As Victor talked, the list of oppressed brown people kept getting longer.
And we learned that Cuba’s colonial history is directly intertwined with Haitian colonial history.
In the 1600’s, France jumped on the let’s-find-some-brown-people-to-enslave bandwagon by invading Haiti. But brown Haitians weren’t enough; the French also stole Africans & brought them to Haiti to add to their slave holdings.
Then in the 1700’s, all the slaves – Haitians & Africans (and presumably, Haitian-Africans, because, well, they had to fall into bed together at some point, right?) rose up against French colonial rule, and fought for their freedom in a bloody Haitian Revolution.
The Haitians won.
This victory was the shot heard ‘round the world of slave owners.
It was the first time in the history of oppressed brown people that they fought back & won.
It blew the minds of White colonists everywhere, especially in America because our entire economy was based on slavery.
Slaveholders became terrified that if slaves could unite like they did for the Haitian Revolution, they might do it again.
Moreover, it was a very public slap in the face to Western world Whites, to have Blacks rise up & smite them. It was just unheard of.
The Haitian Revolution was the beginning of America’s feeling of anger & resentment toward Haiti.
An anger which blazed increasingly hot with the fire of vengeance when America’s slaves began escaping to Haiti.
Haiti, who welcomed African slaves escaping from America with open arms, protected them from re-capture by American slave owners.
Successive centuries of American presidents would never forgive Haiti for that.
Those Haitians had fucked with the foundation of our economy.
Slaves = money.
Lost slaves = lost income.
Worse, those Haitians had fucked with the Western world order of White supremacy.
Whites = power.
Blacks = slaves.
This long-simmering resentment remains at the core of our foreign policy with Haiti today.
Reminiscent of Bush Jr. wildly riding his black horse named Vengeance into Iraq.
Nothing to do with 9/11…just long-simmering Bush Sr. resentments to avenge.
And, well, there was all that oil.
And, finally, a reason to go in and get it…
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