On Friday, elected officials, Haitians, unions, and supporters gathered outside the Kennedy Federal Building to express anger at the viral images showing Border Patrol officers riding horses that were circulated earlier this week. Whipped Haitian immigrants hail from Texas.
Ruthzee Louijeune (Haitian American) is running for Boston City Council. She stated that “We were supposed be a country that would welcome immigrants.” “We should be a country that celebrates diversity, but we let anti-blacks cast a shadow over our policies.”
The rally was attended by candidates for the Boston mayor, representatives from Senator Ed Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s offices, as well as Representative AyannaPressley and many members of the Boston City Council, and the state legislature.
Mayor candidate Annissa Essaibi-George said that the rally sent a “loud and clear message” to President Joe Biden. Michel Wu, her rival in the race, described Haiti as a “beacon for democracy, hope, activism, and organization.” Haiti was hit by an earthquake this summer and its president assassinated.
A group of Boston elected officials of color, including the mayoral candidates and Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins, released a letter Earlier this week, he condemned the treatment of Haitian immigrants at the southern border of the Rio Grande and called for the dismissal of border patrol agents in viral photos.
The rally was attended by a large group from the 1199 SEIU in Massachusetts, who expressed support for the large number of Haitian-American members.
“Participating in such an event is not only to support our members, but also their families, communities (and) where they come from,” said Filaine Deronnette, vice president of the union’s health system.
Ben Jerome, originally from Haiti and a participant at the rally, said that if the Haitians were from Sweden they wouldn’t be here. He repeated a theme that he heard at the rally: the treatment of Haitian immigrants. Anti-black sentiment was the reason for the treatment. “I believe (Biden)’s treatment of Haitians was very inhumane. I believe we can do better.”