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January 15, 2010

After watching the horrifying footage of Haiti and the body count steadily climb I felt it necessary to get on my soap box.  Now I have heard conspiracy after conspiracy ,  then I have heard some very despicable things come from “so called” Christian leaders like Pat (horse racing, gambling) Robertson.  He actually blames the earthquake on the Haitians and their evil voodoo worshiping ways.  When I heard that, I  just about fell out on the floor,  the parts of Haiti that were worst affected were Christian you dope!  At any rate as Christians we don’t take glory in the suffering of anyone,  believers or non-believers,  in other words you don’t kick someone when their down.  This is a perfect opportunity to send some of that money he made gambling in horse racing, to the people and show them the love of Christ.  Those that are not saved might want to be.  Pat Robertson might want to re-familiarize himself with the story of Job. Job’s friends thought just by quickly surveying the damage that Job had suffered that he MUST be guilty of something.  Pat Robertson even points out that the Dominican Republic went untouched.  Your point Mr. Robertson?  Katrina tore up the gulf and left Texas alone?    Hmmm was God just playing darts that week?? No God doesn’t do this,  the devil does,  and it is because we live in an imperfect world, with imperfect weather, and imperfect geology,  with conspiracies, HAARP, project Blue Beam, the NWO  and blah blah blah!!!!    This is NOT a “Blessing in disguise” as he so clumsily put it,  who forgot to give that guy his meds this morning?  Anyway….I surfed the net and bumped into a guy I like to listen to named Russ Dizdar.  I want you to  Listen to this guy explain why the Haitians are no longer living under the 200 yr long curse of servitude to Satan.  Before you do that,  I would like for you to read a little bit about how Haiti got this way sans devilish pacts and curses.

Why Is Haiti So Poor?

By James Williams | Wed Jan 13, 2010 08:08 PM ET
Haiti-historyA market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, appears in the above photo, which was taken between 1909 and 1920.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, which makes the devastation caused by yesterday’s earthquake that much harder on an already struggling nation. As death toll estimates continue to rise and other nations flood in to provide aid, we wondered how this small country came to be so poverty-stricken.
Our answer came from Bryan Page, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami.

Professor Page: In the 17th and 18th centuries, Haiti was by far the richest colony in the entire Americas — including the mineral rich Mexico and Peru. And the reason was it had great agricultural riches. And the other reason was it was essentially a slave meat grinder.

According to Page, French plantation owners in Haiti became extremely wealthy by literally working their slaves to death while growing everything from indigo to sugar cane. Page says the working conditions were so harsh that it was almost inevitable the slaves would revolt.

Professor Page: You then have something that is a totally unique occurrence in the history of the world, actually. There’s never been a people who have thrown off slavery and formed a nation other than Haiti — a fact that’s not lost on present day Haitians. It’s one of the things that gives them an appealing stubborn streak.

In August of 1791, the Haitian slaves began an violent rebellion that would eventually lead to the nation’s full independence in 1804.

Professor Page: After they became independent, they ended up in a situation where – number one – they were considered a threat by the entire rest of the region because the rest of the region, especially the United States, owned slaves. A slave rebellion is not a good thing to have so close to a nation that owned several million slaves of their own.

Page says that post-1804, Haitians were discriminated against by not only the United States, but all the European powers.

Professor Page: That discrimination meant no availability of resources to educate the Haitian population, no significant trade with any polity outside of Haiti. Also, the break up of the plantations into individual land parcels meant there’s no longer a coherent cash crop activity going on within Haiti.

Page says these conditions persisted into the 20th Century, which meant…

Professor Page: You still have a population that was 80-90% illiterate — a population that didn’t have any industrial skills, a population that wasn’t allowed to trade its products with the rest of the world in any significant way.

What that isolation essentially meant was that Haiti never had a chance to progress alongside the surrounding civilizations in the region. Complicating the picture even more was a series of despotic rulers that added to the country’s struggles.

Professor Page: [Haiti was] seen increasingly as a benighted, terrible place, in part also because of the collective racism of the white-dominated nations that surrounded them, including Cuba, the United States and the Dominican Republic which occupies the other side of Hispanola.

Page says in 1915, the United States — invoking the Monroe Doctrine — occupied Haiti in an attempt to install some order. That experiment lasted until 1936, when the U.S. pulled out. Haiti continued its pattern of despots, dictators and army coups — as did other Latin American countries at the time — but with one big difference…

Professor Page: [Haiti started from] a point of considerably greater illiteracy and lack of human and natural resources. The other thing that was happening was that those small scale farmers were doing other things. They were using charcoal for heating and cooking and essentially denuding the hills and forests, which now means they have major erosion problems throughout Haiti.

Page says that with no help from the elite class in the country to mitigate the situation, we end up with the conditions seen in Haiti today.

Professor Page: The Haitian population continues to be largely illiterate, continues not to have attractive skills for industry and therefore fails to attract industries that might help ameliorate the situation.

Page says that the Haitian’s high illiteracy rates and lack of marketable skills isn’t for lack of want. He says the roughly 200,000 Haitians living in South Florida are known for being avid utilizers of public education opportunities.

Professor Page: It’s a population that, given some basic resources and furtherance of building 20th century skills and knowledge, they’ll take it. And they run with it. But as of yet they haven’t gotten it… from anybody.

Photo credit: Library of Congress


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