Resistance started as soon as Europeans kidnapped Africans: Haiti in ourstory

By Haitian History Professor Bayyinah Bello

“Haiti’s revolution did not begin in 1791, it began the day the first white person went to Africa and began to kidnap people in Africa.  They did not just sit down and let themselves be taken away.  They fought.  They fought all the way to the boat; they fought on the boat; they killed themselves throughout the trip; they killed themselves as they got off the boat or killed whoever was tying them up.

“So the fight began the day the aggression, the kidnapping, the slave mentality began to capture people and the fight went on everywhere.  It’s not just in Haiti … Jamaica fought a lot more than we did.  Cuba had much more revolts than we did, but the difference (was that) Haiti succeeded. …

All the islands resisted

All the islands (resisted).  In St Thomas three women freed St. Thomas in 1773; took it away from the Dutch for almost a year before they were recaptured. With the help of France and the British army the Dutch put the island back into slavery and arrested the three women.  But people don’t know about that… so the revolution is all over.  It’s not the Haitian revolution.  The Haitian revolution is just one tip of the revolution against slavery that went on throughout the world and we see its first major success in Haiti …

“I believe if one does not have a good understanding of what has happened in the past, then you are not equipped to build the future.

“I believe if one does not have a good understanding of what has happened in the past, then you are not equipped to build the future.

I believe that if your knowledge of history is just blurs, little blips about this president – that president, this one was a good president, this other one was a bad president, that other was a killer – if that’s your understanding of what is called history, then you cannot project the future.

To project the future there must be a profound analysis of what has happened and understand the whys of these various events. Then you are equipped.

BECAUSE IN STUDYING OURSTORY, WE CAPTURE THE LIGHT WHICH SHINES ON THE ROAD TO THE FUTURE.”

2 responses to “Resistance started as soon as Europeans kidnapped Africans: Haiti in ourstory

  1. Pingback: Bello: Resistance started as soon as Europeans kidnapped Africans; Haiti in ourstory | JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

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