As the media frenzy begins to wear off, we MUST make sure that our beloved Haiti is not forgotten. It’s up to us, 4 million strong in the Diaspora to not only pick up the torch, but also to hold it head on until deliverance occurs. The corporate media is driven by rating, and whatever news that can contribute to boosting their ratings, is what they cover. Remember the immigration fight in the 80s? It was strong, well-organized and sustained—a truly protracted struggle that bore fruit. We need to learn from that.
There is going to be moments of uncertainty. They will be times when the political reality will outweigh the practical struggle, which is rebuilding Haiti. That’s okay, because—believe it or not—there is a major political component in the rebuilding effort. Sociology and Politic are always intertwined in economically stable countries. As the Haitian heartland is now in critical condition, and a moribund government is out of step with reality, it’s up to the true sons and daughters of Haiti to pick up the slack.
We should use whatever means of information at our disposal—radio, television, newspaper—to keep Haiti in the hearts and minds of millions of people and governments around the world who sincerely share our hope, our pain and our grief.
A good example: As of Friday, Trace TV, France begins to play a 12-minute, unedited version of Agissons pour Haiti every hour, on top of the hour. It is beautiful, it’s dazzling and it’s deep. So many artists that one did not get the chance to see in the official clip are now being seen—Many, Tina, Kaysha and many more. The decision to run to longer version was made after so many demands and the immense outpouring of supports in Europe for Haiti. Since the release of the official clip last week, more than half a million viewers have already enjoyed it.
It is our hope that the Konpa-love artists in North America and elsewhere would take the lead since they are Haitians in the first place. Folk singers and media personalities of Haitian descent must move forward to make sure their ancestral land is not forgotten.
An-n kontinye mobilize! Kenbe djanm!
Long live Haiti!
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