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An Open Letter to All Haitians in the Diaspora

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An Open Letter to All Haitians in the Diaspora
by Carlo W. Paul

Dear Friends,

This letter comes to you at a time when our Nation's crisis would seem to have reached a very dark day. We should all be crying out in anger, shame, frustration, depression, and utter bewilderment. How long are we going to stand by in our self-imposed exile before something happens?

By “something” we mean a concerted, all out effort by all of us together to make everyone recognize that we are in the midst of the worst period in our history, to mobilize ourselves into this great movement to retake our country and make it what it is capable of becoming and leave behind our shameful position of “most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere.”

Unfortunately there are too many of us who don't know what's going on, or worse, who act as if they don't know what's going on.

All of us, however, must do everything in our power to make everybody: our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, our community, our churches recognize the frightening living conditions of the Haitian people. We must orchestrate this concern locally, nationally, globally; wherever Haitians live and work, and pray that the whole world understands what is happening to us as a Nation and as a People. We must make it hard for any Haitian to live without the torment of the following questions: How many more must die of starvation or in high seas trying to get out? How many more must live like dogs in the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, or in slavery-like conditions in Immokalee, Florida? (See the New Yorker 4/21/03) How many more must die of disease, before an effective plan of attack is begun? Not enough of us are concerned about this; and that's part of the problem.

We need to prioritize our battles in the right order. There is only one thing that is going to save us as a Nation and as a People that is our commitment to take back our country. And we're not fighting that battle. We fight furiously among ourselves for meaningless reasons but we are so passive when our future as a Nation is at stake. Our primary objective should be to initiate changes that would help improve the living conditions of our fellow Haitians in Haiti and address the many human rights issues facing them. The majority of the Haitian people have no right to a decent and peaceful living; they have no right to speak freely about their grievances. They have limited access to electricity, no access to clean water, health care, decent housing. Unemployment (outside the government) is at 80% the other 20% who work don't get paid, those who are lucky only make a per capita income of $180 a year. Thousands live on the streets of Port-au-Prince, bathing and washing in sewage-filled gutters. Haiti is plagued by infectious diseases. Measles, diarrhea, tetanus, and tuberculosis are child killers there. Two hundred fifty of every thousand children die before reaching the age of five. The number of HIV/Aids cases in Port-au-Prince is going up. Four-fifths of all Haitians in the country are illiterate. Cost of living is at an all time high. Dear friends these are not statistics but facts.

The situation has deteriorated to this point only because we are runners, not fighters. Collectively we ran away from Haiti and because of our absence and by adopting a policy of “say nothing-do nothing” we have allowed the leaders of Haiti to become masters of our destiny: Where we live. Where we work. Where we raise our children and eventually where we die. By our passivity, we are actively colluding with, and participating in our own demise as a people.

After 200 years, what do we have to show the world? What have we accomplished? We have squandered our opportunities. We have taken a Nation that was once called “The pearl of the Antilles” to make it the “most impoverished Nation of the Western Hemisphere”. It's time to stop blaming the whole world for our problems. We need to look at ourselves for the cause of the failures. Have we done anything significant since the early 1900's to be proud of as a Nation? Yet history will show that since the early part of the 1900's we have had an uninterrupted succession of governments who came to power with leaders of modest means and by the time they leave office or booted out of office are classified millionaires. To most Haitians, elected office is synonymous with a license to steal and kill. Our leaders were beggars' vis-à-vis the World Bank, the United Nations, Care, USAID, The German Federal Republic, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and countless foreign missions in all the provinces.

How many public schools have we built to keep pace with the population? How about infrastructures like roads, hospitals, public transportation, monuments? Could it be that the reason other nations are reluctant to help is because they have come to the sad realization that the money they were giving or lending us was not really being used for the benefit of the country and the people but rather to make millionaires out of corrupt politicians? A recent World Bank study found that three fifths of government expenditures were untraceable. Estimates of the money stolen range as high as 1 billion dollars. This in a nation with annual revenues of only 205 millions dollars. Somehow we need to step out of the box and see things as they really are and not as they seem or as they would want us to believe. Our nation has been raped by our leaders and cast away to wither in the Caribbean sun.

It goes without saying that we desperately need everybody's participation in this. This is not about replacing a government by another; this is about the salvation of Haiti as a free Nation and about us as a free People. More than ever before we must fight together (last time we fought together for our liberation was in 1803) now to help those who can't help themselves, those who are already dying, those without hope and to ensure our own future on this hemisphere.

If this letter does not make you want to get involved, we are in real danger. If this letter does not rouse your anger, fury, rage and action, if it does not provoke a positive reaction from you, we as a People have no future in the West Indies. Our continued existence depends on just how involved you get. On the eve of our 200 year anniversary of independence we have never before been in all our history so close to nothingness. Every Haitian who is unable or unwilling to come forward and fight to save our Nation is truly helping to kill it.

There is only one thing that is going to save Haiti from that slippery slope and that is our very presence in the country in big numbers and being perceived as united and a threat, bureaucracy only responds to pressure and that pressure has to be exerted from within; not on the radio or newspapers in the U.S, Canada and Europe. We have a right, a moral obligation if not a duty to be an instrument of change in our own country, why aren't we doing it? Why are we sitting on our hands? Haven't we had enough? Are we waiting for a special invitation from the leaders? Keep waiting.

I know that unless I fight with every ounce of my energy, I will hate myself. I hope, I pray, I implore you to feel the same. Get with your group of friends, your club, your organization, your church etc…Examine the content of this letter, talk about it. Know that if we don't act now, then we face our approaching doom. We have to do it ourselves or it won't get done. We need to ask ourselves: Is the road of progress really that hard to find? Why doing the right thing seems so impossible to some and overwhelming to others? All our leaders from the early 1900's have had no difficulty accomplishing their tasks of killing our parents, our brothers, our friends and neighbors. No difficulty in destroying the socio-economic infrastructure of the country. No difficulty in destroying the fabric of our society. Yet the majority of us are left unmoved by their actions. Have we lost our will to fight or do we want to be left alone in our comfort zone? Our belief system is such: if we wait long enough, someone else will do it. In the meanwhile we limit ourselves to talking nostalgically of the Old country and sigh. This is our battle to fight; this is about our respect as a People and our dignity as a Nation.

Nothing else should be more important to any group or organization than this. This letter should be part of your next meeting agenda. We now have dozens of Haitian organizations/clubs spanning the globe, duplicating, in many cases, each other's activities. The time has come when we must consolidate; we need to speak with one voice. We need one “focal point”: HAITI.

