Black History Month 2014: Can The Negro Rule Himself?

British adventurer Hesketh Prichard traverses Haiti
British adventurer Hesketh Prichard travels across Haiti


Insofar as White Nationalists know anything about the history of Haiti, Dr. William Pierce’s classic ADV broadcast “The Lesson of Haiti” is usually the first thing that comes to mind.

In that broadcast, Pierce reads an excerpt from the final chapter of Hesketh Prichard’s 1900 book, Where Black Rules White: A Journey Across and About Hayti. In 1899, Prichard arrived in Haiti and became the first white man to travel across the Haitian interior since the defeat of the French in 1803.

A few years later, Prichard traveled into a remote region of South America in an unsuccessful search for evidence of the giant ground sloth. He published a second travelogue about his experiences there in 1902, Through the Heart of Patagonia. In 1911, Prichard published a third travelogue about his exploration of the remote Canadian interior, Through Trackless Labrador.

I’ve brought up these other books to show that Hesketh Prichard was a British traveler and explorer, not a “white supremacist propagandist,” but it is his harsh assessment of the Black Republic in 1900 that interests us here:

“To-day in Haiti we come to the real crux of the question. At the end of a hundred years of trial, how does the black man govern himself? What progress has he made? Absolutely none. …

Can the negro rule himself? Is he congenitally capable? …

Up to date he has certainly not succeeded in giving any proof of capability, has not indeed come within measurable distance of success. I think we may go a full step beyond the non-proven. We may sat that, taken en masse at any rate, he has shown no signs whatsoever which could fairly entitle him to the benefit of the doubt that has so long hung about that question.

He has had his opportunity. The opportunity has lasted for a hundred years in a splendid land which he found ready prepared for him. Yet to-day we find him with a Government which, save in the single point of force majeure, has degenerated into a farce; and as for the country itself, houses and plantations have disappeared, and where clearings once were there is now impenetrable forest. Certainly he has existed through one hundred years of internecine strife, but he has never for six consecutive months governed himself in any accepted sense of the word. To-day, and as matters stand, he certainly cannot rule himself.” (Hesketh Prichard, Where Black Rules White: A Journey Across and About Haiti, pp.280-284)

Prichard’s dismissive words about Haiti’s lack of capacity for self government clash with modern liberal sensibilities, but let us consider the Black Republic’s record at “a hundred years of trial” that was the evidence before him in 1900:

A Hundred Years of Trial: The First Century of Haitian Independence

1.) Jean-Jacques Dessalines, 1804-1806: Assassinated

2.) King Henri Christophe, 1807-1820: Suicide

3.) Alexandre Pétion, 1807-1818: Died of natural causes

4.) Jean-Pierre Boyer, 1818-1843: Ousted/exiled

5.) Charles Rivière-Hérard, 1843-1844: Ousted/exiled

6.) Philippe Guerrier, 1844-1845: Died of natural causes

7.) Jean-Louis Pierrot, 1845-1846: Overthrown

8.) Jean-Baptiste Riché, 1846-1847: Overdosed on aphrodisiacs

9.) Faustin Soulouque, 1847-1859: Resigned amid revolt

10.) Fabre Geffrard, 1859-1867: Resigned amid revolt

11.) Sylvain Salnave, 1867-1869: Executed by army

12.) Nissage Saget, 1870-1874: Forced to resign by army

13.) Michel Domingue, 1874-1876: Overthrown

14.) Boisrond-Canal, 1876-1879: Forced to resign

15.) Lysius Salomon, 1879-1888: Ousted by armed revolt

16.) François Légitime, 1888-1889: Ousted by revolt

17.) Florvil Hyppolite, 1888-1896: Stroke amid revolt

18.) Tirésias Simon Sam, 1896-1902: Resigned

Two Hundred Years of Trial: The Second Century of Haitian Independence

In 1884, the former British consul Sir Spenser St. John summed up the course of Haiti’s history in the introduction of book, Hayti, or the Black Republic:

“With regard to the history of this country, materials abound for writing a very full one, but I do not think it would prove interesting to the general reader. It is but a series of plots and revolutions, followed by barbarous military executions.” (Sir Spenser St. John, Hayti, or, The Black Republic, p.x)

In 1900, Hesketh Prichard would later add in his book:

