The daily slaughtering by Tonton Macoutes and the torture and murder of thousands of Haitians at Ft. Dimanche were all products of the Duvaliers — Papa Doc and Baby Doc. As if nationwide terror was not enough, Baby Doc did his part by stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the Haitian people. From the ransom France forced Haiti to pay beginning in 1825 (Haiti paid its last installment in 1947), to the theft of all the gold in the Haitian treasury by invading US Marines in 1915, to the sucking dry of the public coffers by many Haitian leaders, to the US’ stranglehold on international funds going to Haiti from 2000-2004 in an attempt to destabilize Haiti and oust the only leader who ever gave a damn about the poor, President Aristide, is it any wonder that Haiti’s infrastructure and social indicators have remained desperately low? And, with Bill Clinton and his international band of thieves, the raping of Haiti continues.
I met Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) about 15 years ago in Guinea where he had moved in 1969, in self-imposed exile, along with his then-wife, Miriam Makeba. My first impression of him was that he was one of the few good and brilliant men I’d ever met and my opinion has remained the same. Stokely, born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, black nationalist and Pan-Africanist, died from cancer in Guinea on November 15, 1998. And, here’s your antidote — three minutes of Stokely talking about Haiti with all the love, respect, and honor it deserves.