Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Devil & Mr Robertson
You can't see Haiti from his house...

As many of you may now know, Pat Robertson
recently declared that Haiti's plight of poverty and
the country's recent earthquake can be traced back
to their, "pact to the devil" to gain liberation from
the French in the 1800's.

There's no labeling the French colonial rulers sinners
for their enslavement and murder of Haitians while pillaging the island's resources, or mention that Haiti's successful overthrow paralleled American thought and efforts in seeking similar liberty
from the English.

That "Kristi," an African American sits their nodding
in agreement speaks volumes to how we are used as "props" to endorse statements otherwise lacking in fact and critical thinking by people like Pat Robertson, who ignorantly spout what they purport to be truisms about our history and culture to their audiences.

“Whatever defamation
of character my enemies are spreading about me,
I do not feel the need to justify myself toward them. While discretion obliges me to remain silent, my duty compels me to prevent them from doing any more harm.”

Toussaint Louverture
Haitian Liberator

My decision to destroy the authority of the blacks in Saint Domingue (Haiti) is not so much based on considerations of commerce and money, as on the need to block for ever the march of the blacks in the world.”

Napoleon Bonaparte
French Ruler

“But the prejudice of race alone blinded the American people for the debt they owed to the desperate courage of 500,000 Haitian Negroes who would not be enslaved.”

Henry Adams
America’s foremost Historian of the 18th and 19th centuries


Blogger Frank said...

Dear Harlem Eye,

In your "The Devil & Mr Robertson" post you could have mentioned that this sorry piece of intolerant racist stereotypification is coming out of the Christian (?)Broadcasting Network, an organization founded by Robertson himself. As for his evangelical co-host, Kristi Banks, she's no mere African-American "prop". Given her public statements on YouTube and other channels, I'm pretty sure she actually believes this simplistic and ludicrous notion Haiti's seemingly endless plight is no more than a payback from a "pact with the devil". My Afro-Brazilian greetings to you, "Axé"!

12:29 PM  

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