it's good to be a haitian.
there are a few things of which you can be certain, the least of which is knowing you'll be punished two centuries later for having been the first successful establishment of an all-black republic against french supremacy.
for this act of black rebellion by "ungrateful and rebellious Africans", a haitian bonhomme will have the double-honor of paying his white masters for his freedom for over one-hundred years: first in the form of direct enslaving costs to the ravenous french empire, then for economic sanctions which crudely equates a suffering people for american-supported predatory leaders.
and now, now to our struggling diaspora attempting to contribute to the fabric of american culture but can't catch a break on grounds that 101 haitian immigrants attempting to build a life for themselves in the united states will be interchangeable with the word "terrorists". their cuban counterparts though? they will be welcomed into this great, wide land with arms wide-open - to encourage views of cuba as the devil's own land. haitians will be massacred if not by illegal american intervention (1911, 2004), wild insurrectionary armies - if not by these then by starvation which comes from the us govt's refusal to give haiti temporary protected status (TPS). countries such as honduras and nicaragua, more economically established, have been given this blessing.
a haitian-american man in florida (a US army veteran ironically) henri petithomme is saying enough. he's on a hunger strike until the united states department of immigration services releases the refugees from these prisons to their families in the US so that they can meet with law representatives to build a case for self-defense, self-assertion in this land (founded on slashing black esteem).
where did i first get this news? from a korean newspaper. the nytimes article covered this story once, four weeks ago. the local gainsville, florida newspaper is the only paper covering his strike.
so weeks from now when his death is consigned to the infamous moniker, 'here dies another black human on the conscience of US', i'll be praying for the diaspora. for the day our struggle isn't a black blip on someone's radar in korea or gainseville, fl.
ale ale revolutyon-a.
an ale, yon ayiti pou ayisen.*