Change the narrative: how news media report about Haiti - The First Black Republic!

Change the narrative: how news media report about Haiti - The First Black Republic!

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Danielle Coulanges started this petition to Associated Press and news media and

On July 7th 2021 Haiti was headline news again when its president was assassinated in his own home. One more crisis in my birth country that’s already teetering on the brink of collapse from ongoing political, economic and social chaos since President Duvalier left in 1986. Yes, the country is in a mess.

As I read a Washington Post article on the situation, I cringed when I came across that common phrase too frequently used in reporting about Haiti, "the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere," repeated several times. Then later a reporter on French television used the same "le pay le plus pauvre..." (the poorest country).

Enough! Tell the people something they may not know about Haiti.  Do they also know that Haiti was the first black republic in modern history?  An independent country established by former slaves, a phenomenal feat for a time when slavery dominated the western hemisphere. Why isn’t that ever mentioned?

How the first black republic got to be renamed the poorest country would require a discussion that includes the reparations the former slaves had to pay to the colonizers they kicked out of the country and the decades’ worth of covert foreign control and manipulation, all of which is not my point here. 

I am asking for your support in requiring news media to use the moniker of “Haiti, the first black republic” when reporting about the country.   Please sign the petition and email the news organizations mentioned and others you know. 

Let’s change the narrative to something that elevates the history of the Haitian people instead of continually treading upon their misery. HISTORY MATTERS!

Thank you for your support.

Danielle Coulanges – a Haitian American

For historical details about how Haiti became the first black republic and email information for news media outlets visit: https://butterflypublication.com/haiti-1st-black-republic-1

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