History teaches us that after the war, the Jewish leaders who were still alive, came together in one room and determined that what happened must never happen again. They vowed they would speak with only one voice, and they would keep their arguments in the confines of that room and the world would never see their divisiveness in public. And they pretty much operated successfully in that fashion ever since.

We need to look within ourselves for an answer to the question: Why is it that separately we have abilities to do a lot, but collectively we fail miserably time after time after time? We don't seem able to put aside our petty differences and work together for the betterment of our Homeland. On the eve of our 200 year anniversary we are faced with the same situation of 1915. We can either do it ourselves or (as many hope) some foreign entity will come again, occupy us again and (maybe) do it for us, thus violating our right to self determination as a free country.

My dear friends, here we are on the eve of a very important date in our history Year 2004. Two hundred years ago our forefathers with only one goal in mind put aside their differences and organized a united front to defeat the enemy and forged us a free Nation. They understood then the necessity to get together for the greater good of all (History not to be forgotten) they wanted something greater than themselves. They wanted freedom; their differences at that point were minute when compared to what was at stake. They wanted for the world to treat them with respect and dignity.

Unfortunately since then our history of a free people has been that of our divisions. Slowly we drifted away from the idea of freedom and dignity, by the thousands we abandoned the motherland never to return. We show very little respect and admiration for each other, here even in our self imposed exile we continue to foster divisions among ourselves, divisions based on such trivial matters as material means, province of origin, shades of blackness and education. Each one of us sees himself/herself superior to the next person when in fact we are all in the same boat. We all came here for the same reason and that is to seek freedom, opportunity and better living conditions. We have a country that we can no longer call our own; conditions are so bad that we can't even dare go for a visit without running the risk of being victimized. Haiti is quickly becoming a lawless zone. Life for the majority of those left behind is hell, poverty is rampant, a people without hope. Their only dream is to leave the country. No I am not using emotionalism here for the triumph of guilt. This is reality.

We must realize that none of us is smarter than all of us and yet all of us together are smarter than those incompetent kleptomaniacs ruining the country since the early part of the 1900”s. We need to go back home in large numbers and create a powerful private sector to deal with the problems of Haiti. We need to create a united front to force our so-called leaders to face the plight of the Haitian people and get their priorities in order. We need to organize a campaign of patriotic mobilization for the economic liberation of Haiti.

We need to get organized. How do we organize? Well you start with a few friends, and they get a few friends, and then you get all of them to get a few friends. You go from neighborhood to neighborhood, from one church to another, from city to city, state to state, and then duplicate the same effort in Canada, Europe and Africa. Wherever Haitians are living. It is a slow, thankless, but necessary work. Join a club, an organization, a church or any group and start to implement changes from within. Make Haiti the focal point and ask the question often: Why are we here and not there? What do we do about it? Organize brain-storming sessions among the members. Keep everyone active, busy, interested and committed.

Establish goals, challenge yourself to try to do more and more, reach further, fight harder. Constantly remind yourself of what it's all about. Connect your organization with another organization that has been growing in membership. This is called networking, and historically Haitian organizations are terrible at it. We've simply never been able to get along. It is only through a massive organization that we could achieve most. Togetherness is numbers. Togetherness is unity. Unity is strength. Strength is power. Power is acceptance. Acceptance is a certain kind of Equality among us all.

Failure to act responsively will result in the eradication of any pride we once had as a Nation and as a People. Dear friends, if you think of this as only pipe dreams, then continue to live your life with your own selfish dreams and aspirations; continue to organize gatherings to discuss the next dance. Continue to have those clubs where membership is denied to those who don't look like you, talk like you or less fortunate than you are, continue to promote what divides us rather than embracing what unites us, continue to blame the world for our numerous problems. The cries of genocide from those left behind will continue to remain unheard. And our noble and enfeebled Nation of the weak, the dying and the dead will continue to grow until as a Nation and as a People we are diminished.

With will power and determination, everything is possible my friends. If you think you're valuable, then you'll think others are valuable as well. If you think you can make things happen, affect change, then you're more
likely to step in. People who truly participate are those who have learn empathy and social responsibility. They have a sense of justice and a self-confidence that they can make a difference.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Share it with someone you care about.

Carlo W. Paul l Cwpolo@aol.com

JeanFrancoisBertrand

Post by JeanFrancoisBertrand » Mon Nov 03, 2003 8:39 pm

I would like to know what is being done here in the Diaspora to observe that anniversary. I only hear people on the radio talk about parties-parties-parties as if all the misery and poverty of the haitians people are now behind us. The world will look at us as a deranged. We need to think about those left behind as the writer suggested.

Gifrants

At last? Something has never changed

Post by Gifrants » Mon Nov 03, 2003 10:07 pm

This is not about changing a government.

Words, words and words.

We have problems, a lot of problems.
Who is in charge?
Who is doing what?

Do you remember all the ONE Way Flights of American Airlines towards Haiti? Full on their way to Haiti, almost empty flying back to the States?

What did the Government do? Did Arisitide remember that the diaspora stand up, fight and HELP TREMENDOUSLY IN BRINGING HIM TO POWER?

What about LAW and ORDER? Are we the HAITIANS LIVING ABROAD OR THE HAITIANS LIVING IN HAITI CAN BRING BACK A STATE OF LAW AND ORDER WHEN THE CHIMERES WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT?

CAN WE HOPE TO HAVE A COUNTRY WHEN THE GOVERNMENT RULING THE COUNTRY IS TALKING ABOUT --AUTHORITARIAN DEMOCRACY? I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IT MEANS, GO AND ASK YOUR GENIUS, THE ONE YOU HAVE BEEN DISCRETLY AND SOMETIMES OPENLY, SUPPORTING BY MENTIONING THAT HE WAS A PRESIDENT ELECT?



THEN, WHAT DON'T YOU ASK THAT PRESIDENT ELECT WHAT A HELL HE HAS BEEN DOING?

WHAT DON'T YOU ASK HIM ABOUT WHAT HE INTENDS TO DO?

DO YOU REMEMBER the PLan SenK? Do you remember the Plan Senk? Do you remember the Plan Senk? Do you?

