Sunday, February 29, 2004

Ja: In search of the great black hope

This is an article by Earl M. Bartley. Read it. Bartley openly asks questions that are raised behind closed doors. He tries to answer them, too. Here's part of what he says:

Prosperous peoples and nations adhere to ethics and integrity as basic principles, show respect for the rule of law and the rights of others, work hard, and are thrifty and punctual. Of course, the world is a lot more complicated than pithy statements of principles. But instead of putting our faith in black princes and messiahs who come blowing in and out like bigger or smaller hurricanes, mostly leaving destruction in their wake, black people might be better off incorporating some of these principles in their lives.

The Haitian gunmen about to shoot their way into power without regard to the need of their country to settle into the habit of democratic practice, or the danger to the lives of hundreds of their country-men, or the inconvenience they might cause to their neighbours, would also do very well to show some respect for the rule of law and the rights of others.


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