[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
6515: Ayiti's bad press in 2000 (Saint-Vil) (fwd)
From: Jean Saint-Vil <firstname.lastname@example.org>
C. Herius wrote:
«...this small segment of Haitian society are the ones who unfortunately
hold the power to spread whatever negative propaganda that furthers their
cause, and the US media are far too ready to help, since it also furthers
the US goal of maintaining the status quo.».
What is even more worrysome is the fact that this venimous anti-Haiti
propaganda is not only practiced by the U.S. but by other eurocentric
sattellites who seem to also sing from the same choir book.
I remember how last year, among my people, I was sweating joyfully to the
beat of "Rasin Mapou Azò" at Chanmmas while firecrackers ligthted the skies
of Port-au-Prince to welcome January 1, 2000 - Independance day & New Year
celebration. Meanwhile Canadian television elected to use the image of a pig
bathing in dirt - as the only image representative of how Haiti «the
poorest...of the Western....» was welcoming their new Christian millenium.
This year, as part of a retrospective look at 2000 around the world, the
legislative and presidential elections in Haiti were brushed over not with
images of voters in line or casting their ballot - but with the now famous
stereotypical blood smear and scattered ballots in the streets of Pòtoprens.
What cord are they playing on. Is it assummed perhaps that they have an
audience that crave precisely for this kind of image?
On the positive outlook these excesses may serve to awake those among us who
used to take this propagandist press too seriously.
In any case there is plenty for us Haitians to celebrate on this January 1,
2001 because despite all the help we received from our good "friends" and
their press, neither the current, nor the future Haitian president attained
their position via a Coup d'État or via special democratic appointment in
the U.S. embassy, Washington or Paris.
Viv Ayiti pou tout Ayisyen!
«Depi nan Ginen bon Nèg ap ede Nèg!»
Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com.