Ras adam said: "I stand by my assertion that an issue that is so small (1, maybe a few other,whites on the land and I dont see a big herd heading there)that TO ME
seems that it's a non issue (IN MY OPINION)."
The issue is about what us Africans refer to as Repatriation or the 'Back to Africa Movement'. That is what the thread started on, and you came and personalized the discussion. You implied that the discussion of your particular project took precedence over a general discussion pertinent to African people. You made it seem to be about your one or two white persons on your preferred section of Ethiopia. For us Africans, Repatriation is about all of Africa.
Some of us heard other Whites speak of repatriation as if they were ghetto blacks that were forcefully removed from Africa. This, we are saying, needs clearing up, and if you feel it is a non-issue that is certainly your opinion, but I stand by my assertion that you were out of place to try to trivialize an issue about Africans in an African Based Movement. (JUST MY OPINION)
In one of my earlier responses to your idea of a few people in a small part of Ethiopia, I said, "Maybe you would like us to stay quiet and not discuss it until the numbers grow and there is a serious problem on our hands."
The Repatriation movement is not about just Ethiopia or one tiny portion of Africa to which you tried to narrow the focus of this discussion. It involves all of Africa, and as Tyehimba said, "…why should Africans subscribe to the division lines of Africa that was done by Europeans in the Berlin conference of 1889. Africa is Africa and in fact the word Ethiopia is used to denote the whole of Africa. Garvey especially used the word Ethiopia to mean the whole of Africa, but apparently some are confused and took repatriation to Ethiopia to mean going back to small portion of Africa that is called Ethiopia."
But it was almost as if you wanted to hijack the discussions while using the Black Faces in front the website of your preferred charity project to mask the true meaning of our discussion.
Given some of the views expressed here it is clear that many people never thought out this issue. I am not saying that you did all of this, or all the distortions were yours. But it was you that chose to narrow the discussion and make it a personal one with your idea of what was important and what was not, and also by focusing on one part of Ethiopia. Clearly people do see this discussion as quite important, no matter what view they may have on it.
As usual issues pertinent to the liberation of African people will continue to be raised
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