Re: The other aspect of Pan-African
Posted By: Ayinde In Response To: Re: The other aspect of Pan-African (Bantu-Kelani)
Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2004, at 7:25 p.m.
In Response To: Re: The other aspect of Pan-African (Bantu-Kelani)
The first paragraph is generally true, and it is for this reason I deal with Pan-Africanization as a construct for personal development, and not a widely agreed upon political movement. Identifying with legitimate cultural experiences, and drawing from the best of all, is about people's personal development. On a personal developmental level, it does not matter if this respect is reciprocated. One benefits personally from increasing their awareness while engaging this exercise. If it has to be a political reality then all parties have to be interested in each other.
Africans outside the continent also have day-to-day survival issues that are urgent to them. So in this regard I suggest that people work from where they are to help address these local concerns while increasing awareness.
Generally speaking, Africans do not control media, and as such, many only become aware of what is taking place on the continent of Africa after the events have unfolded. This can be addressed by diverse Africans taking active roles in Black owned and operated media. They will have to put the issues on the agenda. They cannot leave it up to a few to do for everyone.
The U.S. and other European countries also use their mercenaries to maintain Western political and economic interests outside of Africa. Haiti is a good example of this. They contribute to corrupting the political processes in other countries to install pro-western misleaders. Africans in and out of the continent do have similar issues to work out.
Africans outside of the continent may also have cause to feel that Africans on the continent are INSENSIBLE. Many may never see an African nation coming to their aid. South Africa did try to assist Haiti, but many do not even know that, as it was played down in the western media. South Africa sent a plane load of guns, ammunition, bulletproof vests etc to help equip the local Haitian police while Aristide was there. This plane landed in Jamaica around the same time the U.S. was hustling Aristide out of Haiti. The timing suggested that the U.S. was aware that Aristide was getting African support, and they hastened his exit before it could reach. The Jamaican authorities eventually sent the plane back to South Africa. This is one case of an African nation extending a hand to Africans outside of the continent, but with the Western control of the media, few will know the potential for this kind of cooperation.
But generally speaking, Africans outside of the continent do not see Africans on the continent reaching out to them. This could also be as a result of who controls the media in most of these African countries. What I am getting at is the problems that afflict Africa are not only about Africans on the continent, and are quite similar to what Africans have to address the world over. Africans on the continent should also be encouraged to reach out to Africans outside of the continent, and not just on a political level, but also on more direct social levels.
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