The leader of the racine group RAM, touched a very sensitive subject, that most of our artists don't dare come close to addressing...
If I had been born in Haiti I would be considered a "Mulatto"; however, I was
born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the suburbs of Yale University, therefore,
I'm not a Mulatto, I'm Black. There is no such thing as a Mulatto in
Connecticut , or in the U.S. for that matter; either you're White or you're
Black, one or the other. [There are other races but for the purposes of this
ramble I'm sticking to the Black/White issue]. My children see me as White and
laugh at the thought that I may have Black blood in my veins. They view
themselves as Black.
In Haiti, things are different. In Haiti , "Mulatto" is a "class" and a "race"
unto itself. Let me give you an example. In Haiti , after the Aristide coup of
1991, when there was all that repression and murder, it was Black people who
were getting killed, not Mulattos; more specifically it was poor, Black people
who were getting killed.
Back in the day, the Mulatto class had an army (Force Armée d'Haiti, FADH) to
do the killing and protecting them. At the time of the 1991 COUP, that army was
headed by Raoul Cedras, a Mulatto. Today, Haiti 's economic elite is a Mulatto
organization infiltrated by Middle Easterners and Germans. [I must add here
that when I use the term "Mulatto", I use it loosely to refer to a light
skinned "Black" person. There are actually many terms to identify at which
generation a Black person entered into your blood line].
Historically, when they tell you that there's 80% illiteracy in Haiti, what
they're actually saying is the Mulattos and their entourage can read and write,
but the Black people can't. When the Southern soldiers from the United States
came to Haiti in 1915 to occupy the country, they didn't know these racial
subtleties. When the American diplomat said, (you have to forgive me Bob
Corbett, this is an important quote) "Niggers speaking French!" he was actually
referring to Mulattos or the Black part of their entourage. Mulattos embrace
French and keep the rest of the population unschooled in order to create
Though the White Southern U.S. troops saw the Mulattos as "niggers", in
reality, Haitian Mulattos don't see themselves as "Black" at all and they do
all they can to distance themselves from Haitian Blacks.
Haitian "Black" people do not see Haitian Mulattos as part of their own race or
culture either. When you see squalor and poverty in Haiti , it reflects how
the Haitian Mulattos feel towards the Haitian Black person: bidonvilles
(slums), no sewer systems, no running water, no bathrooms, filth, no garbage
removal, no education, no money, slave wages, no health care, etc etc. The
Mulattos have historically seen the Haitian poor as uncivilized and undeserving
of humane living conditions. Haitian Mulattos view the Haitian Black as the
enemy, the slave, the laborer, the beast.
Haitian intellectuals of the 20th Century started to address these social
realities and that became the birth of "Noirisme" or "Blackism". Francois "Papa
Doc" Duvalier was a "Noiriste". His son, Jean Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was a
"Mulattoist". If you look at the most recent beneficiaries of the 2009 economic
investment movement in Haiti , it reveals: Rene Préval, Mulattoist.
Bill Clinton, Mulattoist. George Soros (working with Mews to make
sweatshops???), Mulattoist. American Embassy, Mulattoist (The US Embassy does
it's dealing with the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce which is the bastion
of Mulatto business elites). Haitian Minister of Culture (Black man supporting
a Jazz festival) Mulattoist. Haitian Hotel Association, Mulattoist. Haitian
Ministry of Tourism, Mulattoist. The new owners of Electricité D'Haiti,
This so called new economic revolution that Bill Clinton is leading in Haiti is
bound to fail for the simple reason that it's not a Haitian economic
revolution; it is just a reaffirmation of where the Haitian Mulatto class sees
itself in Haitian society; above the rest; entitled to money, power, privilege,
with paid access to Washington, and therefore Bill Clinton.
This economic movement is bound to fail because it continues to disenfranchise
Haitian Blacks and brings to light the corrupt economic and social nature of
the Haitian Mulatto Business class.
The new movement is bound to fail because it relies on corrupt elections, a
corrupt United Nations and corrupt, behind closed doors business deals.
This new Haitian Deal is bound to fail because, plainly put, "It Stinks!"
Port-au-Prince , Haiti
Your thought HBeatzers....