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“In order to halt foreign interference in the affairs of developing countries it is necessary to study, understand, expose and actively combat neo-colonialism in whatever guise it may appear. For the methods of neo-colonialists are subtle and varied. They operate not only in the economic field, but also in the political, religious, ideological and cultural spheres.

Faced with the militant peoples of the ex-colonial territories in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, imperialism simply switches tactics. Without a qualm it dispenses with its flags, and even with certain of its more hated expatriate officials. This means, so it claims, that it is ‘giving’ independence to its former subjects, to be followed by ‘aid’ for their development. Under cover of such phrases, however, it devises innumerable ways to accomplish objectives formerly achieved by naked colonialism. It is this sum total of these modern attempts to perpetuate colonialism while at the same time talking about ‘freedom’, which has come to be known as neo-colonialism.”

~ Kwame Nkrumah , Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism 1965

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“This past weekend, 430 African American males graduated from Morehouse college during the institution’s 130th commencement. Among those graduates was Kwame Morris, the son of music legend Stevie Wonder, who was also in attendance with more than 10,000 other friends and family members.” Black Men We were destined to be Great.
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“African blood flows freely through our veins. Many of our ancestors came as slaves from Africa to this land. As slaves they struggled a great deal. They fought as members of the Liberating Army of Cuba. We’re brothers and sisters of the people of Africa and we’re ready to fight on their behalf!” Fidel Castro

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After the nuclear pollution of the great war, the atmosphere decayed to a point where life could no longer be sustained outdoors. We moved into concrete buildings and planted in our living spaces the few seeds that had survived. However, through technological meditation, images and dreams from the depths of our subconscious can be downloaded directly from our brains and manifested as physical projections of light on the surface of our concrete walls. We have believed the visitors from space will arrive at any time, ever since the voyageur transmitted evidence of extraterrestrial life in 2096.

when we grew tired of the strategic elimination of black youth by the police state, we cried to the heavens, and then she appeared from the sky, strong. Dressed in Gold and Ankara electrifying the sea, cradling the sparkling waters sprouting from the wisdom of our leaders who were assassinated, imprisoned and exiled. when we asked her who we were, she pointed us in the direction of the stars. we are stars emitting energy and light , rebuilding a civilization of love in our minds. 

On August 27, 1963, the venerable Pan-Africanist and radical intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois transitioned at the age of 95 while in self-imposed exile in Accra, Ghana. Du Bois was one of African America’s foremost intellectuals and the first person of African descent to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University. However, after 91 years of struggling against the “color line” in the United States, he had grown tired of the interlocking evils of white supremacy, capitalist exploitation, and anti-communism, and he and his wife Shirley Graham decided to move to the recently independent Ghana to assist Kwame Nkrumah realize his dream of Pan-African unity where he lived out his final days.

Today in history: February 23, 1868 – W.E.B DuBois born.

DuBois was an intellectual leader and activist in the Black liberation movement and anti-colonial movement for decades. He was a life-long fighter for full equality for Black people in the U.S., co-founding the NAACP, active in struggles against lynching, Jim Crow laws and discrimination in education and employment. DuBois was an internationalist, organizing several Pan-African Congresses supporting the national liberation movements in Africa. He was a prolific author, writing many important articles and books including a key book for understanding U.S. history, Black Reconstruction in America.

DuBois believed that capitalism was a primary cause of racism, and was generally sympathetic to socialist causes throughout his life. Though he conflicted with the Communist Party for many years, at age 93 he finally joined the Communist Party. He traveled throughout the world and was friends with leaders of liberation movements in Africa and Asia (pictured, DuBois with Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong).

DuBois faced serious repression during the McCarthy era, having his passport revoked for 8 years. He died at age 95 in Ghana, while there working with Nkrumah’s government on an Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora.

Via Freedom Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

As Kwame Nkrumah observed, Western powers realized that if they attempted to assert control in the old-fashioned (i.e., colonial) way, they would be met with “colonial war.” Neocolonialism, thus,
denoted a set of strategies by which Western nations could assert control without provoking insurgency, helping assemble an emergent mode of whiteness that could acknowledge independence and sovereignty without ever changing the given distribution of resources.
—  Roderick A. Ferguson, “The Distributions of Whiteness,” American Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 4 (December 2014), pg.1102

Malcolm X at University of Ghana (May 13, 1964)

“President Nkrumah is doing something there that the government in America does not like to see done, and that is he’s restoring the African image. He is making the African proud of the African image; and whenever the African becomes proud of the African image and this positive image is projected abroad, then the Black man in America, who up to now has had nothing but a negative image of Africa — automatically the image that the Black man in America has of his African brothers changes from negative to positive, and the image that the Black man in America has of himself will also change from negative to positive.

And the American racists know that they can rule the African in America, the African-American in America, only as long as we have a negative image of ourselves. So they keep us with a negative image of Africa. And they also know that the day that the image of Africa is changed from negative to positive, automatically the attitude of twenty-two million Africans in America will also change from negative to positive.”