It wasn’t the 40-second earthquake that devastated Haiti, it was the 500 years leading up to it. Even the Chilean earthquake, a hundred times stronger, failed to achieve the same level of devastation. Half a millennia of degradation and economic misery left Haiti particularly vulnerable to what other nations could have recovered from. And as Haitians struggled to locate loved ones under crushed homes, schools and hospitals, Americans donned 3D glasses and flocked to theaters to watch Avatar. The popularity of Avatar, a movie whose very premise parallels the history of Haiti’s indigenous Taíno, seemed poised to act as an emblem of diverted resources and thwarted compassion; but instead of news-cycling into detachment and amnesia, a spontaneous outpouring of empathy emerged from the “first” world....
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