ACBN: A Primer, to be released in September 2017

5 08 2017

ACBN: A Primer, is the first book written and published by Kwesi Anan Ababio.

The book discusses essential concepts about Afrikan Centered Biological Nationalism and gives full credit to those who inspired and contributed to the ideas behind the creation of this book.

The book asks and attempts to answer questions like:
Who is an Afrikan?
What is ACBN?
Why Mulattoes and Other Hybrids Are Not Afrikan?…and much more

The 142 page book is an easy, engaging read and includes a contribution by special guest author Gaspar Yanga who writes a brilliant epilogue.

The book has nearly 30 color and black & white photographs, endnotes, a bibliography, and references detailing and supporting the thesis of the book.

Get your eBook or paperback copy as soon as it is available! It is essential reading for Afrikan people in the 21st century.

Links and instructions on how to make a purchase will be posted soon.

Email herunefer@gmail.com to reserve your copy before September 4, 2017 to receive an email notification upon release and a 10% discount.

Include in the subject line “ACBN BOOK“.





What is ACBN?

24 02 2016

Afrikan-Centered Biological Nationalism (ACBN) is a sociopolitical-economic ideology which defines Afrikans by biological traits for the purposes of organizing a set of socioeconomic relations to achieve power for Afrikan people. ACBN relates to areas of activity within the social, economic, political and spiritual spheres of Afrikan life and existence. The main purposes are to engineer a social system in which Afrikans psychologically and socially seek their primary relations with other Afrikan people for work, education, organization, recreation, and procreation. ACBN is designed to protect the genetic integrity of Afrikans and insure the genetic survival of Afrikans and the Afrikan genome as it has existed from time immemorial.

 
ACBN defines¹ an Afrikan / Black person as one who is clearly a “close” descendant of people from East Afrika, a region comprised of countries now known as Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Afrikans’ color variation ranges from bronze, dark reddish-brown, dark or nut brown, dark-chocolate color plus “peppercorn” hair. It² does not include people with a non-Afrikan parent or people who are living on the Afrikan continent but do not fit the above described phenotype. It does not include all of humanity based on the darwinian theory of evolution or any other unproven theory of human origin or “Out of Africa” hypothesis.

 

Social relations
ACBN recognizes that it is the set and system of social relations inherent in a cultural civilization that defines how goods and services are exchanged, information is conveyed, and individuals are to succeed based on developing and applying their individual and collective talents within the population. ACBN recognizes that the foundation of this system must reside in building families and extended families via the institution of male and female procreative realities and capabilities. Inter-racialism, or promotion of pseudo-scientific theories such as the “one drop” rule and “Black dominant genes” are rejected. Instead, the relationship between the Afrikan man and Afrikan women within the context of the familial community and its connection to the larger society is fostered and promoted preeminently.

 
Furthermore, relationships within the collective for industrial productive capacity are encouraged among groups of Afrikan men distinct from groups of Afrikan women. The same is encouraged and promoted for groups of Afrikan women. The youth are socialized into this reality of a division of roles with respect to one’s biological functionality within one’s genetically determined sex. This does not negate the need for Afrikan men and Afrikan women to work together in non-sexual industrially productive capacities as well.

 

Economics
ACBN recognizes that no ideology can succeed or find advocates which does not provide a material benefit to its adherents. Therefore, a practical and viable economic approach which focuses, in part, on Afrikan principles of Nguzo Saba are infused throughout the programs and policies which are adopted. Economic policies are conceived from the basis of the Afrikan worldview which included collective responsibility, collective work, and collective benefit which are balanced by individual commitment, individual development, and individual accountability. Specifically, Afrikan-centered culture and warrior-hood are to be pervaded throughout the economic enterprises which sustain the material existence and comfort for Afrikan people. Expectations to reflect the values, ethics, history, aesthetics and mores of Afrikan culture is demanded and through a system of reward and punishment are reinforced in the conceptual approach to functioning in daily life. To put it simply, in the ACBN society, “you don’t bite the hand that feeds you” and Afrikan people are the ones who do the feeding.

 

Economic policy recommendations will focus on the essential areas a civilization needs to survive such as food production, health maintenance, military, crafts manufacturing and infrastructure building. Strategic areas of growth will also be encouraged so that Afrikans gain control of large and essential parts of economic activity, such as software engineering, mining, aerospace engineering, communications, information technology, weapons technology, medical research, energy and transportation, kwk.

 

Political
ACBN being the ideological underpinning of a socio-political economic system does entertain the formations of schools of thought in the different areas of human activity and intellectual development. This tendency in human affairs leads to the development of factions which seek to satisfy certain constituencies within the social order. Even though this phenomenon is encouraged and the subsequent sub-political formations will be integrated into the society as a whole, all such parties will be counter-revolutionary and conservative with respect to the ACBN ideology and its fundamental foundation in the Afrikan worldview. The essential social theory that provides the groundwork out of which will spring groups which both agitate for representation in the institutional network of society, and seek to have a relevant voice in the distribution of resources, will be that the genetic survival of authentic Afrikans is the basis of our system of social relations and that non-Afrikans do not have a bio-genetic stake in the survival of the Afrikan genome and cannot be considered relevant in the panoply of issues that naturally will arise when engaged in direct and indirect management of the power, wealth, growth, development, maintenance, and well-being of Afrikan people.

 

Spiritual
One of the most profound attacks on Afrikans historically was the introduction of foreign ideologies masquerading as religions onto the Afrikan psyche. Much research has been done by Afrikan-centered scholars and researchers to reclaim authentic Afrikan ancestral religions and the diverse way in which they were manifested, recorded, instituted, and practiced. It has been concluded through copious research and in voluminous publications that, for Afrikans, the acceptance of foreign ideologies masquerading as religions is a violent psychological attack and jeopardizes the bio-genetic survival of Afrikans both directly and indirectly. This renders the acceptance of religions which are not designed for the survival of Afrikan people moot and judged by the historical record as being a material and immaterial detriment to the health of Afrikans in the mental, intellectual, and physical spheres of existence.

 
Therefore, since all civilizations need an ethereal thought system to undergird the conceptual superstructure of the civilization, Afrikan ancestral religions will be promoted and instituted throughout the society to address the spiritual nature of authentic Afrikan people as our ancestors had identified and codified through numerous texts, artifacts, and literature. Since all sane, self-interested geno-cultural groups enshrine the worship of their own image through the depiction of their deities and the practice of ancestral communion, this will be the fundamental spiritual approach with regard to the establishment of the major religious institutions and celebratory rituals commonly known as “holy days” or holidays which will provide the spiritual satisfaction for Afrikans in this area of human life.

Notes
1. Definition taken from the online journal African Centered Biological Journal retrieved from http://www.acbnj.wordpress.com on January 17, 2016.

2. This begins my additions to the definition.





Lightskinism- A New ACBN Term

4 02 2016

The European not only colonized the world, but he colonized knowledge and knowledge of the world. He even colonized the image of god!” JHC

The above quote is one of my favorites from Professor John Henrik Clarke because in it, he is basically saying that if Afrikans are to regain any sort of power, we have to start to define knowledge and the concepts that the knowledge describe and refer to in our own self-interested terms, especially if we continue using yurugu’s language. The more correct term I like to offer for consideration is lightskinism.

 

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Evelyn Books Higginbotham,
Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH)
National President

 

Lightskinism is the occurrence of mixed-race people demanding that Afrikans acquiesce to them as being actual bio-genetic Afrikans because IMAs (europeans) have said so or because they are a “conscious” mixed-race person. Furthermore, it’s a disposition that demands Afrikans treat them with deference and/or adoration or it is the deference and/or adoration of mixed-race people by Afrikans over and above actually bio-genetically Afrikan people. We often see this in the area of “Black leaders” in some Afrikan continental nations (Botswana) and the expatriate colonial states like the USA, who are frequently mixed-race individuals and not Afrikan. This is also particularly operable in beauty standards and sexual relations as Afrikans seek to emulate mixed-race people by skin lightening and buying fake hair. However, and most importantly, it is the sexual fetish and fascination Afrikan males (and increasingly some Afrikan females) have specifically for mixed-race women/men in an effort to produce more hybrids through procreation so that there will be more in existence to soothe their shattered egos due to the reality that they are Afrikan without industrial, military, economic, and political power like other major world groups. Hence the only recourse is to attain a fleeting genetic power and the reverence for having had sex with or producing a mixed-race person. This is presently referred to as “colorism”, but the term colorism doesn’t go far enough to explain the phenomenon. This is mainly because some mixed-race people claim that Afrikans are colorist towards “light skinned Blacks” (mixed-race non-Afrikans). This is similar to the charge of reverse racism issued by IMAs. The charge is baseless in both cases because both groups are actively seeking to keep Afrikans powerless on a widespread scale. However, most Afrikans care little to nothing about attaining power over these other groups. Hence it should be correctly termed, “lightskinism”, not colorism.

I welcome your thoughts on this matter.





Socio-Political Fissures in the European Nation

9 12 2015

I define the european nation as, “old europe”, or continental europe, and new europe, or “the expatriate european colonial states” (usa, canada, new zealand, australia, south africa, israel, kwk). In each of these areas we are starting to see fissures in the socio-political narrative and the system of social relations. Different constituencies in these areas are in a skirmish to determine the direction of the global european imperial project (sometimes referred to as globalism, white supremacy, or white hegemony). Immigration is rife throughout all of these enclaves and the “liberal internationalist” factions (which include both the neo-cons and the social liberals — so this means the right/left paradigm is a total fiction) and the “white nationalists” (who are split between the social conservatives, libertarians, and the race realists, a.k.a identitarians) are the two main groups in opposition with each other. There may be more factions, but these are the general political streams of thought percolating among the inbred mutant albino (IMA) nations at present. I will explain some of the features of these groups as I understand them, but suffice it to say, these groups are indeed at loggerheads as to what the character and nature of “whiteness” will be going forward into the 21st century given the political-economic uncertainty and the psycho-sociological upheaval occurring in a world which is more informed, cynical, and hyper-competitive. All of this notwithstanding the rise of powers which will challenge (if not eventually replace) european hegemony as it has existed and been administered from the geopolitical “west”. (The “west” includes the usa and the western eurasian colonial empires such as britain and france).

Generally speaking, whites are torn between either more multiculturalism (which will exist under the conceptual superstructure of eurocentric thought), and ethnocentric enclaves (which are white only and purport to be “not hostile” to non-whites, but just seek to maintain european values allegedly devoid of the serial lies, rape, murder, theft, and pervasive brigandage which characterised the rise of europe and the maintenance of their empire). IMA conceptions of multiculturalism dictates that everyone must be fluent in at least one european language, have european friends and/or a european spouse, and participate predominately in european/eurocentric institutions and pastimes. Followers must also be amenable to any and every european perversion and socially and ideologically driven fad that IMAs can imagine, until such time that IMAs tire of it, and need some new stimuli to satisfy their emptiness.

