Concurrent with the sighs of desperation and grief over the devastation in Haiti are the inevitable questions of how will this seemingly god/man-forsaken little nation (not withstanding goofy TV preacher Pat Robinson who apparently is close enough to Satan to know the deals she makes with people) ever recover and become a land with more hope and less suffering.
One answer might be Statehood. Let’s help put Haiti on the path to become our 51st state.
Like Puerto Rico, Haiti could first become a U.S. Commonwealth and eventually be eligible for statehood.
Historically, Haiti has modern roots…since the Sixteen Hundreds, that mirror Puerto Rico. Both islands were invaded by the Spanish-led Columbus whose incursions enslaved, infected and decimated the indigenous Arawak Indians known as Taínos. Both islands imported African slaves as replacement chattel. Under U.S. administrative jurisdiction, Haiti could hasten its recovery while providing many cultural and economic benefits to the mainland U.S., just as Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands do. As U.S. citizens, just as Puerto Rican citizens do, Haitians could join our military…god knows we need all the recruits we can get to fight our myriad colonial nation-building wars in the Middle East. As U.S. citizens, just as Puerto Ricans do, Haitians would pay taxes income taxes, contribute to Social Security and thus become eligible for federal assistance programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and Medicare.
As we assist Haiti in overcoming this unimaginable tragedy, let’s work to give Haitians an option out of its history of exploitation, betrayal, occupation by foreign rulers, national despots and hopelessness. A national Haitian referendum on becoming a commonwealth of the U.S. and the possibility of statehood might be the answer to the question: how does Haiti ever survive and join the 21st century.
Meanwhile, everyone can help with donations of money. Click here for Google’s site for Disaster Relief:
Also accepting cash and in-kind donations are the following sites: UNICEF (1-800-4UNICEF), Direct Relief, Yele Haiti, Partners in Health, Red Cross, World Food Program, Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900), Save the Children, Lambi Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The International Rescue Committee, Care, William J. Clinton Foundation
The following organizations are accepting SMS donations in the US only:
• SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
• SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts