Is Haiti cursed?
After the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, where approximately 100,000 to 300,000 Haitians lost their lives, a prominent pastor named Pat Robertson said that the reason all these bad things keep happening to Haiti is that the nation is cursed. That statement is often repeated in the media, and some Haitians believe that Haiti is cursed. They usually reference the Bwa Kayiman voodoo ceremony that prompted the Haitian revolution as a pact with the devil hence why Haiti is cursed. But is Haiti cursed?
Well, according to some, because Haiti suffers from natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, it means that they are cursed, and they need to repent. That’s the most idiotic thing I’ve heard. If that’s the case, Florida and California, many nations in the Caribbeans are cursed because they also suffer from natural disasters such as hurricanes in Florida and earthquakes in California. So why is it when those things happen in Haiti, Haiti has to be cursed?
The US media or the world has never been kind to Haiti. Haiti is often viewed as a rebel child. They are the First Nation that successfully led a slave rebellion, and they help many other nations win their fight against slavery. For this very fact, Haiti will always be hated by the elite nations of the world. Think about it, why has Hollywood never produced a movie about the Haitian revolution? Why does the media only show you the negative aspects of Haiti? The answer is simple; they want to keep Haiti down as long as possible. That’s the absolute truth. Haiti is not cursed; it’s abused. It’s plagued by corrupted government officials, US government interference, the UN-led cholera outbreak, lack of infrastructures, and the infamous daylight robbery by the Red Cross after the 2010 earthquake. There are many other misfortunes, but those are just a few that contribute to Haiti’s perpetual abuse.
In conclusion, whenever you hear someone say is Haiti is cursed, please take the time to educate them. It will help change the narrative about Haiti. If you were born in Haiti or abroad to Haitian parents, what are you doing to change the narrative about Haiti?
Written by Ti Jean Mèsidye Jean-Baptiste on 8/19/2021