blog about the issues of political and social importance facing communities of color and greater society until the January 12, 2010 earthquake hit his beloved ancestral homeland of Haiti. Pascal was one of the first to break the story on the internet via Facebook and Twitter.
The devastation from the earthquake so affected Pascal, he created a new Blog to exist in tandem with THOUGHT MERCHANT to concentrate on issues exclusively facing Haiti and the Haitian people subsequent to the earthquake: Dessalines' Children Blog: http://dessalineschildren.com/
Pascal Robert then transformed all his online activities to not just addressing politics and social issues as he did before, but becoming a full fledged online advocate and activist for Haiti. HAITIANS AGAINST SWEATSHOPS IN HAITI
Pascal Robert has appeared on online radio discussing Haitian history and the issues facing the Haitian people such as his appearance on Urban Media Network's online radio program hosted by well-known online personality L. Martin Pratt.
Pascal's Blog piece, "Can Haiti Get Beyond Politics as Usual?" was a featured blog on the website Haiti Rewired: An online Social Network for Haiti Activists.
Pascal Robert is also the co-founder and list administrator for the Haitian Bloggers' Caucus: A consortium of Bloggers from Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora. Requests to join the Haitian Bloggers' Caucus List Server can be sent here: HAITIAN_BLOGGERS_CAUCUSfirstname.lastname@example.org
Pascal's work, and the work of all members of the Haitian Bloggers' Caucus, can be viewed on this new Blog aggregator. It includes Blogs by people of Haitian descent living in Haiti and abroad. The aggregator was put together in an effort to amplify the often neglected perspectives of Haitians regarding their country:
Pascal's parents fled Haiti in the mid 1960's from the oppression of then President Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier. He was born and raised in New York City. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Social Science from Hofstra University and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.
You can follow Pascal on twitter: http://twitter.com/probert06
The main topic guiding this study was the learning and personal barriers that Haitian immigrant students encounter during their first-year of college, specifically pertaining to the reasons that caused Haitian students to drop out of college. The study seeks to identify, describe, and explore the risk factors for first-year Haitian immigrant students for the continuation of their studies at a private institution in Broward County. Furthermore, this study should help identify the learning, personal, and institutional barriers that these students experienced, leading to their dropping out of school.
By examining students' perceptions and experiences, the study will seek to gain knowledge of not only the internal risk factors, but also the assumed importance of the external barriers that prohibited them from completing their education. Focusing research on Haitian students will help further explore the unique characteristics so that the research may describe the intricacies of their first-year of their college experiences. The details of this finding may help educators and policymakers develop programs, strategies, and interventions for the prevention and recovery of this particular group of students who are at risk of dropping out and, in the long run, for other immigrant students who may face similar situations."
“In the field of Haitian Revolutionary Studies, the idea of general liberty and universal emancipation has been contested by a minority but powerful voices and historians. Particularly, some Haitianist historians have argued that the enslaved African population in the French colony of Saint-Domingue had not been preoccupied with an early notion of general emancipation and neither had the natural drive to rupture the schackles of slavery and put an end to the French colonial regime.
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