One et respe to all:
EZILI DEFINES EZILI’S VIEW ON HUMAN HISTORY – RESPONDING TO THE GLOBAL WHITE SUPREMACY VIEWPOINT LABELLING:
I do this because, in his post to Ezili Danto, dated June 23, 2003 Guy writes, that there are three ways of viewing the world. The way he looks at the world is that one class, I assume not race, but one class “emerges and fights tooth and nail not only to preserve the privileges it has acquired but is bent on exploiting the less privileged or broad "sub-classes" of people (without intent of extermination, as this would not at all be in their interest, but with intent of disenfranchisement... There lies perhaps a subtle but distinct difference from the Global White Supremacy view, which often speaks of the clear intent to eliminate rather than forever exploit).” (See, Guy to Ezili Danto, under General Issue: Pwoblèm Ayiti: responsabilite yon grenn k
rityen vivan? P. 1 “ Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 9:59 am, post subject: “A few points in response to Ezili's post” . http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=272
(NOTE: Readers must stroll down to the post dated at June 23, 2003.)
The other way of looking at the world, according to Guy is that of the : “Dominance of a few nations, people or civilizations over a much greater number of nations, people or civilizations. Another way to look at the world, that I believe is closer to Pitit Ginen's approach than that of the struggle against the Global White Supremacy.”
And, finally, the Global White Supremacy view is the third labeling, the third way of looking at the world. And Guy wrote he believes Ezili looks at the world from this “Global White Supremacy view.” He says, specifically that the way Ezili Danto looks at the world is that of a :
“Dominance of a race, seeking to impose itself as a super-race and bent on destroying other races: The Global White Supremacy view that Jafrikay
iti and yourself have championed on this forum for a long time already, with solid argumentation. No, you are far from being the only Haitian-Americans to view the world in that manner. You have a lot more company than you think. Yet you would be mistaken, in my view, if you became so ideologically rigid to think that yours is the only view with validity. We still have much to learn from the philosophical overtones of Einstein's Theory of Relativity (though it specifically addresses the relativism of our physical universe).”
If I’ve correctly read and interpreted the lines above within the context of the entire June 23, 2003 post, taken in the altogether, the implications are fairly incorrect. The writing assumes I don’t understand that race is a fiction. It assumes I don’t know how Dessaline defined the white people who fought on the side of the African warriors in Haiti. If that is so, it seems to me, all that I have written has gone out to cyber-land and landing out of mind. For, if, as Guy says, I
have simply “championed” this one view, AS IT IS DEFINED BY GUY, of the world, “on this forum for a long time already, with solid argumentation” then I’ve thoroughly failed and been misunderstood.
That being said, I quickly add that I recognize that Guy also says that though he doesn’t subscribe to “my view” of the world or the “nation vs. nation view”, he nonetheless “…. always keep in mind that no matter how we differ in our views, the realities will still be the same and they are punishing indeed.” True that Guy. True that.
But, it is necessary to begin my answer by reviewing what I have said, what I have, in fact championed, on this forum, in order to move our discussion to the deeper, more salient, points I am interested in learning and sharing.
Again, my intention is not to be contrary for the sake of being contrary. My intention is to lay out the issues, bare and unfettered, so perhaps interested Readers may have some tools to use for a Ginen resistance agenda.
Guy, I only
write towards that goal, and I am only using your post, as I once did with a Pitit Ginen post, as a reference to say what I believe is important for progressive Haitians to know, to give information that may be useful to have in our arsenal of Ginen tools for resisting financial colonialism, imperialism and white dependency policies in Haiti.
