Monday, April 3, 2017

In Solidarity with Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul, Founding Director of The Haitian Studies Institute at The Brooklyn College

On Haitian Solidarity and In Solidarity with Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul, Founding Director of The Haitian Studies Institute at The Brooklyn College
by Celucien L. Joseph 

The Haitian Studies Institute at The Brooklyn College exists to serve the Haitian community and advance knowledge and understanding about the Haitian people in New York in the United States. Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul, the founding director, is a great guy who loves Haiti and has a BiG heart to serve both the Haitian scholarly community and the Haitian people in the United States.
Let’s join hands with Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul and support the work he is doing at the Institute for the cause of Haiti and the welfare of our people. Let's transcend our political differences and (intellectual) ideologies and put Haiti and the Haitian people first in our agenda. We do not have to agree with him in everything to collaborate (with him) in future projects that will enrich our people and push Haiti forward.

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I want to close this short note with an analogy from the hero-- Manuel Jean-Joseph--of "Masters of the Dew," in which he stresses the imperative of collective optimism, Haitian solidarity, and reconciliation in order to foster emancipative future possibilities in Ayiti Cherie and the emancipation of our people:


I've found a spring that can water all the fields of the plain. But to bring it here, we need everyone's help--a general coumbite, that's what it'll take. What one hand can't do, two can. Let's lend each other a hand. I come to propose peace and reconciliation. What do any of us gain in being enemies? If you want an answer, look at your children! Look at your growing things--death is on them. Misery and desolation ravage Fonds Rouge [Haiti]. So let your better judgment have a voice. Yes, blood has been shed, I know, but water will wash the blood away. The new crop will grow out of the past and ripen in forgetfulness/ There's only one way to save ourselves--only one, not two. It's for us to make again one good family of peasants, to call together again in the name of brother to brother our union of tillers of the soil, to share our pain and our labor between comrades and comrades.---Jacques Roumain, Masters of the Dew, p.124

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