Re: African People Must Nourish Pan Africanization
Posted By: Ayinde In Response To: African People Must Nourish Pan Africanization (Ras Marcus)
Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2004, at 9:07 a.m.
In Response To: African People Must Nourish Pan Africanization (Ras Marcus)
Generally speaking, people are aware that change has to start from oneself, and if we are talking about Pan-Africans then it has to start within the body of people who claim these Pan-African ideas. I do not believe that this body is free of class biases, colorism, and a low regard for integrity. Many have adopted the “by any means necessary” line, without consideration of its negative long-term effect.
We cannot eradicate pseudo-white power and build a strong Pan-African body while fighting among ourselves because of all the poor ideas surrounding class, gender and color, which are usually tied to poverty, greed, false feelings of entitlement, and general low self-esteem. Many people who are not materially comfortable will attempt to satisfy personal needs and wants, above what is in the best interest of the collective (sell-outs). All other attempts to unite have been plagued by infighting. The reasons for infighting are the same reasons that keep White control intact.
I am saying, Pan-Africanism must be values based, and the aforementioned issues must be addressed sooner instead of later. People have to be encouraged to become skillful and informed while working on their character. I emphasize character because all the issues to be addressed are really about integrity. It is for this reason Pan-Africanism is first about getting a grip on oneself, as the issues to be addressed by the collective are really the same for personal development.
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