Therefore, I am going to start, by saying, yet again, that with reference to the Haiti situation, the question, as I frame, understand it and answer it, in another post on this Forum, is for me, this:
How do Haitians….of all hues and classes, move forward while simultaneously, publicly exploring, and addressing our national divisions, weaknesses, pathologies (i.e. corruption, in Haiti, and our lack of a political history with civic duty) without continuing to make it easier for the powers-that-be to take advantage and exploit our situation? I think by starting to do a better job at looking outwards together. That’s my opinion. (See, http://www.haitiforever
.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=272 Under General Topic “Post subject: Pwoblèm Ayiti: responsabilite yon grenn krityen vivan? P. 1” NOTE: Scroll down to Ezili Danto post, dated Sun Jun 08, 2003.)
In that post I outlined the profit-over-people goals of the powers-that-be and how it all begin in Haiti back in 1503 when that first White European slave-maker brought African captives to the West in shackles, chains and even locked-jaw horse-type contraptions, fastened to their mouths, so they would not talk and incite resistance.
In that post, I outlined not only the manifestation of white capitalism with the profit-over-people results of the policies of the Breton Woods organizations and how financial colonialism/imperialism works in Haiti, but how it has morphed and now manifests the same old, same old exploitation. I did this by briefly reviewing the history of Euro-globalizations under that racist, we all know, by the name of Professor Milton Friedman, who defined the same old same economic policies
as “neoliberalism” in the early 1970s at the University of Chicago, tested it in Chile.
Then, under the World Bank and IMF, owned by the US Treasury and especially today, with the help of NAFTA and WTO and modern technology, US stockpiled weapons and the mainstream media, all these Euro/US-backed white structures, have taken their perverted financial colonialism and their outright imperialistic practices and gone global with it. Creating this world we live in, based on violence and subjugation, hate and fear.
I add now, that, in Haiti, said policy, said “Chicago boys” were represented by the policies of the US-sponsored Marc Bazin candidacy and especially the pro-assembly industry policies of the 1987 CNG, Finance Minister Leslie Delatour, who first bought neoliberalism or a sort of Structural Adjustment to Haiti after the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship.
There’s no time to go into the complications, suffice it to say, obviously with the fall of the Duvalier regime, there was then a
thug-of-war with the old Duvalierist living off state graft, kickbacks, corruption and this new regime intent on making financial reforms to benefit another elite segment of Haitian society - the new export assembly industry sector and their lawyers, doctors, engineers, architects, not to mention the mixed mindsets and viewpoints of the newly returned, formerly exiled Diaspora Haitians members, who had waited around or planned for over three decades, for this chance at the wheel of power in Haiti, et cetera. It was this crack, this wedge, that the Haitian people’s movement pushed wide open with Aristide’s popular election in 1990.
But, in that June 8, 2003 post, I didn’t go into the details of the Haitian infighting between the merchant and other elite classes, including the returning Diaspora. I pointed out, in that post, how the neoliberalism, Structural Adjustment policies of World Bank, IMF and their financial institutions’ and now today, how their NAFTA, WTOs are NOT about trade, development, the
free market or democracy at all. Their mumbo jumbo, I said, is nothing more than a clever and cunning way to wipe away restrictions on business and industry, foreign and local. It’s just the current mechanism the former slave owners and colonists and their local Black agents are using to exploit the resources of the world’s peoples.
All this, I wrote, in order to explain the all encompassing, far-reaching significance of globalization. To discuss, with my fellow concerned Haitians the nature of the beast. And, this with a view that, if we all had the necessary information, we could together decide how best to built our own Haitian agenda, our own Haitianist/Ginen resistance strategies to the system that, as I wrote, that “VIES FOR THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLKS.”
Now, those who have read W.E.B Dubois, that great African-American intellectual of Haitian descent, would know I am always paraphrasing his “Souls of Black Folk” and therefore, might have labeled my view of world history as not the Global W
hite Supremacy view but a view in line with Dubois’s color-line analysis. For, I have consistently alluded to “the color-line” problem which Dubois identified as the great problem of the 20th century and astute others say remains the same problem in this 21st century.
