Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hating on Haiti

What are they teaching kids in high school these days? Or should I say not teaching them? Last night I went to church to lead my 9th grade girls Bible study, and when I suggested that we spend some time in prayer for the people of Haiti, they all looked at me with blank expressions.
“Why? What’s in Haiti?” asked one.
“You didn’t hear about the horrible earthquake that has destroyed the capitol city and possible killed thousands of people?” I replied.
“Um, no. I don’t really watch the news.”
Seriously? I work at an elementary school and even we talked about it.
I can’t be too hard on them though. Something bad happened when I was in 9th grade and I didn’t even learn about it until college. Remember what was happening in Rwanda in 1994? Half a million people murdered in ethnic genocide? I was too busy thinking about boys (Jake Spence), music (Weezer) and sports (soccer) to pay mind to another part of the world.
So to make up for it I now spend hours glued to the TV watching CNN’s live coverage as the Silver Fox Anderson Cooper roams around the streets of Port au Prince looking for survivors.
The most horrific thing I saw was not scenes from Haiti at all, but a clip of Pat Robertson saying that the earthquake happened because 200 years ago the Haitians had made a pact with the Devil.
I couldn’t stomach any more.

1 comment:

elisse said...

Wow, that is really sad, about the kids I mean. Our preschoolers were informed right off the bat! But then, that is private christian preschool.