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Tamare: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PittsburghUrbanMedia.com 

 January 21, Day 2:  
“I view my life as a beautiful tapestry because every experience that I’ve had, some very painful with heavy stitches, but they’ve really created this beautiful piece of artwork in which I’m able to view the world and interact with others and try as much as possible to understand where someone is coming from... because I have been on the receiving end of being looked at differently and being judged.”  -- Tamare



 

 

 




 

 

 

 

  “I remember hating middle school. I detested it because I was a Haitian immigrant. I was very proud to let people know I was Haitian, but I was ridiculed for being Haitian. I was teased because at the time there was a huge influx of Haitians that were immigrating to the US, the ‘boat people.’  I recall one of the most horrific days that I can remember: I went to school, first day of middle school, dressed exactly like the teacher. Because my parents thought you dressed up. That’s part of the thing as a Haitian, you dress up wherever you go. We’re catching a flight to Haiti - we’re all in church outfits.  We’re catching a flight to Fort Lauderdale - we’re all in church outfits. As a child you’re annoyed by it but, at the same time, you can point out other Haitians.  You can say, ‘Oh, they’re Haitian. I can see ribbons in their hair.’ I know who they are.”  -- Tamare
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   Welcoming Pittsburgh is launching 30 Neighbors. 30 Days., in collaboration with PittsburghUrbanMedia.com and other partners, to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives. 

 Follow the campaign:  www.PittsburghUubanMedia.com, WelcomingPGH on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #IamPGH. 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. runs January 20 – February 18, 2016.

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