Félix Darfour accused the post-independence Haitian republic with corruption. He lost his life for it.
Tag: Global Black History
The language and culture of Kreyòl, as well as the Vodou religion, reveal a vision of Haitian sovereignty on behalf of those formerly enslaved.
After winning independence, the West rushed to teach Haiti a lesson so that their revolutionary experience would not recur on the continent. Haiti suffers the repercussions of such attacks to this day.
For Frederick Douglass, and for Black activists across the United States, there was no place more important to global Black freedom than Haiti.
Haiti truly manifested the principles of liberty, but international resistance and racism have worked for 220 years to undermine its sovereignty.
Not the United States, Great Britain, France, or any other enslaver deserves credit for ending slavery. Atlantic abolition began with Haiti.
“On the roadside, in homes, or at the marketplaces, Haitian women studied women’s history, culture, and politics—all without formal education.”
“I’m very skeptical about the ability of people in positions of power and privilege—including intellectuals—to name truths about the world.”
Don’t question Angela Davis’ manuscript, Toni Morrison warned her publishing colleagues. Davis was not “Jane Fonda” but, rather, “Jean d’Arc.”
Artist Simone Leigh curated a series of intellectual sermons directed by Black women who grieved, strategized, loved, and yearned for community.
“For those Afro-Caribbean Panamanian who had lived through Panama’s Canal Zone apartheid, Brooklyn segregation probably came as no surprise.”
In the 1740s, Bordeaux developed some of the first modern theories of racial difference, even as the city profited from the slave trade.
Butler’s work helps us see how time is a spiral, how the present moment is always layered with multiple pasts and underlying alternate futures.
“It feels insensitive or dishonest to not acknowledge the ways in which our work is a part of a greater narrative.”
“Are there ways in which Black North Americans connected to places and things that were outside of the world we thought they were in?”
“At the end of the day, the America project was about an encounter with abundance that was responded to with greed and brutality.”
Exponentially more enslaved Africans were forced to the lands that now make up Latin America rather than the United States. Where is their story?
“Octavia Butler teaches us,” explains Black playwright Ericka Dickerson-Despenza, “…that we have two options in Apocalypse: adapt or die.”
In 1963, a Panamanian assemblywoman took to Cuban radio to condemn the United States and its control of the Americas.