Why is it that films like "Lincoln," for one, do not dare utter, never mind credit Haiti as the place where the quest for an end to slavery flourished and was fought and won in spectacular fashion over six decades before Lincoln "freed the slaves?"
Proper respects are due to Abraham Lincoln for inadvertently giving his life to a fellow white supremacist; however, Abraham Lincoln was not fighting the Civil War to free the slaves. He fought it to hold together the Union.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued 61 years after Haiti abolished slavery. Arguably, Abraham Lincoln was not so much influenced by his moral fortitude, conscience or abolitionist leaning, as he was by the pivotal events that took place in Haiti 1791-1804.
American history classes should explain how much Haiti inspired Nat Turner, John Brown, Denmark Vesey and others who led slave uprisings. Haiti's freedom fighters were heroes of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. He wrote the famous ode: Until She Spoke in their honor.
Moreover, Charles Deslondes, who was of Haitian descent, led perhaps the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history in Louisiana -- consisting of some 200 men. The end that he and his tortured comrades came to is a blight that US historians sought to expunge from scrutiny by future generations in the "land of the free."
|The Haitian Revolution - Battle Vertieres, 1803|
Yet today's tyrants, like the slave-owning Thomas Jefferson, would have the world believe that Haiti's enslavers, oppressors, invaders and exploiters are the "victims" of a violent Haitian population.
Thomas Jefferson observed, "The situation of the St. Domingo fugitives (aristocrats as they are), calls aloud for pity and charity. Never was so deep a tragedy presented to the feelings of man." While he disapproved of any federal intervention, he thought individual states should provide assistance for those French émigrés. In a letter to Governor Morris, Jefferson said the United State received "the wretched fugitives.. who escaping from the swords and flames of civil war, threw themselves on us naked and houseless, without food or friends, money or other means, their faculties lost and absorbed in the depth of distresses."
In 1794, the U.S. Congress showed compassion when a House of Representatives committee passed a resolution establishing a committee of relief that had funds available to support the oppressed from St. Domingo."
p. 4 Haitians and African-Americans / A Heritage of Tragedy and Hope by Leon D. Pamphile
|Haitian rebels beat back the foreign invaders|
"Yes, we have rendered to these true cannibals war for war, crime for crime, outrage for outrage; yes, I have saved my country; I have avenged America;"
"After the terrible example I have just given, sooner or later Divine Justice will unchain on earth some mighty minds, above the weakness of the vulgar, for the destruction and terror of the wicked. Tremble! tyrants, usurpers, scourges of the new world!"
"War, even to Death, to Tyrants! this is my motto; "Liberty! Independence!" this is our rallying cry."
— Jean-Jacques Dessalines
The United Nations, blamed for causing the outbreak of cholera in Haiti which killed over 7000 and sickened over half a million, has rejected a November 2011 claim for compensation on behalf of victims of the disease, stating, "claims are not receivable."
"Today, the United Nations advised the claimants’ representatives that the claims are not receivable pursuant to Section 29 of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations," a spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated on Thursday. "The Secretary-General telephoned Haitian President Michel Martelly to inform him of the decision, and to reiterate the commitment of the United Nations to the elimination of cholera in Haiti."