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Post by admin » Tue Nov 04, 2003 12:40 am


A simple search in the Old Forum [ http://haitiforever.com/bbs/archives.html ] brings up "Le Plan Quinquennal" (Plan Senk) and all that was written about it. Just follow the thread: http://216.73.121.73/bbs/messages/1187.html

We encourage everyone to inform themselves, to search the archives, to form their own opinions, and not to adopt fruitless and senseless accusatory stances.

As for Carlo Paul's letter to Haitians in the Diaspora, which was posted here by virtue of our judgment that it contains a lot of food for thought and even more for rational discussion, we have refrained so far from offering any editorial position on the matter. The piece speaks for itself. It is a concise but thoughtful survey of some of the major problems the people of Haiti have had to face for the last 200 years. The focus should now be on developing solutions for the next 200 years, rather than acting like idiots enamored of capital letters.



We are in this together, whether we like it or not. Guilt and self-flagellation are not keys to a better future. Stupidly accusing others to satisfy one's innate and irrepressible predisposition to be divisive will not advance us one iota. It is high time that we learn to celebrate our existence as a nation, reflect maturely as individuals, and act decisively for the benefit of the collectivity.

Gifrants

Take back our country?

Post by Gifrants » Thu Nov 06, 2003 4:43 pm

Take back our country?

From Whom?

When can we have an intelligent discussion on this Forum?

If we have to take back our county, we need to know who is screwing us. Whoever is screwing us should be identified; their actions be brought to light, and because their actions are obviously affecting our lives in a such negative way, they should be prosecuted and punished. In that case, it is not only about a President, a Governement. It's about the people enjoying a system that prevents us from living a good life.

If the current Government adds to our problems, it is important to go after the Government. Politics make decisions, politics determine, politics implement visions, ideals, and can concretize them.

Our problem is not about talking. Talking did not take us anywhere for the last 200 years. Our problem is about fighting. When are we going to decide to fight and die for what we believe, for what SHOULD BE DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY?

Should we like it or not, should we disagree or not with President Bush's policies, right now in Iraq, there are Americans dying for an Ideal. That ideal may mean oil for some , that ideal may mean something else. Besides all the crap regarding economics, it is true that the Americans want a DEMOCRATIC ARAB WORLD. Americans are dying for it.

We, the Haitians, refuse to die for our own country. When I speak like that, most of you think I'm crazy. But, in fact, you are just the cowards. People who can only talk. People who are saying they can only do what they can. When people like me stand up, and voice clearly their stand, their belief, they are being seen as arrogant. But, in fact, it is you who ought not to be called Haitians at all. Live and let live. Your words can only be words. Your words of wisdom are words of passivity. Your concerns stay on the tip on your tongue.

On n'a rien fait quand on n'a pas tout fait. In the case of Haiti, anyone refuses to die for Haiti right now, is not a true Haitian. No wonder the truth hurts.

Claudia

Post by Claudia » Thu Nov 06, 2003 11:38 pm

There, A MAN OF ACTION!!! This is truly inspiring...but don't stop there! Come on, tell us what YOU have done personally to save your country since 1991/1994?

JeanFrancoisBertrand

Post by JeanFrancoisBertrand » Fri Nov 07, 2003 10:48 pm

In order for us to have an intelligent debate on this letter about Haiti on the eve of its 200 year anniversary, we need to at least acknowledge its content. The writer pointed to the fact that since after our liberation from slavery, 1) our history as a free people has been that of our division, 2) we show little respect and admiration for each other, 3) we tend to blame others for our problems. All these 3 points are very true. This letter should really be a catalyst to get a good dialog going in the Diaspora. Unfortunately how many of us are really concerned about what's happening in Haiti? Listening to the haitian radio-heads, one would think that Haitians came from nowhere, all you hear are publicities for the next dance, the next carnival, the best restaurants and of course the Sunday morning soldiers of the churches telling you to accept your condition without complaints. Have they seriously put the Haiti question on the table? their excus
e "nou pa fe politik". Well my friends our reason for being here in the Diaspora is politics. Socio-economic factors are tied to politics. Absence of safety, security and stability that pushes our brothers and sisters to risk their lives on high seas to go to the Bahamas or Miami is politics. Limited access to clean water, electricity, health care, jobs, etc, etc, ect. is politics. As the writer points outs our so-called leaders were people of modest means when they assumed power but by the time they leave office are millionaires. On December 31st we need to get together as a People and try to understand WHY we're here and where we want to go as a Nation.

Gifrants

to Claudia

Post by Gifrants » Tue Nov 11, 2003 10:27 pm

Why 1991/1994?

I will never ask you what you have been doing for Haiti. But, I will tell you one thing--every one of my actions when it comes to my life is centered about me as a Child of God and as a Haitian, more than a human being, and as a Haitian. I insist on that, not because I want and expect no glory from anyone but because it is Who I am.

There is one thing I do not tolerate on this Forum from no one--never question my patriotism, my love for Haiti, and the Haitian peasants. If you feel like talking, talk, enjoy your freedom. But talk no crap. You do not know whom you are talking to.

On this Forum, I took a lot of heat for not being pro-Lavalas, not because I'm a macout or a pro-macout, because I love my country. Those who stood behind Aristide did not give a damn about Haiti as a whole, and even today do not give a damn about Haiti as a whole. That's the reason they feel no need to overthrow this govern
ment or to ask him to resign. It is a matter of personal feelings or personal deception. This has nothing to do with the existence of Haiti as a nation, or the Haitians as a people. Because the existence of Haiti as a nation and the Haitians as a people DEMANDS SOLID FOUNDATIONS ON TRUE VALUES AND IDEALS OF HUMANITIES--love, freedom, justice, equality, respect, progress, emancipation and faith. This defrocked priest has become the incarnation of CHAOS where darkness reigns with blood, violence, injustice, repressions, opressions. inequality, disrespect, lawlessness and hopelessness.

From 1991-1994, I was in the States, and I did march twice with those who wanted him back, not because I wanted it, but because the Haitian people wanted it. Because they were not able to express their will, I felt compelled to stand up and express what they wanted. It was against everything I knew that was going to happen. Indeed, I was Right. If it were not for my love for Haiti and the future of generations of Haitians
that deserve that we, today, face up to our responsibilities in order to ensure them a brighter future, I would not give a damn about you or either Aristide, because in fact He is one of you, not one of us, one of you, and you deserve him. No wonder you want him to stay where he is.

Have fun, my dear, have fun.

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Get a grip!