Now I will attempt to describe the factions in more detail.

Neo-Cons

These are former “liberals” who were liberal with regard to economic policy which would allow them to “freely” enter markets (other sovereign nations) and jostle for profits against or in partnership with other organised mafia regimes commonly referred to as corporations. They are opposed to open competition, so they seek government protection in the way of regulatory frameworks and financial handouts to support their business enterprises, research and development. This faction includes the sub-ethnic group of IMAs commonly known as “jews” and their germanic tribal cousins.

Social Liberals

These are IMAs people refer to when they speak about an abstract political faction known as the “left”. These are largely a rag-tag group of guilty whites who seek to satisfy their carnal lusts via sexual encounters with members of other races whom they have vanquished. They seek to relish in being worshipped by non-whites as white saviours and commonly adopt negro pets (as well as other non-whites) to prove that they are “open-minded” and “non-racist”. They typically have sexual vices and substance abuse problems and a vague, amorphous definition of social justice. This degeneracy however does not limit their ability to achieve status in IMA society, so often they are professionals such as lawyers, professors, media personalities, and artists. Some have even achieved wealth in the IMA economy and use this to direct and control movements and organisations purported to be in the interests of Afrikans. They support large government spending programs to keep Afrikans from organising an economy for themselves and typically promote negro spokespeople and confused “pro-black” people to propagate leftist ideology. This serves to move Afrikans into a political dead-end and delegitimises the Afrikan nationalist movement.

Social Conservatives

These are people who largely self identify as Christians and claim that the usa was created based on “Judaeo-Christian” ethics (when in fact it is based on military science and legalese). They are against abortion and promote outward displays of Christian piety such as prayer in the schools and benedictions at public events. They pride themselves on their industriousness and self-sufficiency, but once one looks below the surface one will see that they are the beneficiaries of large “white only” government grants and stolen inter-generational wealth in the form of land, and other institutions and capital. They want a return to an era when white life was openly promoted and protected and everything in the society openly reflected their values and image. Some of these people are not in the strictest sense against multiculturalism, that is only if all of the representatives of other cultures adopt “Judaeo-Christian” ethics and reflect an adoration for western (read: european) civilisation, but they are rabidly intolerant of other distinctive cultures existing within their midst which they can’t subjugate or portray as inferior.

Libertarians

These people believe in the fiction of the individual and individually created success. They either reject or are not aware of the fact that an individual succeeds within the context of a social system. They don’t recognise that it is the set of social relations which provide the basis for the individual to realise their individual potential. However, with the utmost irony, they claim that in lieu of the government providing social services, individuals should seek out the essential services from their own community, such as getting nuclear power from your friendly next door nuclear scientist or getting open heart surgery from your cousin. Moreover, these whites who promote the individual as the sine qua non of existence, have seen fit to form a collective in the form of The Libertarian Party who have partnered with The Green Party of America to pursue a legal challenge to the two party duopoly of the USA. They claim that people should be allowed to discriminate positively and negatively, which means if they don’t want certain people in their environments or in their places of business then they should be allowed to restrict access from those people. However, they refuse to recognise the five centuries of brigandage and at least two to three centuries of media propaganda which has destroyed the reputation of other groups of people, and not to mention the fact that IMAs have stolen these other people’s wealth. So, if libertarianism were to start tomorrow, Afrikan people would be at the most severe disadvantage since we have no wealth with which to secure our livelihood and libertarians are staunchly opposed to redistribution of wealth by any federal means. So these people just want to lock in what they have stolen, or have been the beneficiary of, through organised robbery and theft so that no other group can jeopardise their standing in the european imperial project of global white hegemony. The most dangerous thing about libertarians is that they sound rational and are often very knowledgeable about certain features of the project’s financial system. However, their ideology is totally insane and would mean immediate death and extreme chaos for Afrikan people globally if it were administered from the centres of power in the IMA global hegemonic system.

Race Realists

Race realists see multiculturalism and anti-racism as being inherently anti-white which has the ultimate goal of white genocide. They reject the guilt trip that is promoted by the liberals and typically claim that  they are just as much victims as any other group. They claim that most whites weren’t involved in colonialism and enslavement and have not benefitted at all as a result of these crimes. They see whiteness and white only nations as something to hold sacred and many reject christianity as an imperial religion foisted upon them to replace their pagan religions which they practiced prior to domination by the roman empire. They glorify their teutonic lineage and “great aryan heritage” in central and south asia and believe that race is real and inherently matters in the organisation of a society, and that if whites don’t accept this reality, genocide surely awaits. A lot of their rhetoric is similar to Afrikan Nationalist rhetoric accept it is decidedly anti-Afrikan although some of them do recognise nationalist figures whom they wish had succeeded in separating Afrikans and creating a nation for Afrikans only such as, Marcus Garvey. These people see “globalism” as a threat to their survival and are resentful of the liberals and neo-cons for promoting mass immigration into the areas and nations that they inhabit, as well as using their tax dollars to fund foreign wars and wars of conquest instead of maintaining and strengthening “western civilisation”. They also call themselves the “new right” or “communitarians” because they feel the “old right” was co-opted and largely believed in the policies of the liberals and neo-cons. Some of these people are libertarians and some are social conservatives, but what binds them is the idea that whites are a separate culture distinct from other people and that reality should be valued and preserved without them being forced to race-mix with non-whites (especially Afrikans). Many also are vehemently opposed to culturally mixing with the european jew whom some think are the cause of the cultural degeneracy of the west and the undermining of their otherwise “benevolent culture”.