GLOBAL WHITE SUPREMACY -
DEFINING EZILI DANTO’S WAY OF LOOKING AT THE ROLE OF RACE AND RACISM IN HISTORY AND SOCIETY.
The phrase, “Global White Supremacy”, when used alone, without context, or, AS DEEFINED BY GUY in his post, smacks of someone who preaches hatred for the whites, or, perhaps someone who spends time thinking of the “supremacy” of the white Establishment and power structure. I don’t.
On the physical level, the Biological Fatalists’ anti-Black ideology represents a sign of innate fear, fear of the strength of Black blood. It’s also that altogether human fear of the body’s finiteness. In addition, for the White ideologue it’s also the fear of the dark, unstructured collective unconscious, which they can’
t really give a storyline to and permanently capture.
On the metaphysical sphere, the Biological Fatalists’ anti-Black ideology evidences a fear of the spinning into nothingness, of dying; lost of ego, personal stories. Black people subconsciously represent, to them, lost of light, that black primordial space where personhood ceases.
Therefore, besides the economic benefits of rendering a “race” of people subhuman, the better to rob and exploit them, it is the white ideologues fear of the finite that has cause their rulers to built all sorts of race-fictions, paint God in their white image and re-design the afterlife with a white Jesus and God, cherubic white babies and angels and a Black Satan. And, to try, in the corporeal world, to capture immortality by creating artificial legal entities, such as multinational corporations to systemize and eternalize their corporeal existence and remain forever dominant, even after physical death. For, death, is for such a Westerner, black, ugly, and darkn
ess - all that they believe about the African. So, we are the scapegoats for all evil. But this is for another discussion. What I want to really stress here is that my way of looking at world history is wider than how you have categorize and define that category Guy.
LONG HISTORY OF GLOBAL WHITE SUPREMACY OUTLOOK…..ON THIS VERY FORUM???????
I’VE WRITTEN “The current situation in Haiti is not hurting US interests – it feeds it. Our blood nourishes their industries and always has. The corporate capitalist must marginalize the population, both in Haiti and in the US, because people are basically decent, so you must, keep them passive and quiescent, whether it’s through fear (as in the US with in the last 40 years of the Communist red threat, and now, it’s with terrorist - Qqadafi, Al Queda, Hussein, threat of the uses of weapons of mass destruction, Homeland Security’s red, blue, yellow fear alerts, etc.) or through Coup D’etat and its attendant oppressions in Haiti. “(See, Ezili Danto to
Gilfrans posted Tue Jun 03, 2003 10:51 am under General Issue: “Does Haiti Still Matter.” ( http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=201
How does one ONLY get “Global white supremacy,” as define by Guy, from that?
I’ve also referred to the white ruling authorities that vie for the souls of Black folks as, variously, THE STATUS QUO, THE BIOLOGICAL FATALISTS, THE WESTERN NUCLEAR POWERS, THE POWES-THAT-BE, THE WHITE POWER STRUCTURE, THE WHITE SETTLERS. I’ve never, ever used the phrase “the Global White Supremacist. If I have, point it out, please. There is a reason, why, as a writer, as an image-maker, I am very cognizant of my own semantics and vocabulary, and the power of the words and images I evoke.
And Guy ,when I write about or refer to the status quo, or the Washington oligarchy, or the Pentagon System, or the mega, multinational corporations/stockholders, I include all three of the categories of “ways of looking at the world” which you mention, in your post, and much
more. Not just, as you put, “The Global White Supremacy view.”
Yes, Euro/American societies and peoples are racists and arrogant in their constructed, but fraudulent, goody-two-shoes, self-images. I don’t apologize for knowing that and stating it as often as I feel necessary. It’s a historical and very current fact.
