Beyond History Before and After Obama - Yes...

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Beyond History Before and After Obama - Yes...

Post by jafrikayiti » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:27 pm

http://www.mcgilldaily.com/article/1801 ... -supremacy

Haitian speaker challenges white supremacy

Jean Saint-Vil's audience of 60 buckled over in laughter Thursday, during his speech “Black History Now,” the centerpiece of 2009 Black History Month at McGill, organized by Black Students Network (BSN). Provocative and frank, the Haitian-born Canadian exposed distortions of black history that remain mainstream today. He dispelled the myth that ancient Egyptians were white, reminded the audience that the fastest computer in 1989 was engineered by a black man, and tore down the association between Haiti's 1804 Revolution and the French Revolution.

Saint-Vil argued that black people today are damaged by institutionalized white supremacy that convinces them God is white and white is Godly. “Everybody is white: Mary, Joseph.... You have to look under the foot of St. Michael: there's a devil there somewhere. He's the only one who looks like you. God is supposed to look like you, but Africans don't have that,” he said.

Challenging white scientists' assertion that Egyptian D.N.A. is white, he argued that ancient Egyptian architecture and mythology is crucial to reconstructing black identity. “I don't care what anyone tells me; I have been inside the pyramids, the brothers are black…. A whole bunch of us went to the Louvre and saw the statue of Osiris and it was like a family reunion. I was like, ‘Brother, I never knew about you.'”

Urging a development policy in Africa, led by Africans rather than foreign NGOs, the International Monetary Fund, and western countries, Saint-Vil again turned to Egypt for inspiration. “If we believe we are the people who built the pyramids, we know we can build more than missionary schools and bridges that break,” he said.

Saint-Vil pointed to the disproportionate presence of black men in jail – 6.7 per cent of detainees in Canada are black, but only 2.2 per cent of the total population is black. “It is earth-shattering how many of these potential geniuses are being wasted in jail. If you are looking for black leadership today, you have to go to jail – that's where the black men are, they aren't all in the White House.”

Saint-Vil frequently returned to Obama, discussing both the symbolic triumph he represents and the potential dangers of investing too much pride in his image. “The image of Obama is the tragedy of the black nation. All it takes is one bullet and the dream is dead. Yet, we cannot stop from celebrating that not only this black man but a black family going to a house they were supposed to build, but not inhabit.” “Amens” from the audience answered Saint-Vil as he continued. “Obama is walking tall today because Rosa [Parks] decided to sit.”

Jean Saint-Vil was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and immigrated to Canada in 1983. He is based in Ottawa and works as a writer, actor, film producer, and journalist. He hosts two radio talkshows, CHUO-FM's “Bouyon-Rasin” and CKCU-FM's “Rendez-Vous Haitien”.

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Post by Guysanto » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:52 pm

Bravo, Jaf!

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Post by Serge » Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:07 pm

Jaf, kouman w ye? Se koulye a sèlman map li ti rale sa sou entèvansyon w lan nan Ottawa. Konpliman! Mwen wè ou mette anpil verite atè e mwne séten anpil moun nan odyans lan dekouvri anpil bagay apre yo fin koute w.

Pandan map li mesaj ou a, map mande tèt mwen kouman moun sa ta fè si yo tap viv nan Etazini jounen jodya, alsoke ke gen yon kalite eleman rasis ki soti pou bloke Obama tout bon, tout kote, pa nenpòt ki mwayen, nan nenpòt ki kondisyon. Li nan laprès Kanada sa kap pase pa bò isit, se youn, men viv li isit la, se bagay diferan. Mahcin reyaksyonè a ap fonksyone plen randman e brainwash la rive nan yon pwen kote nap mande tAèt nou koman de sitwayen meriken fé rive rezone konsa. Se yon bagay grav!

Nan manifesasyon reyaksyonè jodya, se yon sél bagay yap pale: Obama nazi, kominis, sosyalis; Obama rasis, elatriye. Mande yo sa sosyalis la vle di, yo pa fouti esplike anyen.

Semen sa, li difisil anpil pou yon moun ki gen konsyans sosyal pou viv nan peyi Etazini. Se lè konsa yon nèg ap sonje lakay ou e wap di tèt ou si nou te kapab, nou te fè malèt nou, epi nou tounen lakay....

Kenbe la,

Serge

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Post by jafrikayiti » Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:32 pm

Mèsi pou ankourajman an kanmarad.

Mwen ap suiv jan bagay yo ap devlope Ozetazini e mwen dako ak ou Serge, gen rezon enkyete. Nan yon kontèks ekonomik difisil, fok nou fè atansyon anpil paske gen fristrasyon ki kumanse ap parèt aklè semenn sa yo ke anpil moun te espere enposib pou yo refè sifas.

Se konsa lakay, apre eleksyon 1990 yo, gen moun ki te kwè se rekosilyasyon total kapitil....genyen ki te menm pale de marayaj pèp ak lame.... Li pa fasil pou antagonis kraze nan yon sosyete. Lapawol ka ede men, li tou sèl pa ka geri gwo chire entèn ki genyen nan yon sosyete.

Mwen swete Obama anpil kouraj. Men, sitou, mwen swete noumenm sitwayen Ameriken (keseswa orijin etnik nou) ki gen bon konprann, pou nou pa kite dekourajman pran nou. Amerika gen anpil bon bagay ladan li ki merite pwoteje epi goumen pou defann yo. Tankou yon ekip medam te di apre eleksyon an, YOU NEED TO BE PRESENT FOR THE PRESIDENT. Mwen entèprete sa pou di, viktwa a frajil. Se pa viktwa Obama. Se pou nou pa souzestime fos reyaksyonè yo...pa souzestime kantinte travay ki rete fèt pou Amerika pa baskile nan sezon fè nwa anko. Se pèep Ameriken an ki pou defann viktwa li pote an desanm 2008 la. Si domi pran yo, machin nan ap deraye pi rèd - e sitou, sa ka rive nan yon moman dezesperans. Sa k ta di apre 16 desanm 1990 se nan kafou tenten Ayiti a anbreye?

Nou pa t prezan ase. Mwen pa konnen ki sa nou te dwe fè pou sa p at rive konsa ni mwen pa konnen kisa nou dwe fè pou wete n nan sa. Men, mwen sètan solisyon Amerika se nan men pitit Amerika li ye. Menm jan solisyon Ayiti se nan men piti Ayiti li ye.

Ak pasyans, kanmenm, na p wè tete fomi...ann kontinye bouske limyè.

Jaf

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