Dreaming the Same Dream: Harlem, Haiti and Racial Solidarity

  • J. Michael Dash


White America in developing a self-concept based on Reason and Power found it necessary to impose mental boundaries which consigned other cultures to impotence and irrationality. This cognitive map, which became a way of ordering geo-political reality, was shaped by imaginative and ultimately political constraints which marginalized other cultures. Haiti had clearly become by the early twentieth century one of the victims of the shaping force of this discourse. Haiti had been identified as deviant and banished to the cultural periphery. The perception of Haiti in reductive, ideologically determined terms had inexorably led to political attitudes of exclusion, paternalism and occupation.


American Intervention American Occupation Black Culture American Black Folk Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Michael Dash
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  1. 1.University of the West IndiesJamaica

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