Juliet Kirchner

As Interviewed by Sheri Vance, March 15, 2017
"I think it was just such a shock, truly being a minority there that, you know, you kind of start trying to look for people who are white so that you donít feel so awkward, and I honestly donít remember seeing very many white citizens. "
Juliet Kirchner

Introductory Profile: About Juliet Kirchner

Juliet Kirchner was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She moved to the U.S at a young age, so she speaks English fluently. She works as a realtor today. She is a friend of my mother, so I met her as well and heard about her trip to Guadeloupe.

Juliet took a French class while she was in school, and in one of her high school years, they went on an emergent trip to a part of France. That part of France was the island of Guadeloupe. This island has a dominantly black population, and since they are treated unfairly by the white French police force, they are resentful of most white visitors. However, Juliet and her classmates didnít know this until they had experienced it, and it was a shock to them all.

The island had a sort of energy to it, as Juliet described it, that she and her peers felt while they stayed there. The citizens of the island were very resentful, and the students couldnít go outside without facing the ugly stares and unfairness of the island.

She stayed there for two weeks, and with each day, her desire to leave only grew, and it was a relief to be back in America. Since then, Juliet has been especially respectful and courteous of all races, knowing what it feels like to experience racism and be a minority. The trip changed her view on racism, and brought her a wider view on how minorities might feel in America. This interview explains in her words what happened on the island, and how the trip affected her.