Open letter to President Jacques Chirac

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Jean Colin

Open letter to President Jacques Chirac

Post by Jean Colin » Wed Feb 18, 2004 8:49 pm

Monsieur le Président de la République
Palais de l'Elysée
55, rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris

Honorable Jacques Chirac:

La situation politique et les conditions de vie en Haiti sont tres alarmantes. Le niveau de pauvrete et la misere affectant la grande majorite de la population Haitienne cependant ne datent pas d'hier et les raisons sont profondes et historiques.

Vous avez aujourd'hui, Monsieur le President, une opportunitee extraordinaire de revisiter l'histoire commune de nos deux nations et y apparter des corrections historiques dans notre passee sanglante, injuste et ouvrir une porte sur des relations nouvelles entre nos deux pays et leur populations respectives.

Vous avez dans vos mains le pouvoir et les elements necessaires pour changer l'image de la France dans les Antilles et de regagner l'affection et le respect des nations noires de ce monde no
uveau et d'Haiti.

Vive la France!

Vive Haiti!

Vive la Liberte des peuples noirs!

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NB: Pour votre information, trouvez ci-joint ma vision des causes profondes de la realite inhumaine de la vie en Haiti et leur source historique.

Haiti: What does democracy have to do with this level of despair and poverty?

It is not appropriate to refer to, compare and evaluate Haiti on the same basis as any of the other countries in the Americas.

It is misleading when we say for instance, Haiti, the second Independent Republic in the Americas, as if former slaves also freed themselves and took control of the government of these other nations and more importantly in the case of Haiti paid the price and consequences of such a revolutionary action in 1804. (Apples and Oranges)

The prescriptions for Haiti in 2004 should be not only Democracy but more importantly Universal Freedom, Justice.and Affirmative Action or Reparations. It is revolt
ing to hear a rapist (colonial powers) accuse his victim (Haitian society) of child abuse (lack of democracy).

"What white Americans have never fully understood - but that the Negro (Haitian) can never forget is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto (Haiti). White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it." (Kerner Commission Report 1968)

If justice and fairness, today, require Affirmative actions and civil rights in the US to correct the wrong caused by slavery to African-Americans, Haitians deserves nothing less from the Western Democracies.

Haiti is an international crime scene. Unfortunately, the judges and the guilty parties are from the same gang/family. Freedom is not free...but Haiti's cost for providing untimely universal freedom is way too costly to be bore and paid for by Haitians alone.

It is misleading for the international press to make believe that democracy is Haiti's biggest problem. It's like
a journalist reporting on a bloody fight among Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz and cleverly avoiding any mention of the role of the Germans guards in the camp and the reason for that population continued containment and extermination.

We have an unusual situation in Haiti and it needs to be exposed. Nobody should be forced to stay in an area that for 500 years have only brought them misery and slavery.

Why should they stay there?

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Post by admin » Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:55 am


I don't understand the purpose of this open letter. What exactly do you expect from French President Jacques Chirac? You have not made it clear. What is he to make of your letter if he receives it?

Are you advocating for reparations towards slavery, the return of monies extorted from a young nation under serious military threat, or the return of the French soldier as a peacemaker between the Haitian government and the rebels?

What is what... or is it a French thing that does not need to be said explicitly?

Jean Colin

Post by Jean Colin » Thu Feb 19, 2004 10:08 am

"Vous (Chirac) avez dans vos mains le pouvoir et les elements necessaires pour changer l'image de la France dans les Antilles et de regagner l'affection et le respect des nations noires de ce monde nouveau et d'Haiti."

"What white Americans have never fully understood - but that the Negro (Haitian) can never forget is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto (Haiti). White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it." (Kerner Commission Report 1968)

If justice and fairness, today, require Affirmative actions and civil rights in the US to correct the wrong caused by slavery to African-Americans, Haitians deserves nothing less from the Western Democracies.

Haiti is an international crime scene.

It is misleading for the international press to make believe that democracy is Haiti's biggest problem. It'
s like a journalist reporting on a bloody fight among Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz and cleverly avoiding any mention of the role of the Germans guards in the camp and the reason for that population continued containment and extermination.

We have an unusual situation in Haiti and it needs to be exposed. Nobody should be forced to stay in an area that for 500 years have only brought them misery and slavery.

Why should they stay there?

Guy, I cannot tell the President of France what to do. However, I can remind him of what happen in Haiti, their consequences on the Haitian people current living conditions and to look for consistency in his current policies toward Africa and the third world in the context his recent presentations in Algeria and Chad and facilitate an open and frank discussion and dialogue about what together our communities can come with as a way to close the books on those painful chapters in our common history and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.

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panese and American societies have reconciled on those principles, Germans and Jews, Blacks and Whites in America and South Africa after living side by side for years under apartheid laws and other conditions that violated our Human Rights. All I am trying to say is that France and Haiti have the opportunity to close the books on a very painful common past if we have the courage to have a frank dialogue about it rather than talk foolishly or rationalize our way through actions and statements that serve no other purpose that embarrassed and humiliate political personalities in both nations for reasons that only them know and benefits from.

Haiti's problems are not unique only our solutions are and your guess are as good as mine as to why.

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