Haiti’s problems mostly originate outside Haiti

Haiti is poor largely because outside powers keep it poor.   Not that Haiti doesn’t have its own home-grown crooks and tyrants, but the Haitian people would be better able to deal with them if the crooks and tyrants weren’t backed by the U.S. government.

President Trump’s recent vulgar comment about immigrants from Haiti and other majority-black was offensive.  But offensive language isn’t the main problem.  The problem is the centuries-long history of the United States and other powerful countries holding Haiti down, of which Trump is just the latest example.

LINKS

One of the most repeated facts about Haiti is a lie by M.R. O’Connor for VICE News.

What Is a “Shithole Country” and Why Is Trump So Obsessed With Haiti? by Mark Schuller for Counterpunch.

Of “Shitholes” and Liberals by Andrew Day for Counterpunch.

Notes from a “Shithole” Superpower by Paul Street for Counterpunch.

Days After ‘Shithole’ Controversy, Trump Administration Bans Haiti From Applying for Low-Skilled Work Visa by Christina Zhao and Reuters for Newsweek.

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