“Corruption has spread through every portion and department of the government. Almost all the ills of the country may be traced to their source in the tyranny, the ineptitude, and the improbity of those at the helm of state. …

It is not overstating the case to say that the ambitions of the average Haytian politician on entering office are not towards the advancement of his country or projects of reform; his main idea is to make a fortune for himself and to use his power to avenge his personal resentments. In the former connection, there is a national proverb: “it is no robbery to rob the state.” (Hesketh Prichard, Where Black Rules White: A Journey Across and About Haiti, p.281)

The second century of Haitian independence kicked off in 1904 and can be characterized as an acceleration of the late 19th century death rattle:

19.) Pierre Nord Alexis, 1902-1908: Resigned amid revolt

20.) Antoine Simon, 1908-1911: Resigned amid revolt

21.) Cincinnatus Leconte, 1911-1912: Killed, palace explosion

22.) Tancrède Auguste, 1912-1913: Died of poisoning or syphilis. 

23.) Michel Oreste, 1913-1914: Resigned amid revolt

24.) Oreste Zamor, 1914-1914: Resigned amid revolt

25.) Joseph Davilmar Théodore, 1914-1915: Overthrown killed by mob

26.) Vilbrun Guillaume Sam, 1915-1915: Killed by mob

First US Occupation, 1915-1934

In between 1911 and 1915, Haiti went through no less than six presidents. A new low was reached when Cincinnatus Leconte died when his own ammunition exploded in the presidential palace and when Vilbrum Guillaume Sam was dragged off the toilet in the residence of the French ambassador and was torn limb from limb in the streets of Port-au-Prince by an irate mob composed of Haiti’s best families.

Foreigners agreed that it was time for an “intervention.” The first US occupation of Haiti was a rare moment of stability and progress, but its long term economic impact was limited by the Haitian judiciary’s disrespect of property rights:

27.) Sudré Dartiguenave, 1915-1922: Fulfilled his term

28.) Louis Borno, 1922-1930: Fulfilled his term

29.) Eugène Roy, 1930-1930: Fulfilled his term

30.) Sténio Vincent, 1930-1934: Fulfilled his term

Second Independence, 1934-1994

The first US occupation had effectively given Haiti a “second chance” at national independence.

Among other things, the US imposed a customs receivership on Haiti, sorted out its chaotic finances, and supervised the repayment of its debt in 1947. The US also built roads, bridges, a telephone system, and modernized Haiti’s ports.

In 1957, Haiti had the most democratic election in its history up to that point: Haitians chose none other than François “Papa Doc” Duvalier as their standard bearer, an anti-American black nationalist.

The rest of the this period is characterized by Haiti’s descent into Duvalierism, the rise of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Lavalas, the coup d’état that ousted Aristide, and his lobbying campaign in Washington that brought about the second US occupation which lasted from 1994 to 2000:

30.) Sténio Vincent, 1934-1941: Fulfilled his term

31.) Élie Lescot, 1941-1946: Resigned amid revolt

32.) Dumarsais Estimé, 1946-1950: Deposed by army

33.) Paul Magloire, 1950-1956: Forced to resign by army

34.) Joseph Nemours Pierre-Louis, 1956-1957: Resigned amid labor strike

35.) Franck Sylvain, 1957-1957: Resigned

36.) Daniel Fignolé, 1957-1957: Forced out by army

37.) François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, 1957-1971: Died of natural causes

38.) Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, 1971-1986: Ousted by army

39.) Leslie Manigat, 1988-1988, Ousted by army

40.) Henri Namphy, 1988-1988: Ousted by army

41.) Prosper Avril, 1988-1990: Resigned

42.) Hérard Abraham, 1990-1990: Fulfilled his term

43.) Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, 1990-1991: Fulfilled her term

44.) Jean-Bertrand Aristide, 1991-1992: Toppled by military

45.) Joseph Nérette, 1992-1992: Fulfilled his term

46.) Marc Bazin, 1992-1993: Resigned

Second US Occupation, 1994-2000

In 1994, Bill Clinton intervened in Haiti to return Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power and to stop the migration of Haitian boat people to Florida.

The year 1994 proved to be the international community’s highwater mark of optimism about Haiti. Excited by the prospect of a genuinely popular and “democratic” leader taking over control of Haiti, foreigners sunk billions of dollars into Haiti’s stabilization and reconstruction.

