I wrote/posted an article yesterday challenging the merits of the so-called "American Descendants of Slaves (ADOS)" movement. In response, a sister stated that Africans born outside of the U.S. have never done anything to help Africans within the U.S. Her reference point was petti-bourgeoisie Africans from the continent who come to the U.S. I responded that many Africans born within the U.S. turn their backs on our people also so that is an issue of class struggle within our communities, not a factor based on where we are born.
Back in 2007, FOX News (for folks in Africa, etc., its a U.S. right wing propaganda news channel) show "Hannity and Colmes" aired a segment featuring someone identified as Ted Hayes. This person was presented as a "right wing street activist in Los Angeles, California, U.S." with a group called "Choose Black America." On that show, Hayes presented his group as a foremost organization in African political thought throughout the U.S. as it relates to their position against Indigenous (or what you probably call Latino) immigration into this country. Of course, FOX News in general, and their Sean Hannity in particular, couldn't identify the truth if it slapped them across the face. So, it shouldn't surprise anyone in the know that this show went on to lift this person and his group up as a legitimate voice in national discourse around immigration in this country. The truth is this so-called "Choose Black America" was really a front group formed by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a European dominated and led organization that has pushed against immigration for brown people for years.
The advent of the internet and social media is indeed a wonderful thing. We can communicate with anyone around the world in real time. We can share information and experiences at a rate that would have taken us weeks to accomplish just 50 years ago. There are also real shortcomings with this technology. Part of the problem isn't the fault of the technology itself. Western capitalist societies place priority on profit. Get money. Get it anyway you can at all times. Make getting money your most important mission in life. The constant propagation of this primitive concept has done a lot to stunt the intellectual capacity of people and this phenomenon has created challenges with social media. Information today comes at us at an unprecedented rate. Since this technological advancement is fueled by the most individualistic philosophical foundation, the type of political sophistication that can only come from collective nurturing and development doesn't exist most of the time. Consequently, this mass barrage of information overwhelms society. Most of us have absolutely no analytical tools at our disposal. We cannot decipher the difference between a well researched and balanced piece of analysis from something someone jumped on the toilet to write. The only assessment tool so many people are working with is how things make them feel. Analysis has become defined by everyone's subjective individualistic experiences. This problem has become so pronounced that most of the time, nobody is even calling for analytical information to challenge most of the points being bandied about as analysis today.
I have spent the last 40 years understanding that my spiritual father was Malcolm X. It was reading about him at age 17 that initially helped me understand the problems I'd experienced in my short life at that time. In those early years I saw the courageous warriors of the Black Panther Party, who evolved just minutes from where I myself grew up, as my older siblings. Women like Ms. Shirley Graham DuBois and Amy Garvey(s) were my mothers and from those associations I eventually began to appreciate the massive contributions of people like Kwame Nkrumah, Seku Ture, Amilcar Cabral, etc. Thus, my decision to dedicate my life to helping build capacity for those ideas to come into practical reality.
Understanding this critical history has never been more important than it is in 2019 and beyond. Today, those who are genuinely concerned about the future of this planet (in every healthy way possible) are faced with unprecedented challenges. Any elementary study of human progress reveals that the most efficient way to defeat any challenge is to understand the history of how the challenge came about. The U.S. Black power movement of the 1960s and 70s generated significant victories that most of the population is still benefiting from today. Before the civil rights and Black power movements, the status quo for everything in this society was rich European (white) men. They were the only face in business, education, labor, politics, and popular culture. Everyone else was simply a caricature for their usage and pleasure. This is objective history that no one can factually dispute. And, this is at least part of the reason so many white men are so angry and frustrated today. The overwhelming majority of them are much to spineless and intellectually lazy to comprehend that the (very real) oppression they experience results from the capitalist system, not the people who are much more subjugated by the system than they are. For most of them, the only way they can wrap their minds around what's happening now is by seeing things within the narrow and subjective vision that something they earned is being taken away from them. What's actually happening is the civil rights and Black power movements simply opened up opportunities for people who previously had no options. Since the capitalist system functions all the time based on the perception of scarcity e.g. there's not enough (this is how they convince people to compete against each other instead of them), the limited opportunities that exist within this backward society for people to advance has been forced by these movements to open up some and this has led to a few less chances for white men who previously enjoyed full and unchallenged access, at least compared to everyone else in society.
I'll be completely honest. From the time I could talk until I turned 18, I used the n word everyday all day. In fact, all my friends used it the same way. My mother used it. My father used it. Even my 70s something grandmother used it. It was so much the norm that as I've grown to apply analysis to everything that we do, I understand that the commonality of the word has made many African people believe its usage has no tangible impact on us as a people in 2019 and beyond. I know this because that was what I thought back in the 70s when I was using the word before many of the people using it today were even thought of.
This week imperialism did what it does best in Venezuela. It completely disrespected the will of the Venezuelan people and the international community. By imperialism we mean the rich industrialized countries who have wealth because of their system of exploiting the resources of the rest of the planet. This network of thieves is of course led by the U.S. As it relates to the situation with Venezuela, imperialism is represented by the U.S. and the so-called "Lima Group." A collection of gangsters who used a meeting in August of 2017 in Lima, Peru, to agree to place the interests of international imperialism ahead of justice, integrity, and respect for humanity.
This weekend in the town I live in, and in other cities around the globe, thousands of people will be marching to commemorate the birthday holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and for justice against patriarchy for women and all non-men. Its not an exaggeration to say that hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, will be marching for these worthy commemorations. This is a signal that people are waking up. They are being inspired to step out and contribute towards the type of world that they want and deserve.
Although its incredible to comprehend in 2019, even with over 500 years of practical experience telling us otherwise, many African people living in settler colonies like the U.S., Canada, Azania (South Africa), etc., still have faith that we can fit a square peg in a round hole. That we can find some way to function within these capitalist societies free from white supremacy and oppression.