Caribbean Project: Free Negroes In Hayti (1859)

Freedom has failed in the world's first black republic


W.W. Wright’s “Free Negroes in Haiti” appeared in the November 1859 edition of DeBow’s Review.

It is difficult to exaggerate the impact in Dixie that previous failed experiments in abolition in the Caribbean had on Southern racial attitudes and the evolution of Southern republican theory in the Antebellum era.

The “Congo of the Antilles” provided a spectacle that illustrated why “Black Republicanism” had to be opposed at all costs:

“No country has been more favorably situated for receiving these blessing than the Queen of the Antilles. Her independence, achieved early in the present century, every enemy banished, or exterminated from her soil, placed in the very focus of civilization, midway between the two greatest nations of the earth, the cynosure of tens of thousands of friendly eyes, the object of Christendom’s prayers, the spot of all others on earth that could command the philanthropists of every nation, possessing a soil of unbounded fertility, a corps of laborers well instructed in the culture of those articles which ever return most renumerative prices, and a climate better adapted to the constitution of its inhabitants than any other under the sun – with all these advantages, it was to be expected that the empire of Hayti would soon assume an important rank in the family of nations, or at least occupy a respectable position as a land of industrious, moral, and thriving men.”

In 2012, Haiti is still the cynosure of millions of friendly eyes, the object of Christendom’s prayers, and the one spot on earth of all others that commands the attention of philanthropists of every nation like Sean Penn and Amanda Kijera.

“And, indeed, such were the expectations of the friends of the negro race. Let them be but once free, remove the depressing shackles of slavery, unbind their arms, said they, and soon we will see a race fully equal to the whites; agriculture will progress, commerce be fostered, and the cause of education and religion be advanced; Euclids were to spring from the mountains, Aesops and Dumas’ were to write verses and romances in the valleys, and the golden shores of the Artibonite were to witness a pastoral peace and happiness, unequaled in the happy valley of Amhara, or in the famous Utopia of the Jesuits, on the banks of the Panara!”

The Yankee abolitionists of America had similar predictions about the superiority of “free labor” to “slave labor.” It was confidently announced at the time that “slave labor” was retarding the agricultural progress of the South relative to the North. Many a carpetbagger arrived in the South during Reconstruction to try out these “free labor” ideas only to quickly go bankrupt after realizing the free negro was worthless as an agricultural laborer.

“How have these expectations been fulfilled? What has been the result of this fifty years’ trial under circumstances the most favorable that could be imagined?”

W.W. Wright was writing this article in DeBow’s Review from the perspective of the 55th years of freedom in Haiti. Sir Spenser St. John was writing from the perspective of the 81st year of freedom in Haiti. Hekseth Prichard was writing in the 96th year of freedom. We’re observing Haiti from the perspective of the 208th year of freedom.

“It might be self supporting, and yet, like an infant in the cradle, it requires constant aid. It is tributary to the whole world for articles of the first necessity. Our ancient St. Domingo, which exported 40,000,000 lbs. of sugar, does not now make enough for the wants of its invalids; and, to speak truly, the only labor that flourishes on the island is the manufacture of rum!”

I find this to still be true of Haiti today: it depends on the charity of the world for basic sustenance, it is still “like an infant in the cradle,” it still requires “constant aid.”

“Even the superb roads and highways of St. Domingo no longer exist. “From the Cape to Gonaires, from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel, all the routes I travelled,” continued this writer, “are nothing more than paths almost impracticable, and often even dangerous. The bridges over the rivers are in such a bad state that it is necessary to dismount from your horse in order to cross them. Horses and asses are at present the only means of transport in Hayti.”

It sounds like a scene out of “Deadliest Journeys: Congo.” Most Haitians are Congolese transported to the Antilles.

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  1. Whites are STILL going to Haiti trying to help them, I’ve met dozens of these nuts, everything for NON-Whites nothing for Whites. And when they are beaten or robbed they STILL don’t learn, they say Whites are responsible, I kid you not this is what they have told me.
    If there is a SILVER LINING to the catastrophe Whites are facing then the LEFTIST Obama Voting Whites getting what the “minorities” will give them is karma fulfilled and boy that is something, that is real good.

  2. The black kid looking at the camera already has murder in his eyes.
    It incredible to have to admit that a child could but, effing he’ll. That thing is a demon.