Post by Ezili Danto » Wed Nov 12, 2003 2:48 am

One e respe to all;

Gilfrans writes:
"This defrocked priest has become the incarnation of CHAOS where darkness reigns with blood, violence, injustice, repressions, oppressions. Inequality, disrespect, lawlessness and hopelessness."
Not only is this not true, it's hysterical gibberish. You and I have already done this dance, so I won't go into further details. I remind you of these posts witnessing to the Haitian people and Haiti's development in the last 10 years. (See, some of Ezili Danto's posts under "Does Haiti Matter" and/or under Pwoblèm Ayiti: responsabilite yon grenn krityen vivan? http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewt ... ?p=434#434 or, )

But, just as a brief reminder to those still into Haiti was "Pearl of Antilles" and is now the "the poorest in the Western Hemisphere" spiel. Back in those "Peal of the Antilles" days, my Haitian grandmothers were shackled, chained, being beaten and breeded like wild animals. Ayiti did not exist back in those "Pearl of the Antilles days." I commend and underline the writer of the above piece (Mr. Paul) for his astuteness and heartfelt cry for Haitian mobilization, unity and PRESENCE in Haiti right now at this most historical moment in our history. But it's absolutely too late in the day for any Haitian to still be repeating that same old European propaganda of how the world lost a "Pearl" of a colony when my gran-grans broke their chains!

As to Gilfrans rants on the Aristide government reign, although it has been far from a participatory and transparent democracy, in the last seven years, Haitian illiteracy has gone from 85% down to 55% and that was done by the Haitian populous, despite the constant terror campaigns of the international community, USAID, the US State Department and US Embassy in Haiti. That was done under this "evil incarnate" guidance, not under ANY previous Haitian governments in all of our two hundred year history!!!! So give some credit where credit is due!

In addition, back in 1994 the US returned Aristide to Haiti in order to control him, in order to STOP the Haitian popular revolution, re-group and start an "opposition" to the Haitian people's choice by funding the "opponents" to that choice we now have in Haiti helping their white masters keep the Haitian peoples in chaos, political empasse and contained-in poverty.

Yet and still, we Haitian people still rise!

Since 1991, Haiti has abolished the Haitian military. In fact, the "defrocked priest," (and thank God for that, as we all know what the Catholic Church has wrought in Haiti and with the Bartholomew De La Casas slave trade they sanctioned long ago.), Haiti's first democratically elected President abolished Haiti's military back in 1994 to the astonishment of the US, who had traditionally used the Haitian military[/b:cd6e
f15b2b], overtly or covertly, to destabilize Haiti and promote Coup D'etats. So, for those who don't know what to celebrate, try just thinking about the significance of those two accomplishments alone and the validation of Vodun, which, in essence means, the validation of the Haitian majority, the recent repeal of the old Restavek laws, the efforts towards dual-citizenship that have past the legislature....Think of these Haitian people empowerment initiatives if you can't personally see Haitian self-reliance, success, beauty, art, music, culture, spirituality all around despite our dire political situation and systemic organized and etranje-supported instability.

For, today, without the Haitian military, the US can't sponsor Coup D'etats to keep Haitian fratricide humming along, the better to exploit our people's labor, lands and resources. That's why they have resorted to sponsoring so-called "legitimate" opposition parties to the democratically elected Haitian people's choice. And since that wasn't working the screws were turned on the rack upon which bended Haitian bodies are forced to break with the US-led financial embargoes against Haiti.

Now, I don't believe Haiti's ONLY choice to development is the IMF, World Bank, USAID or IDB. Au contraire. It is only Haitians who can save, empower and create the legacy of the ancestors.

But just as the Fort Bening-trained old Haitian military only killed Haitians and never a foreigner in defense of the Haitian people, so to, it's replacement, the organized US economic embargo kills Haitians. The human cost of the embargo kills Haitians just as and even with more deadly laser precision and, in a more widespread way than the terror of the previous bloody Coups sponsored by the US. Even deadlier than the violence against Haitian civilians wrought on by the "armed wing" of the US-sponsored Haitian people's opposition groups in Haiti – the so-called "San Manmans."(Aside: How likely is it that a Black male child NOT have or know their own mother in Haiti!!!! Who shall challenge this foreign desecration of Ezili Danto's Nation on behalf of all Haitian and African women? I might delve into the missionary symbology of this name of the "armed wing of the opposition" to Haiti's people's thirst for peace, development and democracy some time later…..)

But today, on the eve of our bi-centennial, Haitian bodies riddled with US-bullets and guns, put in the hands of US-Haitian surrogates, are not decomposing at every street corner as was the case when the US was openly funding Haiti's organized military governments or dictatorships with no concern or compunctions about whether they were ELECTED or not!! Now, this same country and its international cohorts wants us-Haitians to believe it CARES so soooo much about our Haitian rights, that it is pressuring the Haitian government ON OUR BEHALF to correctly tabulate our HAITIAN VOTES!!!! Yeah right! Okeydokey. Hey, nou san manman, so what do we know? We were just born from the wild......NO?

The Haitian Diaspora is Haiti's financial mainstay and will continue to be so even if the Haitian government was finally given credit to operate. Nonetheless, the stark reality is that Haitian bodies are dying from the weight and ravages of the US economic embargo. And, the subtle US media blitzkrieg against the Haitian people is working. There is no doubt, the US, the world's wealthiest nation, is using its huge muscles to contain the Haitian people in poverty, illiteracy, underdevelopment and disease.

The international's embargo is as deadly as its mass media propaganda against the Aristide government is poisonous.

That is why it's important we-Haitians recognize the truth, the facts not the fictions, and refrain from positions that end up only promoting our traditional enemies viewpoints – Coup D'etats, terror, and Haitian divide and conquer violence.

For, the US claims the economic embargo on poverty-ridden Haiti is due to "bad vote tabulations" in Haiti's parliamentary elections. Those disputed senators have long ago resigned. I don't hear Gilfrants standing up for the injustice of the economic embargo against the Haitian people, or the hypocrisy of the international community, who funded Haiti's long-time dictatorships, now sanctioning Haiti for "bad vote tabulations." Only lecturing us about how we Haitians should overthrow Aristide through a violent coup!

In my view, it is appalling and stark hypocrisy for the US, and especially Bush, to lecture Haiti about democracy and methods for counting our ballots! Anyone who needs further info on this should read Greg Palast's book on "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," or Michael Moore's "Stupid White Men."

