“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
- Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz]
“...I feel as close to the wretched victims of the rubber plantations
in Putamayo and the blacks of Africa with whose bodies the
Europeans play ball...I have no special corner in my heart for the
ghetto: I am at home in the entire world, where there are clouds and
birds and human tears.”
- Rosa Luxemburg
The wondrous rainbow of humanity on Mother Earth emanates from Africa.
Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people all come from the womb of
the African continent.
Humanity's great thinkers and strategists did not begin with Plato,
Socrates, Alexander 'the Great,' Julius Caesar, Leo Tolstoy, or Karl
Marx, etc. Long before the births of any of the aforementioned persons
there were scientists, builders, strategists and thriving civilizations
in what has now become commonly known as 'Africa.' Africa's
significance, both past and present, is not limited to its
enormous material resources and its natural wealth. Africa's
often ignored or forgotten significance continues to be the pivotal
role that it has played in the birth of human civilization
Why is this of enormous importance to everyday ordinary people of all colors in this 21st century?
The narrative of the U.S. and global power elite is one that keeps
people ignorant, divided, manipulated, and controlled based upon a
warped and distorted presentation of everyday ordinary people's
national and global history. The systemically manufactured color,
economic, and/or social status divisions are potent weapons that are
utilized to keep people in a perpetual state of psychological,
political, and economic servitude. Over many centuries, as humankind
spread throughout the four corners of our precious Mother Earth there
were often those greedy few who sought to elevate themselves as masters
over their fellow human beings by utilizing social control and
manipulation mechanisms. Thus, certain humans were said to be
'primitives,' 'savages,' 'barbarians,' or 'uncivilized' – while others
were ingrained with the utter nonsense that they were somehow innately
superior by virtue of some supposed unique divine right or destiny.
This of course was, and remains, an integral part of utilizing social
control and manipulation mechanisms. For example, wholesale physical
and cultural genocide was committed against the Indigenous Native
peoples on this North American continent in the name of so-called
'progress' and the 'Manifest Destiny.' These atrocities however, were
NOT simply based upon color, as there were many horrible pogroms
carried out, in Europe and elsewhere, by and against people of the SAME
color - in the fallacious name of eliminating the inferior 'barbarians'
through supposed 'ethnic cleansing,' etc.
The distorted narrative of and by the U.S.
power elite (through its corporate-stream media and 'educational'
institutions) continues to the present day. For example, the very
bloody U.S. civil war, which was fought primarily between people of the
same color, was a contest between the U.S. power elites of the north
and the south for economic power. Nonetheless, the myth continues to be
propagated by the present-day U.S. power elite that the civil war was
fought first and foremost to free black slaves in the southern United
States; when in fact that bloody contest was fought over money –
economic power – plain and simple. Framing the civil war around the
narrative of the freeing of black slaves was nothing more than a means
to keep certain European powers (most notably England and France - both
of whom had already officially abolished slavery) from aligning
themselves with the power elite of the southern Confederacy whose
economy was blatantly based upon institutionalized slavery.
Abraham Lincoln, and the northern U.S. power elite were by no means in
favor of equality for black people. In fact, prior to the outbreak of
the U.S. civil war, Abraham Lincoln, on September 18, 1858, speaking
before an audience of 12,000 persons in Charleston, Illinois, made his
position crystal clear regarding his firm belief that there should
never be “social and political equality” between black and white
people. He said, in relevant part, “...I will say then that I am not,
nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social
and political equality of the white and black races, - that I am not
nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor
of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people;
and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference
between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid
the two races living together on terms of social and political
equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain
together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as
much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position
assigned to the white race...” Once again it was the everyday ordinary
people of all colors and on both sides of that conflict who were the
canon fodder of the power elites in that bloody 'civil war.' And still
the distorted narrative of the power elite continues.
Today in the year 2013, the everyday people on the African continent
continue to be the pawns of external power elites whose objective
remains that of dividing, robbing, and economically exploiting the
continent, at the horrible expense of the ordinary people. Former blood
suckers and butchers such as Mobutu Sese Seko (of the African nation
formerly known as Zaire) are being replaced by various other puppets of
external power elites throughout the African continent. Drone man
Barack Obama's AFRICOM is busy militarizing Africa for the purpose of
controlling the vast natural wealth of the continent. Once more it is
the everyday people who are the canon fodder of the avaricious national
and global power elites whose contemporary African puppets do the
bidding of external elites for their own personal gain.
We must ALL understand that Africa IS important. What happens there is
a direct reflection of the corporate / military elite's insatiable
greed and lust for power – not only in Africa – but throughout Mother
Earth. What happens there is happening to us all.
Intellectual Genocide In the Alleged 'Age of Information'
The long and protracted liberation struggles, particularly of the
latter part of the 20th century on the African continent, are part and
parcel of everyday people's struggles for political, economic, and
social equity around the globe. Yet, far too few persons of any color,
especially in the U.S. (and sadly in Africa itself) are aware of the
urgency and ongoing and protracted nature of these struggles.
In the U.S. many people can readily tell you who Oprah Winfrey, Steve
Harvey, Whoopi Goldberg, or the current 'stars' of American Idol, etc.
are. But if asked about the likes of Nzingha (Jinga), Nehanda
Nyakasikana, Sekou Toure, Kwame Nkrumah, Amilcar Cabral,
Agostinho Neto, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe,
Lillian Ngoyi, Steve Biko, or Sam Nujoma – you will receive only a
blank stare. Yet, these and other such persons, gave so very much to
the struggles on behalf of ordinary people on the African continent,
and concomitantly, throughout Mother Earth. Had it not been for the
sacrifices of these persons the situation in Africa would be even
worse. We must not let drone man Barack Obama, and his cohorts of the
U.S. power elite, erase the enormous contributions to Africa, and
humankind as a whole, by these intrepid women and men.
There is a deliberate and ongoing intellectual
genocide being waged against everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown,
Red, and Yellow people in the U.S., and most especially against young
people. Everyday people in this nation are being intentionally and
callously miseducated by a system bent on controlling and manipulating
what we know, how we think, and ultimately what we do.
The just, necessary, and legitimate struggles against the global power
elite by everyday people in Haiti, Palestine, Ireland, Bahrain,
Venezuela, Greece, Portugal, Australia, the UK, and elsewhere –
including right here in the U.S. – are of immense importance. But let
us also remember the intense struggles for self-determination being
waged by everyday ordinary people throughout the African continent, for
Africa is the mother of civilization and her well-being IS important to
humanity as a whole.
The power elite's corporate-stream 'news' media (including much of the
so-called 'alternative' media) and its 'educational' institution
plantations will not teach us our true histories or tell us how that
history relates to the ongoing people's struggles of today. We must do
our own research, create our own media, and learn from as well as teach
one another. We everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people
are the only ones who can and will put an end to this intellectual
genocide. It must be stopped!
Mother Earth is our home and Africa is our foundation.
Remember: Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers. Onward...!