On 14 October 2004, the MP, Louise Ellman, said this in the House of Commons:
"I was pleased to sponsor Early Day Motion 1010, which now has 147 signatures, at the request of the black community in Liverpool. It calls for national education recognising slavery as a crime against humanity and for the setting up of a national slavery remembrance day...That's Haiti, ladies and gentlemen, Louise Ellman is congratulating Haiti.
A national remembrance day is also needed to celebrate slaves' rebellions and the resistance that played such an important part in their emancipation. Indeed, it has been suggested that 23 August would be appropriate for a remembrance day because it was the date in 1791 on which the successful rising in Santo Domingo-now Haiti-took place."
Anybody out there want to take a holiday in Haiti? Murder, brutality, rape, corruption, cannibalism and voodoo, you name it, Haiti's the place for awfulness. So what happened in August 1791? Let's take a look at what a Haitian website called Discover Haiti used to say about it.
"A man named Boukman, another houngan, (a voodoo priest) organized on August 14, 1791, a meeting with the slaves in the mountains of the North. This meeting took the form of a Voodoo ceremony in the Bois Caiman in the northern mountains of the island...Do you get this? Ellman wants a national day instituted in this country, to be celebrated on a date which commemorates the mass slaughter of white people by black people. Is this OK by you?
A woman started dancing languorously in the crowd, taken by the spirits of the loas. With a knife in her hand, she cut the throat of a pig and distributed the blood to all the participants of the meeting who swore to kill all the whites on the island.
On August 22 1791, the blacks of the North entered into a rebellion, killing all the whites they met and setting the plantations of the colony on fire."
Louise Ellman and the slave trade cont...