2010-01-16

3 answers to fatuous and ignorant remarks on Haitians

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by Neil Godfrey

Why the Blood is on Our Hands by Ted Rall:

You’d think Haiti would be loaded. After all, it made a lot of people rich.

How did Haiti get so poor? Despite a century of American colonialism, occupation, and propping up corrupt dictators? Even though the CIA staged coups d’état against every democratically elected president they ever had?

It’s an important question. An earthquake isn’t just an earthquake. The same 7.0 tremor hitting San Francisco wouldn’t kill nearly as many people as in Port-au-Prince.

Our Role in Haiti’s Plight by Peter Hallward:

What is already all too clear, ­however, is the fact that this impact will be the result of an even longer-term history of deliberate impoverishment and disempowerment. Haiti is routinely described as the “poorest country in the western hemisphere”. This poverty is the direct legacy of perhaps the most brutal system of colonial exploitation in world history, compounded by decades of systematic postcolonial oppression.

Help Haiti: The Unforgiven Country Cries Out by Chris Floyd:

The relentlessly maintained, deliberately inflicted political and economic ruin of Haiti has a direct bearing on the amount of death and devastation that the country is suffering today after the earthquake. It will also greatly cripple any recovery from this natural disaster. As detailed below, Washington’s rapacious economic policies have destroyed all attempts to build a sustainable economy in Haiti, driving people off the land and from small communities into packed, dangerous, unhealthy shantytowns, to try to eke out a meager existence in the sweatshops owned by Western elites and their local cronies. All attempts at changing a manifestly unjust society have been ruthlessly suppressed by the direct or collateral hand of Western elites.





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  • pissbeuponhim
    2010-01-16 14:13:55 UTC - 14:13 | Permalink

    ignorant black african savages that orignated the slave trade andwill sell you an 11 year old girlas asex slave for 35 dollars are the problem. you scum niggers that created genocide againstall whites and mulatts that had some decent DNA have compl;etely fucked your beautiful land. You create noting, burned down a lth rain forests and yet your neighbors in the Dominican Repulbilc on the same fuuking island do great. you worthless savage niggers are just like the. african niggers. aids infested scum hellhole, criminals, hellhole, incabable of a civilization.. Nature is eliminating your inferior DNA, just not quick enough..

  • george s.
    2010-01-16 15:32:55 UTC - 15:32 | Permalink

    Now that Obama is in control of Bush’s weather-machine he’s sending earthquakes against Haiti just like Bush sent Katrina to New Orleans. Shame on you Mr. Obama.

  • 2010-01-17 16:04:47 UTC - 16:04 | Permalink

    The above posts remind me why there are so many more places in the world I would love to visit, but the U.S.A. is not, sadly, one of them. “Sadly” because I do happen to know quite a few wonderful U.S. citizens.

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