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 ablack woman, to that of Bruce Jenner, a man posing as a woman. Some are callingthis “transracial.” Dr. Paul R. McHugh accurately explains that the desire tobe “transgender” is a mental disorder largely because it is not rooted inreality. A man who is biologically born as a man can never be a woman. He madeget cosmetic surgery to make a superficial change, but the man is stillbiologically a man. Moreover, a large portion of those who have genderreassignment surgery are still not satisfied and McHugh argues that people whoget gender reassignment surgery are 20 times more likely to commit suicide thannon-transgender people. Therefore, transgender issues do not represent a sortof civil rights issue that liberals have often made the issue out to be—it is apsychological issue.The whole notion of transgender is not rootedin a reality. Likewise, being “transracial” is not rooted in reality. A whitewoman that was born white cannot suddenly become black. Now, there have been examples of white people with black grandparents orgreat-grandparents that have identified as being black. We see this often in Brazil, but in this casewe have a Rachel Dolezal, who is a woman that appears to have no immediateblack ancestry. Thebiggest issue here is that Dolezal’s “transracial” identity is based on lies.Not only the lie about her own racial identity, but she has done things likeclaim that her adopted black step-brother was her own son. She also apparentlymailed hate mail to herself. This is a woman that appears to be a pathologicalliar.
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 gota scholarship to Howard. In other words, Dolezal has enjoyed all of thebenefits of being black, but endured none of the challenges. As one personrightfully pointed out, black people cannot suddenly decide to be white whenattacked by a police officer at a pool party. No matter how much we may bleachour skins or straighten our hair, there is no escaping for black people. Thereare some really light-skinned or mixed race blacks that may pass for white, butthose people do not represent the vast majority of people with African blood intheir veins, and such people essentially profit from white supremacy and racismrather than challenging the status quo. This is why in places like Haiti(during the revolution) and South Africa (during apartheid) we see tensionsbetween oppressed blacks and mixed race people who tended to distancethemselves from the struggles of the black masses.Dolezalcannot pass herself off as a full-blooded black woman. Instead, she claimed she was mixed race andthat one of those races was black, but she has no black parents, no blackgrandparents, and no black great-grandparents. Based on all accounts about herlife, she is either a confused woman or an opportunist woman, but nothing abouther claims to be black is based in reality; the same way someone who was born aman but claims to be a woman is making a claim that is not based in reality. Original author: D Omowale
Hetried to educate and liberate all Blacks.”
-TupacShakurOriginal author: D Omowale
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 thesources of our oppression and exploitation, we often turn that aggressioninwards towards ourselves. For example, the outrage in South Africa is nottargeted towards the Europeans that continue to enjoy the riches that theirancestors stole from the local African population. Instead, the aggression istargeted 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 theEuropeans. In fact, many of the post-colonial clashes have been over thingsthat Europeans imposed on African people. The genocide in Rwanda was largelythe result of the divide and conquer tactics of the Germans and Belgians. Thecivil wars in the Sudan was the result of the divide and conquer tactics of theBritish and in Djibouti the French employed divide and conquer tactics to maintaintheir control over their colony.Theother explanation for the violence is the Eurocentric system itself, which hashistorically degraded African people. When African people come to accept thissystem as their own, they are as accepting their own inferiority. Bobby E.Wright argued African people kill each other because they “have been led tobelieve that they are part of the psychopath’s system,” a system of whitesupremacy that has historically “encouraged the killingsof Blacks.” Original author: D Omowale
Althoughevery African nation but Ethiopia failed to fend off European imperialism (andeven Ethiopia would, for a time, fall under Italian rule), Africans foughtvaliantly and in some cases won the respect of their foes. As John HenrikClarke said, “For a period of more than a hundred years, African warriornationalists, mostly kings, who had never worn a store-bought shoe or heard ofa military school, outmaneuvered and outgeneraled some of the finest militaryminds of Europe.” The point Clarke makes here is profound because althoughAfricans did not have the same technology that the Europeans had, they wereable 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 timeEuropeans fought an African army that was armed with up to date weaponry.
