If you ever wondered why the slaves in Saint-Domingue and the French Caribbean were emancipated and why free negroes were transformed into French citizens with equal rights during the French Revolution, here is a sample of the ravings of the lunatics that inspired it all:
Note: This passage comes from Laurent DuBois’ Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. It shows that liberalism has always been anti-White because slavery, conservatism, and racialism – like monarchs and aristocrats – were an affront to its ideology of universal human rights.
“Writers in France prophesied the imminent emergence of a black revolutionary leader. In his 1771 fable of time travel, Louis Sebastien Mercier imagined waking up after a 672-year nap and finding himself in a changed and perfected world. In one plaza he saw on a pedestal “a negro his head bare, his arm outstretched, with pride in his eyes and a noble and imposing demeanor.” Under the statue were the words “To the Avenger of the New World!” Mercier learned that “this surprising and immortal man” had delivered the world “from the most atrocious, longest, and most insulting tyranny of all.” He had “broken the chains of his compatriots” and transformed those “oppressed by the most odious slavery” into heroes. In an “instant” they had “spilled the blood of their tyrants.” “French, Spanish, English, Dutch, Portuguese all fell prey to iron, poison, and flame. The soil of America avidly drank the blood that it had been awaiting for so long, and the bones of their ancestors, murdered by cowards, seemed to stand up and shake with joy.” The “Avenger” became a god in the New World and was celebrated in the Old. “He came like a storm spreading across a city of criminals that is about to be destroyed by lightning.” He was an “exterminating angel,” granted power by justice and by God.
The Abbé Raynal’s famous history of European colonialism, which went through many printings in the 1770s and 1780s, contained a passage that drew on Mercier’s vision. After critiquing the institution of slavery, the work warned readers that the slaves did not need their masters’ “generosity or advice” to break the “sacrilegious yoke of their oppressors.” Already, it noted, “two colonies of fugitive negroes have been established” in Jamaica and Suriname and had won recognition of their freedom. These signs were the lightning that announced the storm. “All that the negroes lack is a leader courageous enough to carry them to vengeance and carnage,” the work warned. “Where is he, this great man, that nature owes to its vexed, oppressed, tormented children? Where is he? He will appear, do not doubt it. He will show himself and will raise the sacred banner of liberty. This venerable leader will gather around him his comrades in misfortune. More impetuous than torrents, they will leave everywhere ineffaceable traces of their just anger.” The “American fields,” the text continued, riffing off Mercier, would get drunk on the blood they had been awaiting “for so long,” while the bones buried over the course of three centuries would “shake with joy.” Monuments to this “hero who reestablished the rights of the human species” would be erected in the New World and the Old. But the Europeans might reap what they had sown: “the Code Noir will disappear, and the Code Blanc will be terrible, if the victors consult only the law of revenge!”
Note: Laurent DuBois dedicates the book to Haiti and opens it with a fitting quote from Jean-Jacques Dessalines who exterminated the remnants of the White population in Haiti in 1804: “I have avenged America.”