The ordinary unschooled, un-adopted African, wherever he is today wants to be somewhere else. The hell that one African is running from, another African is running to. The common urge is to mobilize resources to exchange the hell that you are familiar with for the hell that you are not familiar with. The question in everyone's mind is always, "Where is there less or better hell?"
You need a consciousness that recognizes that as an African, you have a common problem that is constantly putting you on the run, wherever you are. You are being stunted by social, political and economic forces that are forcing you out of alignment with your own natural internal disposition, and this has serious psychic consequences. One major consequence is the "dog-eat-dog" and "crabs-in-a-barrel" attitudes that have proliferated in every Black community.
This explains the economic desperation that continues to force Blacks on the continuous road of migration. It explains the brain-drain and the escape mode of thinking that is so prevalent everywhere. What we are witnessing in the 21st century is a continuation of a long affliction that has forced Black civilization to be constantly on the run.
Reflect on the words of Chancellor Williams in his book The Destruction of Black Civilization: If the Blacks were among the very first builders of civilization and their land the birthplace of civilization, what has happened to them that has left them since then at the bottom of world society? Precisely what happened? Almost all of the true answers will be found in the study of the causes of migrations and the tragic results stemming directly from those movements of fragmented peoples. How was the art of writing lost by one of the first peoples to invent it? Study the migrations. How and why did a once-great people with a common origin splinter off into countless little independent societies and chiefdoms from which 2,000 different languages and dialects developed? Study the migrations. What caused the brother against brother internecine wars, hatreds, slavery, and mutual suspicion among the various Black societies? Again, study the migrations.
Slavery and Colonialism created the White heaven and Black Hell of today. Those who inherited the reins from slave-owners stay in control by tightening the economic screws and manipulating the vulnerability of the desperate and the needy.
This is why we see strife that pits brother against brother and tribe against tribe in a desperate scramble for survival that has been externally engineered to perpetuate Colonialism. Even the educated are predisposed to scrambling for a few privileged positions in exchange for their soul, honesty and integrity. The matrix of Social Cannibalism reasons that imperialism is best maintained when its victims are kept in the streets of insecurity, constantly on the move, and their minds perpetually caged and confined to the grim struggle for temporary survival.
Black survival does not depend on exchanging one spot in this global Black hell for another corner of hell. You cannot escape your problem by going to another place where somebody else is facing the same problem. You must first solve your problem and then go there with solutions.
Survival depends on the people's ability to creatively put together the organizational framework that will enable them to collectively embark on the project of wealth creation that brings independence and the power to shape one's own destiny.
Look all around the world and see. When one Black brother is going to another's house to ask for a loan, most often he will find that the other brother was thinking the same thing and just about to come over to his house to ask for the same. Everybody is in the same boat.
Let us collectively embark on the project of wealth creation; institute the model of economic development that offers hope to our people and develop organizational and administrative structures that can take a million dollars and make it ten million or more. This will place us in a better position to demand respect and influence the direction of Africa's destiny. Let us not squander the potential support of the masses by rallying them around ephemeral goals that offer no lasting solutions.
Wealth creation should not be seen solely in terms of dollars, but also in terms of building consciousness to counteract the flood of unconsciousness that gives colonialism longer life. The truth shall set us free.
When a local grouping holds its programs, it will not only be educating the masses about the truth of black reparations, but very importantly, initiate the process of internal reparations by increasing participation in wealth creation.This internal reparation process will generate the power to demand external reparation.
The question that one must ask is: "where are my talents most needed and best suited in this global struggle at this present stage?" This is the freedom-fighter's mode of thinking. Not “where is the safest place?” but “where am I best equipped to make my unique contribution?"
By Ras Jahaziel
He Writes on Black Liberation
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