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“This is the day that we got our freedom,” said Jesola Pierre. “Why wouldn’t I represent?” But students who turned up to Immokalee High School in Florida’s Collier County wearing Haitian flag shirts on Haitian Flag Day were ordered to go home to change — or just go home. A school district spokesman said past Haitian Flag Days have been marked by “disruptive revelry” and, this year, there were Advanced Placement exams being given that day. But Casidy Previlus saw unfairness: “On Cinco de Mayo, they had all the tacos and we didn’t say nothing. But when it came to Haitian Flag Day, they wanted to take away our fun.” (AC/Miami Herald.) ...“Freedom?” said the school district spokesman. “Fun? What are you talking about?”
Original Publication Date: 12 June 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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