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Caribbean-American Month – It’s Implication

June is recognized in the USA as Caribbean-American Month.  This recognition was formalized in 2006.

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President Obama’s  Proclamation

.The major activities of this month fall into several categories, namely:

  • Celebration of our cultures
  • Recognition of our achievements and stars
  • Discussion of our political power

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I have waited this long to comment on this  recognition for several reasons.

My ambivalence on being bullish  on this month  is related to  how settled we are with just achieving the recognition.  Maybe I need some education on how  much we have  achieved .

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Let me be impolite and state the obvious, CARICOM, the binding Caribbean organization is coming apart like an egg that has been battered before it has been boiled.  It is going to take some serious collective investment to ensure that this organization will function as a viable organ of Caribbean power.

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Within the diaspora, there is however a unifying item that is surfacing.  It has to do with opportunities at Ivy league schools.  The recession is impacting opportunities at these institution. Africans and Caribbean Americans are securing 40% of these positions which is engendering a jaundice feeling.

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The 2010 census also provide us in the diaspora with a means of coordinating our efforts to benefit from a Caribbean-American designation.

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Let’s not burquarize our present reality. If we are going to move forward , we will need to clarify our unifying core, and practice a  mature competition where we differ. Nothing wrong with friendly competition where we understand the stragetic alliance and history we possess.

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As we enter the final week of June, practice some courage and  engage a person from a different Island about what binds us and where you may differ. Please come back and share your findings.

About the author

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I am an entrepreneur whose focus is on helping small businesses deploy internet marketing tools to leverage new customers and profits. I believe in the survival of the knitted, and thus champion those who are making a difference in our community.