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“It is said, of course, that we have no capital, no industrial skill, no communications, and no internal markets, and that we cannot even agree among ourselves how best to utilise our resources for our own social needs. Yet all stock exchanges in the world are preoccupied with Africa’s gold, diamonds, uranium, platinum, copper and iron ore. 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% 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 – come 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 gradualism, talking about step by step. Are you afraid to tackle the bull by the horn? For centuries, Africa has been the milch cow of the Western world. Was it not our continent that helped the Western world to build up its accumulated wealth?”—African Union (24 May 1963) - Kwame Nkrumah
Hey, want to know something? My Dad's side of the family is largely Black American, even though he's Nigerian himself.
Want to know where his Black American roots stem from?
Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I know A LOT about my Black American roots that would probably make some of you shut up about that shit, but I choose not to say anything because I can see that NOT being a natural-born American, born and bred, invalidates all my experiences and treatment that I got at the hands of Americans…particularly Black Americans who teased me for my accent, my skin color, my hair texture, my body type…and when I finally stamped out my accent (I can code-switch too, oh lookie here), I still wasn’t good enough to ever be accepted.
So yeah, it is about history and ancestry, but someone should tell that to the people who are so quick to invalidate the lives and feelings of others on BASELESS ASSUMPTIONS.
Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop's Plan for African Unity
well, an abridged version, taken from:
1. To restore consciousness of our historic unity
2. To work for linguistic unification on a territorial and continental scale, with an Afrikan language superseding all others
3. To raise our national tongues to the rank of governmental tongues used in Parliament
4. To work out an effective form of representation of the female sector of the nation
5. To live Afrikan federal unity
6. To oppose any idea of creating White states in Black Afrika
7. To make sure our constitution is so well written to prevent any industrial bourgeoisie from forming
8. To create a powerful state industry
9. To create a powerful modern army
10. To create modern technical institutes i.e. nuclear facilities, etc.
11. To reduce luxurious living standards and judicially equalize salaries
12. To organize production cooperatives
13. Repopulate Afrika in proper time
14. To carry out a policy of full employment
Carlos A. Cooks: The Ideological Son of Marcus Mosiah Garvey
“The culture of a people is best manifested by the homage they pay to those who led with dedication and devotion to freedom and cause.”—Carlos A. Cooks
Carlos A. Cooks, A True Blackman
by Robert Acemendeces Harris.
If, as the new saying goes, “truth is [really] on its way” then, perhaps, Black People can finally also be back on their way. Which way? The way out of all of the confusion, contradictions and cultural degeneration that has retarded the liberation of our people these last few years.
Samburu & Assimilation
I recently made a post of 3 images of the Samburu Warriors of Kenya. All 3 images are for sale to help the tribe build schools to educate their children. The assimilation comes, in the need to learn english and to be educated in order to better protect their lands and their traditions, as they face either extinction: due lack of jobs or ignorance. The proud Samburu Warriors who have been known to “run to danger and protect” are facing climate change, a loss of livestock and a need to educate their young in not only traditional ways but in business and math which can only allow them to maneuver the changes of the new century. I was honored to have met Chief George and a few of the Warriors in new York as they came to request aid. I was a little shocked that it was only a board room of caucasians when we all know Africa has to help Africa. It pained my heard to imagine that tribe gone and only a faded memory. We are all part of the diaspora, and are Africans. Africa can only help Africa. Blacks are bound to the land. knowing this I just want a part of my art to not just perpetuate the tourism of Africans by westerners but to actually make an impact on lives and children. Even in the face of change, they remain true to their unique way of life. It was a very humbling experience…. So i’m asking, and begging publicly for donations.
It would be a blessing if you guys donated for the cause :)
“We face neither East nor West. We face forward.”