Resilience! Yes, search through any of the isles of the Caribbean and there you will find a story of resilience, but none like HAITI. Yet, so many behave and think of HAITI as some sort of deep dark desolate hole. Is it really though?
Hailing of HAITI, we would find a Caribbean isle Helping All Islands Take Initiative (H.A.I.T.I.). How? Let’s explore.
Having Courage—Haiti led the idea that freedom comes from within not without. This little French island did so while being bombarded with the realities of the Metropolis Power. https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/toussaint-louverture/1801/final-proclamation.htm
Yet, today, how many of us, because of their challenges, look upon them as if watching from a high place down into a hole. Ironic is it not since the prolific Bob Marley years later would sing of how true emancipation comes from moving toward mental freedom, which must have been in high doses for Haiti to dare do what they did.
Active Action—We love to talk as a people, so much so, it is almost cultural throughout our region, which no doubt would be part and parcel of our warmth and appeal. Yet, Haiti showed initiative in active action (https://blog.oup.com/2014/01/haitian-declaration-of-independence-meaning-audience/) and is that not what we as a region is much in need of, not just the planning and the purposing, but working together to actively act in ways that would support our viability as a community contributing globally.
Integration—While for some, even today talk of the reality of slavery might provoke tense emotions, it was a reality for our region. A reality that yielded the cosmopolitan societies that we so boast of. Yet, these differences can so easily threaten each of our independent islands in internal integration. Once again Haiti took initiative here with this statement, “The Declaration also had something to say to the Haitians who, like Boisrond-Tonnerre, were of mixed-race descent. Would they, as the sons and grandsons of white Creoles, be killed as well?” No, in fact, Dessalines even hoped that a joint massacre of the whites would cement racial unity in Haiti. ‘Blacks and yellows [mulattoes],’ he concluded after the massacres, you now form a single family.”
Yet, this desire for integration remains a challenge for Haiti. How successful was Haiti’s declaration of independence in the long term? Some goals have eluded Haiti’s Founding Fathers; racial unity remains a work in progress in a country still divided by the color line, and other islands as well. https://blog.oup.com/2014/01/haitian-declaration-of-independence-meaning-audience/
Tenacity—The Haitian Revolution was long, and they were eventually successful due to their tenacity.www.blackpast.org/gah/haitian-revolution-1791-1804
Interdependence—Haiti took the initiative towards independence, and through Haiti’s experience, we as a region can recognize a dark dear lesson that, because of our size, we can easily cease to be “financially free and or fit” due to our interdependence upon the Metropolis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/External_debt_of_Haiti So, Haiti shows the need for creating some more internally generated capital via both export and utilization of inbred resources.
Ha! Yet, many of us just remain on the surface and look upon our regional leaders in so many ways as if looking into a dark deep hole. While we look, we might all hope that our view would not be a wasted one, and we would eventually recognize how, as a region, we would do well to Hail Our Haiti, and if it feels right, we can say or sing as did King David Rudder.
By Kerriann Toby
Kerriann Toby holds a Master of Counselling and Bachelor of Psychology. She is a dynamic therapist, trained mediator; and educator since 2000. In addition to being a trained educator, mediator, and therapist, she is a certified Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Professional. Kerriann has also trained in cyber counseling and holds clinical registration with Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) & Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
In mid-October 2015 she initiated operations of KarryOn geared toward the provision of a variety of enhancement and developmental services for the individual, groups and the organization; e-Coaching/Counseling, Mediation, EAP Services and the creative presentation of psycho-social information. She can be reached at email@example.com.