Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Jemima Pierre, Haiti/Americas Coordinator for the Black Alliance for Peace
Haitian authorities have arrested Dr. Christian Sanon as one of three suspects in the assassination of President Jovenel Möise.
Sanon is one of a handful of Haitian Americans suspected of carrying out a brutal attack that left Möise fatally riddled with bullets and his wife Martine seriously injured. About 2 dozen Colombians have also been arrested in connection to the incident.
Sanon was reportedly an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency although the U.S. has denied any involvement.
Senate President Claude Joseph has been named interim Prime Minister and requested that the U.S. send troops to assist the nation but so far the Biden administration has demurred, preferring instead to send a team of investigators.
Jemima Pierre is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research and teaching interests are located in the overlaps between African Studies and African Diaspora Studies and engage three broad areas: race, racial formation theory, and political economy; culture and the history of anthropological theory; and transnationalism, globalization, and diaspora.
She is the author of The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race. She is currently completing a manuscript whose working title is “Racial Americanization: Conceptualizing African Immigrants in the U.S.,” and working on a project on the racialized political economy of multinational resource extraction in Ghana.
Dr. Pierre’s essays on global racial formation, Ghana, immigration, and African diaspora theory and politics have appeared in a number of academic journals including, Cultural Anthropology, Feminist Review, Social Text, Identities, Cultural Dynamics, Transforming Anthropology, Journal of Haitian Studies, Latin American Perspective, American Anthropologist, and Philosophia Africana.
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