DH is looking for guest writers–submit ideas here!

Writers should, at a minimum, have a point of view and weigh in on what’s right and wrong or strange and confusing about how Haiti develops.  Solution-oriented pieces are especially welcome. Of course links are a must as are pics, video, graphs, etc–anything to show your reader a good time online.

Don’t worry about the quality of your writing. I’ll coach and edit you (painlessly).  Don’t worry if you have a half-baked idea. I’ll talk you through it.  Until DH can transition to a news site, I want to run well-informed pieces and Q&A’s (both 200-600 words) that showcase strong perspectives and authoritative voices. Update: This isn’t a call for regular contributors; feel free to be a one-hit wonder.

A word of advice about what DH is not.  Please don’t be offended.  There’re so many other places on the Web for these perspectives; it just ain’t here.  DH will not publish writing that’s primarily:

  • promoting Haitian music, poetry, or the arts unless there is a community profit or development angle.
  • celebrating your generosity towards Haitians
  • idolizing Haiti’s forefathers
  • lamenting the continued rape/colonization/underdevelopment of Haiti by the U.S. or European power
  • unleashing a generation’s worth of anger towards all of Haiti’s leaders since Papa Doc Duvalier
  • ripping into the UN and NGO sector in a general way.  Specifics, however, are very welcome.
  • blaming Haiti’s current state on the vindictiveness of foreign powers
  • starring an American or Haitian-American savior
  • reproducing these what-not-to-do guidelines
  • [feel free to add your own oft-overheard thread from the “Haiti development” conversation]

Some or all of the above may have merit; it’s not my intention to say they do not.  But very little of the above hasn’t already been said or is forward-thinking.

Still interested?  Contact: carla(dot)m(dot)murphy(at)gmail(dot)com.

3 Responses to “DH is looking for guest writers–submit ideas here!”

  1. Really enjoyed the “these what-not-to-do guidelines” link. The article had me having flashbacks to all the movies I’d seen about Africa and India, or even the American film “Gone with the Wind.” That movie had me blowing… chunks.

    Prissy: “Lawzy, we got to have a doctor. I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies.”

    Of course, all of these stereotypes are born out of either ignorance, prejudice or bigotry.

    The enslaved black woman for one; was not a frazzled, incompetent, annoying boob. The enslaved were not in a position to “talk back” or decline to perform a task. An enslaved woman was expected to “deliver babies, treat the sick and overall… to care for the slave population on the plantation.”


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