Addressing the elephant in the room

Haiti unfortunately historically poor political history, slavery and deforestation has made it a s–thole


President Trump set off a firestorm yesterday by allegedly insulting African countries and Haiti as shitholes. The President has denied making the remarks.

“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” Trump tweeted. “What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made — a big setback for DACA!”

“Why do we need more Haitians, take them out,” he said, according to sources. Someone else in the room responded: “Because if you do, it will be obvious why.”

The White House issued a statement Thursday that did not deny the remarks. But Trump tweeted Friday that he never said “anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country.”


“Never said ‘take them out.’ Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!” he added.

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It doesn’t change the fact that Haiti is a shithole. It has been my entire live (56 years old) and probably will be my children’s entire lives. The churches that I have attended have sent missionary groups to Haiti every year and I mean no disrespect to their efforts. But the people of Haiti are cursed by geography and a history of corrupt government that will probably keep them in the shithole for decades.

Haiti lays in  the major fault line between the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates. Right in the middle of hurricane alley. In 2008 alone they were hit by four (Fay, Gustav, Hannah and Ike) major hurricanes killing 800 people. Even before the hurricanes their infrastructure was in terrible condition and definitely not suited for hurricanes.

Haiti- The government of Haiti is a semi-presidential republic, a multiparty system wherein the President of Haiti is head of state elected directly by popular elections. The Prime Minister acts as head of government and is appointed by the President, chosen from the majority party in the National Assembly.

“Haiti has had slavery, revolution, debt, deforestation, corruption, exploitation and violence,” says Alex von Tunzelmann, a historian and writer currently working on a book about the country and its near neighbours, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. “Now it has poverty, illiteracy, overcrowding, no infrastructure, environmental disaster and large areas without the rule of law. And that was before the earthquake. It sounds a terrible cliche, but it really is a perfect storm. This is a catastrophe beyond our worst imagination.”



It wasn’t always this way though In the 18th century, under French rule, Haiti – then called Saint-Domingue – was the Pearl of the Antilles, one of the richest islands in France’s empire (though 800,000-odd African slaves who produced that wealth saw precious little of it).

What happened then to the riches. Slavery was a major cause of Haiti’s downfall. For nearly a decade in the late 18th century, Haiti accounted for more than one-third of the entire Atlantic slave trade. The French revolution of 1789 began Haiti’s long decline into shithole status. Haiti’s revolution may have brought it independence but it also “ended up destroying the country’s infrastructure and most of its plantations.


In exchange for diplomatic recognition from France, the new republic was forced to pay enormous reparations: some 150m francs, in gold. It was an immense sum, and even reduced by more than half in 1830, far more than Haiti could afford. “The long and the short of it is that Haiti was paying reparations to France from 1825 until 1947,” says Von Tunzelmann. “To come up with the money, it took out huge loans from American, German and French banks, at exorbitant rates of interest. By 1900, Haiti was spending about 80% of its national budget on loan repayments. It ­completely wrecked their economy.


War, slavery, 28 years of  of Papa Doc and his playboy son and heir, Jean-Claude Duvalier, or Baby Doc, the Tonton Macoutes and their henchmen killed between 30,00 and 60,000 ­Haitians, and raped, beat and tortured countless more. All of those things plus bad luck and geographic location have contributed to shithole status of Haiti.


Possibly the most devastating event that has left them totally exposed to the elements of hurricanes and earthquakes is deforestation. “The French didn’t manage the land at all well,” she says. “The process of soil erosion really began then. And then in the chaos after the revolution, the land was simply parcelled out into little plots, occupied mainly by individual families. And since the 1950s, people have been cutting it down and cooking on charcoal. As the population has soared, the forests have come down. Haiti is now about 98% deforested. The problem can be seen from space.



Did Trump make the comment that these people were coming from shithole countries? Probably, not really sure why he would deny it. They are coming from shithole countries. The people that are coming here are uneducated, not assimilating, could care less about America or it’s history or future. And if something isn’t done about immigration reform our country will be a future shithole.

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