Come on, Bush himself had to be SELECTED by the US Supreme Court amidst charges of bad vote tabulations and manipulation of the US electorate! Thousands of Blacks in Miami were denied their Constitutional right to vote through computer disqualification engineered by Bush's brother in Miami. (See, Greg Palast and Michael Moores' books) Where does this tainted administration get off telling Haitians what to do about their own governance! Puh---leeeze!!!

Yes, we may be poor because we have existed within a hostile and racist American mediterranean for two hundred years. Yes, we may be poor because we-Haitians have been denied access to credit and trade and had to pay a tremendous ransom to the European colonists back in the day and now, to the IDB, World Bank and IMF for loans the Haitian people never enjoyed, but which were given to Duvalier's dictatorship and other oppressive regimes sanctioned by the internationals in ways they will NEVER sanction a Haitian-supported government. Yes, we are poor and riddled in lots of fratricidal pathologies. But we are working to better ourselves. Keep the "Pearl of the Antilles days", they ain't coming back! No self-respecting Haitian, deserving of the name "Haitian" would yearn for those old halcyon European slave days of old!!! Get a grip people…..

Today Haitians are standing up, struggling, riddled in pain and pathologies, but we are standing up together and telling the US, EN MASS, how disingenuous their foreign policy in Haiti and throughout the world is! Where, do we want to know, does a country whose Electoral College system, designed two centuries ago, by a then slave holding white male majority to deny the one person one vote rule, get off telling Haitians - the faces of freedom in the world of white tyranny, owners of the world's first Black republic which arose from the world's only successful slave revolution - where does that country get off lecturing Haitians about the methods of determining victory in a Haitian election. The country of Jim Crow, Plessy vs. Ferguson, the country that has historically supported military coups in Haiti and all over the Caribbean and the developing world, not to mention the country with a racist immigration policy putting ONLY Black Haitian immigrants to America, even minor, defenseless Haitian children, in "indefinite detentions", where does THAT country get off telling us - the FACES OF FREEDOM - about how to run our elections, what to plant in our soil, what God and Goddesses to worship and who should be our political leaders!

Say what you will Gilfrans, but those of us who struggle daily and openly for Haitian self-reliance, self-determination and empowerment don't see the first democratically elected president of Haiti as the incarnation of all evil. Yes, we abhor the lack of transparency and true participation in his government. The internal Lavalas fratricide and senseless political maneuverings and the murders horrify and leave us grief stricken and angry. We wish to bring sanity, but most of all WISDOM AND greater VISION to our leaders. But, we push to have our say in a orderly, democratic and empowering manner. In a manner that will not beused by our traditional enemies to further divide the Haitian national will to not just survive, but thrive. We present alternative to the current way of facing our traditional enemies and advocate that all Haitians LOOK OUTWARDS TOGETHER. We work daily on pushing to counteract the negative propaganda and poisonous mis-education of our people by putting forward the TRUTH about Haiti and its peoples two-century-old-struggle for justice and validation. We understand and always promote our beautiful culture. And with every breath we tell those who wish to destroy us: get over it.

NOU LED, NOU LA!!!.

We share with all Haitians this simple fact: we must LIVE. We must survive together as a people. We CANNOT afford the death a single more Haitian. Too many of us have already died for us-Haitians to be here – ALIVE and struggling with dignity.

Gifrans, you are A FACE OF HAITI. I do not deny that or that you believe what you say is good for Haiti.

I do not wish to extend Haitian enmity whatsoever. Si ou se Ayisyen ou se pitit manman-mwen. Pwen, no virgul. Yet, I also cannot turn the other cheek when any HAITIAN slide into openly advocating Haitian fratricide, flagellation – hatred. I do not believe the Haitian people want Coup D'etat or further violence of ANY SORTS. We've had enough "….. blood, violence, injustice, repressions, oppressions. Inequality, disrespect, lawlessness and hopelessness." More bloodshed, in the form of a violent overthrow of the present government, is not the answer to furthering Haitian civility, peace and prosperity.

Ezili Danto

Guysanto_

Post by Guysanto_ » Wed Nov 12, 2003 11:04 am

On this Forum, I took a lot of heat for not being pro-Lavalas
That is a BLATANT LIE, and once again, the forum's archives are there to validate or invalidate any claim of past forum use. What many people on this forum have objected to was not your irreducible anti-aristidism but your expressed disrespect for anyone that did not share your obsession. You have spent the vast majority of your time attacking and vilifying others, while glorifying your own self at every opportunity. The archives plainly attest to that.
There is one thing I do not tolerate on this Forum from no one--never question my patriotism, my love for Haiti, and the Haitian peasants.
Funny, isn't it? You never once hesitate to question other people's patriotism and love of Haiti. Never once! You constantly berate other people, even the Haitian people that you profess to love [remember your arguments about their "low mental level" ?] You cannot love your country if your heart is filled with disdain for the people that live in it. You cannot love the Haitian peasants if you are not ready to accept their will to self-determination. While you say "I do not tolerate from no one," I suggest that you begin to redirect your intolerance to your own intolerance of others.
Talk no crap.
Amen to that! Will you lead by example?

Guysanto_

Post by Guysanto_ » Wed Nov 12, 2003 1:05 pm

...For, the US claims the economic embargo on poverty-ridden Haiti is due to "bad vote tabulations" in Haiti's parliamentary elections. Those disputed senators have long ago resigned.

...the injustice of the economic embargo against the Haitian people, or the hypocrisy of the international community, who funded Haiti's long-time dictatorships, now sanctioning Haiti for "bad vote tabulations."

...it is appalling and stark hypocrisy for the US, and especially Bush, to lecture Haiti about democracy and methods for counting our ballots!

...Bush himself had to be SELECTED by the US Supreme Court amidst charges of bad vote tabulations and manipulation of the US electorate!

...Thousands of Blacks in Miami were denied their Constitutional right to vote through computer disqualification engineered by Bush's brother in Miami.

...Where does this tainted administration get off telling Haitians what to do about their own governance!

...Yes, we are poor and riddled in lots of fratricidal pathologies. But we are working to better ourselves.

...Today Haitians are standing up, struggling, riddled in pain and pathologies, but we are standing up together and telling the U.S. how disingenuous their foreign policy in Haiti and throughout the world is!

...Where, do we want to know, does a country whose Electoral College system, designed two centuries ago, by a then slave holding white male majority to deny the one person one vote rule, get off [...] lecturing Haitians about the methods of determining victory in a Haitian election.