  3. I’m telling you, a moral people would enslave them out of kindness. And that’s how it went down, in the beginning.

  4. My guess is that conditions during the slave period were tolerable. Plenty of Good food, good shelter, festivities, technical training, medicine. Some sort of law too.

    The real problem was undoubtedly that there was too much to go around. The nigs probably lived comfortably but nothing shiney and golden. They saw the
    big mansions and the white cities (clean well ordered possibly refined and ornate) in the colonial or even rococco styles…
    and the chimps decided to crush it all to bits to get cargo. It’s so astonishingly simple. The French planters were preparing a mulatto class to be a technical class and as soon as they got a taste fir the good life they Killed the upperclass of whites. Give the nig an inch out of benevolence, and they will cook you in a pot.

    The Senegalese will do the same to Paris. It’s too fucking nice to last with these sullen eejits around.

  5. “John says:
    May 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    The black kid looking at the camera already has murder in his eyes.
    It incredible to have to admit that a child could but, effing he’ll. That thing is a demon.”

    Maybe he’s got that “warrior gene” that was discussed here recently.

  6. Thursday, 3 May 2012
    Shatter Watch: A brilliant suggestion
    Shaunantijihad, a regular commentator on this blog, has come up with a suggestion so good that I’m publishing it in full here.

    “A Solution – at last!

    We should help Israel in the best way known to modern politics – we should flood them with Pakistanis and Somalians to “do the work Jews won’t do” and to “pay their pensions”. Every effort should be made to encourage “vigorous and widespread miscegenation” to overcome irrational and bigoted Jewish racism.

    In a gesture of humanity and love we should offer to pay for all our beloved Pakis, Banglas and Africans to be flown out to Israel at the earliest opportunity. (Oh, my, how shall we cope without them?)

    Wow! Our generosity could even go even further!

    We could send some Britons to become “British Israelis” to take over the government there to ensure the new Israeli enrichers are provided with housing and benefits paid for by hard working Jewish taxpayers and to ensure that Israeli racists who fail to celebrate the enrichment are stomped on hard. We should of course take over the central bank printing of the shekel through a private company owned entirely by British Israelis.

    Some of the Jewish cattle might resent this, so we should also print enough shekels for the owners of the bank to buy all the essential media in Israel in order to combat evil Israeli racism, and promote the benefits of diversity. Every advertisement and film should show happy Jewish women with successful black men. More shekels should be printed and given to Affirmative Action black males to make them rich and successful and attractive to Jewish women. The resultant inflation must be carefully implanted in the Jewish mind as a benefit, the “forgiveness of debt” or some such idea.

    Jewish men should often be portrayed as bad and stupid people, especially Jewish racists who don’t celebrate African and Pakistani culture and people as being “as Jewish as I am”. Jewish racists who oppose Tel Aviv being flooded with Pakis and Negroes should always be portrayed as right wing Nazis. And at every opportunity they must be compared to Hitler and well known Jewish mass murderers. Every day the television should remind Jews that they murdered 6 million Ukrainians and 60 million Russians.

    We must also set up two or three “mainstream parties” and only ever take these seriously in our media, all of which must have the essential consensus of mass immigration. Several “right wing” opposition parties should also be formed that we ourselves control, also paid for by extra shekel printing (it’s so easy when you can just print as much as you need rather than having to work for it!) – I suggest the Israeli National Party, the Israeli Independence Party, the Israeli Freedom Party to start with. MI6 should infiltrate immediately any opposition parties set up by Israeli Nationalists, who are the real threat.

    The film “Cohen’s List” should be taught in every school and celebrate the fictional good Jew “Cohen” who helped a few thousand innocent Russian women and children escape from the Jewish gulags and from the evil camp commander “Colonel Menachem Begin” and his torture chambers for the innocent Russian children. Make sure that the hero Cohen marries a Negress from the Congo at the end, and make sure she is a brain surgeon or a President or some other brilliant person.

    Naturally, our secret plan to exterminate the Jew by making them all partially sub-Saharan Negroes to decimate their identity and IQ must be kept secret at all times.”

    Serious? I am deadly serious. And yes, it would be absolutely deadly for any people to allow that to happen to them. Except in this instance, it would actually be justified.

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