Recently, I got a barrage of the same text message. The New York Times wrote about Haiti and it was important — because The New York Times wrote about it.

The Times published a lengthy article about the history of Haiti and its interaction (read: abuse) with the rest of the world on May 20, 2022. The article was long and interesting; It was well-researched. It was thoughtful, it was objective and it was careful.

It was also not new.

The article itself discusses the double debt and ransom placed upon post-colonial Haiti after their victory of freedom over the French. It covers Haiti’s dictators, the occupation by the United States and the democratic election of Jean Bertrand Aristide.

One of the authors, Catherine Porter, appeared on The Daily where she further explored the research and answered any questions that may have been lingering.