One et Respe:
Making a presentation before the Universtiy of Thabo Mbeki, said:
“I am suggesting that as we encourage the African masses in Africa and the African Diaspora, especially the youth, to study the revolution of Haiti after the victory of 1804, we would enable them the better to understand their own national conditions. This would empower them to respond more effectively to the challenges of the African Renaissance.
“Entangled within the story of Haiti are many matters relevant to the challenges we have to meet. These include issues of race, class, gender, culture and social consciousness, governance, globalization and global imbalances in economic and other matters, and the effect of the preponderance of the major powers, possibilities for South-South cooperation and so on.
“Accordingly, I would request the University of the West Indies, acting together with its counterparts in Haiti, to take measures to ensure that the story of the Haitian revolution and its aftermath is told to as many of the African masses as possible, both in Africa and the Diaspora.”
Mbeki urges the African intelligentsia and scholars to use the occasion of “the Haitian bicentenary of the Haitian revolution to speak to ourselves as Africans, wherever we may be.
Mbeki writes: “We may also be able to answer the question as to why, in many respects, the African condition, certainly in sub-Saharan Africa, has been worsening over a number of years, despite the fact that we now exist as black republics, as Haiti has done for two hundred years.”
Why is the African condition in sub-Saharan Africa worsening despite the fact the African nations now exist as Black republics, as Haiti has done for two hundred years?
BECAUSE THE STANDARD COLONIAL MODEL HAS BEEN READJUSTED NOT GARROTED.
What is the blueprint that has not changed that serves to underdeveloped Africa, Haiti and the developing world?
Beyond looking at the Haiti blueprint after 1804, look specifically at the history of the first two European created Black republics in Africa, BEFORE Ghana, before the ones they created in the 1960s, or, in 1994 with South Africa. Take a quick gander at the uses of the non-African workforces (as scabs, strikebreakers), especially, the imported Asian indentured workers in the West after Haitian independence and after US emancipation.
My friends, today US/Euro colonialism is remote controlled and digitally operated.
The white powers-that-be are fine tuning their system as to make their oppression and its profit-making mission “insulated” from Haitian politics. They are very close to achieving this. The US/Euros want to get to the point where even a token white presence within Haiti’s government, i.e., even the Haitian imperial agent of US interest, won’t be needed. My dear friends, the US/Euro governments, with “globalization” are getting to the point where they will have so refined their exploitation as to keep it invisible, incorporeal.
Thus, under their form of globalization, the international system has been rigged so that the policies distant Washington technocrats or their proxies design - to be implemented by IMF, World Bank, WTO (all run and funded by US Treasury dept)- these policies are designed to be insulated from any Haitian politics.
Frankly, the way the US/Euros have morphed their exploitation blueprint is so sophisticated that today no matter what happens in Haiti’s political arena, whatever a national pro-its-people government tries to do to make rational pro-people, pro-development economic and social policy, they can’t. Aristide (Feudal Lord that he’s unwillingly become) can do NOTHING because the internationals will wreck Haiti’s economy further than they’ve already wrecked it by capital flight. Unlike back in the day we have no gold reserves. And they pretty much own our banking system. This, is what Haitians face today.
And, if these observations are true, then Haiti’s only hope is the Haitian Diaspora to establish alternatives and lift up Haiti’s economy, counter US/Euro capital flight. A great deal of Haitian self-determination, development and progress is in our hands. No one else will truly help Haiti. The people on the ground are dying, visionless and living with a hamstrung leadership. Who will re-mobilize Haiti’s traditional streak of independence? Who will help the Haitian mothers nurturing Haitian children in Haiti with practically no resources? Who will expose Euro/US barbarity that is dedicated to obscuring the most elementary truths about their actions in this world; how they justify pursuing social policies that are forcing children to die.
But, Mbeki asked that we understand how this all came about?
Cast our minds back to 1804 when the greatest Haitian civil society ever had been mobilized. As with the 1990 Lavalas mobilization, back in 1804 the US/Euros had huge economic, material and ideologically racist interests to protect.
