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Hayti Revolution Reflections for 2022
Bò Kay Manbo Inan (Bwa Kayiman) on August 14, 1791 was the Vodun War Council and Gathering that began the Hayti Revolution that started Aug 22, 1791 and where, after a thirteen year war, the amalgamated Afrikan tribes beat, in combat, the armies of the French, the Spanish and the English to abolish slavery, direct colonialism, forced assimilation & the economic system they camouflage now: their human trafficking Triangular Trade.
The Hayti Resistance Speaks
Viv, Lakou, Konbit, Jarden* are Hayti’s indigenous ways to counter the white settler and European nations’ new forms of slavery where endless debt is unleashed on the people. Their lands, liberty and public assets are privatized and subjugated by foreign rule that operates through fake elections, UN-US cholera democracy, their devious free trade, export economy, Neoliberalism corporate welfare or, shenanigans like getting huge swatches of local land and sea areas designated as “tourist zones,” or “protected UNESCO biosphere reserves” – all of which opens the local market, and our vulnerable, unprotected population and environment to the tyrannical whims of racist foreigners and their billionaire Syrian-Lebanese-Israeli overseers.
The effect is a quiet genocide and ethnocide. They destroy the collective economy and agency of Haytians. Contain the people in poverty, dependency, endless debt and misery. The outcome is not much different than that of the Triangular Trade, a deprave and inhuman economic system Hayti was the first to eliminate, in combat, 231 years ago.
The Haytian is a natural element in the world. The powers-that-be are at war with nature. They are destroying nature and thus us. We survive knowing nature always renews itself.
Viv, Lakou, Konbit, Jarden are sustainable ways of being. It’s the majority’s way of life – the Ayisyen way and how we survive the captured state and its collaborators for 231 years.
Port au Prince, where the largest US embassy in the Western Hemisphere resides – along with the other CoreGroup nations, their collaborating Conzes, marechaussee police and marechaussee paramilitary – doesn’t represent the Ayisyen Way, nor is it all that is in Ayiti. Au Contraire.
There is an Ayiti outside of Port au Prince. The Èzili’s Network and #FreeHaitiMovement exists to promote, reproduce in modern ways and to celebrate Viv, Lakou, Konbit, Jarden and our collective awareness of being an element of nature. We detox to expel the leeches and parasites that attach themselves to our being for sustenance and try to live sustainably with the other beings and nature around us, not against it.
There were more than 20,000 Haytians at the Plen Du Nò Ogou Festival this July 2022. They gathered together in brotherhood and sisterhood to have fun, commune together and raise up Ogou – the legendary father protector and soldier who never loses a fight. But all we saw in the local and world newspapers in July was the horrible specter of non-brotherhood, anti-Haytian hate and a violent colonial fratricide being played out in the foreign controlled warfare between the G9 and GPèp in Site Solèy, Port au Prince. It’s reported that over 200 people were killed and 3,000 displaced in July.
What we know is that the rest of the nation does not participate in this and are not experiencing the level of insecurity the Colonists’ terrible presence and policy initiatives in Port au Prince engenders.
The images focus only on the negative in Hayti. This psychological warfare is expected of the white invaders. But Black Hayti’s biggest issue is less about the manufactured colonial insecurity and violence. The biggest problem for the majority of Haytians, is shared by a world of enslaved human beings everywhere. It is hunger, gas shortages, the high cost of living and the inability to access the natural economy to sustain oneself because of the captured state and how the old enslavers still monopolize the world’s abundance.
Èzili’s #FreeHaiti does not get played by their psychological warfare and continual images of dying Haytians that is played out endlessly in the Republic of Port au Prince. Nor, are we into reforming the CoreGroup’s captured state there, even as we work hard to ameliorate life for the Army of Sufferers, our brothers and sisters, living too close to the vampires and mentally colonized populations in Port au Prince. We’ll keep offering them self reliance with Lakou, Konbit, Jarden, Viv, instead of the death plan of the captured state in Port au Prince and abroad.
Toutotan nou pa genyen batay la fèk kòmanse – Until we win, the battle has just begun.
Alaso Ayisyen, avanse.
Èzili Dantò of HLLN and #FreeHaiti, August, 2022
Gran Bwa, – (Deeps Bazile) artist, wood sculptor, cultural activist, spiritual leader/Ougan. Deeps Bazile who has held the celebration for Bwa Kayiman (Bò Kay Inan) at Prospect Park in NY for 32 years
–Viv means every human being has a right to life and self-defense.
–Lakou is a family homestead or compound where many generations live together on a piece of land and it stays in the family. (See a Lakou in this video;Yon Afrikèn ki se Marie Ange Thebaud debake an Ayiti pou vin patisipe nan fèt Bwa Kayiman, 2022)
–Konbit is working in community for a community objective or good.
-Jarden is sustainable agriculture. Local food sovereignty before export to colonial nations. A protected local economy.
Ougan Zaza, Mèt Lakou Bwa Kayiman in Hayti