“French Quebecers came to see themselves as nègres blancs, or the white niggers of America. But this raises the question of the invisibility of actual nègres in Quebec … “

“The book was a pictorial, intellectual, subversive experiment in thinking through a black kingdom—the one Aponte and his companions were seeking to create, the one modeled by contemporary Haiti, by historical Ethiopia.”

“After the U.S. Occupation, Haitian radicals felt that the nineteenth century cycle had ended. Marxism, surrealism, and a renewed noiriste discourse fueled that hope.”

Migrations and Microhistories: An interview with Matthew J. Smith

“Q: Rep. Waters claims Aristide was led away in handcuffs by US Marines, that they were part of a coup to remove him. Rumsfeld: (Laughs.)”

Abduction and Assistance: An interview with Donald Rumsfeld

“I contend that we don’t know what many religious groups and other charities are really doing in Haiti.”

Solidarity and Sustainability: An interview with Sokari Ekine

“Dessalines was my muse, the impetus for my work: the fondateur so reviled by the West that no historian wrote about him except to denigrate him.”

Dread and Dispossesion: An interview with Colin Dayan

“Privileging the spiral – as form, as idea – above politicized notions of blackness or Haitianness, Frankétienne, Fignolé, and Philoctète all very pointedly refuse anything that might smack of a fetishization of the folkloric or the so-called primitive in their writing.”

Insularity and Internationalism: An interview with Kaiama L. Glover

“My hope is that one day Haiti will be under the radar like Barbados or St Lucia, that it will not be the destination of choice either for thrill seekers or bleeding hearts.”

Distance and Detours: An interview with J. Michael Dash

“I think we’re at the beginning of a great flowering of work on Dessalines: it’s time to move beyond the more familiar portraits of him and really engage seriously with him as a major Atlantic political figure and thinker.”

Aftershocks and Avengers: An interview with Laurent Dubois

“When I mentioned that the Americans had stopped Haiti’s client president’s salary, Munro was incredulous. I gave him an unimpeachable source, and he confessed that when he himself was doing research on the occupation and had come across a document detailing coercion of Haitian politicians, he couldn’t believe it, but when he looked at the bottom of the page he found his own signature!”

Archives and Anti-Colonialism: An interview with Hans R. Schmidt

In the spring of 2012, The Public Archive began running a series of interviews with historians, writers, photographers, filmmakers and activists who work on Haiti, the Caribbean, and the Black World.

Watch out for more.

Image: Belkis Ayón Manso (Havana, Cuba, January 23, 1967 – September 11, 1999)