Yon ti Koze sou Kriz Politik Aktyel an Ayti e lot koze avek Dr Celucien Joseph
“The Will of the Haitian People and the Failure of Haitian Politicians”
There are a few good and strong leaders in comtemporary Haitian politics. Certainly, what we have in Haiti are a group of political charlatans who have no patriotic zeal and are insensitive to the well-being of the Haitian people and the future of the next generation.
Haitians politician always create chaos (supported by the International Community) and thus invite foreign intervention. This is exactly what Western imperialists are looking for to exercise their hegemony over the country and the life of the Haitian people. The spirit of dependency and toxic leadership is written in the back of their political jackets, which will lead to their own decline and ultimate destruction.
Haitian politicians have contributed to the failure of the Haitian state as a governing institution and a body of structure. The Haitian people, by contrast, do not fail their country. The Haitian State may be a troubled structure, but the Haitian people are not a trouble group. They might be terrorized and troubled by the actions and vices of their politicians, but they are not a threat nor a hindrance to the progress and future of their country.
Other countries do not develop other countries. Development, in all its dimensions and forms, is always and must be an internal affair. When our politicians and our people come to this understanding, we will make a step forward toward a better Haiti for all of her children.
Haitian Politicians have failed the Haitian State, but the Haitian People have remained true to Haiti’s foundational democratic principles and progressive ideas. The predicament in contemporary Haitian politics is the great divide that exists between the will and interests of the Haitian people and the actions and ideologies of Haitian politicians. That is the enormous clash in Haiti at the moment.
Mezanmi Get you Black History Lesson on Slavery Right!
The institution of slavery did not begin in 1619 in Virginia, that is, in what is known today as “The United States of America.” In 1517, 15,000 African slaves were brought in Santo Domingo (modern day Haiti). In fact, the first sugar mill, in which the slaves worked, was probably constructed in 1516 in Santo Domingo. The first slaves in the Americas were not Africans, but the indigenous people of the Continent, that is the Taíno Indians.
My second article on James H. Cone is now published and can be accessed for free online:
“James Cone and the Crisis of American Theology,” Missionala Vol 46, No(2) (2019), 197-221
***The article is part of a special issue on the legacy of James H. Cone, which Missionala, a South African Theological Journal, publishes. The editor of the Journal contacted me early last year to contribute this article.
“The objective of this essay is to investigate the public function of Christian theology in the politico-theological writings and hermeneutics of James H. Cone. It is also to articulate a critique of white American theology. In Cone’s work, Christian theology is expressed as a public discourse and testimony of God’s continuing emancipative movements and empowering presence in society with the goal (1) to set the oppressed and the vulnerable free, (2) to readjust the things of the world toward divine justice and peace, and (3) to bring healing and restoration to the places in which volitional (human) agents have inflicted pain, suffering, oppression, and all forms of evil. This essay is an attempt to imagine creatively with new hermeneutical lenses and approaches—anti-imperial, liberative, and postcolonial—the task of Christian theology as public witness to carry out the emancipative agenda and reconciling mission (salvation, healing, hospitality, wholeness, reconciliation, and peace) of God in contemporary societies and in our postcolonial moments. The basic argument of this essay is twofold. First, it contends for the essential role of liberation theology as a public witness in redefining Christian theology in general. Rather than being a “special interest” or merely political theme in theology, it suggests that black liberation theology has a special role to play in “freeing” Christian theology from racism, oppression, and imperialism. Second, by promoting some new understanding of Cone’s work and applying it in some new context, this article is deploying Cone’s public theology to critique or awaken dominant white theology to a new way of thinking about the whole field of theology in the 21st century.”
James H. Cone, Black Liberation Theology, Anti-Black Racism, White American Theology, White American Church
“The Problem with Evangelical Sexual Ethics in Christian Churches and Institutions”
One of the crises in Evangelical Christianity in this culture that pervades in contemporary churches is the sin of religious hypocrisy manifested through the sexual abuse of little boys and girls in churches, sexual rape of church women by church leaders and ministers, sexual harassment of young girls and boys by their youth pastors and ministers, what have you? Most of these sexual charges happen in church parishes and facilities. (Please see the recent report on sexual scandal in SBC Evangelical Churches and Institutions, and Dr. Russell Moore and J. D. Greear’s response to the culture of sexual sins in the SBC and Evangelical churches.)
A lot of people stop going to church for congregational participation is not because they hate God or don’t like to associate with Christians or Christianity; the reasons are multiple, but let me suggest five of them:
1. The lack of transparency and accountability in church leadership and christian institutions
2. The devastating problem of religious hypocrisy in (Evangelical) churches and church leadership
3. The silence and support of sexual violence and oppression toward women by church clergy and christian organizations
4. The silence and support of violence and dehumanization toward the LGBTQ community and same-sex couples by Evangelical Christians and Christian organizations
5. The appropriateness and incorporation of the extremist political culture and ideologies in sermons, christian teachings, and in the structure of churches, christian institutions, ecclesiastical thought and practices
The church is no longer a safe place for little girls and women. As one biblical authors warns all of us, especially followers of Jesus Christ and those who love and do the will of God, “God will not be mocked.” God shows no partiality to anyone, nation, people, religious group, political affiliation, racial affiliation, ethnic group, sexual orientation, gender orientation, economic and social classes, what have you?–when it comes to the defense of his holiness and sacred name, and his command to his people to walk in justice, love, and truth.
“A New Book for a New Year: In Praise of Edwidge Danticat”
We have an exciting (and a much-needed) forthcoming book (“Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edwidge Danticat”) with Routledge on the renowned Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat, whose coeditors include my amazing and brilliant colleagues DrDanny Hoey, Suchi Banerjee, and Marvin Hobson. Some individuals (instructors) have already emailed us inquiring about the publication date. They would like to assign the book in their course. This is very encouraging for us editors.
I just recounted the manuscript today. It is 480 pages, double-spaced. The book contains 15 chapters. What was I thinking? I wrote two chapters (“A Comprehensive Resource Guide to Reading and Teaching Brother, I’m Dying
in American Classrooms: Background, History, and Context: Part A,” and “A Comprehensive Resource Guide to Reading and Teaching Brother, I’m Dying in American Classrooms: Criticisms, Thematic Analysis, & An Eight-Week Teaching Model: Part B” ), which amount to 86 pages, on how to read and interpret Danticat’s “Brother, I’m Dying” (BID). Was I drunk? lol
We just hope instructors of English Composition and literature (especially our beloved Danticat) and their cognate disciplines, will be pleased with the outcome of this work. We sincerely apologize to our contributors for the delay to the publication of this book. We have been consumed with work and other responsibilities. Please forgive us! We hope Routledge will publish our book, “Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edwidge Danticat,” before the fall semester starts.
While we are talking and writing about her work, Danticat just released a new book, “Everything Inside: Stories” (Knopf; August 27, 2019)
We have produced a culture in this country that discourages people to think and to think critically, responsibly, and rightly. As a result, some individuals in this country refuse to take responsibility for their actions and be held accountable for the damage and pain they have caused to other individuals. This group has become insensitive and cold to the suffering and hardships of other Americans.