2012 :Awakening 2013:ReClaiming #Sankofa
Africans at home and abroad can not continue to sit down to watch the death of Pan-Africanism and Global African Unity. When we say “Never Again” to our own complicity in our condition and destruction we should mean it, even when those who try to stifle & stagnate our growth and independence while doing their best to divide us look just like us! The African Union is on course with business as usual showing itself as a toothless disunified and disorganized entity taking its cues from the West. It seems we can never fight our own battles without our former colonizers’s hand, money, assistance and insistence. I often wonder what the usefulness of the African Union is when they just seem to be puppets with the UN and Western nations having the final say in all decisions to be made toward the stability, instability, backward and forward movements of Africa.
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa (December 26 to January 1) and the 1st of 7 Principles is Umoja –Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, “I am We,” or “I am because We are.”
As I read: “The Pentagon has set up an army brigade to be deployed to as many as 35 African nations to train local forces. The “Dagger Brigade” consisting of 3,500 combat troops will be assigned to the Pentagon’s Africa Command, training indigenous state security forces to participate in military exercises from early next year. This is a first-of-its-kind brigade assignment and groups will be assigned to countries such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria, Kenya, Uganda and Niger. All of this is done without the consent of Congress or the American people. ” Read More
I really hope that 2013 will be a true reclaiming of Africa by Africans at home and abroad. It saddens me to see the unequivocal and unquestionable support for President Obama by Africans at home and abroad from everyday people to our so called leaders professing to be like minded and on course with President Obama’s vision for Africa. We valaintly hold him up as some sort of role model of a new African beginning when he has not earned such accolades anymore than he earned a Nobel Peace Prize to be bestowed upon him as possibly one of the most waring presidents we have known in America. Before you say how can I make such a statement please understand that combat boots on the ground alone does not a war make- drone attacks are far more destructive of innocents in the wrong place at the wrong time, and unfortunately President Obama has his predecessors beat on this technology all around. In the reality that far to many of us choose to shun or pretend does not exist, President Obama has been the polar opposite of what and who Africa should be looking to to uphold as its future when it comes to his foreign policy towards African nations. The last thing Africa needs is the promotion of US military intervention or more militarization period. We have watched it in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and in Libya under President Obama and no African nation can possibly say that the results of such interventions and war mongering will in any way advance the needs of Africa/Africans and our growth potential and so called protecting ourselves from terrorists when one man’s terrorist is another man’s revolutionary. #AllDieBeDie
“Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought…Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism. Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa’s impoverishment…from now on, today, we must change our attitudes and our minds. We must realise that form now on we are no longer a colonial but free and independent people…But also, as I pointed out, that also entails hard work…We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, that we are prepared to lay our foundation – our own African personality….It is said, of course that we have no capital, no industrial skill, no communications, no internal markets, and that we cannot even agree among ourselves how best to utilize our resources for our own social needs.Yet all the stock exchanges in the world are pre-occupied with Africa’s gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, copper and iron ores. Our CAPITAL flows out in streams to irrigate the whole system of Western economy. Fifty-two per cent of the gold in Fort Knox at this moment, where the USA stores its bullion, is believed to have originated from OUR shores. Africa provides more than 60 per cent of the world’s gold. A great deal of the uranium for nuclear power, of copper for electronics, of titanium for supersonic projectiles, of iron and steel for heavy industries, of other minerals and raw materials for lighter industries – the basic economic might of the foreign Powers – comes from OUR continent. Experts have estimated that the Congo Basin alone can produce enough food crops to satisfy the requirements of nearly HALF the population of the whole world and here we sit talking about regionalism, talking about gradualism, talking about step by step. Are you afraid to tackle the bull by the horn?” Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
African-Americans as Kwanzaa begins today with the first principle of “Unity” will be talking about African principles and celebrating our Unity; yet how many will stand up in our global village to call out our leaders at home and abroad on the mass destruction that they pose to our global villages. I wonder how many African-Americans as they celebrate Kwanzaa are even thinking about Africa’s reality or even know that there is pending militarization in Africa in their name produced and rationalized by the first sitting African-American president in America? President Obama is wrong on and for Africa in his adopted policies which can possibly make him the worst US president when it comes to foreign policy that is clearly against African interests, sovereignty, growth, progress and forward movements, which he has been seeing through with little to no opposition and we Africans at home and abroad have turned a blind eye to calling him out on it.
If we say we love Africa then let’s show Africa love by not just words but by deeds. As the saying goes ” By His deeds shall a man be known” and at this point in time if we only knew President Obama by his deeds toward Africa and Africans we would be remised to say that he loves Africa. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said “the time is always right to do the right thing“.We must be very vigilant in watching President Obama’s actions this second term unblinded by a new era shine of Blackness, great speeches, a radiant smile, a likable personality, a beautiful fashionable firsts lady on his arm and the cutest seemingly most respectful children ever. Our children in Africa and around the world deserve the same safety, security and respect that President Obama’s children do- void of constant wars, drone attacks and foreign interests being thrust upon their quality of life and pursuit of happiness in a manner that they don’t even have a chance to defend themselves against. As I always say not all skinfolk are kinfolk and thus far President Obama has shown that a Black face alone does not Change make.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Fredrick Douglas …Read More
As African Americans celebrate Kwanzaa today I can only hope that they think about Africa and the greatness of our Pan-African principles and era that saw the need to induct Kwanzaa into the lives of Africans in America. Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community. These values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Developed by Dr. Karenga, the Nguzo Saba stand at the heart of the origin and meaning of Kwanzaa, for it is these values which are not only the building blocks for community but also serve to reinforce and enhance them.
“We prefer independence with danger than servitude in tranquility… Something in the nature of an economic revolution is required. Our development has been held back for too long by the colonial-type economy. We need to reorganize entirely, so that each country can specialize in producing the goods and crops for which it is best suited…We have the blessing of the wealth of our vast resources, the power of our talents and the potentialities of our people. Let us grasp now the opportunities before us and meet the challenge to our survival… We shall measure our progress by the improvement in the health of our people; by the number of children in school, and by the quality of their education; by the availability of water and electricity in our towns and villages, and by the happiness which our people take in being able to manage their own affairs. The welfare of our people is our chief pride, and it is by this that my Government will ask to be judged…” Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
“Barack Obama was still just a U.S. Senator in 2006, but he was already spooling up for his presidential run. Seizing on his rising visibility and popularity, Obama made a mostly-business trip to Africa. The unprecedented buzz surrounding a senatorial trip culminated in his arrival in Kenya, the birthplace of his grandmother. And, as one does in Nairobi, Obama delivered his top card speech in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum; he promised to combat AIDS, malnutrition and, of course, poverty. Then, as one does in Africa, he left. All that remained were his words, which for all their charm, fed no mouths and righted no wrongs…” Read More