EDITOR, The Tribune.
For years, we seem to notice that the Bahamian-Haitian issue has a pattern.
Every month. The anger against Bahamians or Haitians pop up, triggered by videos, social media posts and news articles. It dies down afterwards, but it gets worse.
In fact, if we continue like this, it will be an ethnic war and there would be no winners and all opposing sides lose big time.
Now, why are we having an issue like this? It’s all because of geopolitical issues.
When one wealthy country shares a border with a poor country stuck in extreme poverty and rampant wars, the migrants of the poor country would try to get to the more wealthy country by any means possible.
Even if they face certain death on the high seas or the treacherous lands to get there.
The examples would be the Bahamas bordering with impoverished Haiti in the Southeast, the Illustrious USA bordering with Narco-State Mexico in the Southwest, Trinidad and Tobago sitting above the failed state of Venezuela, the technological powerhouse of Japan sharing with the significantly impoverished people of the Philippines and the well-to-do European countries dealing with the escaping survivors from the wars in Iraq, Syria and Mali.
All of those countries have the same pattern, the poor citizens escape from the hellish conditions from their lands to make it to the next country that holds their only hope of a normal life.
But the wealthy citizens become fearful that the migrants would bring their problems on their shores and despite pleas and true stories being shared to international news outlets, the 1st world citizens treat them like nobodies, even some countries deport legal migrants for no good reason.
As much as these right-wing people of Eastern Europe, Japan, America and Australia can tell me about the laws of their country, and while I don’t disagree with the law. But what I definitely cannot stand is ignoring the problems of what the migrants face back home and treating them like they’re garbage and their opinions don’t matter.
With Bahamians on this matter, many right-wing individuals on social media see the Haitians as “parasitic persons” along with other disgusting comments and boast how wealthy we are compared to them.
Telling the migrants to go build their home is another insulting comment I hear about them. Many Haitians tried to build up their country and failed because of their massively corrupted government that fails the people on every level possible, and many of them gave up and left.
Because of extreme levels of poverty and unliveable inflation, it’s also impossible to buy a flight ticket, wait for any visa to travel or even get any food or water as their families are in danger. But telling them that they need to go back is very insulting and also ignorant to the person who said it.
The absolute worst comment about Haitians is the falsehood of immigrants invading The Bahamas. For starters, Haiti disbanded their army more than 20 years ago, then it’s the fact that it is another terrible insult and even if those rumours were true, it would be a bloodbath that will turn our waters red with blood and gore.
Historically, Argentina tried to seize the Falkland Islands and were crushed by British Forces, then Saddam attempted to conquer Kuwait and his loyal Iraqi forces were decimated by the US in Operation Desert Storm, and was captured 12 years later. If Haiti plotted to take the Bahamas by overpopulating the islands with migrants, the US military would have set up their new base decades ago.
This is where I have a very serious problem with nationalists and conservatives everywhere in the world. The practice of nationalism brings up one people, yet demonises another group of people outside of their community. It’s just another legal outlet to preach hatred instead of unity.
We’ve been talking about stamping out illegal immigration once and for all. But there’s still the major problem of slave labour and human trafficking that feeds the problem, and as long as Haiti is poor, immigration will go on forever. It’s the same thing everywhere else in the world.
The true solution is for Haiti and the poor countries to grow to 1st world status and living standards. Everyone from wealthy to 3rd world nations must take part in burning out the corrupt government and rebuild those countries from the ashes. When the wealth and security is ensured in those places, the issue will stop altogether, and everyone wins.
October 3, 2019.