Why do people act like Somalis aren’t liberators? Why do they choose to ignore our work in liberation and decolonizing our lands and minds? We were one of the first African Nations to not only be liberated, but to wage open War with Britain. We went to war with Italy, and Britain. And won.
We fought for our liberation, won, and turned around and fought for the liberation of other Africans.
We helped liberate Kenya, don’t act that didn’t happen without Somalis. We were one of the few nations vocal from the beginning of the liberation of South Africa, sad to know they still have their colonizers on their lands.
We fought for the liberation of Nigeria, and Algeria.
Even during the European slave trade we fought them on enslaving and shipping Africans off our port. We put our bodies and lives on the line for African liberation fronts.
We help protect our neighbors from European Colonizers.
During the Civil Rights movement and Liberation movements in American we were vocal about Black Americans Liberation. In fact we sent Somalis to America to learn and help Black Americans on their Liberation fronts. Somali Women held rallies and protest and did ground work on the campaign of freeing Angela Davis.
We also helped Liberate djibouti from France. We campaigned for them. Once they were liberated, we didn’t force them to rejoin Somalia, but let them chose their own fate for independence.
But majority of them are ethnically Somali tho…. Ayyy.
We were for heritage and culture preservations. We even Fought African Imperialists like Ethiopia. Fought for our peoples Liberation in Ogadenia. We have been vocal about the Liberation of Ogadenia and Oromiya.
We were one of the first African, and one First Nations to have Women Fighter pilots in the 70s. We had women in the military. We made equatable laws for women’s civil rights. We had equal pay for all genders. This is Somalia in the 70s, and 80s.
We fought American Imperialism in 90s while were going through a Civil War. And won. Think about that. We were fighting each other, going through a ravaging war, stopped to turn around and deal with America. Beat their ass, recorded it for the media to play around the world so these American Imperialists couldn’t pretend like it didn’t happen and went about our way without breaking a sweat. We did that it days, not weeks or months. But in days. Americans love to make us out to be savage Africans. But they were on our sovereign lands, and we had every right to treat them like an unwelcome enemy. Were we Brutal, sure. But brutality is served when brutality is received. Especially with an enemy that has no morals. They went home cry because they met a real adversary, and they weren’t gonna do us like they did to Iran, and later Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
We are ruthless with our enemies. Especially with western imperialists, and every time y'all are surprised by that.
Captain Phillips was bullshit. These so called, “Somali Pirates” fought against Imperialism, and against Capitalism. Those fisherman were fighting for their communities.
Westerns, Asian, and Arab nations were stealing from our Ocean, then dumping toxic materials into it, using our Ocean for military positions etc. All without our permission. They stole from our fishermen, and communities whose only sources of food was coming from the Somali sea. They starved those communities. Several towns Economy was tied to that Sea. When they dumped toxins and waste into our sea, our people got sick. People were being Poisoned, similar to what is STILL happening in Flint, Michigan. Many Somalis got cancer because of the toxins dumped in our sea. No one was doing anything about this.
So we took up arms against our enemies who refused our calls to cease what they were doing. They mad because we “pirated ships”, aka we took what was ours. They were making billions from our ocean, and we weren’t seeing any of that money. Of course, Western countries got mad as if we weren’t doing the same to them thieving Arabs and Asians. Like how dare we fight for ourselves.
That’s the thing about us we are willing to die for our people and lands. If we are defeated, a thousand more Somalis will take our place. We just about that life.
We’ve been saying Black Lives Matter for centuries. So y'all need to stop sleeping on Somalis, and many of y'all like to erase our blackness.
Learn the History in Africa, and the diaspora, then asks yourself this,
Where would African Liberation Movements be without Somalia in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s?
A lot of the movements in ending institutional racism in Europe, Canada, and Australia is done by a majority Somali community. Think on that.
However, we are also not free from anti blackness and colorism. For example the treatment and abuse Somali Bantus have endured for centuries is a cloud over Somalia’s history in fighting anti blackness.
Sadly, aside from white supremacy, a far greater supremacy affects us the most. Arab Supremacy, which is the root of modern Somalis anti blackness, and internalized racism.
Our Moto is:
We Somali first
And then Muslim