"we need to understand racism to get beyond it"
Skating around this core issue serves absolutely no positive purpose in the search for solutions to the modern phase of the Dominican-Haitian conflict.
It is my understanding that most problems people face today on either side of the island the Tainos once baptised Ayiti are rooted in the manner in which the colonial concentration camps were established under the pre-liberation regimes (1492-1803). Since Haitian independence, various institutions (church, schools, local governments, foreign invasion forces) have been hard at work resurrecting or maintaining the same racial disorder that Emperor Jacques 1er (Dessalines) had attempted to permanently uproot on the island.
As the Kadejakè-Koleraman of the United Nations get away with killing several thousands of our brothers and sisters on the Western side of Ayiti, it is painfully evident that the puppet government Hillary Clinton and her gang propped up in Haiti, is not lifting a finger in defense of the victims of this blatant crime. Essentially, the most vulnerable, the black majority remain as vulnerable and as stateless as ever. It makes me wonder how effectively Haiti's current "leaders" will be working alongside the 13 fellow Caribbean nations that have finally acted to collect long overdue reparations from the British, the French and the Dutch. (see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451891/14-Caribbean-nations-sue-Britain-Holland-France-slavery-reparations.html ).
So, today still, on EITHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND, "those whose fathers were in Africa" as Dessalines was lamenting in 1804, continue to be denied the right to live as free human beings who enjoy the right to nationhood in their very own homeland. When the Dominican legal institution decides to strip hundreds of thousands of individuals of their birthright, overnight, they become totally exposed to the worst mistreatments either at the hands of the state or that of their fellow Dominicans. Like the displaced Africans who inhabited the island in 1805, the "law" has officially declared them: "fair game".
Recently, in one internet post addressing the recent Dominican Tribunal's decision, I noticed a brief reference to Louis Ferrand's decree of January 6, 1805 in which this French monster had declared all black children (under 14) to be fair game for the white inhabitants of the island to chase down, enslave and sell for profit. We must admit that so-called elites on either side of the island had so neglected their duty to their nations that this important historical document is practically unknown to most. Yet, it is key to understand Dessalines' motivation in launching the campaign to liberate Santo Domingo. I take this opportunity to also highlight that the naming of the Limonade University after King Henri 1 instead of Dessalines could in no way appease the neighbors who internalize anti-Haitian sentiments. Henri Christophe played an active role in the 1805 attempt to liberate Santo Domingo.
To bring to light the complexities of this 1805 campaign, some folks decided recently to launch in depth discussions and analyses of documents such as Ferrand's decree, Dessalines's proclamations of 1804-1806, the 1805 Constitution etc...I encourage readers who master Haitian Kreyol or French to join in these exchanges at the following link:https://www.forumhaiti.com/t15572-ayiti-vs-dominikani-referans-istorik-ki-esansyel-pou-konprann-konfli-a
N.B.: Sometimes, we also conduct these exchanges in English or move from one language to the other.
Dominicans of all shades are indeed our brothers and sisters. Yes, race is nothing more than a historical construct. One that should not be given undue importance but also one that deserves more than simple denial, lest it be at our own peril.
A few decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King admonished Africans who were being denied their right to nationhood in the United States of North-America, to boycott Sealtest Milk, WonderBread and Coca-Cola. Dr. King, who was never a mere dreamer, did so very forcefully in his last speech of April 3, 1968. Indeed, there comes a time when it is necessary to take direct action against white supremacist violence.
Today, if we stay silent and allow the paranoiac white supremacist Dominican minority to strip their Black brothers and sisters - born on the eastern side of the island - of their natural birthright, we will be complicit of a major crime. Our silence would not so much be a betrayal of fake international conventions or the so-called "declaration universelle des droits de l'homme" which had been promulgated by a slave-holding French government... these things never meant much for the wellbeing of non-white peoples of the planet. Indeed, as Haitian author Tiecoura Dorleans Dessalines Jean-Baptiste, a direct descendant of his Majesty Jean-Jacques Dessalines, remind us in his book aptly titled "les droits de l'homme sont anti-Nègre", these fake pronouncements cannot and must not be our guide. More importantly, for us Haitians and freedom lovers worldwide, we should worry to not offend the God who is truly good. The Bondye of Boukmann who is also referenced in Dessalines' 1805 Constitution. Yes, it is the very core ideals of a truly universal and non-ethnocentric Creator of all mankind, the higher ideals of our abolitionist ancestors that we still must strive to honor. TOUT MOUN SE MOUN - that every human being be treated as such - at least within the oasis of Ayiti, the former land of the Tainos.
- Citation :
- "...We don't need any bricks and bottles, we don't need any Molotov cocktails, we just need to go around to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say, "God sent us by here, to say to you that you're not treating his children right. And we've come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda--fair treatment, where God's children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you. And so, as a result of this, we are asking you tonight, to go out and tell your neighbors not to buy Coca-Cola in Memphis. Go by and tell them not to buy Sealtest milk. Tell them not to buy--what is the other bread?--Wonder Bread…" -
(King speech,3 April 1968, I’ve Been to the Mountaintop Memphis, Tenn. - delivered only hours before the CIA and the FBI murdered him).
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people" Word of the good doctor Mr. King