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5939: Re: Re: 5911: 'Blan' & Haitian Culture (fwd)
From: mark gill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To the contrary, no matter WHAT you do to advance and improve the cause
> conditions of Haitians, in general or individually, you are still a
> still a target, still a candidate for stealing and exploitation.
I started going to Haiti in l980, and I have lived there three times, for
extended periods of time. While a "blan", i was never a target for
exploitation or stealing. Further, I can say that my friends there are the
best personal friends I have ever had, and I have lived in several other
countries, in addition to Haiti. I can also say that my level of trust for
them is very high. In fact, I completely trust them.
I think the difference is that I was not there with an attitude of
"advancing./improving the cause and conditions". I have seen those with
this attitude, and the Haitians can pick up on such an atttitude. In my
experience, they do NOT like those who have such a view, and I cannot blame
them. If a "blan" comes in with such an attitude, it is hard for it not to
If the above statement was put forth as an "imperative", I can only offer
the exception to the rule......