Saturday, November 29, 2008

Cry Fowl -- Blind Spot to Suffering

Governor Palin displays the same blind spot to suffering that goes into providing for Westerner's pampered consumerism. In the same vein, most Americans are not aware that Christopher Columbus never set foot on American soil. He spent most of his time in this hemisphere in the Caribbean participating in the genocide of the Tainos. Likewise, most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in complete oblivion to the suffering, murder, rape and mutilation that was the hallmark of the Pilgrims "landing" on Plymouth Rock.

Talk about being right under your nose. It always amazes me that wealthy African-Americans like Oprah go into South Africa or other countries to provide assistance and charity while ignoring the suffering of Haitians in this hemisphere. It is almost like they are ashamed to be associated with the ancestors of the people who were the catalyst for the end of slavery in the Americas.

I've had the distinct impression that African-Americans are resentful of and fearful of Haitians. Of course, it is not hard to understand given the propaganda and bias of the mainstream media toward Haiti. Particularly in the run up to the coup-knapping of President Aristide in 2004.

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