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Photo by Maggie Steber @maggiesteber. After Martin Luther King Day, I’m posting a photograph from Haiti, a Caribbean nation which suffered hurtful rhetoric last week on top of the 8th anniversary of the horrific earthquake claiming the lives of over 350,000 in 2010. African nations were also targets of insults. A Haitian woman shields herself from the rain in Cap-Haitien on Haiti’s northern coast. The colors of the Haitian flag are blue and red. It is a flag born from revolution. Haitians have figured large in American history. Chicago was founded by a Haitian named Jean Baptiste du Sable who was the first resident and is considered the father of Chicago. Nearly 500 Haitians fought alongside American patriots in the 1779 Siege of Savannah, battling against the British in the American revolution. Their own revolution against their French slave masters resulted in the only successful slave revolt in history that led to the establishment of the first Black Republic in the world. “We Haitians are not victims but victors! The constant narrative of the poor sucks on our self-esteem. The greatest gift Haiti gave to the world was freedom, with the only successful slave revolt against French slave masters and Napoleon’s armies that created our country. And she has paid a tax on that gift since then…a poverty tax. No one tells that story.” The words of Carl Juste @cjmiamiherald a Haitian photographer living in Miami, Florida who photographs and is actively engaged in the Haitian community. Ti peyi, gran pep is a Haitian Creole saying for small country, grand people. Every nation has glory to its history. 🇭🇹@viiphoto @fotokonbit @leicawomen #standwithhaiti #haiti #freedom #viiphoto #leicawomen #ngmwomenogvision

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