The dry bones of Haiti and New Orleans

Haiti and New Orleans are joined in history, culture and tragedy.
The massive earthquake summons images we have not seen in this hemisphere since Hurricane Katrina.
I believe the despair is a continuing message to the globe, to the United States and to African-Americans — we can’t ignore poverty and inequality.
Ezekiel 37:11 reads in part:
“Our bones are dry, our hope is lost and we ourselves are cut off.”
In both cases, an intolerable situation of squalor has been wiped away.
We have an opportunity to replace it with a flourishing society.
Most Americans do not understand how important Haiti is to the history of the United States.
Were it not for the Haitian troops with Lafayette, the battle of Yorktown would not have ended the American Revolution.
Were it not for the Haitian Revolution, Napoleon would not have sold the Louisiana Purchase. The transcontinental power which has become the United States might not have occurred.
Haitian revolutionaries inspired the Latin American independence movements.
In return, Haiti has been left to wither on the vine, perhaps in hope of quelling its revolutionary spirit.
What we’ll learn over the coming days is about the unquenchable soul of the Haitian people, who have learned to turn adversity into a rich stew of creativity.
As the world rushes to help, it should not overlook the lesson being presented.
Until we face the problems of poverty squarely, by resurrecting a new Haiti, we will have to face them more and more and more. It’s not accidentally that we face this crisis as financial institutions announce huge bonuses.
People of good will must take the opportunity to be instruments to bring about a true blessing.
Ezekiel 37: 26 concludes the story of the dry bones:
“I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set my sanctuary in their midst forever more.”

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