Quand la plus grande réussite sociale de son temps tombe dans la main oppressive. Haïti, heureux 100ème anniversaire !
The unintended consequence of Haiti’s 1804 victory abolishing slavery and against white supremacy was that this compelled Napoleon to sell the Louisiana Territory which doubled the size of US. 15 US states were created in whole or in part from the Louisiana Purchase. Unfortunately, the sad irony is that the Haiti victory allowed the US to add more slavery states to its empire. Today, Haitians face a power partly of its own creation. Is being re-enslaved by the super European-settler power its victory helped create. Here’s how one historian puts it:
“And here is another irony. Haitians had opened 1804 by announcing their grand experiment of a society whose basis for citizenship was literally the renunciation of white privilege, but their revolution’s success had at the same time delivered the Mississippi Valley to a new empire of slavery. The great continent would incubate a second slavery exponentially greater in economic power than the first.”
The longer view though is that because of the Haiti revolution, US slavery lasted only 60 more years instead of centuries more. Denmark Vesey, Nat Turner, Gabriel Prosser, all inspired by the Haiti Revolution. The end of white supremacy will come, because of Haiti.”–Ézili Dantò, 1915 to 2015: A Hundred Years of US Occupation in Haiti is Enough
Haitian protesters attacked by United Nations peacekeeping forces. Notice that protesters are young unarmed men, demonstrating peacefully as is being done all over the globe.
Haitian police and UN peacekeepers have attacked protesters with live ammo and chemical agents as several thousand opposition supporters tried to march on the presidential palace, demanding new leadership.
UN peacekeepers firing on Haitian protesters on 12/13/2014 as they protest for a new government leader.
Well, the reality is there are still many untapped oil reserves in many areas around the world, and Haiti’s is one of them. According to a report from radio Metropole, scientists Daniel and Ginette Mathurin say that Haiti’s oil reserves are larger than those of Venezuela.
In fact, Daniel Mathurin says that Haiti’s oil reserves are so much larger that they are not even worth comparing….“An Olympic pool compared to a glass of water that is the comparison to show the importance of oil Haitian compared to those of Venezuela.”
That is an amazing statement considering the fact that Venezuela is one of the world’s major oil producers. But Daniel and Ginette Mathurin are not the only ones making these claims about oil in Haiti.
One Moore Book is a publisher and distributor of culturally sensitive children’s literature. Please join us as we celebrate the launch of The Haiti Series–a collection of six stories that feature the vibrant culture and people of The Republic of Haiti. The launch event will be an art exhibition featuring illustrators of The Haiti Series, including Edouard Duval Carrie.
Each ticket we sell will pay for purchase and shipping of one book to a child in Haiti through a partnership with the LitWorld organization. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit The Haiti Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit organization established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people.
Come out and enjoy a night of music, literature and art.
To learn more about the benefiting organizations, please visit their websites:
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak! Her latest book, The Dew Breaker, is a remarkable story of family, heartbreak and new beginnings, both personal and political. Series: “Voices” [10/2004] [Humanities] [Show ID: 8904]