I have been watching the Al Jeezera documentary series “Surprising Europe” for awhile now & unfortunately I am far from surprised at most of the stories. What I am mostly surprised at is the comments by everyday people & their lack of humanity, compassion & understanding of history & how we are all connected good & bad by our history whether we like it or not.
“The Time is always right to do what is right…Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation and this means we must develop a world perspective”Martin Luther King Jr.
Europe has not & can never repay Africa for the damage & rape of its people & resources from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade to colonization. It is sickening to me how people think colonization that is just 50 + years removed is still not effecting/affecting Africa/Africans. If Africans were to receive reparations for the free labor & stolen jewels, minerals & resources taken from Africa by Europeans & Americans maybe Africans could have a fighting chance & not have to go to Europe/America to replenish what was taken from them, but that never seems to be the conversation that Europeans/Americans want to have when it comes to debating issues of immigration & xenophobia.
Europe/America still benefit from the free labor & stolen spoils of Africans, yet no one wants to see that part of history that is not only part of our recent past, but also a present day occurrence because disrespecting Africa/Africans has somehow become an acceptable part of the global world order. If Africa were to take back all of its contributions to the world we live in, most of our lives would change drastically & dramatically from the basic cellular phone we use, to the basic cotton in the clothes we wear & so much more. The world at large likes to show Africa/Africans as bottom feeders who just beg & take without ever acknowledging its centuries of continual contributions to every aspect of our daily lives all over the world. Africans must demand reparations from the vultures who have fed on it for centuries & continue to do so even today, if Africa is ever going to build up the continent as a whole. Africans must also hold their own leaders accountable for utilizing their resources to help the people of their nation toward self sufficiency & opportunity to not only build up themselves, but also their nations as a whole.
Africans complain about their home countries being bad & lacking opportunities, yet they go abroad & often suffer worse fates than they could ever imagine in their own countries as they are treated as lesser than, common criminals & unwanted pests, yet somehow they find justification in believing that this is a better life than what they can have at home if they put in the same work, sacrifice & self determination to make it with dignity. I am always reminded about how a White European man making millions in my homeland tried to convince me that I should not return home because there was no opportunity there & that I was too much of a New Yorker to deal with Africa. How laughable I thought coming from a White man who is the minority with very little to no connection to Africa other than his exploits in business, telling me as a native that he can survive & live well in my native land but I could not. I was basically being told by a White man that Africa was opened for business for him in attaining his African dream in the re-newed frontier market, yet somehow that same dream of wealth & opportunity was far fetched for me in my own homeland-SMH!
We are all responsible & complicit in this sick cycle of mental slavery that continues to have a strong hold on the African mind puppeteered with full advantage by decendents of those who once colonized & enslaved. A mind that has told the African that he/she can not make it on their own without outside aid. Africa/Africans seems to stay in an endless cycle of waiting for someone outside our selves to save us from our plight & ourselves. Slavery never ended with the emancipation proclamation or any other piece of paper or legislation in Europe or America because it continues today all over the world right under our noses, but we have somehow convinced ourselves that it has ended or that modern day slavery is somehow different. I look at my fellow brothers & sisters in Africa & abroad & the pain, humiliation & helplessness endured in our collective inner city blues that makes me want to holler & throw up both my hands as Marvin Gaye said because I can’t see how human beings can endure so much without ever finding the will & strength for an uprising to change their fate at home & abroad. When will we come to the point of finding African solutions to African problems?
“CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE THINK & THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME” Denzel Washington as Steve Biko in Cry Freedom
We must get to the point in our world when we truly change the way we think in order to change the way others think of us. If Africa is so horrible why do so many Europeans go there constantly for business, investments, pleasure & so much more & why aren’t those Europeans/Americans living in Africa for years without citizenship labeled as illegal immigrants? When Mugabe seeks to reclaim African land for Africans & oust Europeans from Africa in order to take back the land to give back to Africans, he is seen as a tyrannical crazed dictator, but when Sarkozy, Berlusconi, Cameron, Obama etc. seek to oust Africans & so called illegal immigrants from their nations they are seen as great leaders who are upholding the laws of their lands. If Africans can not dictate the laws of Europe & American land, then who gives Europeans & Americans the audacity to dictate the laws of Africa’s lands. We seem to forget that we are all human beings at the end of the day with the same basic common needs. As Martin Luther King Jr. Said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere“. The brother & sister that you shun & look down on may one day be the brother & sister that you will need to help you up in your time of need.
“The Obama administration had deported about 1.06 million as of Sept. 12, against 1.57 million in Bush’s two full presidential terms.This seeming contradiction between rhetoric and reality is a key element of debate over U.S. immigration policy, and stakes are high for 2012’s presidential election as Obama faces criticism from both conservatives and liberals.…” READ MORE
While Africans scramble to get out of Africa the rest of the the world scrambles to get a piece of Africa. The wind of change has come again in our world & in a time of global economic crisis , it seems that the whole world is once again looking to Africa for resources without any real interest in helping to build up the continent & its people because a fully developed Africa will never again be Europe & America’s dumping ground nor will it stand still with little fight to be raped of its resources over & over again by Europe, America nor Asia. Wake Up World , Wake Up Africa & change the design!
“The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Stephen Bantu Biko
“It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world. Although most Africans are poor, our continent is potentially extremely rich. Our mineral resources, which are being exploited with foreign capital only to enrich foreign investors, range from gold and diamonds to uranium and petroleum. Our forests contain some of the finest woods to be grown anywhere. Our cash crops include cocoa, coffee, rubber, tobacco and cotton. As for power, which is an important factor in any economic development, Africa contains over 40% of the potential water power of the world, as compared with about 10% in Europe and 13% in North America. Yet so far, less than 1% has been developed. This is one of the reasons why we have in Africa the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty, and scarcity in the midst of abundance. Never before have a people had within their grasp so great an opportunity for developing a continent endowed with so much wealth. Individually, the independent states of Africa, some of them potentially rich, others poor, can do little for their people. Together, by mutual help, they can achieve much. But the economic development of the continent must be planned and pursued as a whole. A loose confederation designed only for economic co-operation would not provide the necessary unity of purpose. Only a strong political union can bring about full and effective development of our natural resources for the benefit of our people..” Kwame Nkrumah, I Speak of Freedom: A Statement of African Ideology