Posted on January 25, 2018
Haitian Community Marches Against Trump’s Racist Remarks
Today, the Haitian community marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest Trump's racist remarks about immigrants.
— Paul Stremple (@paulstremple) January 20, 2018
Members of New York’s Haitian community and their supporters gathered in the hundreds this morning to march across the Brooklyn Bridge, protesting against President Trump. Organized by the 1804 Movement for All Immigrants, the march was a response from the Haitian community against the vulgar comments made by the President last week about Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations. To add insult to injury, the comments came on the eve of the 8th anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, which struck on January 12, 2010, claiming the lives of more than 100,000 people. That crisis led many Haitians to immigrate to the United States under Temporary Protection Status—a status that was revoked by Trump’s administration this year. An array of ancillary causes showed up as well, with representatives from Equality for Flatbush present, along with the usual socialists and radicals looking for a march, passing out their papers as bored NYPD officers waited in the cold for things to get moving. Maxime Lorisme from the 1804 movement led the group in chants, ranging from protest classics like “No justice, no peace” and “The people, united, will never be defeated,” to new, topical fare, like “Sh*thole President” and the blunt but effective “Donald Trump! RA-CIST!” The protesters moved down Flatbush Avenue, past Barclay’s Center and onto Tillary Street, sings and pounding away on drums. As they moved, passers-by expressed solidarity, snapped pictures or just gawked. Car horns honked as drivers sped by, raising exultant fists in solidarity with the movement. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, the group stopped as the cold wind buffeted their flags and European tourists hurriedly shed their gloves to snap smartphone pictures. “Allelujah, allelujah, allelujah pour Haiti,” they sang in unison, waving the bold red and blue flags of their home country. On the flags’ coat of arms, a motto: L’union fait la force—unity makes strength.