But, I don’t think they only oppress Black people as you seem to indicate. Nor, do I believe they are only about genocide and not exploitation. They do both, simultaneously and systematically. Fact is, the White settlers and their governments have gone unpunished for committing the most heinous of crimes and destruction beyond human comprehension and convention, and, for the longest genocides in human history against peoples of color after the Transatlantic Slave Trade and, now after the formal end of their colonization period. But they oppress their own also. They keep the majority of the US population, for instance, in ignorance, fear and distracted while big business accumulates
more rights and entitlements than human beings.
THE RACE FICTION:
I also add, that the most racist-with-power knows what he is doing. The biological fatalistic worldview they own, or Global White Supremacy, to use your words, is, in my view, a cunning strategy, to unite the Euros who immigrated to the new World, first against the native Americans, then the Africans and later, the East Indians and Asians, etc.
It is a fiction. For we are only “Black” in relation to the White man and he is only White in relation to our Blackness. (To agree with you on the relativity issue.)
It’s a ruse. A diabolical but ingenious political, economic, and, religious strategy, the good old boys and their “Think Tanks”, who, have enough knowledge of world history to know better, use to prolong economic inequality and injustice in the world, in order that they might profit, exploit and justify their imposition of their culture and values on the planet.
Fact is, their experts know African societie
s and nations were so developed before the European got there, (even while the Arab were there creating havoc), many African societies where so developed, that for these African societies war had become a game! And I mean that literally.
Blood wasn’t shed. That was for barbarians. African men would get dressed up, with all their weapons and meet each other on the battlefield. The one most decorated, most athletic, most imaginative and creative won.
The very notion that WAR and violence is an acceptable governmental solution to countering social problems, like drugs, poverty, or, even to counter terrorism, and imprisonment, tell you the uncivilized mindset the world has to deal with in these White powers-that-be, with nuclear arsenals at the ready. Is this neoliberalism mindset, which refuse to make social spending on health and education, while treating peaceful resistance contempt very civilized, educated, and humane? More civilized than some of the great African societies, before the Mayflow
er, where war was simply a game?
Tell me that Black Fratricide, in its current form is not driven by the introduction of the Euro/American into our affairs. I don’t believe Blacks are anymore violent than Europeans and Americans. I do find, to understate the thing, that the Euros are an unwarranted intrusion in African and Haitian affairs, let say for more than 500 years now?
In my June 8, 2003 post, I also humbly asked Forum Readers to kindly consider and give some thought to these two statements:
1. “Neoliberalism works best when there is formal electoral democracy, but when the population is DIVERTED from the information, access, and public forums necessary for meaningful participation in the decision making.” (Emphasis added.)
2. The classical neoliberalist say that:
“Profit-making is the essence of democracy, any government that pursues anti-market policies is being antidemocratic, no matter how much informed popular support they might enjoy.” (See, the intr
oduction by Robert W. McChesney to Noam Chomsky’s book Profit Over People, at pg. 9)
I also said then that “ I cannot thoroughly address all I think this means to the Haitian situation, but I can say, unequivocally, that it means no matter whether the Haitian government is democratically elected by the majority or put in by force (i.e. sponsored by the Whites, the Euros), the powers-that-be will do the same thing - exploit the majority of our people and keep us underdeveloped.”
Today, I would like, in this post, to address some of the other things, I think the two statements above give meaning to, with reference to the Haitian situation. I’d like to do this in the context of the Guy post to Ezili Danto, under the same General Topic “Post subject: Pwoblèm Ayiti: responsabilite yon grenn krityen vivan? P 1, posted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 9:59 am, post subject: A few points in response to Ezili's post. NOTE: Scroll down to Guy’s post June 23, 2003 to Ezili Danto.)
I may be wrong, but it seems
to me that when I spoke of the institutional White structures in Haiti (i.e. US Embassy, USAID, World Bank, IDB) that vies for the soul of Black folk, Guy wasn’t very concerned. Yet when Pitit Ginen talked of the White people in the Bush administration who are murdering the Iraqi people and devastating the Iraqi country, Guy was compelled to say: Don’t forget Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice.