 

Conclusion

I described these factions because in my view Afrikans should stop chasing after inclusion in one political faction of IMAs just because they are at war with the another faction of IMAs in the hopes of winning favours by the victorious faction in the IMA civil war. We have done this repeatedly and each time we have been denied the attainment of any goal we used as a justification for partnering with one or another faction. In fact, ofttimes we only served as canon fodder in order to realise the fleeting promise of “freedom, brotherhood, & equality”. It is my view that Afrikan Centered Biological Nationalism (ACBN) is the appropriate political rationale that will serve the power interests of Afrikans. This ACBN rationale speaks to all of the factors that go into building and maintaining a civilisation because ACBN includes the social, psychological, biological, political, economic, technological, historical, linguistic, and spiritual aspects of an authentic civilisation which can be designed and fashioned in the interests of authentic Afrikan people, and most importantly, for the survival of Afrikan people. We, Afrikans, have wasted a lot of time being marxists, socialists, liberals, and the newest fad the “black conservative”. The one common thread in all of these ideologies is that the most successful adherents to them have all been preoccupied with chasing sexual favours and marriage with non-Afrikan people, and most often european males and females. This should indicate that the ideological design of these philosophies only serve IMAs and not Afrikans. Moreover, the common by-product of them is to create more confused and disruptive mixed-race people whom the whites reject. These offspring then enter Afrikan ranks to sow more confusion and disorder. It is time that Afrikans focus on Afrikans’ problems, and through that endeavour, strive to build power in order to secure our existence from these eurasians who aim at, and are capable of, destroying us.





The Modern Slave Plantation

1 08 2015

*Note: Please watch the short video (2:56)  first before reading my commentary. My editorial evaluates the story presented in this press release from an Afrikan Centered Biological Nationalist (ACBN) perspective.


What’s going on here? Most people at first glance will say this is technological development. They will say this is Afrika coming into the 21st century. They will say this is opportunity. Opportunities for JOBS. They might also say any criticisms by any Pan-Afrikanist, Black Nationalist, or Afrikan Centered Biological Nationalist (ACBN) is misplaced and because these ideologies haven’t built anything and can’t offer the Afrikans in the video jobs, and that we should just shut up. However, naysayers to this type of criticism would not recognize that what is depicted in this video press release is simply a modern day slave plantation.


 

Nevertheless, many people would not see that this is a slave plantation, but it is. It is a slave plantation in this way. Who is the management/owner class? They are not only non-Afrikans, but they are so-called white men…from europe. What’s happening in europe right now? Their economy is failing. What’s happening in united states right now? Their economy is failing. The market for establishing online retail “one-stop shop” websites like Amazon is saturated in the usa and europe. So all of these white kids who graduated with their IT degree, who were also trained to be entrepreneurs and seek power are descending onto the Afrikan continent to then start companies. (At the same time mind you that Afrikans are risking life and limb to go to europe) The news story purports that these whites are ostensibly going to “help” build an Afrikan middle class or offer opportunities that we nationalists can’t do because we allegedly “just talk”.


 

However, this criticism against ACBN and other “Black Power” ideologies misses an essential point which is that this endeavor will change the social character of Afrikan societies towards one which is more beneficial for non-Afrikans to prosper. They will use the technology as a mirage to beguile the people, while at the same time, the market that exists right now (and the social relations that stem from that) will be surreptitiously dismantled and destroyed. Additionally, another outcome will be to get the loyalties of the Afrikans focused on the europeans even more than it is right now. Once the europeans establish themselves as the major industry players, Afrikans will not be able to secure power for ourselves. This is why ideology and consciousness is so important BEFORE embarking upon a socioeconomic enterprise. Because if you only limit your analysis to whether or not one has a job and the creation of an Afrikan middle class, you’ll miss the big picture. The big picture entails who the OWNERS and MANAGERS will be. It entails who will be the DIRECTORS and the SOCIAL ENGINEERS of the growth of society and the system of social relations that derive from that process. It entails how will everyone’s attitudes, values, and desires be orientated. In the situation in the video, they will obviously be oriented towards the people that give them jobs.


 

Yet another outcome from this will be the fact that as other sectors of society start to erode and family relations breakdown, this so-called Afrikan middle class will be protecting the white colonial class against the masses because everyone can’t sit in front of a computer and be technological support staff, programmer, or designer. However, status in society will be based upon who has the wherewithal to purchase items from this website. Invariably affording a higher status to the Afrikans who do the best job at making white people rich. So they are starting with the young students in university who are being taught and socialized to believe that any development is OK and that it doesn’t matter how it’s done or who does it.


 

Now with regard to the infrastructure that they mentioned in the video. That will take a large amount of capital expenditure by companies who have the capacity and knowledge to put in fiber optic networks and increase and extend the network communications capability. It will require construction workers who can pave the roads so you can build the physical ability to deliver the goods the website purports to want to sell. They are going to need construction workers to build warehouses and that’s going to take materials such as concrete and steel. Furthermore they will need architects to plan this, so this is a widespread project that he is calling for, so the question remains, who will be investing? Who will be providing the financial capital to do this? Do you think the Nigerian central bank will be doing this? Companies that are in the financial services business make their money by providing debt, which means giving out loans and taking in the interest payments as profits. So if the central bank of Nigeria has not yet made available funds for capital expenditure and infrastructure building then there is no way on earth that the capital that is necessary to build this infrastructure, which this white man is talking about in this video, will be provided by the Nigerians. It will be provided by foreign nationals or foreign central/private banks most likely from europe or the united states.


