Re: Africa Is I and I Ancestors land?
Posted By: Ayinde In Response To: Africa Is I and I Ancestors land? (Ninja Ras)
Date: Saturday, 10 July 2004, at 1:41 p.m.
In Response To: Africa Is I and I Ancestors land? (Ninja Ras)
Contrary to many on this board, and based on some of the comments I have seen, the Shashamane project is presently a misguided exercise.
For one thing, Haile Selassie was not the spokesperson for all Africans, and with all due respect to him as one of our ancestors, he never spoke adequately for me on many matters. I am of the view that he did not understand the depths of racism and White privileges.
Though Marcus Garvey was not perfect in his understanding of many things either, he was far more in touch with the nuances of the racist system, and as such resonates well with me - far more so than Haile Selassie.
As was explained earlier on this board, Whites are 'Repatriating' to Shashamane, and added to that, there is a fund raising exercise that is supposed to also take care of them. I am quite convinced that this was not well thought out. In no way should Whites be materially benefiting from Repatriation to Africa.
They can pay to go like any tourist or even spend time among the natives as many do. They can migrate if they so choose (although I am not giving a blanket support to this). But to be claiming physical Repatriation to Africa is very misguided. Added to which Blacks are supposed to donate funds to somehow make life easier there for these Whites. That is totally unacceptable in my view. Payments should be flowing from Whites to blacks when we are dealing with correcting these historical injustices, notwithstanding that some African communities might also have some paying to do.
Those who accept the notion of Whites physically repatriating to Africa have not carefully thought it out. And while that policy is in place on that Shashamane land, in no way would I support it. It is an anti-Black move in my view. It matters not how well intended these Whites are. They are to pay reparations, and Blacks are to make moves with the proceeds.
Repatriation to Africa is for Black Africans and their descendents who were forcefully removed from the continent. Seeing that they were forcefully removed from all over Africa, they can return to any part of Africa including Shashamane if they so choose.
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