Perhaps the only thing more depressing about Haiti than the still-unconsolidated coup there is the refusal of the US press to even investigate the circumstances of it. I mean, said investigation would require more effort than walking a dog but less effort than mating a hamper full of socks. Google search “Haiti coup,” and you’ll get about a million hits. And I know a few journalists. They are driven, ambitious work-aholics. So laziness cannot account for their abject failure to represent this as a coup d’etat, which it clearly is, engineered by the United States government, which it just as clearly is. If it’s not laziness, then it’s either complicity with the government or plain, racist apathy – or a combination of both.
But I’m taking up the pen today not merely to lament what we all know, that the white, male capitalist press represents, well… white, male capitalists. I’m going to suggest an action, aimed not at the white, state-corporate perception managers of the press, but at a rich white man who is a candidate for President of the United States, and who cannot possibly hope to win that position without the support of the majority of the nation’s politically engaged African Americans.
It’s been some time since the appearance of a clean-cut polarization in Congress between African American representatives and Euro-Americans, but thanks to the unflinching leadership of Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel, Haiti has forced the Congressional Black Caucus to behave like a Black Caucus and confront white Republicans and Democrats with their constant rhetorical genuflections before “democracy,” when a Black democracy in Haiti has just been overthrown, again, by the white “democracy” to the north.