Of Critiquing Napoleon’s quotation against the Black march

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[2] ‘Toussaint L’Ouverture’ A lecture by Wendell Phillips (1861)Toussaint L’Ouverture!
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[4] This is America: The Dependent African–CHANGEOur Conditions
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Of Critiquing Napoleon’s quotation against the Black march
by Onitaset Kumat

Here is the quotation:

My decision to destroy the authority of the blacks in Saint Dominque (Haiti) is not so much based on considerations of commerce and money, as on the need to block for ever the march of the blacks in the world

— Napoleon Bonaparte

We must understand our African history.  Haiti was the conflict between Black and White, between African and European, between Original and Occidental, between Toussiaint and Napoleon.  What’s interesting is that Toussaint is fully African, yet his ideas were shaped by Occidentals spouting Originalism[1].  This spouting confused Toussaint into an idea of Occidental redemption.  He saw in Napoleon a “Brother” but what sort of “Brother” says the above?

Napoleon knew that Toussaint was his superior.  The Occidental Wendell Phillips, also spouting Originalism, praises Toussaint claiming him even the military superior of Cromwell, England’s military genius.[2]  What’s more Napoleon’s armies were replete with African military commanders.  In addition, Napoleon’s heir was killed by Continental Africans.[3]

It’s apparent then what’s being written here: You are in your color a threat because you are a genius.[3]

Now where else will you be taught this?  In the Occidental School, you learn about Napoleon but do you learn about what was written above?  This is why we subscribe our people to African Blood Siblings.[6]  But this is not all.

We need to ask ourselves is this true.  And when we open our eyes, we can see that it’s the truest thing we will read this month.

Think on this–is it economic concerns or your black skin that keeps you from having an independent, prosperous African community in America?  Don’t the Chinese have China town?  Don’t the Italians have little Italy?  Don’t the Germans have German villages?  Why doesn’t the African have an African town?  If it’s a matter of economic concerns–why do other ethnic groups have ethnic townships?

You understand?  It’s about colour–race.  It’s about, you are supposed to be dependent[4], so why would we want you to be indepedent?  It’s about, your money should come back to me, so why should you have black money[5]?  It’s about, you are a genius, and if we gave you an inch, you would take an ell.[3]  You have the creative potential to outdo everyone.  You are Toussaint who beat Napoleon.  You are Haiti which won its independence–from England, Spain and France.  You are Africa, the mother of civilization, the mother of humankind, and the mother of morality.

So now that it is 2012–it is incumbent upon you to rise.  To tell your friends and foes alike, that we the African Blood Siblings, will march upon these Whites.  Because Napoleon could not match Toussaint, and he could not dream of stopping Dessalines!  Haiti was liberated and so shall we be!

Europeans may have promoted the Latino to block our march[3] but we will not be stopped.

African Blood Siblings, call upon our race to join in the boycott.  Call upon our race to maroon and build for self!


13 thoughts on “Of Critiquing Napoleon’s quotation against the Black march

  1. “You heard of the European “Alexander the Great” but not the African Queen Candace who frightened him. ”
    I once met a young black woman named Candace which caused me to look up this fact.

    She was one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met,but a ghetto girl with multiple baby daddies from a single parent (mother only who was alcoholic) home, resulting in a extremely unstable personality.

    Just as I only first heard of Napoleon’s quotation after the haiti earthquake.
    I see my greatness now though I did not then ,ultimately what will it all mean – I still do not know.
    But maybe we shall see.

    1. Brother Mbeti,

      All are capable of greatness. As our ancestors said,

      The seed includes all the possibilities of the tree.

      However, also spoken was,

      There grows no wheat where there is no grain.

      Power comes through Nations. To realize the wheat of greatness, plant the grain of African Nationalism.

      Your friend Candace could have benefited from an African Nation. It’s upon every one of us to do what we can.

      1. I wonder as a sign ,its meaning.
        From such greatness we have fallen – hopefully its a cycle and not the end ,if so we will rise again ,if not a bittersweet demise.
        Another thing about her – she seem to immediately respond to any attempt at elevation (better language,more complex ideas) as if she was yearning for such, but niethier I nor she was mature or wise enough at that time.And so we parted ways ,I’ve not seen nor heard of her since but of course I will never forget her.

      2. Wonder what you will.

        What you are doing does not matter so much as what you are learning from doing it.

        As to cycles, I repeat,

        There grows no wheat where there is no grain.

        If the wheat deposits no grain, no more wheat will grow. Link this with whether we will rise.

        I do not believe this is the space to discuss missed opportunities, yet,

        The first thing necessary in teaching is a master; the second is a pupil capable of carrying on the tradition.

        What matters now is you Seek Masters and gain Mastery. For next time, with other people and maybe even her.


  2. This is interesting that Mr. Bonaparte would seek to “destroy the authority of the blacks in
    Saint Dominque” according to your opening statement. As no one in our western world
    wants to hear such statements about this historical figure, unquestionable confirmation that
    he actually said that is what I would desire before repeating it to ANYONE! Could you
    kindly confirm the source and preferably SOURCES of this bold assertion?

    Erick Dean Tippett
    Retired Musician/Teacher
    Chicago, Illinois

    1. I had responded to the same question in the comment before. Here’s the above answer reposted:


      That is a good question. It was a communication to his chief diplomat Talleyrand in advisement to England. This can be seen here:


  3. Thank you for the reminder, my basic motive behind the question was to discover if there
    were any other statements by authors or historians regarding Napoleon’s alleged racist sentiments other than those which Martin Ros makes in his text from which your quotes
    derive as given in the links you provide. Incidentally, you may or may not know of a fairly recent publication which also probes this subject and Napoleon’s paranoid, reptilian dread
    of black independence and military power in a series of you-tube discussions with Mimi Geerges that Ted Reiss does titled after his book “The Black Count, the Real Count of
    Monte Cristo”.

    Again, much thanks for your commentary.

    Erick Dean Tippett

    1. Peace,

      I was not aware. However, regarding the quotation, as it appears to be from a letter written by Napoleon, it’s probably not going to be any more proven than that. In this day and age, such ‘proof’ is disputable, but considering the era for which we speak; its akin to reading someone’s private emails. Is it disputable? Yes. Will it necessarily be cross-checkable and public? No. Would it be helpful to have the original? Yes. Can it be forged? Yes.

      It’s because of these things that we are empowered to also judge people by their deeds–not merely their words. Did Napoleon march against the Africans of Haiti for more than economic concerns? Some can debate it–but looking at where Haiti (the first free Black republic of the modern era) is; the question of was his purpose–or France’s purpose–to stymie Black people seems easily answerable.

      Bear in mind, it is said that a poet had a good impact on Toussaint. Look at his quote below. But essentially the white world was well aware that a Black revolution could forever liberate Black people–even before the Haitian Revolution had occurred. That three superpowers of the time attempted to crush Haiti is no surprise. We look at it as distant history–but remember that Haiti was an uprising on a larger scale than their predecessors and at least two free African cities were already in existence.

      Look at the poet here:


      1. Again, thank you for some more history concerning this topic that I was not aware of and
        enjoyed the information concerning the poet who inspired L’Ouverture.

        Chicago, Illinois

  4. The quotation is wrong. The real statement in french has a total different meaning.

    We must go and crush haiti etc. so noine else will dare to rebell against french colonial rule anywhere in the world

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