By Ezili Dantò
206 years since Desalin
Oct. 17, 2012 – 206 years of suffering later. The Gathering honors the roots of liberty, Janjak Desalin and the indigenous Haiti army
It’s October 17th and the gathering honors Janjak Desalin, Haiti’s founding father. We gather as one. Nou fè yon sèl kò.
Jean Jacques Dessalines (Janjak Desalin, born September 20, 1758) said:
“Et ceux dont les pères sont en Afrique, ils n’auront donc rien – I want the assets of the country to be equitably divided.” And for this, Janjak Desalin, Haiti’s founding father was assassinated on October 17, 1806 by the mullato sons on France.
That was the first coup detat/regime change in Haiti (Ayiti). It marks the beginning of neocolonialism.
“The Haitian holocaust – organized exclusion of the masses, misery, poverty, endless debt and the impunity of the economic elite – continues with the Feb. 29, 2004 Bush bi-centennial regime change marking the 33rd coup d’état in Haiti. Haiti’s peoples continue to resist the return of despots, tyrants and enslavers who wage war on the poor majority and Black, contain-them-in poverty through neocolonialism’ debts, unfair trade, privatization, UN occupation and foreign “investments.” These neocolonial tyrants refuse to allow an equitable division of wealth, excluding the majority in Haiti from power and from sharing in the country’s wealth and assets.” (Haiti: Jan 1, 2012 Another Independence Day Under Occupation.)
“Oceans of our blood have poured and watered the soil to nourish civilized co-existence on this planet earth and continue, this very minute, to soak the earth needlessly, simply because Haitians were the first to counter, in combat, European/U.S. biological fatalism, destroy their myth of white superiority and to do what even Spartacus could not.”
October 17, 2012 marks the 206 year since Haiti has faced the wrath of the rabid global elites. Gran Guiton, Desalin’s spiritual advisor and priest advised him not to travel south that fateful day to see Petion. He did not listen.
Every October 17th in Haiti the drums speak at Gran Guiton where the umbilical cord reaches for unseen portals. Where the great crossroads meet. “Ayiti Toma. Sacred highland.” The sound reverberates. In the hearts of Ginen Fran and what’s left on planet earth with the courage to risk and answer when called “Ayisyen.” Nou fè yon sèl kò. One body, one soul, one force, one voice. Desalin cannot die.
Mèsi papa Desalin.
Mèsi Gran Guiton.
Kouwòn pou Defile, another historical form of Ezili Dantò – the warrior mother – who at Pon Rouj, like like Aset (Isis) did for her husband, Asar (Osiris), restored the murdered and mutilated parts of the warrior emperor.
Defile’s funeral rites sought to prevent and reverse the decay following the death of Desalin that we’re experiencing. The injustice created by Desalin’s murder has got to be acknowledged and atonement made to complete Defile and Gran Guiton’s restoration, renewal and resurrection of the emperor.
Each generation is to make Janjak Desalin whole again; make his words, not Lerclec’s words, flesh. The light of truth to live, breathe, conceive tomorrow by, as Aset (Isis) and Asar (Osiris) together are perpetually reborn in their child, Heru/Horus. Becoming one – nou fè yon sèl kò, whole. (Haitian cosmology: Lè marasa, lè mò and lè mistè.)
Desalin said: “Recall everything I have sacrificed to fly to your defense – relatives, children, wealth, so that now the only riches I possess is your freedom. Recall that my name horrifies all those who are enslavers, and that tyrants and despots everywhere only bring themselves to utter it when they curse the day I was born. Remember, if you should ever discard or forget the law that the God who watches over your well being has dictated to me for your happiness, you will deserve the fate that inures to ungrateful peoples. ” — Jean Jacques Dessalines (Janjak Desalin), Haiti’s Founding father, Haiti Declaration of Independence, Gonaives, on January 1st 1804, year first of Haiti’s independence, I Have Avenged America, Kanga Mundele: Our mission to live free or die .)
No Ayisyen will ever forget what the whites wanted in Haiti after kidnapping, torturing and killing General Toussaint Louverture.
Napoleon’s general said it thus: “It is not everything to have removed Toussaint, there are two thousand other chiefs here to have taken away…Here is my opinion of this country. It is necessary to destroy all the negroes of the mountains, men and women, sparing only children under the age of twelve, and destroy half of those of the plain, without leaving a single colored man in the colony who ever wore an epaulette. Without that, the colony will never be at peace.” —French General Charles Victor Emmanuel Leclerc
JanJak Desalin and Africa’s indigenous army in Ayiti responded:
Live free or die – Grenadye alaso!
“…Never again shall colonist or European set foot on this soil as master or landowner. This shall henceforward be the foundation of our constitution.” –Janjak Desalin (Desalin’s Law).
