I welcome and applaud your decision to join in this year’s celebration of Bwa Kay Iman. In honor of Boukmann, my family will continue to expose - throw away - the Leonardo da Vinci self-portraits that are still promoted as being that of God. http://www.kleio.org/en/history/famtree/sforza/323.html
I invite you to join our Leonardo pa Bondye (Leonardo da vinci is not God) campaign
The displaced Africans who gathered on that faithful evening of August 14-15, 1791 would surely appreciate knowing that, 222 years later, their sons and daughters who had survived the MAAFA would be joined in peace to honor their memory and their valiant struggle, even by a few descendants of the wicked Elizabeth I, Napoleon and Rochambeau.
S wrote: (I am so thankful for Boukman for releasing and liberating this island of Haiti, but no matter who he was praying to, himself or some other image…)
According to historical records, Boukmann is a very real person who lived on earth and left plenty of information about his vision and core beliefs. There is no indication whatsoever that Boukmann was praying to any image or ever came from such a tradition. Further, there exists no indication that Boukmann was afflicted by the pathology suffered by his enemies who, indeed, are known to indulge in narcissic worship-propagation of their own images. Note that Boukmann admonished his people to throw away the portraits of the malevolent and deceitful god of Napoleon, Elizabeth and John Newton because he realized the damage these images were causing to the kidnapped and displaced African's psyche. So, he invited them to instead listen to the voice of the true creator of the universe who sends a song of freedom to their hearts. His theology was very precise and was clearly diametrically opposed to Eurochristianity.
S continues…(…the reality is that the God of forever who has always loved every person regardless of color was the releaser and giver of freedom that day, not any one man).
I agree wholeheartedly that Bondye had to be on the side of justice in 1791. In fact, in Haitian Kreyòl, there can be no ambiguity as to the nature of the creator of the universe. She is inescapably good because she is BON-DYE! Therefore, by definition, she must always be on the side of good not evil, freedom not bondage, justice not injustice. However, the same cannot be said of the gods of Eurochristianity, aka gods of Israel, be it Yaweh, Jehovah or Elohim. As described for instance in the EuroChristian Bible, the god of Israel had forever been an ethnocentric deity who has no qualms siding with violent invaders of other peoples lands. Justice has never been a paramount value for this deity. The only thing that counts for it is the victory of its own clan - by any means necessary. That deity, rather than condemning slavery, gives specific directives to its preferred clan to enslave other human beings whom he considers less deserving of freedom (Leviticus 25) and he goes as far as joining them in barbaric acts of thievery (Joshua 10).
This is precisely why our beloved Boukmann felt it necessary to contrast the justice-loving Bondye of the surviving Africans in opposition to that other entity, the partial and ethnocentric god who enjoys injustice and greed and who thirsts for African blood and tears - as he had also enjoyed the tears and the blood of the Amorites, the Malechites or other victims of Abraham, Joshua, David, Moses...all violent invaders of other peoples lands and possessions.
222 years after Bwa Kay Iman, it is unfortunate that many self-claimed friends of Haiti are, like Las Casas, Labbat, Cachetan (the missionaries of colonial time), still busy propagating white supremacist propaganda in Haiti, under the guise of religion or humanitarian intervention. The persistent use of the self-portraits of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo by these modern-day missionaries among the survivors of Napoleon and Elizabeth’s attempted genocide are an important clue to help uncover their true motivation and agenda.
Boukmann invites us to honor a real, truly universal and justice-loving Bondye, creator of the universe. He calls on us all, regardless of race and creed, to listen to the voice of freedom singing in our hearts. I don't think it is too late or too difficult for any of us to learn a new gospel, a new song of freedom.
(Tell the children the truth: Leonardo pa Bondye! Makandal pa dyab!)
See also: The Sacrifice of Haiti
A Giant Step for Mankind Made in Haiti