Re: Mugabe is a Bold African Liberator
Posted By: Masimba Musodza In Response To: Re: Mugabe is a Bold African Liberator (Ras Marcus)
Date: Friday, 15 October 2004, at 12:24 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Mugabe is a Bold African Liberator (Ras Marcus)
No, actually, the plain and simple fact is that I am more African than you.
You see, being African is more than having an African name. More than wearing a daishiki or beads. More than seeing yourself as fighting a struggle against the West. What happens when the West falls; are you going to lose your purpose in life?
Even if I sank to your level of criteria for Africanness, I would still score higher than you. My arrogance is from the fact that I can substantiate my claims, whereas you are just arrogant like most Americans are.
You could not understand what I mean when I say I am more African. You would have to experience it, to be born in a certain family, given a certain name, title.
Have all these old women crow around you, giving you bits of your illustrious history along with treats- roast maize ( corn as you Yanks call it. Chibahwe in my language), roast nuts ( matere) etc. Have your grandfather listen to you as you explain your world, helping you to decide what you should take from his. ( I have noticed that a lot of Black Americans have problems with recognising that Africa is on the move)
I could go on, but I will say one thing that distinguishes me from you lot is I do not have this obscene hero-worship for gerontocrats that you do.
Kwame Nkrumah etc is fine. But in the real world, Mugabe is now a person struggling just to stay in power. Even if it means bringing down all he has worked for.
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