Haiti and the blacks! – Opinions – Sunday Standard

01-18-10 American Red Cross Matt Marek with Mari Michele Melson at a First Aid Post in Petionville, Port-Au-Prince.

Haiti and the blacks! – Opinions – Sunday Standard.

Here is an interesting view on the tragic Haitian earthquake and the subsequent rescue efforts. It is not a view that you will read in your local newspaper but what a unique viewpoint this Botswanan reporter expresses. Only a African can say this and not be lynched by the harpies of Social Bolshevism (i.e. P.C.).

// Thursday, February 4, 2010

Haiti and the blacks!
by Loose Canon
24.01.2010 4:23:39 P

I hope black people will learn a lesson from the earthquake that hit Haiti.
If they don’t learn anything from it, then I throw up my hands in despair and give up.

Let’s start with a few basic facts.
Until the earthquake, I never knew there was a place called Haiti. I was taught geography at school but I cannot remember a time when the mistress told us about Haiti. It must have been one of those insignificant countries that we had no reason to know about.

I was fairly good at geography because I knew which country was on which continent. I also knew many capital cities. But as for Haiti I was clueless.

Now the whole world, including myself, knows about Haiti. I heard news of the earthquake on the radio. I wondered where Haiti was and what sort of people lived there.

Finally, when I switched on the television, I was informed that Haiti is an island out in the Caribbean. Television pictures revealed a place populated by black people.

From the non-stop television coverage of the earthquake, I got to learn about the history of Haiti. It was not a good history lesson. It would seem throughout its existence Haiti has suffered a series of natural calamities. In the process it has sunk even deeper into poverty and deprivation.

Like all places populated by black people, Haiti is poor. As I watched the television images, I felt very sorry for that forsaken place. Then I was hit by a thunderbolt.
I wondered what if there were no white people. You see, when the earthquake hit Haiti somebody had to come to its assistance. There had to be a rescue effort. The Haitians who survived of course did their fair bit by digging out their families from the collapsed ramshackle buildings.

But such was the scale of the devastation and the loss of human life that a bigger effort was needed. For that sort of work, you need heavy lifting gear and other sophisticated rescue equipment. I have been following the story of the earthquake keenly. I can attest to the fact that the first people to arrive with sniffer dogs were white crews from all over the world.

The aero planes that set off carrying water and food were from white countries. Not only that, the teams of volunteer doctors that I saw on television comprised white people from across the world. As the sniffer dogs went into action, the organized rescue teams that carried the stretchers were made up of white people.

It was announced that a mobile hospital was on the way. It was coming from a white country. For all intents and purposes in the aftermath of the earthquake, Haiti was literally swarming with white people. They had all arrived to save the poor blacks. And the locals were so happy to see them. Granted there were teams from the Orient such as the Chinese and Japanese. They too had quickly left their homes and families to go and assist the stricken people of Haiti.
It is obvious to everyone that this was a devastating earthquake and the work to repair Haiti and return it to a modicum of normalcy will take many years. Somebody had to commit funds to this effort. Most of the countries that have committed funds to aid the recovery are white. In fact, it would seem the whites are running the show in Haiti.

What is my point?

My point is that ever since Haiti was hit by the earthquake I have not seen any of my folks from Africa. Unless the television cameras deliberately ignored them, I never saw a rescue team from my motherland. Nor did I see any sniffer dogs from down here.
Heck, I never saw a single traditional doctor busy divining where to find people buried under the rubble.

Haiti is a land of black people. I would have expected the place to be swarming with black people helping their own. They were nowhere to be seen. I never saw any ships from black countries pulling into the harbour.

As the air traffic circled above the small airport, none of the planes was reported as coming from Africa. The blacks were nowhere to be found. They issued tepid statements of condolence to the people of Haiti and a few of the African countries donated small amounts of cash.

