Haiti’s History of Hardship

15 Jan

Part of why Haiti is so poor…

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One of the parts missed here is the occupation of Haiti by the US Army for 30 years, and setting up Papa Doc as Dictator…

Another is the economic embargo of Haiti for nearly 100 years, after they overthrew the French slavers.

Haiti also sent a Regiment of soldiers as allies to the Americans in our Revolutionary War. These soldiers participated substantially in the siege of Savannah by Colonial troops, and were instrumental in eventually defeating the British in the South – even though the British prevailed at the battle of Savannah.

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Posted by on January 15, 2010 in Black History, The Post-Racial Life


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5 responses to “Haiti’s History of Hardship

  1. tafaraji

    January 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Man Rachel Maddow is a gem. I’ve learned more in the past few days (from her shows) about Haiti, the Dominican Republic and US relations then I have in a lifetime. She’s been brutally honest and have selected guest with expertise who were, also.

    When you contrast her interviewing technique with the same people interviewed by O’rielly, you come away much more educated, and that’s even after giving his ignorant azz the benefit of doubt. One such interview they both gave was to the same spokesperson from “Doctors without borders”.


    • btx3

      January 15, 2010 at 12:13 PM

      She is by far the best on Cable News right now, and I think the major reason for MSNBC’s rising ratings. She’s intelligent and uses her platform to really examine the issues – and not the sound bytes which is typical of what passes for news coverage on most networks.

      I think Shep Smith may also be near that good if he get’s off of Faux News which limits what he can say. Everyone else on Faux cable is a joke, with the level of professionalism seldom rising above the level of a slug on their cable side – even though they arguably have the best News organization on the over-the-air news side.


  2. nanakwame

    January 15, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Nothing saddened me than the ignorance of Americans about Haiti, especially among our own. The Haitians have some of the most brilliant folks in this nation and as artist too. My grandmother used to say the white male will feel it one day for all the crimes committed in their name in this hemisphere.


    • btx3

      January 15, 2010 at 7:30 PM

      Remember one thing, Nana – America gets the best of the best of Haiti’s people in many cases. So, the Haitian people who come here are much like the Indians who come here and have become Doctors and other highly educated people. Unlike the Indians who come here, Haitians often don’t have the resources from home to pay for their schooling – so they work their asses off to earn whatever position in life they can get here.


  3. nanakwame

    January 15, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    How have you been Tafaraji?



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