Haiti - Diaspora : 211th of the death of Dessalines, message of the Consul of Chicago
Message from the Consul Lesly Condé :
"Dear brothers and sisters who are members of the Community,
Dear friends of Haiti,
Friends of Haiti,
Frè m ka sè m yo,
I'm happy to see you numberousnumerous enough to participate again this year in the house of the Lord, to commemorate an anniversary of the tragic death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Father of the Haitian nation. As always, it is nice to see you again, and to convey warm greetings from the Consulate General of Haiti in Chicago. On behalf of the Haitian Community of Chicago, I must thank the Haitian Catholic Mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Church of Our Lady of Peace, who are always present at the commemoration of important dates in our history, and ready to to accompany us in all circumstances.
This year, we commemorate the 211th anniversary of a tragic event that forever changed the course of the history of the First Black State of the New World, just two years after its birth. Even if we can not change the story, one can not refrain to think about what we would be today if the vision of Jean-Jacques Dessalines had triumphed. This question has been skilfully trivialized by our history books. It remains certain that, even in the face of the many pressures of his own comrades-in-arms, Dessalines remained welded to the unknown heroes of our independence. It may be said that after having defeated the French troops, the Father of our Nation was, in his turn, defeated by his own compatriots.
However, instead of lamenting the humiliating details of the assassination of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and instead of dwelling on what our nation could have been, we must celebrate the life of this great man, and draw imperishable lessons that are able to guide us, generation after generation. Jean-Jacques Dessalines is a powerful example of bravery, tenacity and clairvoyance. His attachment to the cause of human dignity makes him an admirable giant whose magnanimity transcends our borders. However, there are many who have sought and still seek to minimize its achievements and the importance of our country on a global scale. It is up to each of us to glorify Jean-Jacques Dessalines, to be proud of him, and to be guided by his example. His pragmatism will be particularly beneficial to us right now because our nation desperately needs the wisdom of all his sons.
In closing, I thank you all for coming. Thank the Church and the Catholic Mission for their solidarity and hospitality. Finally, let us ask the Lord to protect the country of Dessalines, and to give our brothers and our sisters all the wisdom they need in these moments of great delicacy.
Thank you for your attention."