What Haiti Produces
by Saab Lofton
"Baseballs are coming along nicely. They're produced in U.S.-owned factories where the women who make them get ten cents an hour -- if they meet their quota. Since meeting the quota is virtually impossible, they actually make something like five cents an hour. Softballs from Haiti are advertised in the U.S. as being unusually good because they're hand-dipped into some chemical that makes them hang together properly. The ads don't mention that the chemical the women hand-dip the balls into is toxic and that, as a result, the women don't last very long at this work."
--Professor Noam Chomsky, from his book, Secrets, Lies and Democracy
Professor Chomsky won a 2005 poll which named him the world's top public intellectual, so he's most trustworthy.
I pride myself on having an extensive library, and thankfully, I managed to hold onto my copy of Secrets, Lies and Democracy over the years. I mean, you never know when something will come in handy ...
... for instance, Rush Limbaugh recently said this about Haiti: "The Haitian economy is entirely dependent on foreign aid. They produce nothing, zilch, zero, nada, and it's been that way for the longest time."
Now, if by "foreign aid," Limbaugh is referring to how Haiti has been raped by capitalism since day one, then sure, I'll buy that (no pun intended). However, that callous line about how the Haitians "produce nothing, zilch, zero, nada" pissed me off to no end and it must be combated.
Limbaugh's motive is clear: As a wealthy white man, he's obviously petrified that Obama will grow a backbone, tax the rich and then use the revenue to create opportunities for a bunch of NIGGERS who may eventually contribute to ethnic miscegenation. It's a very old story, but the problem is Limbaugh has tens of millions of fans because the rich and powerful (the right-wing) pay for the airtime that makes a fat bastard like him FAMOUS ...
... in contrast, I'm one of the poor and oppressed (the left-wing), so all I can afford is to post commentaries on an OBSCURE website. Aside from my impoverished existence, the negative consequence to this is all too many will walk away assuming that Limbaugh is supposedly correct; that the Haitians are lazy welfare cheats who "produce nothing, zilch, zero, nada" when Professor Chomsky -- the world's top public intellectual -- pointed out how just the opposite is the case.
Jesus H. Christ, people! Haitian women have suffered greatly by dipping their hands into toxic sludge in order to produce baseballs! BASEBALLS! As in America's favorite past time! But who's going to tell Limbaugh how wrong he is? More to the point, who's going to tell AMERICA?
It's nice to see so many have come to Haiti's aid because of the earthquake, but since Limbaugh has an audience of tens of millions, he could potentially curtail future donations by pandering to that age old fear whites have of NIGGERS taking advantage of them. Well, even though I only got hundreds of fans (if that), I'm still morally obligated to try and counter the adverse effect Limbaugh will invariably have. Sigh ...
To those who claim that all one has to do is work hard, behold!
"While some multimillionaires started in poverty, most did not. A study of the origins of 303 textile, railroad and steel executives of the 1870s showed that 90 percent came from middle- or upper-class families. The Horatio Alger stories of 'rags to riches' were true for a few men, but mostly a myth, and a useful myth for control."
--Professor Howard Zinn, from his book, A People's History of the United States
To those who claim Professor Zinn is too biased to be believed, behold!
"I personally think that society is responsible for a very significant percentage of what I've earned."
--Warren Buffett, Number Two on the Forbes 400
By the way, that Warren Buffett quote comes from a 2004 press release which reads as follows: "Whether helped by public research and government contracts, public education, wide-ranging taxpayer-financed infrastructure, or the myriad publicly supported and regulated institutions, no one can claim they did it alone. And yet, the myth persists [that 'useful myth for control' Professor Zinn spoke of]. A growing danger is that the myth can be used to justify reducing public investment in the very institutions and infrastructure that not only enable more Americans to become wealthy, but maintain a strong economy."
I derive no pleasure in being an unknown underdog and I certainly don't like playing defense -- which is to say, wait for some fascist like Limbaugh to say something stupid and then respond, so let's take an offensive stance for a change, shall we?
From now on, if anyone happens to see Rush Limbaugh on the street, grab a baseball and throw it at him. I'm serious. Toss it at his hard-to-miss fat ass and say it's from Haiti. I'm not a Stalinist; I'm against any form of censorship, but there has to be SOME consequence to demonizing the working poor and hurling Haitian baseballs at Limbaugh is as good a punishment as any.
Here's the wind-up -- the pitch ..!