Thanks to phone cams, America’s true racial biases and shortcomings are being exposed.
Hopefully the outing of these murderous expressions of racism will force these hateful sentiments deeper to the bottom of our dirty laundry. And eventually will suffocate them. Prejudices will not cease to exist. Rooted in ignorance, nurtured by the miserable conditions of the black race worldwide, and let’s face it, the fear to freely discuss the matter can only silence it into hypocrisy.
Yes free will, one has the right to like or dislike a certain skin color, as well as the right to be stupid and ignorant. But one should never have permission to express that choice in hateful, disrespectful manners toward others. Most of all, the use of public service positions or any other position of control or power to express such sentiment should never be tolerated. We are fast moving forward and facing the beast every time it reveals itself.
Let’s keep the snake under the rug and crush its head every time it shows up. Its rapidly becoming an endangered specie.
More salt in the wounds,
If the Santo Domingo government truly feels that the Haitian government is unable to guarantee the security of its diplomats in Haiti, I dare them to close the embassy and altogether rupture the diplomatic relationship with Haiti. Of course, by so doing, they would stand to lose more. Knowingly, Haitian poor labor force, illegal workers,lucrative business contracts, black market and trafficking across the borders largely contribute to the DR’s economy. No need to mention the fortune spent in SD by well to do Haitians families. Those are welcome with open arms. We should use that as leverage. Even in denial the educated, wealthy,(mexclado) light skin Haitian and the poor, marginalized, ebony skin Haitians are two sides of the same coin. As SD welcome one, compassion and human treatments are due to the other.
Beware, as long as the savage treatment of Haitian in SD is tolerated the safety of Dominicans in Haiti will go diminishing, diplomats or not. The 50 heavily armed Dominican soldiers, supposedly sent to protect the Dominican embassy in P-a-P, could best be used to justly enforce immigration laws at the borders. Only monitoring and supervising unscrupulous Dominican authorities would go a long way. They are abusing innocent people. Ironically, even Dominican individuals are victims. Just because they are black they get the treatment reserved to unwelcome Haitians. SD need to get over the fact that its population is majority black. If you want to stop Haitians from coming do not discriminate. Stop them all. I if you want to consider every black Dominican is Haitian then SD is demographically and irreversibly occupied.
Had those you welcome stayed home they could invest more, create much needed work in Haiti and effectively reduce the flood of those that are not so welcome. All they need is work.
The SD military presence in Haiti is nothing else but further bullying behavior.
At least let’s start the conversation.
Winter in the NE hub has traditionally brought the smart homeless fellows to South Florida. This winter is exceptionally harsh on homeless families. There are subtle leaders among the homeless. They have followers; they have earned the respect of less educated ones. I should say their street smart is outstanding. They are surviving human conditions that many men would not live past. Try to imagine enduring the streets of NYC this winter and last long enough to come to the sunshine state. They know about the Homeless Trust in South Florida. Chances are one hot meal a day is nearly guaranteed, if you know where to be at the right time. For the cot you need to be creative. First locate where the nice cardboard boxes are being discarded. The right size box, that which, once opened up, is easily hidden behind the bushes, for the day. Know most of the places where hot soup or more is given generously by agencies, churches and good Samaritans. Know their meal schedules. Sometimes it’s three times a day. Know how to navigate the area on foot. Know where the churches, the temples, the synagogues, the psychiatric centers are. The people there understand homelessness. More importantly, know the homeless culture. The scent is particular; it lets people know we have been at a place even after we have left. One is feared, rejected or ignored by many.
One is still smart regardless of psychological or mental issues, diagnosed or not. One not, easily though, has learned to exist against all odds. When facing the elements twenty four seven, one takes a shark loan from Mother Nature. The loan is, against his/her life expectancy. It’s an exchange against longevity. One nourishes the delusional idea that someone is making money on the back of homelessness. One wants all to believe that one has chosen this particular life style; one is an existentialist. One is beating the system. One is happy with less. God is on one’s side.
So the homeless man is enjoying sun bathing on south Florida beaches. He has temporarily left his Grand Central Station palace in NYC. The place Mayor Julliani expelled the helpless people from in the name of beautification. We had highlighted the city’s decaying face. Along with cleaning graffiti, the mayor made NYC homelessness invisible. Then the homeless men left the many underground subway stations in urban cities up north, to wander the sunny streets of Florida cities. One has come to warmly sleep under makeshift homes. That after night fall, the homeless man flat on his back on the sandy beaches is contemplating the heavens. One is imagining God talking to him personally and one is responding. One is grateful. Brother Sam was here last year. He did not make it this time around. He did not find his way south fast enough. He froze to death. One needs a drink to deal with that. Panhandling largely covers the cost of alcohol and then some.
Well our number makes us more visible this year. We have conquered Parks and streets of Miami Dade County. The dilemma is to do something probably without offering permanent comfort. Should the issue of homelessness be left to charity or should Federal and local government respond to the needs. We all know that homelessness has reached a scale demanding both private and public attention. Should the migration become a normal process, one to be accepted and learned to live with? Those who proclaim that tax payers’ money should not be used for that. Are they ready to have it in their neighborhoods? .
Let’s start the conversation. May those who know best how to deal with homelessness be loud and assertive.
Ed Nelson, LCSW
Imagine or suppose,
Imagine it’s not just a few million Muslims that are violent extremists. What if every Muslim, millions, in their hearts, carry those same hateful feelings toward everything not Muslim. Anathema if you dare say, draw or think anything, derogative in their eyes, about the prophet Mohamed. Imagine, if five times a day, all they pray for is the destruction, even the annihilation of every infidel, of anything non Muslim, us. Suppose all that killing, destruction, decapitation are wanted by Allah. Imagine their God wants us annihilated.
Suppose in order to survive, we have to annihilate them first. That’s more than we can count. There’s got to be another way. A way commensurate with our ideals is to be sought. Our think tank ought to focus on developing better strategies. We need method for solutions to this nightmare that are more befitting our God.
For now, I prefer to suppose it only is a few thousands of extremists, ISIS or jihadists, bound to self destruct. That, I imagine, we can smartly and quietly help them achieve. Better yet, let us help them contribute to their own extermination, in the name of Allah.
De Montesquieu a’ lespri dè lwas’.
It appears that our Haitian, intellectual, leaders were savant ignorant. They knew every thing in the books; they knew little or nothing about administration, leadership, civism, loyalty. Country before all, a certain sense of pride to serve and to create hope, they lacked all of that skeleton society. Is that still there? It ought to be.
Have our leaders opted via cultural syncretism, to practice ‘lespri dè lwas’, as a conversion from ‘L’esprit des Lois’. Have they abdicated their responsibility. It is common knowledge that our people practice ‘Bondie Bon’ daily. A luxury, responsible gents, especially leaders are not afforded ‘. Naje pou soti’ is not an option, neither a good direction. It sounds like a demission.
Si se lwa ki monte nan tèt nou. Ki lwa sa-a?