Duvalierist State, The



  • At the end of Matthew Smith’s book, he talked about the trauma a lot of Haitians felt after the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier’s regime, trauma that attempted to erase not only all physical vestiges of the regime but also a forced amnesia ensued amongst the general public.
  • It’s legit to talk about what the Duvalier regime did to the Haitians, we also have to admit what a lot of Haitians did to other Haitians using the Duvalier regime. The only true victims are the peasantry.
  • We don’t talk about Bruno. Some Haitians also don’t talk about Duvalier because they were complicit and benefited from the meager largesse of the regimes,