On January 1, 1804, in proclaiming Haiti’s independence, General Janjak Desalin told the nation: ”Citizens, It is not enough to have expelled from your country the barbarians who have bloodied it for two centuries; it is not enough to have put a brake to these ever reviving factions which take turns to play-act this liberty, like ghost that France had exposed before your eyes; it is necessary, by one last act of national authority, to forever assure the empire of liberty in the country of our birth; we must take any hope of re-enslaving us away from the inhuman government that for so long kept us in the most humiliating torpor. In the end we must live independent or die. Independence or death… May these sacred words bring us together, and may they be the signal of our struggles and of our gathering.” –Janjak Desalin, Haiti’s Founding father, Haiti Declaration of Independence, January 1, 1804, I Have Avenged America)
Desalin created a nation with ideals opposed to bourgeois democracy and that created a different paradigm to rival that of the Euro/US tribes on this planet. Haiti was also created as a space, a land where all people who were enslaved anywhere in the world could come to and find refuge and all Black people enslaved anywhere in the world could come to and find citizenship.
At the Battle of Vertierresattle of Vertierres, Desalin defeated Haiti’s tormentors.
Once the tyrants returned with the assassination of Janjak Desalin on October 17, 1806, the Haiti struggle going on today began. It is the greatest David vs. Goliath battle being played out on planet earth. (Demand France Pay back the $22Billion Independence Debt: France Vertieres and Ayisyen Ginen).
We are the rebels,
who quietly say NO to neo-feudalism, European “development” and Euro-“civilization”.
We stand mostly alone.
Without the white skin privileged of those who are called heroes
We are invisible.
Like the sun, we witness to ourselves.
Celebrating our own legacy,
our own history.
Reminiscing to syncopated beats
about Mari Klèr Erwez,
Defile, Gran Guiton, Mari Jann, Sanit Belè, Gran Toya, Kapwa Lamò, and of course, lanperè Janjak Desalin – our braves.
300-years of depraved Euro chattle enslavement. From 1503 to 1804. “Ours has been a long struggle. It started, 509 years ago in 1503 when the first kidnapped African captives set enchained feet on what is now known as Haitian soil.” (Another Day Under Occupation.)
200,000 Africans died for our liberty during the 13-year great revolutionary Haitian war, begun with Bwa Kayiman that beat all the great European armies and their mercenaries in combat, including the French, British, Spanish, and a US embargo.
We glorify the unknown African maroons, all Ayisyen, our survivors and overcomers, neg and neges Ginen – our lineage who:
“suffered and died
Every bloody month
Of the bloody year.
… was born
Of abject inhumanity
With the noble destiny
Of carrying the sword
Of precious humanity
In a New World
Cursed by the West Storm
And raped by the powers
Of greed, wickedness, and death…” (Haiti, the Rebel by Michel Sanon)
Janjak Desalin lost his life 206 years ago.
206 years of struggling against recolonization as corporate chattle in this merciless white storm.
Jafrikayiti, Dahoud Andre, Hilario Batista Felix – “Gwo diferans ant komemore epi “fete” Oktob 17, 1806″- Recorded Oct 16, 2012, Gatineau, Canada
“Gen pawòl ki di Petion te pwazonnen Desalin lè li te lakay Petion se sak fè li rive tonbe jan li te tonbe lan Pon Rouj.” – Ezili Dantò
“Oral history passed down in Haiti, substantiated by some Haiti historians, claim that Ampèrè Janjak Desalin was actually poisoned at Pétion’s house at Rue l’Enterrement after a meeting to negotiate the power and future of the nation and was too weak to properly defend himself at the Pon Rouj ambush, even with Chalotain’s (his assistant) help.”- Ezili Dantò
Ezili Dantò ‘s jazzoetry – Desalin reconstructed the very soul of the sun.
206 years of living within a hostile, profit-over-people American Mediterranean.
Slave labor is no longer the white settlers’ gig, prison labor is.
Ayiti battles on – a broken piece of indigenous Africa.
We are Alkebullan’s aboriginals, holding to sustainable konbit, viv and lakou values after 300-years of hammering agony, depraved Euro-Maafa brutality, with only a two year independence respite before these two centuries (1806 to 2012) of containment-in-poverty. No nostalgic historical space for us but a legacy, inner knowings.
And, determine not to become what Ayisyen struggle against, sacred Ayiti stays alive from one generation to the next.
Knowing soul deep that healthy, empathetic humans are not meant to accept a world where the land, labor, bodies and resources of about 6.5 billion out of the 7 billion peoples on planet earth mostly services the Northern privileged and insatiable few.
