The Cosmic Journeyman
- Sep 29, 2005
- Creative Industrialist
Haiti has a long history of race mixing prior to the Reolution, and it basically propelled this mulatto elite into ascendancy.My apology sister, i just took offense to you deeming me something else than is.
As far as it being a "political" issue, well if they have a population of mixed breeds in haiti, that are put in the spotlight, then YES it is a form of self-hate that has invaded a part of haitian society, only in a lesser fashion, as haiti never really was steeped in the sort of mixing as other parts of the carribean was.
The politics are more of a mask over of the REAL sentiments within a framework of global white supremacy that has poisoned the fabric if afrikans everywhere.
Why is she bleaching, if that is the case?
Why is their a need to have someone "light' or "mixed" be seen as "beauty" standard for an afrikan republic or nation?
Those are questions that need to be answered, and that goes for anywhere, because i'm sure you'll find that it goes deeper than just "politics".
"Because many planters had provided for their mixed-race children by African women by giving them education and (for men) training and entrée into the French military, the mulatto descendants became the elite in Haiti after the revolution. By the time of war, many had used their social capital to acquire wealth and some already owned land. Some had identified more with the French colonists than the slaves, and associated within their own circles. Their domination of politics and economics after the revolution created another two-caste society, as most Haitians were rural subsistence farmers. In addition, the still-new nation's future was literally mortgaged to French banks in the 1820s as it was forced to make massive reparations to French slaveholders in order to receive French recognition and end the nation's political and economic isolation."
This was the pattern of French colonialism from St. Dominique, to New Orleans, to "French" West Africa. It was an assimilationist policy and its vestiges exist today in every former French colony and settlement.