There has always been a love hate relationship between Bahamians and Haitians. We love them when they do the physical labour we don’t want to do, but hate them when they start to aspire to do more for themselves.
When we consider the reactions to the government documenting and releasing 119 Haitians from the detention centre here as a result of the earthquake devastation to Port au Prince, Haiti one wonders how we can call ourselves a “Christian” nation.
Some Bahamians, lead by the Opposition political party (PLP), are seemingly irate that the government would release 119 people as a humanitarian gesture, implying that the “Haitians are taking over”. All the while they ignore the fact that hundreds of Haitians are entering illegally almost on a daily basis, under successive governments.
Shucks more than 119 illegal Haitians could be picked up on a daily basis, but there are practical and humanitarian considerations in these circumstances.
The illegal entry not withstanding, a friend indicated that he searched the Internet and can find no other country in the region, or the world for that matter, that is reacting the way some sectors of our community are.
There are many public policies I disagree with successive governments on, but in the circumstances, this is not one of them.
The reaction of certain segments of the society are shameful. Thank goodness, so many Bahamians are doing their part to send assistance to our Haitian neighbours in their time of need.
When all the negativity subsides I think we will be proud of the contribution the many right thinking Bahamians have made.
With The Bahamas and Haitians, contradictions abound.