December 31, 2003

Happy Birthday Haiti!

[ via Ray Garraud, Sak Pase to Haiti Pundit who celebrates the Haitian Bicentennial ] :

Frederick Douglass, Consul General to Haiti from 1889-91, shows his love for the nation:

Until She Spoke

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.

Posted by ronn at December 31, 2003 02:00 AM

Amen! You just remind me why religion rubs the wrong way... Long live the genius of Douglass... peace! Pyoruba Posted by: Pyoruba on January 3, 2004 10:39 AM
I am so moved by his words. Let's not forget their struggle to ensure our freedom. They started it all. They planted the seed for freedom. Posted by: C on February 16, 2004 08:25 PM