 

So this is a creeping crisis. What most Afrikans will say (because they don’t have an ACBN ideology, which is an ideology that helps secure Afrikans’ very survival) is, “Oh, isn’t this great, there is finally development coming to Nigeria! They all have jobs now”, and they will fail to do any critical analysis. In fact, this company was owned by a group of Afrikan men recently and they mysteriously sold it after experiencing exponential growth in their market share (the percentage of their presence in the online retail market). So I suspected at the time that some kind of other organized mafia came in a said, “Nope, you’re not going to own this market, you are not going to control this market.” So after a little investigation I found out that the buyers were financed by J.P. Morgan Chase, and anybody who knows the history of J.P Morgan knows that he was little more than a thug in a three-piece suit. So the investment bank which bears his name probably made the Afrikan men an offer they couldn’t refuse.


 

So this is another problem of consciousness and ideology. Afrikans globally have collectively failed to understand that economics is essentially about market control. Markets are controlled through the military. The usa can enforce its dollar hegemony on the globe because it ensures the transport of commodities to particular markets that it owns and controls. If you use your military to control the waterways, flight routes, and thoroughfares through which goods can be extracted and taken to other manufacturing plants and have value added to them by industrial processes, and then taken to a market and sold, then you have POWER. It doesn’t matter if you have a job or not in that system. Whichever GROUP can control and secure the transport of goods to a market that it controls is the one in POWER. So in this system, a system of genocide not only on Afrikans, but on the natural world, the management class of that system, especially if they set-up shop in a foreign country can logically be nothing but criminals and mercenaries. In my view this is the proper analysis to come to when looking at a video like this. So this is an essay to teach how to analyze what is happening in the world and particularly to Afrikans through an ACBN perspective so one can see the practicality of the ideology. People will look at a video like this and say, “Yes! This is a good thing!”, but when you look deeper, this is the start of the systematic genocide on the continent. How did the europeans first go to north america and everywhere around the world? They established a colony, which was an economic enterprise complete with a charter and mission statement with the INTENT to take over the market (the entire land mass) and to systematically remove any hindrance or barrier from their total market dominance which includes people, and which will include Afrikans on the continent itself if we are not careful.





A Marshall Plan for the African Diaspora!

17 07 2012

Hello Bloggers! Thank you for visiting The Lumumba Afrika Report! Below is a response to a blog called The Wattree Chronicle. You can find the original post here. I suggest you read it and then submit any comments you have. However, please follow the established decorum policy as written on the About Me page. I have published my response below in its entirety.

Reply to The Wattreee Chronicle:

Greetings! I read your blog entry and I would like to respond with a line-by-line analysis and critique of your editorial on Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, and Barack Obama. I would like to explain my personal position about these matters and highlight places where we may agree, and point to areas of disagreement. I will preface this by saying that I refer to myself, and others of my “race” as African people, so I will do that here, except when I quote you or refer to information in your article when you use the term “Black”.

You say that it is not Barack Obama’s (BO) job to address “Black” issues. However, BO doesn’t have a problem addressing the issues of homosexuals, “Latinos”, Euro-Americans (whites), the financial sector, the health insurance industry, and the military-industrial complex. His supporters argued, during his first campaign for the presidency, that “he can’t say anything for African-Americans or else white people won’t vote for him.” Well this statement alone speaks to the implicit knowledge of the existence of persistent white supremacy as a functioning ideology. It was also argued that he was attempting to become the president for all US citizens, not just African-Americans. Well, I would like to ask rhetorically, aren’t Africans-Americans US citizens too? If so, why can’t he address our issues? It seems that this position is more of a tactic to neutralize any criticism from this constituency and absolve the President of any responsibility to answer our grievances whether historically or currently. This lays the foundation for the next President, especially if he or she is a Euro-American, not to do anything or even acknowledge the special circumstance of Africans in America. The next President can take the position that assumes if the “first Black President” doesn’t need to do anything to address your collective issues, why should the new non-African-American president do so? This is a dangerous precedent because for one thing, Africans in America are not immigrants. To quote Claud Anderson, we are “non-immigrants”. Which gives us a special status, not unlike the indigenous nations of people whose treaties with the USA have been illegally broken and they have been remanded to concentration camps called reservations. This is eerily similar to the concentration camps to which many African men and increasingly African women are being sent, which are called prisons. We as Africans still in America should consider these parallel phenomena.

Next you say that the Africans in America should stop “waiting for a messiah” and “it is the responsibility of the Black community to address Black issues.” That sounds good, but the problem with that is that no other ethnic group does this. Remember the Tea Party? How about the so-called Latino demonstrations in the last decade? The “Latinos” cannot write and pass the legislation themselves, can they? This position you take is a fantasy that is a veritable propaganda campaign to convince people of the “boot strap” theory of economic success which defies the very history of government action to intervene on the part of Euro-Americans at key points in the history of the socio-economic development of the USA. For example, the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program was created during the Great Depression and was limited to Euro-American women whose husbands had deserted them. This case is interesting because it seems that when a community is economically deprived, the families break apart. Do you think we can apply this knowledge to analyze the situation of any other group in the USA? Secondly, even though we are not taught to think of it in this way, the wave of immigration from Europe in the late 19th century and the early part of the 20th century was a huge government program for Europeans only. It was a government supported initiative to increase the population of nominal white people in the USA. The government wanted to specifically dilute the large percentage of the population which were Africans. Where is the similar program like this for Africans from the continent? Oh yeah, I forgot, it was called slavery.

