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There Are Some Missing Voices On Haiti

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Fletcher,Bill (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Apr 8-Apr 14, 2004
Sacramento, CA
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Politics and government, Blacks, Haiti, Human rights, Democracy, Coups d'etat, Presidents, Governmental reform, Aristide, Jean-Bertrand, 1953-
In the current crisis, the voice of Black America has been inconsistent or hushed. While the Congressional Black Caucus has been outspoken in challenging the [Bush] administration on its entire attitude toward Haiti, there has not been a widespread outcry in our communities. Our voices need to be heard insisting that, one, U.S. and French troops be immediately withdrawn and replaced by soldiers from neutral countries, that is, countries that were not involved in destabilizing the [Aristide] presidency; two, the thugs of the armed opposition need to be immediately disarmed and the convicted criminals among them must be imprisoned; and three, The Caribbean Community or CARICOM should be used as a vehicle to move a national reconciliation program that ultimately results in free and fair elections.