The term “kongo” is interesting because while it can be used as a way to describe a of sense pride, it can also be used as an insult. Haitians who embrace their African ancestry proudly define themselves as “pure kongos”. On the contrary, it is often used as a pejorative term to describe someone who is submissive or unsophisticated from the countryside. It is also used to describe someone who is dressed in a ridiculous way. This expression comes from the fact that the Africans from the Congo tribe liked to wear bright colors. This contrast is a true reflection of Haitian society; there are those who are proud of their African roots, and there are those who make a mockery of out it.
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