I vividly remember walking out of a Boston movie theater at the age of 14 feeling that my Haitianness, my blackness, and my faith had been assaulted.I laughed uncomfortably as we re-enacted scenes from “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” Wes Craven’s 1988 horror film set in Haiti, which reached cult status within the genre.“I want to hear you scream,” hollered my friend in a fake Haitian accent. “Don’t let them bury me, I’m not dead” was my response, mimicking the macabre gestures of a zombie.After sitting for 90 minutes enthralled yet embarrassed, confused but entertained, there I was, a young Haitian-American, who, as the intellectual Frantz Fanon once articulated, felt the “weight of his melanin.”
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The United Nations has been grappling with so many sexual abuse allegations involving its peacekeepers that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently called them “a cancer in our system.”
Now, officials have learned about what appears to be a fresh scandal. Investigators discovered this month that at least four U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic allegedly paid girls as little as 50 cents in exchange for sex.
The case is the latest to plague the U.N. mission in the Central African Republic, whose employees have been accused of 22 other incidents of alleged sexual abuse or sexual exploitation in the past 14 months. The most recent accusations come in the wake of Ban’s efforts to implement a “zero tolerance” policy for such offenses.
The U.N. mission in the Central African Republic has been accused of 22 such incidents in 14 months.
It’s time for the United Nations’ 2,300 blue-helmet soldiers in Haiti to head home after 13 years, the head of the world body recommended in a report to the U.N. Security Council this week.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said that the peacekeeping operation in Haiti should close by Oct. 15. Guterres made the recommendation in a 37-page U.N. report obtained by the Miami Herald.
“The military component should undergo a staggered but complete withdrawal of the 2,370 personnel,” Guterres said of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, which is more commonly known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH.
Guterres’ recommendation comes as President Donald Trump seeks to significantly cut the United States’ U.N. contribution with a particular focus on reductions in peacekeeping, environment and development. At the same time, the Trump administration is proposing to slash funding for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Haiti’s biggest donor.United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is recommending that the world body’s $346 million peacekeeping mission in Haiti close as of Oct. 15.
On the issue of racism, China seems to ask how America can preach to other countries about their human rights records when Black people are treated so badly. Racism persisted and race relations worsened in the U.S., the report concluded, citing a 2016 report to the United Nations Human Rights Council from the UN’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent that America’s racial problems are severe. “The colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remained a serious challenge. Police killings were reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching. The United States was undergoing a ‘human rights crisis,’” the Chinese report said.
China found that the U.S. State Department poses as “the judge of human rights,” wielding “the baton of human rights,” pointing fingers and blaming other countries for their own human rights issues, while ignoring its own “terrible” human rights problems.
Making its point, China pointed to the prevalence of gun violence in the U.S., including 58,125 gun-related incidents in 2016, including 385 mass shootings, 15,039 deaths and 30,589 injured. The report also pointed to America’s high rate of incarceration, with 693 prisoners per 100,000 — the second-highest rate in the world — and 2.2 million Americans imprisoned as of 2014. Citing the Harvard Law Review, the report said that 70 million Americans, or nearly one in three adults, have been incarcerated and have some form of criminal record.
The human rights report covers other troubling statistics. For example, one in seven Americans remain in poverty and average life expectancy fell from 78.9 years to 78.8 years, the first drop in life expectancy in over 20 years. Police abuse and deaths in custody are high, according to the report, and officers are rarely criminally charged for killing civilians. “About 1,000 civilians are killed by police each year, but only 77 officers have been charged with manslaughter or murder in connection with those deaths between 2005 and 2016,” the report said, citing statistics from The Washington Post.
315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives.
From the trade’s beginning in the 16th century to its conclusion in the 19th, slave merchants brought the vast majority of enslaved Africans to two places: the Caribbean and Brazil. Of the more than 10 million enslaved Africans to eventually reach the Western Hemisphere, just 388,747—less than 4 percent of the total—came to North America. This was dwarfed by the 1.3 million brought to Spanish Central America, the 4 million brought to British, French, Dutch, and Danish holdings in the Caribbean, and the 4.8 million brought to Brazil.