Granted that was better than nothing. But I must say I was disappointed. I was sad because the blacks did not behave as I had expected. You see, for far too long black countries have been insolent to the point of being abusive. They have a tendency of insulting the white man and telling him to keep out of their countries. In Fact, black people have the temerity to tell white people they can perfectly survive on their own.
So I had expected the black countries to be consistent and behave true to form. Why didn’t black countries tell white countries to stay away from Haiti because we were quite capable of leading the rescue effort? We should have insulted them as we often do at international forums.

There, our countries insult white countries and accuse them of imperialism and neo colonialism. I was extremely disappointed when our countries failed to accuse white people of practicing imperialism and neo colonialism by coming to rescue the blacks of Haiti.

We should have told them we have better sniffer dogs that have been taught only to rescue black people. We should have told their ships to stay away and their planes not to overfly Haiti because we were up to the job with our own ships and aeroplanes.

We should have brought in our traditional food instead of the strange rations the Haitians are not accustomed to.

I am so disappointed by the black leaders that I hope never to hear them again bleating about how bad white people are. The earthquake in Haiti was the most opportune time to show the whites, once and for all, that we don’t need them.

From now onwards, I want black leaders to shut up and never accuse ever white people of being bad. I am sick and tired of big words such as imperialism and neo colonialism which are unable to rescue victims of the earthquake.

I hope this is not the last earthquake that hits a black country. I want the next one to specifically hit the residence of Old Man in Harare. Then we will see if he will abuse the white crew coming to rescue him and Pretty Face!

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3 Responses to “Haiti and the blacks! – Opinions – Sunday Standard”

  1. Tumi the Tribal Monk Says:

    Wow, that’s brilliant. To get a sattire like “The Loose Canon’s” going all international and straight to the bulls eye is absolutely fantastic. But anyways, yes, it is in the one of them Sunday locals in Botswana, the Sunday Standard. And i tell ya the guy is brilliant. I used to read the online version, but nothing beats the newspaper print of his articles.

    Well, some of you guys may think, who is this guy. I need not explain or try. Check him out and see how popular he is really……

    http://www.sundaystandard.info/search/index.php?pageNum_rsSearch=0&totalRows_rsSearch=199&q=loose+cannon

  2. gosego Says:

    ypu are very right to say that africans should learn to help each other it is quite disappointing that africans diidnt do much,well said but when you say africans should stop complaining of neo colonisation i dont agree with you because if we relax and look up to white countries for everything we are going to end up depending on them and they will eploit our countries and benefit more than us in the process leaving us poorer while they become richer.

    • neillpayne Says:

      Glad that you liked the article, but I can’t take credit for the content. I will try to correct the post so that it is clearer that this is just a reprint of “Loose Cannon’s” editorial which is from a paper in Botswana.

      Having said that, let me agree with you that Africans should not be looking up to White countries for everything. I am against imperialism. I think that the point Loose Cannon is trying to make about the “complaining about neo colonialism” is that Africans often use terms like “imperialism and neo-colonialsm” to mask and avoid facing their own failings.

      Historical wrongs certainly have their after-effects, but there comes a time when one must “man up” to ones own responsibility and culpability. One may have grown up with a father who was a wife-beater and that probably explains why the son of a wife beater also beats his own wife. That fact and that causality, while potentially explaining criminal behavior does not excuse it. Every time he raises his hand to hit her, HE is raising his hand.

      I am convinced that the ultimate solution to the problems in Africa is a spiritual solution. Africans need to stop worshiping devils and embrace the Lord and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit live more Godly lives. Short of that however it would be beneficial for Africans to stop supporting kleptocratic governments, stop hoping to get something for nothing, stop stealing, stop lying, stop cheating. I have met some very good, kind, sweet Africans. I know that they are not all like that, but there are enough who are that make life Hell for the rest. Africa will never be strong until an African’s word of honor is as good as gold. Until one can own property in Africa without fearing it can be stolen away at any moment, until government paper (bonds, checks, deeds, loans etc.) are as good as gold, until then Africa will never prosper, with or without White people. It used to be that way here in the US and we are loosing that standard. We will suffer for it as the Africans are suffering.

      Having said all that, let me recommend for further reading the following article titled “The myth of Neo-colonialism” by Tunde Obadina, director of Africa Business Information Services,


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