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via elle, phd by elle on 1/21/10Dear World,
As has become my habit, I want to make an announcement without adding much commentary or history. After seeing this burning question on CNN's front page:
Is it ethical to vacation in Haiti now?
and reading another article about a recent spate of adoptions of Haitian "orphans" with little time given to find any extended family members, I would just like to remind you/us:
Haiti/Haitians do(es) not exist to facilitate opportunities to make you feel good about yourself.
If I were my former self, I suppose I could make some point about further marginalizing people by centering yourself and your desires or the historical precedent for abrogating the relationship between children of color and their families members for money, ego, and superiority complexes like racism and ethnocentrism. I might even reiterate Angela Davis's story of how armed guards are protecting tourists in Haiti from the pesky Haitians. But that ain't even me right now.
I have a feeling you're not listening anyway.