January 17, 2010

Pat Robertson is a one of the worst humans on this Earth. For him to suggest, especially in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy, that Haiti made a deal with the devil to kick out the French and that they deserved the recent devastation is quite disgusting. Haiti is populated by some of the poorest people in the world and have endured debilitating poverty, foreign-led coups, US and French interference and a series of violent dictators.

Haiti has the unique and proud history as the only country that the slaves physically overthrew their masters. They repelled massive troops sent across the ocean from France in 1803. They never really won true freedom since in 1825 Haiti was ordered to either pay 90 Million gold francs (approximately $22 Billion today) in ‘reparations’ to France for losses incurred due to the slave rebellion or risk an invasion and re-enslavement. That was the real deal with the devil – one that has left Haiti with a debilitating debt and massive poverty.

50,000 people are confirmed dead in Haiti with multitudes homeless in a country without resources. Less than 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks. Imagine the outcry for suggesting that the US deserved the 9/11 attacks, even though a much more compelling case can be made.


2 Responses to “haiti”

  1. Steve Says:

    The truth is that they did make a pact with the devil.

    Now the significance you put on that pact I guess has to do with whether you believe the devil is real or not.

    But it is one of Haiti’s founding myths.


    According to Haitian national history, the revolutionary war was launched on the eve of a religious ceremony at a place in the north called Bwa Kayiman (Bois Caiman, in French). At that ceremony on August 14, 1791, an African slave named Boukman sacrificed a pig, and both Kongo and Creole spirits descended to possess the bodies of the participants, encouraging them and fortifying them for the upcoming revolutionary war. Despite deep ambivalence on the part of intellectuals, Catholics, and the moneyed classes, Vodou has always been linked with militarism and the war of independence and, through it, the pride of national sovereignty.

    So, yeah if there is a devil, Haiti made a pact with it. Might explain why even though Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the same island, the Dominican Republic has been far more successful.

  2. ls Says:

    Referring to other people’s god as the devil is an age-old tradition of religion.

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