Moreover, you bemoan the fact that because we are adults now, and have a large (dispersed) consumer group that we should be doing things to “turn our community around” because “we have the resources to do the job”. Well, I agree with both points, but asking a person who is making $18,000 a year to start an economic program to “turn the community around” is beyond the ability of that person to do. Furthermore, if several people making a salary in the same range get together, they could still only barely make an impact unless there is a large institutional structure with several departments to direct and recruit membership by creating an economy of scale to even be effective. This is where I part with this “boot-strap” theory which, in my opinion, is essentially a “blame the victim” cop-out. The people who should be initiating this are the people who are continually let off of the hook in this equation, which is the wealthy class of Africans and the African leadership from the five spheres of influence. This is what Dr. Umar Johnson refers to as the SPREE–Status individuals (e.g. school superintendent, chief of police), Politicians, Religious leaders, Educational academics, and Entertainment professionals. These are the people with the financial capital, the influence, the intellect, (ostensibly) and the organizational ability to create these institutions into which Africans can invest a small portion of their consumer income for community building. It has happened before (e.g. Marcus Garvey), so why aren’t they doing it now? I know, we can point out that Garvey ultimately failed, but today there is no FBI program targeting Africans in America anymore to infiltrate and sabotage our institutions. We can do what we want without fear from the white man and institutional white supremacy stopping us, right? Oprah is a billionaire, and I don’t here a mumbling word from all of these “boot-strap” theorists and Obama defenders about the responsibility that she, Cosby, Johnson, and Jordan are avoiding. They could easily create a 25 to 50 million dollar endowment to start an African-American think-tank and investment fund to address the specific issues that concern the African community. They could employ the thousands of African university graduates from the USA, the Diaspora, and the African continent itself to develop programs, policy initiatives, remedies, recommendations, and strategies to address these issues. They could create a national credit union and find people with experience in finance and banking who are African and primarily market this opportunity to all African-Americans to invest in an interest bearing fund and open a savings or checking account for personal banking. This investment fund could be used to build business and projects which would yield a retirement stipend for its shareholders. It could go to invest in African communities in the USA and establish relationships with other Africans in the Diaspora and on the continent for the purposes of educational, cultural, and economic training and partnership programs. Exchange programs could be set up for African students to come to the USA or for Africans in the USA to go to Africa and to participate in language and cultural exchange programs.  University students could do study abroad programs, and a scholarship fund can be set up for African students to study in majors which are in need on the continent and within the community. Students accept the scholarship as a loan with the understanding that they must serve for a demonstrable minimum amount of time working on issues in the community to change the reality of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora in order for the debt to be forgiven. Community learning centers and media distribution networks could be set-up and franchised to disseminate knowledge of our history and issues that are important to us as Africans.  These places could employ the thousands of teachers that are being laid-off and fired from public schools across the USA. Why don’t they do something like what I have just described? I am no millionaire, and I don’t have the caché of the African intelligentsia, nor the influence of the entertainment moguls to do this, but they do. And yet we continually blame the guy on the corner with a 40 ounce beer and sagging pants or the single mother with too many children for not “doing something” to change their communities, and no one calls out the big fish for doing the same thing—which is nothing at all!

Furthermore, the pathologies that afflict Africans in America are well documented and we know the cause. Yet this cause is taboo, and the critics of Africans’ plight in the USA say that to solve these ills, we should stop talking about the cause and take personal responsibility. This is laughable, because the perpetrators of the problems which were the beginning of our woes have never taken any responsibility. Radical new approaches like what I have laid out need to be taken, but they are not being done, why?

You say we should “fight for our piece of the pie”. Well, what if there is poison baked into the pastry? The basis for the foundation of the USA cannot be overlooked, and to say now that we should just seek to benefit from the centuries of organized criminality which resulted in our enslavement is severely misguided. No one has said that “we should wait for someone to come to our rescue and twist political arms”, that is what the financial elite and wealthy bankers on Wall Street do, but we should recognize that among many Africans in America, there is pervasive mis-education about the world and our history in the world. There is a lack of understanding about our fundamental circumstances in the USA, and an inability to talk honestly and frankly about our history in this country including analyzing the goals, strategies, and outcomes of the Civil Rights movement to come to a understanding of whether or not it accomplished what we sought. I would argue that it hasn’t or else we would not have our present predicament. In relation to this, I agree with your critique of the self-appointed leadership, but the reason they are there is because the Black Power/Liberation movements and the Civil Rights movement were co-opted, and crushed. Into the vacuum of leadership came the present bunch of buffoons, and there exists today no widespread grassroots organization into which ordinary Africans can seek membership. This is the negative outgrowth of the political assassinations and the misdirection of the Civil Rights movement into electoral politics, it was not due to the shortcomings and peccadilloes of African-Americans.

The tendency of refusing to vote is not only limited to the African community either. The average percentage of voters each election year is roughly 37% during a congressional only year and about 50-55% during a presidential election, the African population in the USA is 13%, so some others think voting is worthless too, not just us. Moreover, you speak of the empty churches that don’t open to employ people for babysitting jobs, and ridicule the preachers for absconding to the suburbs with the parishioners’ money, well, these churches actually operate under a government program called the Faith-based initiative (FBI), started by George W. Bush, (a former president of the USA) to actually control the organizing ability, political culture, and the actions of these churches, which explains why you see the activity you mentioned.