Their united task, then as today, was to get back the old pre-Haitian Revolution “business” climate just as after Aristide’s unexpected success in 1990 their SOLE goal has been to get Haiti back to the old pre-Aristide US/Euro favorable business climate. US/Euro aims are to re-install people in Haiti who would carry out US priorities and reverse the Haitian people’s movement towards democracy. The tactics the US/Euros use to achieve their immoral aims are the same for 1990 on to today as they where in 1804.
The standard US/European manner of destroying the prospects for independent democracy, for decimating popular resistance forces is used not only in Haiti but all over the globe.
The US government simply buys off elections with a combination of some or all of the following: it funds ultra-right organizations, terrorist paramilitary groups, fascist police, withholds food, fuel, medicine, makes sure the victims economy cannot function, adds an embargo for good measure when necessary, brings in strikebreakers and starts or fuels subversive activities in neighborhoods of the people’s movement by stimulating, resurrecting or creating criminal mafia groups, pumps in drugs, prostitution and violence. The US/Euros do all this to SMASH up, divide, decimate and counter any mobilized people’s movement that would hinder their “business climate.”
These tactics are UNDISPUTED historical facts. And, they are tried and true and always successful. They have not only been used in Haiti after 1804, but in every people-are-valuable-movement, across the globe, where poor communities came together to regain governance from fascist governments.
In Haiti all these things have happened, in 1804 and up until this very moment as US counterinsurgency plans are humming along as planned and in fine working order. Meanwhile Haitians, from the layperson to intellectuals, business classes, slum dwellers to peasants, we-Haitians twist and turn under this standard US/Euro torture, point at each other, kill off each other. Not enough of us even look up to see the effect of our collective actions works in the service of bringing back the Man’s “business climate” for him. Our turmoil, political impasses – Haitian repression, Haitian children dying of malnourishment, curable diseases, street violence, from illiteracy, nihilism, drugs and inchoate despair and rootless-ness - all these Haitian pains equal US/Euro “good investment climate,” equals white profit.
Back in 1804, as today, task for the US/Euros in Haiti was to pour gasoline and exacerbate the light skin/dark skin Haitian divisions, sponsor internal racist fratricide to destroy the fragile coalition of Haitian interests which had united and looked outwards together against the Europeans for the greatest African victory in the annals of modern history; 2) ignite the web of repression (good guy/bad guy US/Euro duplicitous machiavellian tactics) that would have Haitians at each others throats to set the destabilizing atmosphere for picking-off and killing the leaders of the Haitian Revolution one by one; 3) set factions of the mobilized Haitian civil society at odds against itself by any means necessary, 3) then, decimate it back to Stone Age misery with a 100-year financial embargo so that Haitian currency, goods, products, labor and services had no market.
We won’t go into how these racketeers saddled Haiti with debt with the 1833 French embezzlement, the capturing of our peoples minds and hearts with their Pepe education/propaganda; or by giving the light skinned Haitians access to crony capitalism and European products, passports, mobility, etc, to help create and sustain Haitian feudal lords for the US/Euro governments. For, the pattern of repression, re-adjustment and underdevelopment hasn’t changed much since 1804, 1960, 1990, or now.
THE STANDARD COLONIAL RELATIONSHIP
In his book, “Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky” (Edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel), Noam Chomsky basically outlines how the whites rule through the local agents of the imperial power.
“So take a classic case, look at the history of India for a couple hundred years under the British Empire: the country was run by INDIANS, not by British – the bureaucrats who actually ran things were Indians, the soldiers who beat people up and smashed their heads were Indians. There was an Indian leadership which became very rich and privilege by being the agents of the British imperial system – and it’s the same thing everywhere else.” (“Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky,” Edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel, p.314)
For instance, in South Africa towards the end of the apartheid period, “the most brutal atrocities were carried out by Black soldiers, who were basically mercenaries for the white racist South African regime.
“…every (Developing ) country is like that. Whatever you want to call it, the whole American sort of “neocolonial system” – El Salvador, Brazil, the Philippines (India, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia), and so on – is not run by AMERICANS.
