Akinyele Umoja's blog
Contrary to Congressman John Lewis’ revision of history, “the notion that the Civil Rights movement was exclusively nonviolent is a popular mythology.” In fact, “Some members of Lewis’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee picked up weapons and worked with community people to defend their lives against white terrorists.”
by Akinyele Umoja
Haitian practitioners of Vodou, an integral part of the nation's culture, have been set upon and lynched by evangelical protestants linked to the U.S. Right. “The promotion of a religious civil war among Haitians is part and partial of the colonial counter-insurgency 'play book.'”
Haiti strains under the rule of foreign tyranny.
Although nominally sovereign, it is an occupied country, ground down by the boots
of UN troops, most of them Jordanian, all answering to the United States. Yet
the miracle of human rebirth and renewal is sustained in Haiti, where the spark
of democracy refuses to die. Many thousands have been martyred in the course of
America's attempt to stamp out Haitian self-determination, yet the struggle
continues. Haitians demand the return of their elected President, Jean
Bertrand-Aristide, kidnapped and sent into exile by U.S. Marines. Let Aristide
go home, and the Haitian people have their own government.