GDP per capita actually sunk in the 1990s and Haiti devolved once again into political assassinations and instability. Disgusted with “Haiti fatigue,” the US pulled out its last remaining troops in 2000.

47.) Jean-Bertrand Aristide, 1993-1995: Fulfilled his term

48.) René Préval, 1994-2001: Fulfilled his term

Three Hundred Years of Trial: The Third Century of Haitian Independence

In 2004, Haiti celebrated the bicentennial of its independence ranked by Transparency International as the most corrupt country in the world.

No other point in Haitian history provides a better illustration of the total incapacity of Haitians to rule themselves. In spite of billions of dollars in foreign aid, an expensive US intervention that forced “democracy” on the country, and a seemingly incorruptible popular leader … once again, Haiti was right back where it was in 1904.

The venal Aristide administration degenerated into a farce and was toppled when Washington refused to ride to the rescue when a rebellion broke out in the provinces and advanced on Port-au-Prince.

49.) Jean-Bertrand Aristide, 2001-2004: Forced out office

UN Occupation of Haiti (MINUSTAH), 2004-Present

Since 2004, Haiti has effectively been a ward of the international community. UN troops have occupied the country and the “Republic of NGOs” have provided the services which are normally provided by a sovereign state.

50.) Boniface Alexandre, 2004-2006: Fulfilled his term

51.) René Préval, 1996-2011: Fulfilled his term

52.) Michel Martelly, 2011 – present

In 2011, Haitians more or less acknowledged they had given up trying to rule themselves when they elected Michel Martelly (aka “Sweet Mickey), a popular Kompa musician and celebrity, as their president. In the US, this would have been the equivalent of someone like Macklemore or Jay Z winning the presidency.

Can the negro rule himself? 114 years after Hesketh Prichard asked that question (his answer was no), the only thing that has changed in Haiti is that the “impenetrable forest” he saw in 1900 has become a deforested wasteland where thousands are regularly killed by devastating mudslides.

Note: I should add here that I don’t necessarily believe that “political instability” is responsible for Haiti’s condition. The present state of Detroit and other black-run major cities in the United States suggest otherwise.

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  1. Did ‘we’ set a good precedent by invading Haiti to stop the natural cycle of revolts and assassinations? Suppose the U.N. or other foreign forces invaded here, to prevent us from revolting against ‘our’ elected tyranny?

  2. HW, this series is absolutely devastating to the fallacious Egalitarian BS that Liberals hold, as to a religion.

    Clearly, as with Haiti, now Detroit, and what… Atlanta in the near future?

    When Blacks become the dominant (or sole) race in an area, the reversion to jungle squalor is INEVITABLE. They should never have been given the farce of ‘equal citizen’ with the White Man. As soon as we can restore the 3/5ths doctrine again, and disenfranchise all of them, the better. No less is called for. No more is mandated by their racial failures.

  3. Haitians should no longer be subject to the exacting standards and judgments (and hypocrisies) of the external world. It – and eventually all of Black Africa – must be allowed to go its own way, free of the US, the UN, the NGO’s, and all the rest, thus to seek it’s own natural level. Let the Congoids live in holes in the ground, eat beetles, and swing from trees (if there are any). It is their nature, and their happiness.

  4. StukaPilot, I agree. We can trade with them, but don’t invite them or force them to live with us again.

    Re: ‘swing from trees (if there are any)’:

    If there are any trees LEFT. While ‘seeking their natural level’ after withdrawal of Western assistance and direction, the overpopulation might destroy more of their remaining forests and endangered fauna. There is some merit, even benefit to us, in the preservation of tropical life forms of ALL kinds. Preservation/conservation is a peculiarly white thing, but whites forget to preserve themselves….

  5. I’ve been reading this series after looking for information about Jean-Bédel Bokassa and Faustin Souloque, and these articles about failed states have been both informative and darkly humorous (as long as the reader discounts the inherent racism, of course). However, I would urge the readers of this site to do some research on Botswana. It has been a successful, mostly corruption-free multi-party democracy since its independence, and has a growing economy. Its biggest problem is the AIDS epidemic, and I really don’t think one can fault a government for struggling to respond to something like that. Compared to corrupt white-majority nations like Russia and some of the other European countries, I’d rather live under the Botswana government.

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