...The country [...] that has historically supported military coups in Haiti and all over the Caribbean and the developing world, not to mention the country with a racist immigration policy putting ONLY Black Haitian immigrants, even minor, defenseless Haitian children in "indefinite detentions", where does THAT country get off telling us [...] who should be our political leaders!
I have selected those phrases from Ezili Danto's more comprehensive text, because they adequately bring to light the hypocrisy of our times! Much is made from the electoral irregularities that happened in Haiti (not that we condone them) while life goes on as usual in the States in spite of the most vexing electoral theft in U.S. History. I would only add to Ezili's expose that the computer disqualification of which she speaks, that disenfranchised thousands of black voters in Florida, was made possible by the falsification of records that purpoted those Blacks to be inmates and therefore ineligible to vote, when many of them did not even have a criminal history to begin with. But of course, such falsification was itself characterized later as computer irregularities... No special prosecutors were appointed to investigate and bring charges of impeachment. It would seem that such prosecutors are reserved for matters of "blue dress tainted with sperm".

As for the Black Haitian immigrants, even minor, defenseless Haitian children, placed in "indefinite detention"... come on, Ezili, don't you know that our population has been infiltrated with terrorists from the Middle East (according to John Ashcroft, son of Adamson and the U.S. Attorney General) and that the U.S. government can take any measure that it pleases to counter terrorism? The Patriot Act has effectively placed the current administration ABOVE THE LAW. Don't you know that by keeping Haitian children in indefinite detention, Bush only seeks to protect your rights to happiness and self-determination? Why are you so ungrateful?

Finally, with respect to the economic embargo, if it weren't so tragic I would have bended over laughing at this administration's argument to Congress in favor of grants and not loans to the Iraqi people! I do agree with the argument: One should be big enough to take the responsibility to repair what one has destroyed. Give credit where credit is due! To the tune of tens of billions of dollars and counting... At the same time, there is this trivial matter of a loan of a half billion dollars to Haiti and the sacrilegious impiety of those infidels who would dream of restitution and reparation for such a backward country.

But honestly, the United States's great aversion to popular movements is a constant of U.S. policy. No amount of denunciation will likely change that in the near future. So let's focus on Haiti and see what we can do to compel our leaders to better serve the Haitian people. Surely, we are not doing enough. Those who are preaching coups d'etat do not have the faintest idea of what they would do once the government is forcibly removed. We have traveled down that road too many times before. It was Einstein who said that the true measure of insanity is to keep doing the very same things over and over and expect different results.

This brings us back to the original post of this thread. The question is still on the table. What can the Haitian people do to intelligently reclaim their country, their rights to economic prosperity and self-determination? It's not enough to identify the obstacles. We have to train ourselves to jump over the hurdles, because they will never disappear on their own. This, I believe, should be the focus of this discussion.

Gifrants

Ezili Danto

Post by Gifrants » Fri Nov 14, 2003 12:18 am

Bèl Manman Sò,

Li t a bon w fè ti yon poze. Si w vle pale sou Fowòm lan, li ka trè nice pou w pa pale ak wen. Mwen pa yon nonm òdinè, sa tou senpleman vle di, mwen pa pale paske m mwen gen oubyen foli oubyen anvi pale.

Si non Aristide vinn sou pwent lang mwen, se pa pou Aristide, se pou Ayiti. Pou Ayiti, mwen pa nan gryen dan ak pèsonn. Si se Pè anraje fyèl pete a ki di w ke analfabetis pase de 85% a 55%, m a senplemen voye w Odyab ansanm ak Pè devye, deranje, malfagote, vagabon dèyè chire a menm bèl kòstim nèf pa ka byen degize ni byen levi figi a.

Mwen kite Ayiti an 1982. Enben depi tan sa, se te BOLET AK LEKOL KI KAP POUSE PI MAL PASE DJONDJON NAN PEYI DAYITI. Ki lekòl genyen vre ann Ayiti depi anpil Vye vagabon Pè Nwè sa yo kite bezwen pran fanm yo ak viv sou do fidèl Ayisyen mete anpil Pè Blan deyò nan peyi Dayiti? Ki lekòl ki fonksyone vre nan mizè sa? Ki lekòl ki fonksyone vre nan enstabilite konstan peyi D
ayiti ap andire la?

Anpil nan nou ap pran pòz gran save nou. Jiskaprezan, se Blan an ki nan tout raje ap --innde-- peyizan Ayisyen. Machè, w konn sa k rive? W gen dwa a opinyon w. Lè w anvi ranse, pa pale ake wen. Se yon bagay fòmèl m ap di w la.

Jan nou fout rayi Blan an, pa rete lakay Blan an! Jan Ayiti fout genyen pwoblèm, ale Ayiti. Nou tout pa ka vle se èspyon Pè pou nou ye. Nou tout pa ka vle se sipòtè lòt bò dlo nou ye. Ale ann Ayiti. Di Pè a nou antre pou innde li ranje lasityasyon!

Innfwadepli, Manman Sò, alo Dyab!

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APALIPAPA - Scene One and Two

Post by Ezili Danto » Fri Nov 14, 2003 6:48 am

YO! GIFRANTS?

Your post gives me a chance to practice my Kreyol and polish up my ghettospeak. So don't take this too seriously. It's just that I ain't that " gran save" ya know. I can handles my bizniz.... For sure! But, for my own education, the object of the game is to see how many of your sentences I can put in more proper perspective, insert in more fitting ways. The first part of this post is straight up, the second part is me being Gilfrants-ish. Here goes:

SCENE ONE – The serious part of the drama

Gifrants ekri:
"Si se Pè anraje fyèl pete a ki di w ke analfabetis pase de 85% a 55%, m a senplemen voye w Odyab ansanm ak Pè devye, deranje, malfagote, vagabon dèyè chire a menm bèl kòstim nèf pa ka byen degize ni byen levi figi a."
Gifrants, how about USAID? Are their Haitian illiteracy stats good enough for you? USAID estimates Haiti's illiteracy rate is 48%. You think they too are
"…anraje fyèl pete,… deranje, malfagote, vagabon dèyè chire…?"
Why not? USAID's stats are even lower than 55%? http://www.usaid.gov/pubs/cbj2002/lac/ht/

Why do you seem so afraid of having something postive to celebrate about Haiti, Gifrants?

Koulye-a, eske w ap voye USAID-blan-yo avek mwen
"Odyab ansanm ak Pè devye, deranje, malfagote, vagabon dèyè chire….."

Non? Poukisa Blan sa yo ki di w ke analfabetis pase de 85% a 48%, poukisa yo pa "èspyon Pè" jan w di "nou ye a? Pouqwa pa?

