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#3326: Haitian Stereotyping : Laleau comments
I think the hostility he is experiencing is a recent byproduct of the US
military presence. I never saw anything like that in Haiti in all my years
there earlier. But by the end of the US term there, Haitians were beginning
to learn that the US presence there had a lot to do with the rampant
inflation in the country, with the erosion of their already minimal standard
of living, and their loss of hopes for a stable, secure country.
When I was there as a MICIVIH worker, "Blan!" was what the children yelled
gleefully at us while jumping up and down and cheering our presence... It was
a little bit of a game, and it was not hostile at all. I had heard that all
had changed, and your report bears it out. I wouldn't want to be a blan in
Haiti these days.