Becausemany of us have never really studied our history to see that at various pointsAfricans defeated or came close to defeating Europeans, we have a skewed viewof history which makes it appear as though we have merely been victimsthroughout history and we are incapable of standing up for ourselves.Original author: D Omowale
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.
DandaraDandarawas the wife of Zumbi, who was the leader of Palmares. Palmares was a societyof runaway slaves. Dandara was a warrior who fought alongside her husband toliberate slaves in Brazil. She also nursed sick children and elders inPalmares. When she was captured in battle, she committed suicide rather than allowingherself to be taken into slavery.Nannywas a famed maroon leader in Jamaica. The maroons were escaped Africans thatformed their own societies. Nanny is remembered as a brave and courageouswarrior, who not only fought the British slave masters but actively worked tofree other slaves from the plantation.HarrietTubman was an abolitionist in the United States. Although she was born intoslavery, she managed to escape and then made multiple trips onto slave plantationsto lead others to freedom. She was known as the “Moses of Her People.” Asidefrom leading people to freedom, Tubman also helped John Brown to organize hisraid on Harpers Ferry and she served as a spy for the Union Army during thecivil war. YaaAsantewaa was a Queen Mother of the Asante people, who led her people in theirfinal battle against the British Empire. Taituwas the wife of Ethiopian Emperor Menelik. She is remembered for playing a verysignificant role during his reign. Menelik would seek her consul before makingimportant decisions. It was also Taitu who managed government affairs whenMenelik was away and it was she that selected the location for present daycapital city of Addis Ababa. Taitu is perhaps best known for commanding troopson the battlefield during the Battle of Adwa, in which Ethiopia defeated theItalians. FunmilayoKuti
FunmilayoKuti was a Nigerian born political organizer and anti-colonial leader.Funmilayo was one of the founding members of the National Council of Nigeriaand the Cameroons (NCNC), and the West African Students Union (WASU). Funmilayowas also known for the fearless manner in which she would confront Britishcolonial officers and their African puppets. Funmilayo also rejected manyaspects of European culture. She refused to use her European name (FrancesAbigail) and wore only traditional African clothing. Funmilayo was the motherof famous Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, as well as two doctors Beko Ransome-Kutiand Olikoye Ransome-Kuti. All three of her children became outspoken politicalactivists in their own right.IdaB. Wells-Barnett was a journalist who wrote a number of pamphlets to exposelynchings throughout America. Her works include “Southern Horrors: Lynch Law inAll Its Phases,” “The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes ofLynching in the United States,” and “Mob Rule in New Orleans: Robert Charlesand His Fight to Death, the Story of His Life, Burning Human Beings Alive, OtherLynching Statistics.”QueenMother Moore was a Pan-African activist. She first became involved in theAfrican struggle during the 1920s as a member of Marcus Garvey’s UniversalNegro Improvement Association and worked the Republic of New Afrika in the1960s. She spent over 70 years fighting for the rights of African peoplethroughout the world. She was involved in community activities well into her90s, including appearing for a speech at the Million Man March in 1995. At theage of 97, she once declared, “I feel good. I feel young. My work isn’tcomplete.” Moore was given the name Queen Mother by African students thatrespected her and she was officially given the honorary title of Queen Mother bythe Asante king in 1972 during a trip she made to Ghana.Edna RolandEdnaRoland is a black rights activist in Brazil. She has severed as the presidentof an organization named Black Voice and the co-coordinator of the GeledesInstitute of Black Woman. Throughout her public career she has fought for anumber of causes including the restoration of democracy during the years ofmilitary dictatorship in Brazil, improved healthcare for Africans in Brazil,and for reparations. Perhaps the most notable moment of her political careerwas a conference on racism that she attended in South Africa in 2001. Duringthis conference she exposed the rampant racism in Brazil, which forced theBrazilian government to, for the first time, acknowledge the existence of racismin Brazil.Original author: D Omowale