Mark West

In discussing why poverty persists in Cite Soleil, the article plays into the white savior industrial complex by failing to even mention Haiti's history, and how the US and other governments repeatedly crippled Haitian efforts at independence and sovereignty. What if we hadn't kept a dictator and his son in power for decades? What if we'd let the people of Haiti keep the democratically-elected president they chose precisely to lead them out of poverty? What if we hadn't undercut the native rice industry? What if we'd allowed the Haitian government to raise the minimum wage without the US forcing them to overturn the regulation? What if . . .? While Kim's commitment is remarkable, the way you've covered it makes poverty seem the natural lot of the Haitian people who await the intervention of outsiders to solve their problems.