"And you know, Kristi, something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French, uh, you know Napoleon the 3rd and whatever, and they got together and swore a pact to the Devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you'll get us free from the French.' True story. And so the Devil said, 'Okay, it's a deal.’ And, uh, they kicked the French out, you know, with Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by, by one thing after another, desperately poor."
This is the same sort of tragic pact with Lucifer that has allowed Jack Black to create mind-bendingly-awesome ROCK!
No, but seriously.
Pat Robertson is doing what white people have been doing for most of modernity: shifting blame AWAY from the devastation Western Colonialism has wreaked on the 3rd World.
Question: if you kidnapped a young child, beat and abused him for 20 years, and then let him go, would you expect him to go live a productive, healthy life?
If you conquer a nation, decimate their economic viability, rob them of their natural resources, strip them of their culture, language and ancestral identity, remove their dignity, rape their women, enslave their men, brainwash their children, fragment them and turn groups of them against one-another, and do this for HUNDREDS OF YEARS... do we really need to blame the DEVIL for the hardships they face when you pull out?
A man once said to me, "African culture abhors order and law." I wanted to punch him, but he was a large man.
First: as if there is some singular "African" culture. But more importantly: most of Africa's woes - including its poverity - are a direct result of robbery and decimation by Western Empires.
We made the mess... But THEY made a "pact with the devil." Boogedy boogedy boo. It's racist beyond belief, and ignorant beyond measure.
On the liberal talk radio station I listen to, a "liberal/progressive" caller called in to say, "We need to move beyond race in this country. We're ready. We don't need to be obsessed with political correctness - it's time to move forward."
White people love to say things like, "It's time to move forward," because it just might get us out of having to take responsibility.
But we have to take responsibility.