I have mixed views on racism. I should first state that I am a minority… “It only takes a drop.” I was born in the U.S. to Haitian immigrants. My parents came here in the early 60′s to escape a doomed country, political strife, economic misery, complete governmental corruption, lawlessness, rape, murder, maiming and lack of infrastructure. They came to escape 400 years plundering and lack of opportunity.
But primarily, they came to avoid a witch hunt by “Tonton Macoutes” (Duvalier’s version – at right – of the “Schutzstaffel“), whose aim was to mutilate and kill anyone who was even under the suspicion of speaking out against the government. It all culminated in something called the “Jérémie Vespers” in which several of my Grandfather’s direct relatives were rounded up and executed. Long story. My family decided it was best to then get the hell out of dodge.