|Français : Le général Toussaint Louverture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|The leader of the Haitian revolution, Toussaint L'Ouverture, was a former house slave. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Top 10 reasons 'free people' should Thank Haiti
10. The people have always been truly sincere and generous.
Haitians have always been known for taking care of the "community". From stories from Haiti's "hey days" I have heard of children getting beatings from neighbor's and getting another one when they got home. This kind of strong-knit communities are key to Haiti's redevelopment and to the world at large. We all have to stop being afraid to interact to people we encounter and start being truly one. We have to be giving while being receptive to receiving the love back.
9. Haiti's "win" for freedom is the reason for the Louisian Purchase.
"They owe a debt not only to Thomas Jefferson, Louisiana’s purchaser, but to Toussaint Louverture and the Haitians who fought so tenaciously for their freedom that Napoleon was forced to cash out of America. (He exclaimed, on hearing of the death of his best general, “damn sugar, damn coffee, damn colonies!”)" If there is anything on the mid to west coast of the US that you enjoy now, then you have a strong and courageous Haitian ancestor to thank for it. How many Americans live in the great heartland that stretches from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains?
8. Haiti’s predecessor, Saint Domingue, was the reason France felt the need to aid the weak and bankrupt US.
Many Haitian soldiers, including Haiti's future ruler a young Henri Christophe, fought along side America soldiers in key battles during the Revoltionary war. "France supported America for many reasons, including the ones we learn in school — Benjamin Franklin’s roguish charm and the appeal of the underdog and England’s comeuppance." France at one point was making so much money off the back of slaves that it had enough to send money to its close trading buddy, USA. France at first indirectly support the US plight for freedom from the British Empire then brought it out into the open. Americans needed guns and powder and bullets and warm clothing. To buy those necessities, they needed money. And money in those days came from France, eager to twist the tail of the British Lion.
7. Haiti arguably had the world's very first "Hollywood"!
"Le Cap’s first theater preceded Boston’s by more than 50 years. Its capital city, Cap Français (
today’s Cap Haïtien) was larger than Boston, and among the most cosmopolitan places in the Americas." Now I understand why my parent's growing up in Le Cap always had stories centered around going to the movies. Haiti has a rich culture and history in plays and comedies. This can be evidenced by its inspiring movie industry today.
*I guess the slave masters needed something to take their minds off of raping and working slaves to death, literally.
6. Haiti paid for France's whole development/economy especially during the peak slave trade era.
People in France were living extra nice thanks to the free labor produced by the slaves. I mean all one had to do was make that initial investment of what $5-30 Gs that had a lifetime return...of the slave that is. So these "people" worked them as much as possible so they could be living a lavish lifestyle. After Haiti ceded from France and whooped Napoleon's ass they were kind enough to pay about $20 billion dollars to France. YES for winning the war! After all this to this day they still would not pay back reparations, even after former President Aristide demanded the stolen money back. Maybe this guy should be back in office?
5. America first started outsourcing its knowledge from Haiti even before India or China!
"The historian James E. McClellan III said that Haiti’s scientific clubs “certainly rivaled, if they did not eclipse” those of Philadelphia and Boston." Think about it would you travel 20 miles for expert knowledge or 2,000 miles? Thought so! The beautiful weather and plentiful commodities did not hurt either when doing research with other top scientists in Haiti. How many Americans have been moved by the prints of John James Audubon, or the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, or the many other descendants of Haitian families, white and black, who came here in the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution?
4. Vodoo may or may not be deterring these horrible weather controlling technology in existence today.
There has been rumors that Haitian Voddoo priest were calling on the spirits to help calm down Sister Earth as she pays us back for letting our governments use weather controlling technology. Nikola Tesla realized that the Earth's magnetic grid could be used to provide free energy but people by the likes of Thomas Edison had to make sure we paid for it. He had to pay back his investors. Sounds familiar? We need to get away from the competitiveness in our economic societies and start working together to use the free and abundant resources on this planet.
3. Haiti's minute example of corruption is showing the world its own reflection we hate to talk about.
We can all keep rolling our eyes at Haiti's corrupt power structure and money laundering or we can learn from it. The recent earthquakes really shook up their current power structure. Even former Presidents of the United States of America, Bill Clinton and George Bush, tried to take advantage of this recovery effort by creating non-profits. We are still looking for the aid from these "funds" to this very day like the Katrina Fund, Tsunami Fund and others. Where did all that texting money go to? As of 3/22/10 only about 1/3 of the people have received proper aid from the 1/12/10 massive earthquake. Thank God the epicenter of the 8.8 magnitude Chile earthquake, weeks later, was away from the major cities unlike in Haiti. We will rebuild Haiti with remembrances of its GREAT past while giving it a chance to take over it existence with its plentiful resources that could aid the world so much.
2. "Simply put — the United States might never have come into existence without the help of our island neighbor."
1. You tell me...
Seriously let me know what a good reason is that I may have overlooked on "Why we owe Haiti and its ancestors some respect!" Let your friends know about these facts and see what they can come up with. You can leave a comment and directly to me @VickensMoscova so we can have everybody talking about this furthur.