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Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘Happy Go Lucky’ Haitian Children and the White Savior Narrative (Ms Magazine)


By Regine Jean-Charles, October 21, 2020, Ms Magazine.

When Amy Coney Barrett described her children, it gave me chills—but not for the reasons most might expect.

Despite the national political drama that is swirling, in many ways, last week’s Senate hearings to approve Justice Amy Coney Barrett were uneventful—especially in comparison to the confirmation hearings that took place two years ago for Brett Kavanaugh.

But for me, as a Haitian American scholar who writes about representations of Haiti and Black girlhood, there was a moment that disturbed me.

I could not help but wonder how it must feel for Vivienne, J.P. and Benjamin to hear all of their siblings described for their intellectual attributes and academic accomplishments—whereas they were identified for their strength and resilience.

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