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9765: Re: 9749: Kozyn adds Re: Slavery - Democracy (fwd)
From: John Kozyn <email@example.com>
>Chak bourik rani nan patiraj li
>(Every donkey brays in its own pasture)
That's the response that Saint-Vil's post merits? C'mon Mr. Heinl, you can
do better than that. I thought Saint-Vil's post was more than appropriate -
please indicate where he brayed :)
I have to agree with Saint-Vil that a "eurocentric" weltanschaung (pun
intended ;) does prevail - especially on this list - and that history for
Haitians does not necessarily reflect the same history for other
nationalities. And, why should it? Thus, he is correct to call Heinl on the
formation of his value system as it pertains to Haiti speciifically, and
truth in general.
Saint-Vil also writes:
"Racial Slavery in the U.S. was institutionalised. It was a collective
«state» decision that Africans were to be systematically brutalised and
kept down while they were making the U.S. prosper. There is no comparison to
be made between such a collective - institutionalised barbarism and
Dessalines'act of «infinite justice» conducted during a time of war - indeed
a war for survival!"
I agree. One can parrot the refrain that the United States was the first
democracy in the hemisphere, but history is not necessarily "truth." If
what Saint-Vil wrote (above) _is_ true, then even a child will see that what
prevailed in the United States at the turn of the 19th century was _not_
actually a democracy. Not if we define democracy qua democracy.
I also noted this: "No wonder Hollywood is not interested!!!!"
I was under the impression that Danny Glover was behind the movie project of
the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution. Does anyone
Speaking of Revolution, there are one or two references to it in the
President's remarks on the aniversary of the Battle for Vertières. Check it
out at <www.haiti.org>.
Embassy of the Republic of Haiti
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