“The U.S. may be in the background, and when things get out of hand you may send in the American army or something – but basically it’s all being run by local agents of the imperial power, whose internal power depends on their support from the outside, but who very much enrich themselves by their client ruler status” (Understanding Power, p.313)
THE MAKING OF THE TRAGIC BLACK ELITE/UNDERSTANDING THE COMPLEXITIES
People rightly say a converted fanatic is more zealous than the born-into-the-religion (born-into-white-skin) fanatic. And, we-Haitians know, from our history, with our warring elites that that’s true.
FANATICALLY ZEALOUS/venomously paranoid: The Black tragic elite or Black opportunist is fanatically zealous and extremely dangerous.
One thing our warring elites have NEVER fought over is how to be MORE African, while they break their necks to marry white genes or light skin primarily for upward mobility, or, to be culturally French, classically and aesthetically ONLY European, et cetera.
Nonetheless, the wealthy Haitian elites have not all succumbed to opportunism. Many of Haiti’s freedom fighters like Jacques Roumain, Antoine Izmery, etc, came from wealth. And, it’s not only the moneyed classes who are Europeanized -this filters throughout Haitian society, in poor enclaves like Fond Des Blan, Miragoan, Geremie, etc., where light skin provides, for instance, either better marriage possibilities or better domestic jobs for the simple Andeyo girl moving to Port-au-Prince/Petionville looking for superior circumstances. Today, the repression and oppression of the poor and the trickling down and across all divides of the light/skin dark/skin caste system and its attendant mental colonization permeates Haitian society as well as all Developing World societies and the disenfranchised African communities living in US/Euro countries.
Not only is a Black Tragic elite or the Black opportunist suffering from that double-consciousness all Blacks suffer from, at various level and degrees- not only does he/she suffer from this low grade mental instability of constantly second guessing self, constantly looking at self through the veil, the white eyeballs he/she surgically inserts over his/her own African eye – not only is said Black opportunist so mutililated, but his/her African psyche is further shattered by his/her short term positions in life, which, in sum represents, serves and defends historical White hegemony/tyranny at the expense of long term African majority ‘s development, culturally, economically, aesthetically, politically, socially, psychologically, technologically, et cetera..
So imagine, if you will, the Black opportunist both fanatically defending white double standards while living within the veil looking at self through white eyes, then you’ll see we’re really talking about a pretty sick, puppy here.
Yet, and still, acknowledging these facts, I still contend the White racist is far more unstable.
His white privilege and barbaric policies has caused more death in the Black communities worldwide than any natural diseases or Black on Black crimes. Four million died in the Congo precisely because Mobutu and his henchmen were funded and politically and economically supported by the US/Euros.
So, it is important we-Black activists are very careful not to regurgitate the negative images strewn around about Black barbarity. US funds Liberia, so when we see these crazed, drugged-up Liberian soldiers, let’s not forget the accountability of the White racist, all in a sundry are now calling in, to be the “peacekeepers.” Let’s keep at the FOREFRONT of our minds who manufactured the guns, who benefits from the drugs these child-soldiers inhale, the chaos they create. Keep at the forefront not the devastating images of Black gone ferocious and rampant but the invisible pharmaceutical companies who benefit from the chemicals used to mix the drugs, the nicely suited bankers who launder the illegal diamonds and drugs. The diplomatic and World Bank drones and US State department “experts’ and consultants who literally make their living off Black pain, death, arson, murder and mutilations.
Do you see these child soldiers and street children drenched in diamonds or is it those Europeans traders in Antwerp and their wealthy customers benefiting?
No leader, no adult with world perspective and grounded in Liberian and West African history, would countenance putting the accountability of these child soldiers, or even of that madmen Charles Taylor with the profound role of the US imperial system that fuels, maintains and exploits Black turmoil, tribalism and pain.
So then it is important for various reasons that the respondeat superior is called to book. It is also equally as important if we-Haitians are at war for the Haitian peoples survival and we recognize the transcendental fact that Haiti is an African nation struggling on the battlefield to regain the liberty and humanity of Black life from the crutches of systemic white hegemony and tyranny and consistent acts of terror, then, we-Haitians must also publicly acknowledge, that as a Black nation, we have a particular compelling moral interest that is NOT color-blind.
