The time has come for the Blackman to forget and cast behind him his hero worship and adoration of other races, and to start out immediately to create and emulate heroes of his own. We must canonize our own martyrs and elevate to positions of fame and honor Black men and women who have made their distinct contributions to our racial history.
Sojourner Truth is worthy of sainthood alongside of Joan of Arc. Crispus Attuck and George William Gordon are entitled to the halo of martyrdom with no less glory than that of the martyrs of any other race. Jacques Deselines' and Moshesh's brilliancy as soldiers and statesmen outshone that of a Cromwell, Napoleon, or Washington: hence they are entitled to the highest place as heroes among men.
Africa has produced countless numbers of men and women, in war and in peace, whose lustre and bravery outshines that of any other people. Then why not see good and perfection in ourselves? We must inspire a literature and promulgate a doctrine of our own without any apologies to the powers that be. The right is the Blackman's and Africa's. Let contrary sentiments and cross opinions go to the winds. Oppositions to Race Independence is the weapon of the enemy to defeat the hopes of an unfortunate people.
We are entitled to our own opinions and not obligated to or bound by the opinions of others. If others laugh at you return the laughter to them; if they mimic you return the compliment with equal force. They have no more right to dishonor, disrespect or
disregard your feelings and manhood than you have in dealing with them. Honor them when they honor you; disregard them when they vilely treat you. Their arrogance is but skin deep and an assumption that has no foundation in morals or in Law.
They have sprung from the same family tree of obscurity as we have; their history is as rude in its primitiveness as ours, their ancestors ran wild and naked, lived in caves and in branches of trees like monkeys as ours; they made sacrifices, ate the flesh of their own dead and the raw meat of wild beasts for centuries even as they accuse us of doing. Their cannibalism was more prolonged than ours; when we were embracing the Arts and Sciences on the banks of the Nile, their ancestors were still drinking human blood and eating out of the skulls of their conquered dead.
The world today is indebted to us for the benefits of civilization. They stole our Arts and Sciences from Africa. Then why should we be ashamed of ourselves? Their modern improvements are but duplicates of a grander civilization that we reflected thousands of years ago; without the advantage of what is buried and still hidden, to be resurrected and reintroduced by the intelligence of our generation and our posterity.
Why should we be discouraged because somebody laughs at us today? Who can tell what tomorrow will bring forth? Did they not laugh at Moses, Christ, and Mohammed? Was there not a CARTHAGE, GREECE and ROME? We see and have changes everyday; so plan, work, be steadfast and do not be dismayed. As the Jew is held together by his religion, the white races by the assumption and the unwritten law of superiority, and the Mongolian by the precious tie of blood; so likewise the Blackman must be UNITED in one grand RACIAL HIERARCHY. Our union must know no climate, boundary or
Predictably, there have been people comparing Rachel Dolezal, a white woman posing as a black woman, to that of Bruce Jenner, a man posing as a woman. Some are calling this “transracial.” Dr. Paul R. McHugh accurately explains that the desire to be “transgender” is a mental disorder largely because it is not rooted in reality. A man who is biologically born as a man can never be a woman. He made get cosmetic surgery to make a superficial change, but the man is still biologically a man. Moreover, a large portion of those who have gender reassignment surgery are still not satisfied and McHugh argues that people who get gender reassignment surgery are 20 times more likely to commit suicide than non-transgender people. Therefore, transgender issues do not represent a sort of civil rights issue that liberals have often made the issue out to be—it is a psychological issue.
Moreover, all she has done was using her position as a fake black person for her benefit. From this position she not only became president of the NAACP, but she also got a scholarship to Howard. In other words, Dolezal has enjoyed all of the benefits of being black, but endured none of the challenges. As one person rightfully pointed out, black people cannot suddenly decide to be white when attacked by a police officer at a pool party. No matter how much we may bleach our skins or straighten our hair, there is no escaping for black people. There are some really light-skinned or mixed race blacks that may pass for white, but those people do not represent the vast majority of people with African blood in their veins, and such people essentially profit from white supremacy and racism rather than challenging the status quo. This is why in places like Haiti (during the revolution) and South Africa (during apartheid) we see tensions between oppressed blacks and mixed race people who tended to distance themselves from the struggles of the black masses.
He tried to educate and liberate all Blacks.”
By Barnaby Phillips
Deep in the Nigerian rainforest, one of Africa's greatest monuments has been virtually ignored by the outside world for hundreds of years.
|The grave of Bilikisu Sungbo is seen as holy place|
In terms of sheer size it's the largest single monument in Africa
|Dr Patrick Darling|
Yet the Eredo earthwork lies just one hour's drive from Lagos.
Now being investigated by Dr Patrick Darling of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, the Eredo provides clear evidence of a powerful lost kingdom, and,
According to local tradition, the site may even shed light on the legendary Queen of Sheba.
