Our Prayers Go Out To The People Of Haiti / Pat Robertson Spews Unbridled Racism In The Wake of a Tragedy

First and foremost our prayers go out to the people of Haiti. I have compiled a list of disaster relief organizations to which you can donate funds, but if you choose do so, do it with caution. One of the lessons we learned from Katrina was that donating money with good intentions, to incompetent and unethical organizations can compound a crisis. I have not taken the necessary time to comb through this list and exclude shiesty relief foundations such as the CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network), so I urge you to do so. Speaking of the CBN, I have included a youtube clip of one of their “Haiti relief” broadcasts into this post. Normally, I wouldn’t give such a ridiculous baffoon as Pat Robertson an audience on Blackdemics, but I think watching the following video can help facilitate caution when it comes to giving money to people who claim to have the best interests of Haiti in mind.

Haiti was the first country in the African Diaspora to successfully liberate herself from enslavement. Under the leadership of such revolutionaries Toussaint L’ouverture (I talk about L’ouverture with our November interviewee, Lilian Thuram) Haiti obliterated the French army and became a haven to, and inspiration for enslaved Africans everywhere. Robertson’s suggestion that the Haitian Revolution was the result of a “deal with the devil” is reflective of his belief that Black self-determination is evil. I suppose the “good” or “Christian” thing for the Haitians to do, would have been to allow the French to continue raping, murdering, torturing and working them to death until they were “granted” independence alongside the other Caribbean nations in the mid-20th Century. Robertson’s got it all wrong. The ones who made the deal with the devil were the French. The Haitian Revolution was an act of God. Don’t let organizations like the CBN use your well-intentioned money to undermine the Haitian people. The best way to guarantee the sanctity of your contribution would be to book a flight to Haiti and instead of donating money, donating your sweat and time. But for those of you who can’t, choose carefully:

American Red Cross International Relief Fund:
http://bit.ly/7pChi9

Canadian Red Cross:
http://bit.ly/12cR1n

International Committee of the Red Cross
http://bit.ly/7zaFIy

MercyCorps:
http://bit.ly/4nyB0q

Oxfam America
http://bit.ly/6E9Xd8

Oxfam UK
http://bit.ly/6SwLAE

International Medical Corps:
http://bit.ly/89W696

Pan American Relief
http://bit.ly/74Opc2

Medical Teams International:
http://bit.ly/4wxkal

AmeriCares Help For Haiti:
http://bit.ly/5bz7a9

Islamic Relief USA
http://bit.ly/4KzSDB

Food for the Hungry
http://bit.ly/67GBST

Doctors Without Borders:
http://bit.ly/4Yp1aN

UNICEF:
http://bit.ly/8RT4CQ

Partners in Health:
http://bit.ly/7bsUly

International Organization for Migration:
http://bit.ly/66Ul9m

SOS Children’s Village:
http://bit.ly/50W2ZR

Catholic Relief Services:
http://bit.ly/4OdwPp

Mennonite Central Committee
http://bit.ly/5S6OK0

Kids Against Hunger:
http://bit.ly/4xjdUw

Episcopal Relief and Development
http://bit.ly/6v1rN7

Adventist Development and Relief Agency
http://bit.ly/4OCC3q

Compassion International
http://bit.ly/85QtXC

Outreach International:
http://bit.ly/7Xv7XE

Partners in Development:
http://bit.ly/6cE325

Hope for Haiti:
http://bit.ly/4EYFIH

Beyond Borders:
http://bit.ly/7RMCN8

American Jewish World Service:
http://bit.ly/4WYmif

Food for the Poor:
http://bit.ly/73ZcDj

Fondation Odette Roy Fombrun:
http://bit.ly/8GzxWW

Lutheran World Relief:
http://bit.ly/50DTq6

Haitian Health Foundation:
http://bit.ly/4BcsRr

Childcare Worldwide:
http://bit.ly/6hCvtv

Friends of the World Food Program:
http://bit.ly/7aEjXm

Madre.org:
http://bit.ly/8bEgZy

Samaritan’s Purse:
http://bit.ly/5D9N3D

International Eye Foundation:
http://bit.ly/7jAajP

Operation USA:
http://bit.ly/8qOqNc

Save the Children:
http://bit.ly/7EL3MB

Save the Children Australia:
http://bit.ly/4Z8Oqy

Meds and Food for Kids:
http://bit.ly/5V778s

Direct Relief International:
http://bit.ly/8gLP7P

Salvation Army:
http://bit.ly/4YmC2j

Operation Blessing International:
http://bit.ly/GkW4N

World Wide Village:
http://bit.ly/5GRwph

International Relief Teams:
http://bit.ly/8qKk2f

CARE:
http://bit.ly/8VLrDr

World Vision:
http://bit.ly/5MMv0T

MOSCTHA – Socio-Cultural Movement of Haitian Workers
http://bit.ly/83RjKU

World Concern:
http://bit.ly/5lRt12

Mission Aviation Fellowship
http://bit.ly/7NrpDY

Converge Worldwide
http://bit.ly/7IX47Z

3 Comments to ‘Our Prayers Go Out To The People Of Haiti / Pat Robertson Spews Unbridled Racism In The Wake of a Tragedy’:

  1. Graeme on 14 Jan 2010 at 10:06 am: 1

    Haiti was named ‘the unluckiest country’ by uk newspapers today. Luck has nothing to do with it. Imperialism raped this beautiful place and a corrupt dictator spent 30 years bankrupting it. We sat back and watched him do it and refuse to forgive the debt. Sadly, Robertson is right – Haiti made a deal with the devil, but the devil was us.

  2. Allyson Reaves, Ottawa, Canada on 14 Jan 2010 at 11:00 am: 2

    Great post. If I can also add http://www.tcfn-cfc.ca/news/our-prayers-and-thoughts-are-with-haiti/ for a list (which echoes a lot of those listed in this post).

    Those who wish to contribute should also be mindful of the mission of the organization that they are donating to and its capacity to deliver the funds in a responsible way. Many organizations that provide direct services may not be prepared to accept (and report on) the receipt of large amounts of charitable funds.

    Check your local community foundation to see if it might be organizing a Disater Relief Fund for the crisis.

    In Community,

  3. John on 15 Jan 2010 at 12:05 am: 3

    I am in the class and as I kept reading about Pat Robertson’s comments about Haiti and what was shared in class, I think you and the class misunderstood what he said. I think he should still be condemned for his wild remarks, but it is important not to misunderstand him. In class, you rebutted Robertson by saying that he implied that Haitians’ attempts to
    free themselves from the French is making a deal with the Devil and therefore, the opposite of what he said would imply that staying in bondage would be to serve God. That’s not what he said. He said that, “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.’ . . . But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another.” In other words, he believes that they made a deal with the Devil to gain freedom, not that for Haitians to gain freedom is to make a deal with the Devil. Robertson’s comments allow for Haitians to gain freedom through other means, but he condemns Haitians for “[making] a deal with a Devil” to do it. Nevertheless, he’s still stupid and the class is awesome.

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Published on January 14, 2010 at 2:21 am. 3 Comments.
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