Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Haiti Project Response to President Trump’s Comments during the Bipartisan Meeting on Immigration Yesterday as approved by Bishop Steven Miller.
We are greatly disappointed that, as Haiti commemorates the 2010 earthquake and the people of the United States prepare to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, we should hear such words about our brothers and sisters around the world from the President of the United States. We know the people of Haiti. We know them to be people of honor and integrity, people whose tenacity and strength is often beyond our understanding, people whose faith and hope shine like a beacon on a hill. We agree with Haitian Ambassador Alcindor’s remarks in a radio interview with NPR this morning, the narrative put forth in this country about Haiti must change. The Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Haiti Project chooses to refer to Haiti as the first independent black republic and celebrate the gifts of Haitian’s to the United States. These contributions include fighting in the American Revolutionary War at Savannah and the rich academic and cultural offerings of Haitian American communities in the US. We offer today, on the eighth anniversary of the earthquake, our prayers for the people of Haiti. We know the hurtful words you heard yesterday are not reflective of our love and respect for you and fall short of the call of our Baptism covenant to respect the dignity of every human being.
WTMJ-4 in Milwaukee interviewed Ann Brophy, former Chair and long time board member on the remarks out of the White House.