Additionally, in a few paragraphs in your piece, you made allusions to African-American behavior like “watching Kobe’s jump shot” and to paraphrase “parents allowing their children to watch hip hop videos that are instilling negative values”, well this may be a valid point, however, in order for this to be really understood deeply, we have to study the history and nature of the mass media and the propaganda apparatus themselves. Without doing such, we are really limited in knowing the full impact and function of things like professional sports and music videos. If we understand this, and the pervasive saturation of these media in our culture, it would be very difficult not to know why it has the impact it does. To put it bluntly, it produces this behavioral effect by design! Since we don’t have education programs to inform people of what the effects of the media are now and historically, especially concerning Africans and the depiction of us, there is no way we can criticize people for exhibiting the behavior they do after consuming these media, especially if we don’t understand the phenomena ourselves.

Again, I am no a fan of Tavis or Cornel, but to say that they should have “wait(ed)” until Obama was sworn in to criticize him is ridiculous. Let those two do whatever, they want. We know what they are. They are part of the Entertainment and Education classes of the African petit bourgeoisie, so to expect anything at all from them or Al, Jesse, and others is unrealistic. Their function is to either support the system, or to be the official critics, beyond which no criticism is allowed to be even heard. There are several more incisive critiques of Obama that have much more relevance, but they are being drowned out and ignored so that West and Smiley can give benign, unfocused criticism about something as unspecific as poverty. They haven’t addressed any of the issues that I have mentioned in this piece, and what I have said hardly scratches the surfaces of what could be pointed out as failings on the part of Obama and the Africans of exceptional accomplishments in America. And regarding your accusation of Tavis Smiley’s figurative demand for Obama to “kiss his ring”, Obama did go on his show on October 18, 2007. It is on YouTube for crissake’s! Why would you make such a large oversight?

I won’t readdress your criticism of Cornel West since I already stated what I think about him, but I find it ironic that in a post where you are basically defending Obama’s decision to ignore the African community for his own higher moral and intellectually superior reasons, you then criticize the major media for hyping Cornel West as an intellectual. Don’t you think the media has assisted in creating the image of Obama as the same kind of superior intellectual? Why would not the media be wrong about both men concerning their aptitude for the positions they hold? It seems that the brunt of your attack in the piece is directed at the most powerless in the entire equation—African people—and that you further use your energy to attack the supposed spokesmen for these people, Smiley and West, all the while defending the most privileged, aloof, and elitist of them all, another Ivy League graduate, Barack Hussein Obama himself!

Then confusingly in the twelfth paragraph, you say that the media are “dragging Black people through the mud”, but in the opening six paragraphs, you basically do the same thing. You say that the media are embracing West, and we should be skeptical of these media figures, and then immediately say that Africans should stop listening to people who “tell us what we want to hear” but listen to people who tell us what we “need to hear”. People are prepared to hear what they are prepared to hear. If they have been indoctrinated and mis-educated for decades, how are they supposed to know what they need to hear? It sounds like more blaming the victim to me, I think you should really start examining the history and structures of the United States’ indoctrination system from the media to education in order to understand why it is so easy for a person like Cornel West to be offered as an acceptable intellectual, and why people have the basic assumptions in the first place to accept what he is saying as profound, or at least to accept his image as an intellectual. If you study this history, I think you will find out why we are behaving in this manner. If you haven’t already seen the lecture or read her book, see or read “Post-Traumatic Slavery Syndrome” by Dr. Joy DeGruy.

Lastly, you say that Obama’s shortcomings are in failing to address the threat of the GOP. Why do you think he is doing that? He is a smart man isn’t he? Maybe his actions are done intentionally, and the real owners of the USA, the powers behind the throne, don’t want him to succeed in his articulated campaign agenda, so we have what amounts to political theater where we have the good cop / bad cop motif. You know the routine. It’s similar to the Charlie Brown and Lucy bit. It’s when Obama tries really hard to get things passed, but those nasty old Republicans just won’t let him do it. Darn! You sit back and watch and say something to the effect of:

I wish he had a majority in the house and senate, and then he could really make things happen.

Oh but wait, he did have  majorities. However, because he didn’t fulfill his campaign promises, the Democratic voters stayed home and the Tea Party crazies came out in droves to vote the way they always have voted—on a straight white nationalist ticket. So much for our friends the white liberals!

Finally, you said condescendingly that “race was the last war and this one is about class”. My friend, class has always been the war. I think it was Khalid Muhammad, who said it best: (to paraphase)

“Some people say it’s a class issue. Well, wherever the black-white dynamic exists, you’ll find the White is the upper class, and the Black is the lower class.”

Class isn’t just about a well-paying job and a nice house. It is about self—determination as a nation of people, and social wealth built up between members of that nation. It is about a group having their own holidays, folk-ways, mores, festivals, rights of passages, language, names, and world view. It is recognition by other nations that you are protected from ill-treatment because one belongs to a strong nation that can come to the aid of its people through defense systems. It is about having for each individual deferential privileges which are distinct from others who are not members or citizens of your nation. It is about commanding assumptions from others of possessing strength, character, moral values, and intellect that are deemed to be present without one having to disprove a negative. It is so much more the merely, having a degree and working in a multi-cultural, post-racial environment. Obama, West, and Smiley represent none of that.

Thanks for reading!