Oh yeah, forgive me. I forgot. USAID can't deserve your wrath because no way could they, like me and other Haitians, ever be called "anpil Vye vagabon Pè Nwè sa yo…" Yep, the USAID 48% figures Gilfrans will ignore or shrug off because, unlike Pè nwè-a, e lot vagabon Ayisyen-yo, USAID and their ilk in Haiti have absolutely NOTHING to do with
"…enstabilite konstan peyi Dayiti ap andire la."
Heck, all of on this FORUM might as well admit it, for Gifrants tells us so, straight up, it's only the whites who are all over Haiti helping the Haitian peasants not us:
Jiskaprezan, se Blan an ki nan tout raje ap --innde-- peyizan Ayisyen….
Somebody out there, please how do you say "hysterical gibberish" in Kreyol? I want to say "Gifrants your post to me is hysterical gibberish." Yous so, sooo right, Gifrants. Baby Boy of mine, yous are seriously touched in the head. For, as you, yourself, point out in your post to me, ou "pa yon nonm òdinè!"

PRELUDE - MWEN GEN FOLI PALE

Gifrants ekri m pou li di m:
Lè w anvi ranse, pa pale ak (m)wen.
APALIPAPA! Ey fout! Vinn pale ak mwen vye fre! Speak yo trash Brother…..speak on.


SCENE TWO - EZILI DANTO'S GIBBERISH RESPONSE TO GIFRANTS

Yous right Gifrants - mwen gen foli pale. Sa senpleman vle di mwen anvi di-w, ankò:

Gifrants, "GET A GRIP" brother dear.

Gifrants, YOU SAY :
Anpil nan nou ap pran pòz gran save nou.

That means you may think I is too "gran save" to griyen dan ak ou.

But ya be wrong. I ain't too bourgeois, or too over-schooled to talk trash you know. Yous ain't the onliest one Gifrants who can talk gibberish. True, I can't match the ridiculousness of your post to me, but I can make mines interesting and funny, even you will be "lan gryen dan."

But listen, we can squash this now. I'll keep my sapat on. I got no real beef with ya! Don't start none honey and there won't be none. True that! Because, in this black and white papyrus form, I ain't no joke! Men sa ki vinn sou pwen lang mwen: We can battle as two artists. Yo, that's an idea. You be Ja Rule Gilfrants and I'll be 50 cents. We could take this Black Fratricide thing national, put it on vinyl, make some loot by taking off our sapats and slapping each other upside the head with it. What ya think?

What? Can't you handle the heat? Don't punk out on me. We could even get costumes - bèl kòstim nèf. Get byen degize with some gold teeths, sporting them Benjamins and bling, bling, blinging it. You not down? But, I thought you said
"Mwen pa yon nonm òdinè, sa tou senpleman vle di, mwen pa pale paske m mwen gen oubyen foli oubyen anvi pale."
So, let's package your talk and get paid yo! Blow up, yo! You think you rea
dy to take me on Brother? I promise to give you any props you can earn. Keep it real. Grab your best balls honey, throw.

Must tell you though, I've been in the wordsmith game for a while now. May not be fair to you. Don't mean to take a leaf from your book and brag, but honestly, like LL Cool J, KRS One and Latifah, I could take your hysterical gibberish, line by line and break it all down for you, so that - as they say: "it's FOREVER broken! That's my specialty. Oooophs, already been doing that!!! But make it harder for me. I could do it, even in Kreyol. So dare me. Make it worth my time. (But not tonight, not when I got to work tomorrow for those dimes….) Hey, let's take this in rhyme. NO?

See I can do gibberish too. Yeah, I know. Yous probably don't even know who 50cent is? Just like I've got not the foggiest idea what you talkin' ‘bout when ya say "malfagote"

But all gibberish aside though - just one thing though, Gifrants, honeychild, Baby Boy, pitit manman mwen - kisa w te vle di mwen le-w ekri: "pa pale ak (m)wen. Se yon bagay fòmèl m ap di w la?

That means what? pray tell Brother-mines? Inquiring minds wanna know. What? Yo peoples, I am soooo shaking, just a-trembling in my boots in fear. Gilfrants, have mercy on me please?!!! Can y'all see the neck wobbling from side to side, the hands on hips swinging as I suck my teeth in the traditional Haitian way and deliver these last lines, on stage, for the bloodthirsty crowd: "What? Baby Boy, you formerly threatening me? Directing some violence this way? What? Ou byen w ap ranse?"

Ezili Danto

Pitit Ginen

Post by Pitit Ginen » Wed Nov 19, 2003 9:05 pm

Onè ak anpil respè pou lakou sa a,

Bon, kòm mwen se yon kreyòl, pitit Lafrik, mwen ka pa fin konprann lang kolon-yo. Men lè m fè yon jefò nan pran lekti, fòk mwen di ke m santi m tonbe nan yon kafouyay. Pase, Lè m mete fasafas lèt zanmi sa-a (Carlo) ekri a ak pifò repons ki bay yo, sanble mesaj Carlo a pa pase ditou.

Franchman, mwen te panse ke lèt sa a te pral yon okazyon pou bonjan rale menen vini, brase lide dyanm fèt sou koze òganizasyon kominotè nan mitan nou menm Ayisyen, kit anndan, kit deyò. Mwen te rete kwè jiska lafen ke zanmi m yo nan fowòm sa-a te pral fè yon bèl pote boure sou zafè "Konbit" sa a ki sanble difisil anpil pou n mete men ladan lan.

Mwen te panse tou ke lèt sa-a te pral pèmèt zanmi m yo vin ak kèk gwo lide sou pakèt gwo pwen ke Carlo fè parèt nan lèt li a. Men de pawòl nan lèt sa a ki sonnen fò nan zorèy mwen e ki ta merite diskisyon ki gen nen nan figi l :

How many more must die of di
sease, before an effective plan of attack is begun?

Our primary objective should be to initiate changes that would help improve the living conditions of our fellow Haitians...
we have allowed the leaders of Haiti to become masters of our destiny.

There is only one thing that is going to save Haiti from that slippery slope and that is our very presence in the country in big numbers...

Is the road of progress really that hard to find?

Have we lost our will to fight or do we want to be left alone in our comfort zone?

This is our battle to fight; this is about our respect as a People and our dignity as a Nation.

Why is it that separately we have abilities to do a lot, but collectively we fail miserably time after time after time?