Ayiti fights on
for universal freedom,
honor and respect, not bourgeois democracy. ReMEMBERing Desalin’s ideals, Law and legacy – never outgunned or outnumbered. Desalin lives.
206 years later, Desalin’s name continues to horrify “all those who are enslavers.” Tyrants and despots everywhere only bring themselves to utter it when they curse the day Desalin was born.
Desalin’s descendants, fragmented, splintered and separated cling to source, singing every September and October the story of Janjak, the greatest hero to ever live. We are the rebels who, like Defile at Pon Rouj, heartsore and soul weary push to pick up the broken pieces of ourselves every hungry month of every bloody NGO day in Haiti. Every bloody month of every UN/US day in Haiti. Every diseased month of every Paul Farmer, Bill Clinton and Bafyoti day in Haiti. Desalin cannot die, is rising. Mèsi papa Desalin. ( Mesi papa Desalin ; Three ideals of Dessalines ; Desalin’s Law ; Kouwòn pou Defile).
“Independence or death… May these sacred words bring us together, and may they be the signal of our struggles and of our gathering.”
Oct 17, 2012 Ayiti gathers.
Justice lives in the inner spaces Haiti colonizes. Ginen poze.
October 17, 2012
Li led li la
Recommended FreeHaitiMovement Janjak links:
Haiti’s founding father, Janjak Desalin: I Have Avenged America
“I only want the braves to stay with me. Those who wish to become once again French slaves can make their way out of this fort. Those on the contrary who wish to die as free men may take their place around me” — Jean Jacques Dessalines, Haiti’s founding father, speaking at Crête-à-Pierrot, March 11, 1802 (Haiti’s founding father, Janjak Desalin: I Have Avenged America )
Jean Jacques Dessalines – The women who influenced him, his ideals and legacy remembered (born, September 20, 1758, assassinated October 17, 1806.)
Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
bit.ly/V5M3uY – ezilidanto.com/zili
HAITI: UNTIL SHE SPOKE
Excerpt From Lecture on Haiti by Frederick Douglass
Until she spoke, no Christian nation had abolished Negro slavery.
Until she spoke, no Christian nation had given to the world an organized effort to abolish slavery.
Until she spoke, the slave ship, followed by hungry sharks, greedy to devour the dead and dying slaves flung overboard to feed them, ploughed in peace the South Atlantic, painting the sea with the Negro’s blood.
Until she spoke, the slave trade was sanctioned by all the Christian nations of the world, and our land of liberty and light included.
Men made fortunes by this infernal traffic, and were esteemed as good Christians, and the standing types and representations of the Savior of the World.
Until Haiti spoke, the church was silent, and the pulpit was dumb.
Slave-traders lived and slave-traders died.
Funeral sermons were preached over them, and of them it was said that they died in the triumphs of the Christian faith and went to heaven among the just.
Haiti’s founding father rejected Bourgeois Democracy/Freedom
The Story of Janjak: The Greatest Hero to ever Lived
Red Black & Moonlight CD – Ezili Jazzoetry
– So Much Like Here
Who killed Dessalines?
Petion/Gerin- the Insurgent/Reactionary Mulatto Generals more allied to French/colonial economic and cultural interests than the Haitian majority. Following Dessalines’ assassination, under the long Mulatto and Eurocentric presidencies of Petion (12years) and Boyer (25years), the name Dessalines was execrated, declared loathsome, cursed, not allowed to be spoken. Neocolonialism had begun in Haiti, would be formalized with Boyer’s “Independence Debt and the legacy of the impunity and undemocratic offenses of one class and sector of Haitian society, continues to this day…This elite with their foreign allies cannot accept the principal of one citizen-one vote because it would mean that they would lose their privileges and influence. (See, Three Historical Documents on Dessalines’ Assassination)
What’s in a name?
Some names horrify enslavers, tyrants and despots, everywhere
Kanga Mundele: Our mission to live free or die, Another Haitian Independence Day under occupation
“I am the history of rape…
I am the history of battery assault and limitless
armies against whatever I want to do with my mind
and my body and my soul and
whether it’s about walking out at night
or whether it’s about the love that I feel or
whether it’s about the sanctity of my vagina or
the sanctity of my national boundaries
or the sanctity of my leaders…I know from my heart…
I have been raped.” Poem about My Rights by June Jordan
I am the History of Rape by Ezili Dantò
What Historians usually forget to say about Jean Jacques Dessalines: Dessalines was a revolutionary centuries ahead of his time by Ezili Dantò, HLLN, October 17, 2006
“For 500 years the whites (settlers/colonists) have tried to erase us. Today they want us to believe they’re the only ones who can save us“ — Edike from Daniel ‘Dadi’ Beaubrun’s Lataye
I pay this price for you: Haiti is open for business
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