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Jan. 14th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
I was about to comment on the same fucking thing! Why people that stupid are allowed to live?
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
OMG THIS. I should have known better, but, foolishly, I scrolled down and took a look. *facepalms*
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Exactly. The first one?!? The FIRST comment and already?!? Seriously?!!!!!!
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I can't believe the things people have been saying. I don't even know why I didn't expect it.
Feb. 9th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
People, some of them obvious white supremacists, and some who have internalized it, and others who are somewhere else in relation to that, are repeating it enough. :(
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:11 am (UTC)
Man, that's depressing. And the comments... UGH.
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link.

JFC do not read comments. UGH.

Edited at 2010-01-14 08:14 am (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
At least this guy got it right.

I think some people misread this article. And I don't think it's all that biased. There was no conspiracy from modern nations. The "conspiracy" was just an unfavourable climate against Haiti. As Professor Page states it: the Americans were simply afraid of building relations to a newly formed nation that has originated from a rebellion of slaves while they themselves were using slaves as well. That is more than understandable. At least in that historical context.

In my eyes the author says nothing else but that Haiti has spun down due to the isolation. Literacy rates went down and due to this isolation, education and new technologies did not grow in Haiti as they did in neighbouring countries. I don't see the author actually accusing anybody of anything, but merely elaborating some facts. I cannot make any comment about how true these facts are, but they do make sense.

Jan. 14th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
No, this is all typical white people denial at work. And it wasn't simply that these other countries "avoided" Haiti, they embargoed it. And the historical documents are there to prove it.

Our friend Thomas Jefferson was the US President who imposed an economic and naval blockade on Haiti which lasted from 1804 until 1862. The key source seems to be a 1996 paper by Tim Matthewson entitled "Jefferson and the Non-Recognition of Haiti"
published in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (vol. 140, No. 1, 1996). The google books url is here and the Wikipedia article on US reactions to the Haitian Revolution is here.

Edited at 2010-01-14 05:40 pm (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for linking to that. And for your many other links on Haiti in the last couple of days.

I hope you're doing well and that your family is safe.
Feb. 9th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. You're totally welcome.

I am doing well and my family was safe. The sanitation issues are huge though.
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