I may be wrong, but I make these connections because we oftentimes miss our connections, the corollaries and how issues are connected. So, it’s ok to blame the white power structure, in general, it’s easy to do that. There is, to use Guy’s words, all that documentation for it. But we can’t touch the run of the mill white person, is that it? Said individuals are not culpable, don’t enjoy the white skin privileges their Government obtain for them at the expense of the pain of people of color and their resources, worldwide? Is that it?
Faceless, nameless structures and transnational corporations merit condem
nation? But when we start saying “white people” it sticks in our Eurocentric-educated craw, doesn’t it? (And, I am putting myself under that Eurocentric educated label.) Is that why it’s perhaps not ok to blanketed-ly say, “White people are responsible for most of the suffering in the world in the last 511 years?”
What I want to say is that, if one took Guy’s logic to its natural conclusion, back in the day, when Boukmann said it’s time to get rid of these white people in Haiti, he would have responded, as he responded to Pitit Ginen and by refusing to see the bigger picture. Perhaps he might have answered Boukmann with: Don’t forget the role of the Black overseers, the role of the black slave traders.
Today he may just simply say, in the same mindset, don’t forget the role of the tragic Black Haitian elite, the African elite, the Brazilian elite, South American elite, East Indian elite, or, to sum up the thing, the role of sellouts and opportunists, such as Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell.
This factoring in, of the culpability of the Black overseer, the Black opportunists, the Black sell-outs, on an EQUAL footing is as detrimental as the factoring of the work of the so-called progressive whites, the abolitionists, for instance, on the same level as the maniacal oppression of their white rulers. I acknowledge the good work of say, teachers like Prudence Crandall, back in the day. But, it doesn’t add up to the consistent, day-to-day work of the African mother in nurturing and teaching her own children how to survive white oppression.
I acknowledge the work of the William Lord Garrisons of this world, but I can’t find it comparable with Harriet Tubman’s work with the underground railroad. They didn’t face the same dangers just as the Black overseers never had the institutional-backed powers to commit Black genocide without impunity, which the white propertied classes had at their disposable.
I say, the Black opportunist’s personal failures, is an unmerited attack on the authen
tic African-American, or African, or Haitian community, which itself sees these unethical, opportunistic Blacks, as outsiders, as “house Negroes”, as “blan yo,” as the mentally enslaved and assimilated agents of imperial power.
This unmerited attack, on the Black community, through these, sell-outs, equals a defense, a denial of total white ownership of their own tyranny and its consequences.
It unwittingly gives weight to a white-person-in-black-skin, who is using, commercializing and selling skin color, in the services of the good old boys. It uses our own immutable skin characteristics, our own black skin, against us. Again, point is, the educated tragic Black elite, who has chosen the opportunist paths, are diminishing, squandering the exalted and noble African heritage of struggle, resistance and overcoming, which used to carry some worldwide currency, ever since the Haitian Revolution.
The factoring in, of the culpability of the Black opportunists, on an equal footing is as detrime
ntal as the factoring of the work of the so-called “progressive whites,” for instance, the work of the white abolitionists, on the same level as the work of, say, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X. The maniacal oppression of the white elites towards peoples of color, does not touch the white progressives, struggling against the consequences of capitalism and racism, in the same lethal and every day casualness, it affects the existence of Black people.
For instance, fact is, the regular white “Joe” has benefited from capitalism and racism from day one. For under slavery, racism was legally sanctioned in statutes vis a vis the white indentured servants who were also forced to work on plantations in the US in the 1700s. These preferential-treatment-to-non-propertied-classes- of-whites, prohibited public beatings of white indentured servants, while Blacks where deemed subhuman, lower than an animal. The Homestead Act transferred, even free-Black lands to newly arriving white/European immi
We could go on, outlining, for today, not the obvious racial injustices, but all the subtleties that prohibit African peoples, of all nationalities and persuasions, from getting a cab in New York, driving without incident in a white neighborhood or on a major US highway, or simply walking through, let say a Western airport, a US mall, a US Court building, with the same ease and privileges that most white Joes and Josephines' daily and unthinkingly enjoy.