Open Letter to Professor Denis Rancourt

17 07 2012

This entry, as the title states, is an open letter to Canadian professor at the University of Ottawa, Denis Rancourt. This gentleman is seeking reinstatement to his position as professor after being targeted for political expulsion due to some of his views on the Palestinian rights struggle, among other things. At present, he is defending himself in a slander lawsuit against an administrative official, Ms. Joanne St. Lewis at his former university. You can read the complete story at this white so-called “liberal” blog. Please read it before you read my open letter so you can establish some context. I welcome any comments that you have on my new post. Thanks for reading and happy blogging!

Dear Professor Rancourt,

              Hello. I read about your travails on the Internet blog of Stephen J. Lendeman. This is a man whose articles I often read for deeper analysis and commentary on current events and sociopolitical issues. After reading of your predicament concerning the harassment and unjustified termination you received, you have my sympathies, and I hope you can succeed in continuing to teach students and others about the plight of the Palestinians and the other threats and affronts to justice around the world.

With that said, here comes the dreaded “but” which I am sure you were anticipating.

Speaking as an African man who was born in the United States, I have experienced first hand the institutional white supremacy in society, especially in the corporate world. I likely have similar political views as you do, in particular regarding the Palestinian struggle. I actually think that it is analogous to seeing the genocide of the indigenous nations of North America in real-time, right before our eyes. So I have sympathy and solidarity with their cause for this reason as well as because of the historical experience of my people, Africans in America, which brings me to my point.

Knowing the terrorism that Africans in the USA have faced in the past, and examining the Orwellian nature of the proclaimed “post-racial” period of the present, I know that there are still things that I, as an African, cannot say to a Euro-American directly and without the context being understood. Not the least of which is due to the hope of avoiding misunderstanding, but above all if they don’t know my authentic meaning, or if they are ignorant of my intent and have no knowledge of history on their part, then I would feel it were a wasted effort and done so only for self-gratification on my part. I have been the victim of this white supremacist culture by being summarily fired without cause just as you have, and if I used a sexist epithet towards the woman who fired me, whilst attempting to seek damages and restitution for an unjust act, I would expect the offended individual to use all of the force she had at her disposal to work against my interest–even if I felt I was right! So, as an African man, I and other strategic African men and women would not resort to name calling if indeed we had a legitimate case to argue and hoped to win. Now in private conversations of course other language could be used, but in public discourse, an oppressed person must be cautious in how they proceed, especially if they intend to use the apparatus of the state to seek justice.

Therefore, in my opinion calling Ms St. Lewis by the racial pejorative was wrong on your part for the following reasons. First, you apparently evoked Malcolm X as justification for your use of the term. Malcolm X was not struggling within the system to change it. Malcolm X was a revolutionary and was seeking to dismantle the system, not to seek redress from the ruling class. Secondly, he used the term while speaking to his own people, which were/are formerly enslaved Africans. The fact that in North America people of different ethnicities all speak English, sometimes falsely gives us the impression that we should be able to use any term with anybody, just because it is in the language that we speak. Unfortunately this is incorrect. To use an analogy, if you have an argument with a family member and your rage builds to the point that you called this relative by a pejorative epithet, that does not mean that I have the same liberty to do so, and especially in a public forum. I might use a negative term to refer to your relative in private or without you or your relative present, but it would be highly distasteful for me to do it in your presence and in the presence of your relative. Furthermore, it would be inconceivable of me not to expect some sort of retaliation. Therefore a cautious and strategic person seeking to actually win a favorable decision would refrain from inciting any more actions which could be perceived as negative and bring negative consequences. In addition, yes Malcolm X did used the term “house negro” when speaking to Africans. But he did it (in the speech “Message to the Grassroots” as you know) to explain a situation which existed for Africans in America historically and to describe the predicament they faced. He did it to teach Africans about their history and instill knowledge of themselves. However, people often forget that Malcolm also referred to any stranger, colleague, or adversary with whom he was engaged in debate or discussion by “sir or ma’am”. This is often forgotten about Malcolm when people listen to his fiery rhetoric about the situation of Africans in America. People forget that he often used very respectful, honorific terms, and employed manners and personal etiquette even when he was in intense disagreement with someone.

Lastly, your evaluation of Ms. St. Lewis might be correct. However, even I would not call a non-public figure and personally accomplished woman of African descent a “house negro”, particularly after all of the horror, rape, and negative media depictions that have been heaped upon the African women’s psyche, even if in my heart of hearts, in accordance with Brother Malcolm’s assessment, she was indeed acting like one—I would not do it—especially if I were a white man or Euro-Canadian. Sir, even if you are right in your view of Ms. St. Lewis, the historical relationship that African women and European men have had which included of rape, the siring illegitimate children while in bondage (as a veritable sex slave), pedophilia, the selling of her children, and sexual objectification of her should bring a degree of restraint by a supposed human rights and justice activist and educator. I understand that she is a tool of the institution. I understand that a woman such as this is being charged with the task of executing a political retaliation upon you for the sake of the institutional objective of maintaining the progression towards fascist policies that we see in many institutions today. However, this fight now is serious and it is reaching all sectors of society. What we need now from people who are ostensibly fighting to bring about a world based on justice is not to get caught up in delusions of grandeur by attempting to emulate the great revolutionary rhetoricians of the past, but to understand the inherent contradictions of an international system build on the ideology of white supremacy which serves as a justification for structural inequality, colonialism, private wealth accumulation, male privilege, murder, theft, and environmental degradation. The stakes are too high for us to lose battles that we can obviously win along the way toward ultimate victory just so that we can fulfill our fantasies of “telling it to ’em like Malcolm did”.

 Sincerely,

Lumumba Afrika








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