News channels worldwide exploded, circulating photos of Haitian migrants occupying tents,
crossing rivers, and doing the unthinkable, to seek asylum at the borders in Del Rio, Texas.
While the images of black and brown migrants cascade across our televisions, iPods, and
cellular phones. Much of the world sat at home in awe that this could really be happening.
Border patrol on horseback utilizing their reigns to whip Haitian migrants as they cross the
border sent the world into a rage. The idea that this modern-day depiction of slavery has
resurfaced stopped people in their tracks, creating a sense of fear that their “Great America”
really isn’t as great as it seemed all their life.
Haitian migrants crossing the Rio Grande to enter the United States. The Washington Post/Getty Images
As I watched Haitian people crossing rivers, holding bags of food above their heads, and seeing children riding on their parents’ necks. As I watched people run from border patrol hoping to reach their families in tents across the way. I had to close my eyes and compose myself. It saddened me that people are fleeing their homeland in the hopes of seeking asylum due to political unrest and economic shambles and still aren’t welcomed or made to feel safe.
Conditions that are known worldwide and still no grace is given. The argument that many of
these Haitians were not, in fact coming from Haiti is valid. But let’s not negate the fact that no
matter which country they are fleeing, they had to leave their home country, Haiti, to have a
better life. Bu