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Receptionist: Don't you feel like your generation is just lazy?
Me: Lazy? I'd say apathetic.
Receptionist: Isn't it the same?
Me: No. My generation is criticized and toiled with, and I don't see why not - just turn on the TV and watch what they're feeding us. But my generation is not lazy. My generation fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. My generation fought for womens rights in a fury that hadn't been seen since the 19th Amendment. My generation got our first black President elected. My generation fought for Gay rights for the first time in American history. And with all that, we are apathetic, and that's because things aren't going to be better for us down the road. We are the first generation expected to make less than our parents. We are the first generation to see America lose its status as a super power. We've lived through the worst economic times since the Great Depression, and are forced to take out thousands of dollars in student loans at the same time, all while our college degrees slowly turn into a highschool diploma. We've done plenty, and expect nothing. So no, I wouldn't say we're lazy, just apathetic.
Yeah, so again I’m not an expert or anything, but from my understanding, Canada has been accused of involvement in the 2004 overthrow of the democratically elected Presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Here’s what Moise Jean-Charles, a popular senator for the north of Haiti, had to say to Haiti Liberte:
"Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay are not the real occupiers of Haiti. The real forces behind Haiti’s [UN administered] military occupation — the powers which are putting everybody else up to it — are the U.S., France, and Canada, which colluded in the Feb. 29, 2004 coup d’etat against President [Jean-Bertrand] Aristide. It was then they began trampling Haitian sovereignty."
Also, Canadian troops were deployed to Haiti immediately following this coup to ‘peace-keep’ with UN forces, however the UN forces have repeatedly been accused of misdeeds against the Haitian people. Canadian troops were repeatedly described by Haitians in Haitian media as “occupying forces,” and “imperialists.”
"Haiti’s left-wing weeklies have detailed Ottawa’s role in planning the coup; destabilizing the elected government; building a repressive Haitian police force; justifying politically motivated arrests and killings; militarizing post-earthquake disaster relief; pushing the exclusion of Haiti’s most popular party, Fanmi Lavalas, from participating in elections."
In 2005, Canadian officials warned Canadians against travelling to Haiti for ‘security concerns’ following the coup our Canadian government sponsored in the first place. Like many Caribbean nations, an important part of Haiti’s economy is tourism. By warning Canadians not to travel there, they purposely hurt the Haitian economy.
In 2006, the Canadian government essentially took control of the Haitian electoral system, along with some other countries. This election brought back former President René Préval, who had previously used his position to privatize various aspects of government and force agrarian reform, much of which was opposed by the Fanmi Lavalas — the political party favoured by the majority of the populace. He had also dissolved parliament and ruled by decree in 1999 — a situation not unfamiliar to a country that had already survived both Duvaliers. Canada’s stamp of approval to his second presidency obviously feels problematic to many.
The Canadian government blocked Fanmi Lavalas from participation in the election, causing massive protests by Haitians. In my humble opinion, not allowing the country’s most popular political party to be considered on the ballot means that election was a complete fraud.
(That said, Preval has done some good things for the Haitian economy during his presidency.)
Haiti is the second-highest international aid recipient (after Afganistan) from Canada. International aid is a tricky thing because the governments giving out the money tend to attach many strings to that money. The Haitian government’s ability to make its own economic choices is severely curtailed by the strings attached to Canadian foreign aid funds.
These are all things that have happened during the past twenty years or so. I’m sure if you asked some Haitian people, they would be happy to tell you a much longer, more detailed history of problematic relations between Canada and Haiti.
Here’s a photo of a Haitian girl giving Harper the side-eye:
Aristide was a dictator who rigged the elections and assasinated political rivals. my Uncle, being one of his political enemies was assassinated by way of mini gun attached to the inside of a minivan.
I refuse to be ashamed for believing trans women are supremely beautiful, and for declaring so at every opportunity. Partially because trans women are constantly told and joked about that they are awful, ugly, gross, unlovable, and I like to make a point to counter that narrative at every opportunity.
this comes across to me as a centering of cis feelings in an attempt to be given the Best Cis of The Year award. LOL
I’m a trans woman.
The prettiest women I’ve ever met have all been trans. that’s just a fact of life lol