That is, in order to accomplish the larger legitimate goal – the liberty and survival of African life and culture, we must be cognizant that ANY Black leader that is demonized outside of the context of the white system which created him/or her (whether legitimately demonized or not), any such demonization ALWAYS trickles down to demonizing all African peoples individually and as a group NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE, and, always leaves the Man, in his self-created position of hero, forcing our innocent children to wholly imbibe images of Black as morally repugnant, wicked or at the very least it makes us-Blacks feel uncomfortable, guilty and grateful for His compassionate intervention where we have no real need to be grateful, ashamed or guilty at all. This blueprint must be decimated.
To outline the complexities and uses of the Black tragic elites/opportunists is a tool. It’s the beginning of a plan, a campaign, a strategy. I am not defending the tragic elite, only showing how they are created and used to keep African civil society passive and quiescent.
It’s to directly, as Mbeki suggested “….encourage the African masses in Africa and the African Diaspora, especially the youth, to…. better understand their own national conditions.” And, to empower them to respond more effectively to the challenges. For, the Black Tragic elite model is “entangled within the story of Haiti.” Its uses are relevant to the challenges we have to meet especially with reference to elevating African culture and social consciousness.
My hope in this outline is to show our people how tragic these mutants are and how it is not smart that they are demonized while the slave masters remain unscathed - for they are inseparable.
This is indeed a thankless task. But I believe it’s important to face it, because, as I’ve said, the demonizing of one Black tragic elite/opportunist, always, under the racist system we live under, it always reflects on the entire fictional Black race. In contrast, the crimes of the Nazis, of Hitler, Timothy McVeigh, the Bushes, Tony Blairs, the Erons, Arthur Andersons, Tycos, et cetera, never are a reflection of the Anglophile white majority, in general. They are all defended as “isolated incidents.”
We are fully aware that venality, brutality and hypocrisy has no race and, is, as Arundhati Roy says “imprinted on the souls of leaders of every nation.” We know that. Yet and still, because of racism, “bad” doesn’t stick to the Teflon-white coating. “Bad” only sticks to Black people and that’s precisely why my thesis, my assertion is that if we are looking for a strategy, a way to bring systemic change that we work at the root of the problem, not at the Black opportunist level. That we are always mindful, whenever presented with an issue of the Black opportunist, follow the money, or, another words, find the white racist or white entity responsible and benefiting from the labours of the Black opportunist or Tragic elite.
If it’s about drugs in Haiti or in the Black community, always ask, comeback with – how many bankers laundering money have been put behind bars? How many pharmaceutical companies selling ingredients to make the drugs have been prosecuted? Ask the pertinent questions, make them STREET TALK.
If it’s about overseers like Charles Taylor, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Raoul Cedras, Tonton Constant, ask who funds them, trained them and pays their salaries. Is it the Black community?
WE have to STOP our systemically imposed confusion, guilt, shame and impasse. Let’s get off the self-hate stratum, the melanin-colonized repression level and try and be ready with the self-affirming comebacks
. The tactics of white tyranny are very, very old and keep being successful because we intellectuals are trained to protect the white psyche, to stay away from the sharp replies, the authentic comebacks.
THE HAITIAN BLUEPRINT
The Haitian people have been at war since 1503 with the white slave masters and their Black overseers. We have had 300 years of slavery and 200 years of containment-in-poverty within a hostile US/Euro Mediterranean.
Today as yesteryear, the US government funds terror in Haiti and the Haitian people are struggling on the battlefield to regain the liberty and humanity of Black life from the crutches of systemic White hegemony and tyranny and its consistent acts of terror.
One of our political functions as Haitians and Africans-Americans is to tell our own people’s stories and life experiences, working towards the mobilization of a worldwide conscience that will see through the lies and hypocrisy of the white powers-that-be.
For, as Dubois says, we must be recognized as FULL human beings because “the freedom of life and limb, the freedom to work and think, the freedom to love and aspire. Work, culture, liberty,—all these we need, not singly but together.” (Excerpted from the chapter “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” in DuBois’s book “The Souls of Black Folk.”)