Thus, the oppressions, cruelties and inhumanities visited on Africans rarely add up to the same oppression of their own, just as the magnitude of white societal failures cannot be equated with the individual greed of the lone Black person or persons, acting under white sponsorship and mostly outside the sanction of the Black community
For, as Carter G. Woodson stated:
“When you control a man’s thinking you don’t have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here and go yonder. He will find his
proper place and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.” (See further, Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-education of the Negro, Trenton, N.J, :Africa World Press, p. 84. See, also, Marimba Ani, Yurugu, Trenton, N.J., Africa World Press, 1994. p. 294, which talks of the long career of the Euro-American media and said mainstream media as one of the most effective weapons used “to ensure the exploitation and dependency of people of African descent.”)
Besides, having assimilated a European consciousness, a post-traumatic slave syndrome, or perhaps, due to a lack of understanding of non-apparent forms of oppression, of psychological oppression, so deeply entrenched as to be virtually invisible, even to their victims, why else would anyone defend, excuse or gloss over the societal failures of white responsibility or the role of the individual, regula
r white “Joe” and “Josephine”, simply “doing their jobs” whatever that may be, within this system that vies for the soul of Black folks, in Haiti, or in the US.?
Many of us Haitians, who have had this “put-your-people-first, your African-ness and African-race first” sensibility from day one, consistently get reprimanded for refusing to accept, or give benefit of doubt to, ANY white/European person, who is working in Haiti bringing to us dependency; any “Brian;” any so-called good intentioned, progressive white person who is in complete denial about the role of US foreign policy in Haiti; who will tell Haitians to their face and with a straight face: “look, at what WE whites have done for you!, Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” and actually believe their own White press releases and mainstream media hype, wholesale and without questions. (See, a Jaf letter posted by Guy, on June 25, 2003 12:35 am under General Issues topic: Whose Government is this anyway ( http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopi
I call that, as JAF has said, in reference to the ineffectual USAID programs in Haiti, (See, JAF’s post under the guysanto, Grassroots International article, posted: Sat Jun 21, 2003 2:46 pm, under General Issue: Dependency, Democracy, and USAID Policies in Haiti, (http://www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewt ... highlight=
posted Sat Jun 21, 2003 10:37 pm, post subject: They do know what they are doing...! ) I call that FAKE INNOCENCE. The chameleon may change its laws, its institutions, its “aid” packages to Africa, to Haiti to the developing nations, globally. But it forever brings white death warmed over in its systemic profit-over-people actions, if not, in its stated values.
Shout on then, I am anti-this-white-death. But I am in some very good white peoples’ company too. I gladly enter the anti-this-white-death, the anti-people-over-profit company of Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Ed Herman, Amy Goodman, Greg Palast, Michael
Albert, et cetera.
If I am too concerned about Black, then I am also in the company of John Henrik Clarke, Malcolm X, CLR James, Dubois, Garvey, Dessaline, who all, lived within this marginalization, just as the majority of the Haitian people are relegated to the edges of this earth’s bounties. But it is better be so marginalized; it is far, far, far better to own a point of view that shakes up the failure of white responsibility than to be put in a “frozen psychological state” or be broken by the atrocities, degradations and centuries of oppression African people see continuing all around us, both in the US and in Haiti. (http://matah.coH/mthlyn.ihtml
I keep my passions in order to resist oppression and be of service to my communities – all of them, African-American, Haitian and my various white compatriots also in this struggle against globalization, financial colonialism, racism, caste systems and all forms of injustices.
“Dje blan-yo mande krim. Bon Dje ki nan nou
-an vle byen fe.” (Boukmann at Bwa Kayiman, August 14, 1791)