Yet another travesty perpetrated by the white people of America on a peaceful Black nation.
The story of how the U.S. came to invade this small island nation is a shameful but largely forgotten chapter in American history.
I, Liliuokalani, by the grace of God and under the
constitution of the Hawaiian kingdom Queen, do hereby
solemnly protest against any and all acts done against
myself and the constitutional government of
the Hawaiian kingdom by certain persons claiming to
have established a Provisional Government of and for
That I yield to the superior force of the United
States of America, whose Minister Plenipotentiary, His
Excellency John L. Stevens, has caused United States
troops to be landed at Honolulu, and declared tha the
would support the said Provisional Government.
Now, to avoid any collision of armed forces, and
perhaps the loss of life I do, under this protest and
impelled by said forces, yield my authority until such
time as the Government of the United States shall, upon
the facts being presented to it, undo (?) the action
of its representative, and reinstate me in the
authority which I claim as the constitutional sovereign
of the Hawaiian Islands.
Done at Honolulu this seventeenth day of January, A.D. 1893.
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“For a long time Haiti has borne the weight of a heavy debt which has hindered her economic development.” In the eighteenth century, planters used the lash to extract profits from slaves, but in nineteenth-century post-emancipated Haiti, political elites, domestic and foreign, used economic coercion and gunboat diplomacy by all means to quarantine and undermine Haitian independence.
Source: The Case for Haitian Reparations
Haiti is in revolt, again. 200 years ago the slaves of Haiti banded together in what became the greatest miracle the world has ever seen.
Today those same people are again oppressed by the same white supremacists/racists oppressors they faced 200 years ago.
Haiti has been in white supremacists crosshairs since the slaves of that country fought them and beat them. Their victory ended slavery as we knew it! Did you understand what I just said? Their victory proved to the world the white supremacists elite (England, France, Spain, America) were not all powerful, unbeatable. An untrained, unarmed, uneducated mass of Black people toppled the slave powers and succeeded in the greatest military victory the world has ever known.
They did it with the help and the blessings of the almighty Universal Mind, God. Most people don’t know this. They look at Haiti as the “poorest nation in the western hemisphere”. This is what the white supremacists want us to know. They don’t want us to know the Haitians, following the hand of God, are the only people who know how to destroy them.
You look into the eye of a Haitian and you’ll see the knowledge and power of freedom. They are at it again today. They are in the streets protesting a reign the white supremacists are forcing on them. The United States (Obama, Clinton), France, Canada, EU etc. have enlisted the United Nations and other world and local organizations to force a government on the people of Haiti which does not have their best interests at heart.
The Haitian people are standing up against this oppression. But they need a leader. In 1990 Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected by overwhelming demand to the presidency of Haiti. He became the heart of the people. The white supremacists removed him. Overwhelmingly again the Haitian people brought him back. In 2004 the white supremacists forcibly removed him and his family from Haiti to Mother Africa.
A few years ago he came back to Haiti under the condition he would not enter politics. A condition of the white supremacists. He does not need to uphold any promises he made under duress to the most corrupt people in the universe. Haiti needs Aristide, now. The world need Haiti, now. It is time for Aristide to come out of his self-imposed exile to lead his people and the people of the world against the tyranny of white supremacy.
“Every body that is Haitian, whether your eyes are blue, I don’t care under what sky you were born if you’re Haitian you are black, because Black means those who subscribe to the principles of liberty, equality and justice.”
[jEAN JACQUES DESSALLINES]
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, if it is worth fighting for it is worth dying for. It is time you put yourself back into the political forum and set your country right. There is no honor is upholding your word given to the white supremacists. They would and are doing everything in their power to destroy Haiti and continue its plunder for themselves. KKK
Amid escalating protests against flawed primary elections pushed on them by the United States and France, Haitian elections officials Friday afternoon canceled Sunday’s planned presidential and partial legislative runoffs.