How hypocritical of the African Union to reject Haiti as a member state due to Its location

Posted by Sydney Noel on Monday, June 6, 2016 Under: Op-ed

There are some disappointments that only happen once in a lifetime; that's how I view the news of Haiti officially joining the African Union in June after being an observer state for 4 years; the news went viral but would turned out to be untrue, after the African Union officially refuted the reports. While disappointing, the blunder at the same time exposes how the African Union, first and foremost, does not share the views nor the opinions of those it supposedly represents. The Africans. 

We were one of the first websites, Haitian or otherwise to write on what we thought was an historical news. The moving article (here) in honor of the news was shared over 40.000 times mostly by people in Africa and with African descents, and from then on it was picked up by many other news outlets.

As the news of Haiti joining the African Union was met with celebratory and deeply personal comments on social networks, the African Union found itself in the embarrassing position to officially publish one of these " inform the general public" statements, to let the world and obviously Haiti knows that:  

According to Article 29.1 of the AU’s Constitutive Act, only African States can join the African Union.

I now feel compelled to write another article, this time against the decision of the African Union to reject Haiti from being a member of the African Union on the sole basis of Its location being outside of the African continent.

Haiti does not have to beg the African Union to become a member state in order to prove Its African heritage. 

This small half island was the first land in the new world that welcomed men, women and children from various parts of Africa as slaves: In 1517, the kind hearted priest Bartolome de las Casas, appointed by Spain's queen Isabella of Castille to oversee the horrible living conditions of the natives, who were decimating due to their enslavements by Spanish invaders; horrified by the idea of an entire extermination of the natives,
the priest recommended something that instead of helping, made it not only worst for the Taino/Arawak population of then Hispaniola, but completely changed the course of human history.  

Bartolome de las Casas recommended the importation of African slaves to help and replace the natives who had died.(Genocide of Haiti's Natives)

So there you have it. The Catholic Church through its priest and the queen of Spain launched the Atlantic Slave trade, a trade that would expand to every corner of three continents and last for nearly four centuries. Until Haiti would become the first country in the world to abolish it through mankind's only successful slave revolt launched by a Vodou ceremony. The African slaves of Haiti defeated the powerful armies of Spain, England and France to gain freedom and founded the first black republic in the world on January 1, 1804.

Haiti became an inspiration for oppressed slaves, especially africans around the world; as well as an imposed death sentence to the idea of white supremacist and africans oppression through a dishonorable servitude.

It would take decades for many countries who are today claiming to be the tenor of human rights and principles to follow suit.       

Throughout her entire history, Haiti has always fiercely claimed and guarded her African roots; Haiti remains the most African land outside of Africa; as soon as you step foot on Haiti's soil, you immediately understands that this island is the eldest daughter of mother Africa, the heritage of the old continent is vivid; from its customs, religion and creole language spoken by every Haitian, which despite deriving 90% from french, is the synthetic cousin of the Fon language. Anyway you look at it, Haiti is Africa.

The official rejection of the African Union to admit Haiti as member state is of no surprise to Haiti and its people. Not the first nor the last time in history that their idea is viewed as radical.  

But, what would the benefits of Haiti being an official member of the African Union be for Haiti and the other members of the regional body? 
Africans interest in Haiti are very strong, as proven by the blunder.

Haiti's location combined with its rich and deep historical connection to the ancient continent and the growing interests of Africans in the world's first bak republic could be the cornerstone for 
impressive economic investment/development partnerships. 

Haiti joining the African Union could also catalyzed the interests of other african diaspora countries to do the same.  

In a world in which globalisation remains increasingly inevitable, and more countries are reinforcing their economic competitiveness through trade agreements and partnerships, the African Union having more relatively robust economies with large African diaspora potentially joining in; such as Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba etc.. could be the key to effectively compete on the global stage. If the United States of America could advocate for a transatlantic trade agreement with asian countries, why can't the African Union expand its economical ties with its diaspora?

Haiti will continue to joyfully fulfill the duty bestowed upon it by destiny: Being the gatherer of Africans and staunchest defender of African traditions and heritage regardless of language, location and all other barriers for a greater cause. 

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