We have a country that we can no longer call our own; conditions are so bad that we can't even dare go for a visit without running the risk of being victimized. Haiti is quickly becoming a lawless zone.

We need to go back home
in large numbers and create a powerful private sector to deal with the problems of Haiti. We need to create a united front to force our so-called leaders to face the plight of the Haitian people and get their priorities in order. We need to organize a campaign of patriotic mobilization for the economic liberation of Haiti.

We need to get organized. How do we organize? Well you start with a few friends, and they get a few friends, and then you get all of them to get a few friends. Make Haiti the focal point and ask the question often: Why are we here and not there? What do we do about it? Keep everyone active, busy, interested and committed.

Togetherness is numbers. Togetherness is unity. Unity is strength. Strength is power. Power is acceptance. Acceptance is a certain kind of Equality among us all.

If you think you can make things happen, affect change, then you're more likely to step in. People who truly participate are those who have learn empathy and social responsibility. They ha
ve a sense of justice and a self-confidence that they can make a difference.

Men yon pakèt kozman enpòtan nou ka jwenn nan mesaj Carlo a. De kozman ki ta dwe kale bonjan kozman. M ap kite kèk lòt konpayèl di sa yo panse de pawoli sa yo ke carlo vin pataje ak kominote a.

M ap tou pwofite di tou ke gen yon gwo nouvèl ki tonbe e ki te sipoze fè nou kontan pandan n ap reflechi sou sa Ayiti te ka remèt si te gen moun k ap travay vre nan peyi nou pou ede tout talan nou yo eksprime yo. Nouvèl sa a m ap pale a se gwo konkou jwèt Damye sa a ke yon ekip Ayisyen sot genyen nan Curaçao.

Kenbe fèm tout zanmi ki nan konbit "Ann Pale" sa a.

Pitit Ginen.

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Post by JeanFrancoisBertrand » Sun Nov 23, 2003 1:05 pm

I am truly disapointed in that some members chose to use this forum on Mr. Carlo Paul letter as a chat room where they attack and counterattack each other. This is the very essence of the letter: let's agree that there exist a real problem in Haiti and together we must seek out a solution through healthy debates, organizations, brainstormings. It matters little at this point what one thinks of the other this is personality conflict and as the letter mentions we've been doing that forever. The big question facing us today on the eve of our Nation 200 year anniversary is this : Where do we want to be 20/30 years from now as a Nation? whatever your answer is, we have choices. We can either do nothing which is tentamount of saying doing what we've been doing or we can play an active role as suggested by the letter. The first choice requires nothing of us. The second requires a great deal it all depends on how much your dignity as a People matters t
o you. Pitit Ginen is right on target when he said that he was hoping that this letter would create a great deal of intelligent discussions around the future of our country. Unfortunately I am not seeing the level of discussion necessary to get things started.

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[quote]Unfortunately I am not seeing the level of discussion necessary to get things started.[/quote]

What you are seeing is the effect of our zombification. How do you get around it? You simply express yourself, wait until others do, and at some point in the future, a critical mass will be reached. Do not agonize over the fact that a meaningful discussion has not started here on this forum. Instead, start it in your family, among your friends, within your local community, and ultimately it will reach the national level. In fact, I dare say that the dialogue will never be fruitful at the diaspora level until we create the inroads necessary to voice out the opinions of those who have the greatest at stake in the development of Haiti.

The forum is not a chat room, but it is much more complex than a straightforward discussion, as you have laid out. There
is a lot of history going on here, as this forum started back in March 1999 using several iterations of software interfaces. This is why the archives and search facility that date back to the beginning of all this activity are so important, in that they may explain much of the baggage that comes at times with our responses. This is only human. However, attacks and counterattacks are much milder today than they used to be. We have reached a more civilized stage of talking to each other, believe it or not. And though the forum seems mostly silent today, that's only on the surface. Dig into it, and surprisingly you will find a much greater amount of creativity than used to be displayed in the past. Yes, we're still zombified, but we're coming out of it (it's a very, very slow process).

I am impressed by the quality of your posts so far, but the key thing is for you to tell us about your ideas, to tell us what you think the solutions to our problems should be. Don't wait on others to do that. I,
for one, would have hoped that after such a penetrating expose on Haiti's national malaise (to borrow from Jimmy Carter's politically suicidal description of the United States in the late 70's), CW Polo himself would have come back to to tell us more of what he had in mind when he envisioned the Diaspora going back en masse to Haiti. To take back the country, he said, but how? To be SIGNIFICANT, our emigration back to Haiti should have some clearly defined objectives along with a clear formulation of how to achieve them. What should be step 1, step 2, step 3, and so forth? To be REALISTIC, you have to realize that such a pattern will not take place until some structures in the country have evolved from the minimalist state in which they currently exist. And how are we to force that evolution? I suggest that this may be best accomplished through partnership with organizations and individuals of good will that are already operating inside Haiti. Perhaps, instead of talking boldly of taking back our coun
try, we should spend the time and effort necessary to learn about what is going on today in Haiti's countryside, to be informed of all development initiatives and their history, to study what works and what does not, and to project how we can most effectively integrate our limited resources with those of progressive elements within the Haitian reality. For if those elements do not exist, we are in fact already doomed, regardless of rhetoric. Fortunately, I do not at all believe that such is the case.

Like you, and as the webmaster for this site, I would love to see a meaningful discussion take place right here on this forum around those issues. But if it does not happen, so be it. There is much more at stake. What if some guests come to Ann Pale, read what we have to say individually, and take some of the ideas back to their community (friends, family, etc) and start the discussion THERE? Wouldn't we have succeeded? Yes ! ! ! , on a more gratifying level, even. Sooner or later, this newly reac
hed level of maturity (or dezombification) will be reflected not only on the pages of Ann Pale, but on those of all the other Haitian forums out there (please, take a general survey, and you will realize this yourself). The road is long ahead of us, and we have just gotten started.

Before we "take back our country", let us first make an inventory of our capacities as a people and plan on what we can do TOGETHER, not as an enlightened diaspora, but simply as participating members of a larger community of Haitians. At the core of this community, are the Haitians living in Haiti and not just in Port-au-Prince. Let's abandon most generalities and politically simplistic solutions as they are inherently false. Hand in hand, we will indeed take back our country and put it on the road to economic development and social justice, but the "hand in hand" is actually the hardest part to accomplish. We shall not be discouraged by that realization, as long as we keep our eyes on the prize.

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