Re: African People Must Nourish Pan Africanizatio
Posted By: Bantu-Kelani In Response To: Re: African People Must Nourish Pan Africanizatio (Akymanah)
Date: Thursday, 16 December 2004, at 4:45 a.m.
In Response To: Re: African People Must Nourish Pan Africanizatio (Akymanah)
You said: ď Everyone cannot afford to up and move back to Africa, we have families here where we are and we love them and want to stay with them. ď
I donít expect you to you to step foot on the continent.. I am convinced that no matter how hard you may try in the west you can not scrape the image in which West has put into your mind. I bet when you think of Africa you think Africans drinking blood from animals, and yelling and dancing, AIDS, and savages... In this perspective, you prefer to help within your immediate community fine. Likewise Diaspora Pan-African organizations are much more effective at promoting themselves than effecting true change for blacks that are kept down in Africa and the black race. So, indeed I donít ask you to move to the Motherland like Marcus and Elijah wanted you to do. It is way easier to focus on your own nation and people just like I am focused on the horrible situation of my own people... I am not hypocrite about it. After all, brother Ayinde himself highlighted the obvious truth, which is after centuries of enslavement all black people regard their own interests.
You said: ď African culture can be practiced anywhere on the planet, that was my point. I can be supportive of African culture from where I live in America. What is false about what I said, please expalin?Ē
If you have never set foot on the continent you cannot really represents continental Africans, and their African cultures. What is more important and more urgent is not the lost Africa, the mystical and mythical Africa, but the contemporary Africa. Take a taste of modern Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana or Senegal this is to become Africa! African Diasporas deal with age old stereotypes of Africa that in the long run demise continentals like the fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. To me, you only appear to represent black Diaspora culture in Western countries. We don't live in the Antiquity, and continental folks aren't interested in romanticism... We need real modern visions and plans of Diasporians to not only help, but to have real empathy and sympathy for the Motherland.
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