Trekking through the rainforest you could pass within a few yards of the Eredo and not even know it was there - a great ditch hidden in the vegetation.
Built some 1,000 years ago, it encircles the ancient kingdom of Ijebu-Ode, snaking through swamps and forests.
A team of British scientists may have rediscovered the centre of one of Africa's greatest kingdoms - and the possible burial place of the legendary Queen of Sheba. Hidden in the Nigerian rainforest, the earthworks at Eredo are just a few hour's drive from Lagos. The team from Bournemouth University, working with archaeologist Dr Patrick Darling, have completed a preliminary survey of the wall and ditch measuring 70ft high in places and around 100 miles long.
Civil wars and the arrival of the British eventually broke the kingdom's centuries-old Lagos lagoon trade monopoly.
But the Awujale of the modern day town of Ijebu-Ode still holds a traditional position of responsibility.
Dr Darling, described the Eredo site as a breathtaking find with many of its remains relatively intact, though overgrown by the rainforest.
"We are not linking what we found to a city, but to a vast kingdom boundary rampart," he told the BBC.
"The vertical sided ditches go around the area for 100 miles and it is more than 1,000 years old.
"That makes it the earliest proof of an kingdom founded in the African rainforest."
Rather than taking out our aggression on the sources of our oppression and exploitation, we often turn that aggression inwards towards ourselves. For example, the outrage in South Africa is not targeted towards the Europeans that continue to enjoy the riches that their ancestors stole from the local African population. Instead, the aggression is targeted towards other Africans, specifically "foreign" born Africans.
We also have to consider that these attacks against foreigners are clashes that are essentially over the borders that were drawn up by the Europeans. In fact, many of the post-colonial clashes have been over things that Europeans imposed on African people. The genocide in Rwanda was largely the result of the divide and conquer tactics of the Germans and Belgians. The civil wars in the Sudan was the result of the divide and conquer tactics of the British and in Djibouti the French employed divide and conquer tactics to maintain their control over their colony.
Although every African nation but Ethiopia failed to fend off European imperialism (and even Ethiopia would, for a time, fall under Italian rule), Africans fought valiantly and in some cases won the respect of their foes. As John Henrik Clarke said, “For a period of more than a hundred years, African warrior nationalists, mostly kings, who had never worn a store-bought shoe or heard of a military school, outmaneuvered and outgeneraled some of the finest military minds of Europe.” The point Clarke makes here is profound because although Africans did not have the same technology that the Europeans had, they were able to score some major victories simply through their military tactics alone. The defeat of the Italians at the hands of Ethiopia was perhaps the only time Europeans fought an African army that was armed with up to date weaponry.
Because many of us have never really studied our history to see that at various points Africans defeated or came close to defeating Europeans, we have a skewed view of history which makes it appear as though we have merely been victims throughout history and we are incapable of standing up for ourselves.
Dear Jeff Fager, Executive Producer of CBS 60 Minutes,
We, the undersigned, are writing to express our grave concern about the frequent and recurring misrepresentation of the African continent by 60 Minutes.
In a series of recent segments from the continent, 60 Minutes has managed, quite extraordinarily, to render people of black African ancestry voiceless and all but invisible.
Two of these segments were remarkably similar in their basic subject matter, featuring white people who have made it their mission to rescue African wildlife. In one case these were lions, and in another, apes. People of black African descent make no substantial appearance in either of these reports, and no sense whatsoever is given of the countries visited, South Africa and Gabon.
The third notable recent segment was a visit by your correspondent Lara Logan to Liberia to cover the Ebola epidemic in that country. In that broadcast, Africans were reduced to the role of silent victims. They constituted what might be called a scenery of misery: people whose thoughts, experiences and actions were treated as if totally without interest. Liberians were shown within easy speaking range of Logan, including some Liberians whom she spoke about, and yet not a single Liberian was quoted in any capacity.
Liberians not only died from Ebola, but many of them contributed bravely to the fight against the disease, including doctors, nurses and other caregivers, some of whom gave their lives in this effort. Despite this, the only people heard from on the air were white foreigners who had come to Liberia to contribute to the fight against the disease.
Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
Funmilayo Kuti was a Nigerian born political organizer and anti-colonial leader. Funmilayo was one of the founding members of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), and the West African Students Union (WASU). Funmilayo was also known for the fearless manner in which she would confront British colonial officers and their African puppets. Funmilayo also rejected many aspects of European culture. She refused to use her European name (Frances Abigail) and wore only traditional African clothing. Funmilayo was the mother of famous Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, as well as two doctors Beko Ransome-Kuti and Olikoye Ransome-Kuti. All three of her children became outspoken political activists in their own right.