Donald Trump and Haiti
12th January 2018: Today marks eight years after the Léogâne Earthquake and Trump is, once again, spewing garbage about Haiti having yesterday called it a "shithole".
Firstly, it is no such place. Since its revolutionary birth, Haiti has given the world so much in art, science and the pursuit of global freedom. Haiti, however, is a popular target. It is black and defiant, a direct challenge to the falsehoods of white supremacy. It is a nation that dared to be different and dared to be free. For that, it has been the target of two centuries of foreign malevolence (see original article below).
Trump's recent attacks are often justified by pointing to Haiti's reputation as a "failed state". The poverty, poor health and instability that influence this conclusion are often caused, and greatly exacerbated, by the damaging actions of the USA, the UN, France and others.
Today, on the eighth anniversary of the earthquake, a disaster whose horrific death toll was made large by the consequences of human action, we must redouble our efforts to challenge Trump's racist outbursts.