By Veli Mbele
“We (the Africans) are totally an unobligated people – we don’t owe anybody anything, anywhere, left or right, everybody who has come among us came among us to exploit us, and they have exploited us successfully.”-Mwalimu John Henrik Clarke.
If there is one area of Black existence I believe we must never bull sh*t each about, is the project of Black liberation. When it comes to the question of Black liberation, we must never pussyfoot or be concerned about whether or not we will be grating each other’s egos, when we voice out those issues that trouble us.
Black liberation is a group project and is not the fiefdom of any Black individual or group. Since the murder by police of the 17 year-old Black Brother, Trayvon Benjamin Martin in Florida in, February 2012, I paid closer attention to the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag or movement.
I have noticed that this movement was not just growing rapidly in the United States of AmeriKKKa, but also in other parts of world. I recently even saw a poster that suggests BLM even has a presence in South AfriKKKa. The BLM movement or hashtag has become the signature feature for popular protest against police brutality against Black people in AmeriKKKa or related injustices.
One of the striking features of BLM is its mainly young and Black female leadership. Its other feature is the multiracial nature of the protests it often leads or is associated with and this is my main issue. I have also read suggestions by some Black activists in AmeriKKKa that BLM is a movement that is a product of the funding of the white billionaire Geoge Soros.
Anybody who has a firm grasp of contemporary AmeriKKKan political history knows that, as a member of AmeriKKKa’s white plutocracy, Soros through his Open Society Foundation and related bodies, has a nefarious history of funding grass roots movements that create circumstances for the overthrow of governments.
These Soros-funded groups also specialise in fermenting political upheaval within countries.See these links: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialLizWheeler/videos/1096254287106752/https://www.facebook.com/Indigengine/videos/1347684221922097/
The killing of Black people by the police in AmeriKKKa is not a matter of police brutality or racial profiling. It is much deeper than that. White people are killing Black people in AmeriKKKa and other parts of the world as part of a historically-evolved project of globalised white terror, that has its genesis in the centuries-old European project of slavery.
The very concept and institution of the police in AmeriKKKa has its genesis in the project of European slavery, against Black people. In fact, the so called founding fathers of the United States of AmeriKKKa and authors of the so called declaration of independence, owned hundreds and hundreds of Black people as their private slaves.
So, how can Black people who know how AmeriKKKa came into being, expect white people not to continue lynching Black people in AmeriKKKa and other parts of the world?
In my view, to sustain and ensure their own survival, white people have long declared a race war against Black people and this race war, is the only thing that has and continues to guarantee the position of white people at the top of the proverbial food chain, and Black people at the bottom.
If this is our understanding as a Black people of the nature of our condition and our relationship with white people, then I wish to understand the following. How does having white people as part of protests against the killing of Black people, by white people, assist in ending unprovoked, systematic, structural and gratuitous white terror against Black bodies?
How do white police officers marching with, praying with or kneeling with Black protesters, assist in ending the unprovoked, systematic, structure and gratuitous white terror against Black bodies? Put differently, when in human history has the involvement or presence of white people in Black struggles, ever resulted in authentic liberation for Black people? When?
You may have also noticed that I have never used the slogans ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘I Can’t Breathe’.Each time I see us as Black people shout these slogans, it sounds to me as if we are attempting to appeal to the conscience of the white world.
And hope that by shouting such slogans that the white world will stop its historically-evolved campaign of unprovoked, systematic, structural and gratuitous violence against our Black bodies. Perhaps some of us shout ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘I Can’t Breathe’, under the false belief that the white world has a conscience.
I ask these questions to ask a more unsettling question, which is: is the Black Lives Matter movement an instrument for the achievement of authentic and total Black liberation or it is just another sophisticated instrument of Black anger-management?
Veli Mbele is an Afrocentric essayist and secretary of the Black Power Front
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