Speak of the Devil

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  1. Darrell Miller says:


    I had a similar reaction, but did not get a chance to share it beyond the minority list-serve (mostly to vent).

    Thanks for highlighting the irony. It’s a truth that needs to be told.


  2. “it was Black freedom which lost out in 1877…the nation’s political leaders sold the South to a century of Klan rule.”

    The Klan ruled the South until 1977? Well, that would dovetail nicely with its switch from being a Democratic stronghold about that time…

    At its peak, the Klan was probably much more an anti-Catholic organization and its political influence post-1930 has been sporadic to the point of being laughable.

    …and as to America’s bad foreign policy decisions for Haiti – are you referring to the Kennedy cut-off in aid or Clinton’s military response in the 90’s? (Both of which I believe were probably correct moves)

  3. keepitprivate says:

    Kaimi: I have no sympathy for Pat Robertson, but you really should stop responding to every right-wing comment by reminding us of slavery. What does slavery have to do with Haiti or with Robertson’s wacky personal views on sin and god’s punishment? Robertson already opined that god punished America for various sins too, so you aren’t actually contradicting him on this.

    Generally, an American obsession with bringing up slavery at every political discussion is getting tired. Serfdom (a close sibling of slavery) was in place in much of Europe until mid-19th century, but I can hardly imagine someone raising it in a current political debate in Austria, Spain, or Russia. Responding to Robertson by reminding everyone of slavery is like responding by calling him a Nazi. It simply doesn’t help. Once again, I have no sympathy for him whatsoever; I am just tempted to say, with friends like you, who needs enemies?

  4. Darrell Miller says:

    This is the point:

    Haiti was the Western Hemisphere’s first black republic (albeit short-lived). It was founded by people who really were slaves, not some kind of metaphorical/rhetorical “don’t tax my tea” slaves. The people of Haiti had far more moral right to revolution than did the American Revolutionaries, and yet Robertson dismisses the Haitian Revolution as the result of a deal with the devil. The fact that Robertson can make such a claim without a trace of irony underscores the fact that some (perhaps many) Americans cannot reconcile two indubitable facts (a) the United States was founded by smart, forward-thinking men who (b) acquiesced in a terrible evil to do so.