Believe it or not, there are many, many tens of thousands of Haitians living in the United States, particularly here in Brooklyn, as well as in the rest of New York City and Miami and other immigrant heavy cities and towns.
One would think that the reported deaths of scores of Haitians by Hurricane Gustav would warrant more attention than a burial (excuse the word) in the bottom of reports on how the U.S. Gulf region and the Republicans are being affected by Gustav.
The evacuation of New Orleans is admittedly an extremely important happening in the U.S., but you'd think that you'd be able to find a mention of Haiti and Gustav somewhere in the top 20 paragraphs of the U.S. stories, which seem infinitely more concerned about the effects of Gustav on John McCain.
It's really pitiful, tragic and irresponsible.
This is what MSNBC had on its web site last Thursday about Haiti:
"Haiti officials on Thursday said at least 51 people had died from floods, mudslides and falling trees, including 25 around the city of Jacmel, where Gustav first struck land Tuesday."
Since then, there's been pretty much silence and emptiness, in Haiti as well as in the U.S. media.
[Photo above is of a young woman, taken last week for AP in Haiti as Gustav hit there.]