Haiti – 218th death of Toussaint Louverture : Message from Lesly Condé
This Wednesday April 7, 2021 reminds us of the 218th anniversary of the death of Toussaint Louverture, hero of independence who was deported to France in June 1802, imprisoned at Fort de Joux https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-12415-haiti-politic-moving-tribute-of-president-martelly-to-toussaint-louverture.html , where ill he died in his cell on April 7, 1803.
On this Remembrance Day, as every year, Lesly Condé, Former Consul General of Haiti in Chicago (August 26, 2004 – May 25, 2018) shares a message of reflections with all Haitians.
Message from Lesly Condé :
“Dear compatriots and friends everywhere,
April 7 of the year 2021 brings us to the 218th anniversary of the death of Toussaint Louverture. This man, who was born into slavery, broke all kinds of barriers to become one of the most interesting and respected figures in the history of mankind. Historians rightly call it the precursor to the independence of the world’s first black republic.
It is the moment to reflect together on the importance of the passage on earth of this great man for the history of humanity, and more particularly that of our Nation. At a time when the dehumanization of an entire race served the interests of the slave system, this giant came onto the scene and was distinguished by his bravery, integrity, sagacity, and unwavering devotion to the cause of human dignity.
Toussaint Louverture is the man who overcame all kinds of physical and psychological obstacles to end up asserting himself and establishing the solid foundations of the warm fight against black slavery; this sordid exploitation of the human by the human. This man who fiercely defended the ideals of justice and freedom in defiance of his own privileges, deserves to be known and respected as one of the most legitimate and admirable heroes that the human race has ever produced.
The man who dedicated his entire life to the cause of human development, did not see the birth of the Haitian Nation of which he is the main founder. For having remained faithful to the cause of his race, Toussaint Louverture met a horrible and humiliating end at Fort de Joux. He had to endure torture and mockery that we will not hear about. Even if its heritage belongs to the whole world, it is first and foremost ours. We Haitians are the deep and many roots he alluded to at the dark time of his kidnapping.
If nothing can prevent us from being proud of Toussaint and of our unique identity from which he is the origin, we must also honor his precious memory by practicing, like him, self-love, solidarity and unconditional attachment. to our common dignity.
At this time when our country is facing the challenges of the 21st century, we must, like Toussaint Louverture, let ourselves be guided by wisdom, patience and determination.
Today, the real settlers have changed continents. They have also changed their language, but they remain just as hateful, so inclined to deprive us of what is rightfully ours. Today more than ever, the example of Toussaint Louverture can guide us towards the better days that belong to us.
Thank you for your attention !”