The story is: we are facing a web of repression here.
A two-headed chameleon here: the madness of a Dr.Jekyll/Mr.Hyde dual personality - a repressive and insane bad cop/good cop charade - except the “good” offered or the “good” that the African struggle wrestles from Dr. Jekyll is always a ruse to buy the evil Mr. Hyde more time to again imprison African life, labor and raw resources more easily and technically under White tyranny, or its massive structural adjustment plans - effectuating the same old same racist, brutal oppression and genocidal course as before.
But post-“independence”, this time without, as we’ve seen in the era after the 1960 Civil Rights Movement in the US, as we’ve seen in the time after the African independence movements of the 1960s, as we’ve seen with the 1994 ANC “defeat” of apartheid in South Africa, this time, once they’ve crushed or ADJUSTED us African peoples with their “law and order” veneers, their various “structural adjustments plans,” their form of “Black independence” their racist economic madness, then, they can go about the usual business of exploitation, terror and Black genocide with a CLEAN CONSCIENCE. (Read, Arundhati Roy’s "Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy: Buy One, Get One Free," at, http://www.cesr.org/roy
. Note especially the part where she analyses the dreadful status, under the White Power Structure’s massive structural adjustment plans, of President Mbeki’s South Africa, 10-years after the so-called “end of apartheid.”)
Because now that racism, colonialism and white apartheid is OVER! it’s those African warlords and rebel groups at fault for Africa’s underdevelopment; it’s those warring Black parties at fault; it’s ONLY those African tribal warfare that’s causing the intestine problems in the Sudan, Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Liberia, …. it’s those nationalistic Al Sharptons who are polarizing us, bothering the perfectly happy and contented Black US majority.
But, hey get me one of our venomous Black conservatives to come and defend white. For, everyone knows if the US Black majority is suffering amid plenty, it’s because they have not pulled themselves up by their Clarence-Thomas-bootstraps – like Ophra, Mike, Michael, Whoopi, Colin, or Denzel. Hey, see we-whites know Black people, by their first names (A holdover from the slaveholding era?)! Who are you calling a racist? Stop playing that race card.
And, as Molly Secours points out, the argument is, “If THESE (highly visible and wealthy, US) Black people can make it without a handout then everyone can!…..The implication is that these successful Blacks – who are held up as exceptions – are also used to prove that not all African Americans suffer…” Thus, troublemakers, for instance, like Ezili Danto, should realize that systemic, US-government subsidized segregation, racial hierarchy and apartheid is OVER; realize that the US government doesn’t sponsor racism and Black oppression anymore. “These are sins of our PAST.” How many times do we have to say: It’s over, move on. Stop being “divisive,” “polarizing,” - can’t we all just get along?
And, there you have it.
(Aside: For those who would like further information or, for those who need a white person’s sanction, permission or approval to hold a radical/confrontational thought, by all means, see for further info: Molly Secours, (no disrespect Molly!) a White progressive, who describes herself as “a middle-aged white woman, who has jumped on the reparation bandwagon, in an essay entitled “Riding the Reparations Bandwagon. p. 289. In the essay, Molly Secours advocates for reparations by analyzing the kind of misinformation that “causes most white people who hear and/or read about the reparations movement to get nervous and defensive, and respond with one of an infinite number of objections” at p. 286. See, also another White progressive, Tim Wise, also on the same subject, in an essay entitled “Debtor’s Prison: Facing History and Its Consequences” p. 239 to 250. Also, for further info, see Tim Wise book “Little White Lies: The Truth About Affirmative Action and “Reverse Discrimination.” Or, see, further, Michael Moore’s “Stupid White Men.”)
For, under the white man’s new form of oppression, and, ladies and gentlemen, guess what? It was first tested, honed and polished off, in that laboratory known as “Haiti,” after our Revolution and globalizes in the 1960s. Sure enough!
(To be continued…..
“Dje blan-yo mande krim. Bon Dje ki nan nou-an vle byen fe.” (Boukmann at Bwa Kayiman, August 14, 1791)