It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that trouble has been brewing for sometime across the African diaspora. The shroud of racism has been lifted in the United States and Europe, exposing pent up hatred, bigotry, ignorance and other mental deficiencies against people of color, black people in particular. The election of Donald Trump to the highest office in the land has opened the door to outward, over the top racism in America. The rise of right wing political groups, and their hate filled subgroups, through out Europe shows that this is a global phenomenon. The tools of this movement are corrupt government structures, use of militarized law enforcement agencies, control of a biased global media, and tight, iron fisted control over both economies and finances at a macro-to-micro level. All of this is compounded by the West’s views and treatment of said diaspora’s motherland, Africa.
This is not news to us!
From the carving up of Africa from the mid-19th to mid-20th century, to today’s one sided policies concerning the dark continent, the West continues to have tight control of many of Africa’s resources. Although most African countries received their independence during a roughly thirty year stretch during the middle of the last century, outside influence still hold power over many parts of Africa through international policy, control of debt, and puppet regimes.
Have things gotten better over the decades leading up to today’s resurgence of racism and reassertion of white privilege? It depends on who you ask. Many individuals are doing quite well across the diaspora. A few African countries have righted their ship after gaining independence and are beginning to make the move in becoming second tier world powers, Nigeria and South Africa to name a few.
If you travel the world you will find that in far to many places people of color are low man on the totem pole. One will find that the darker the skin the lower they are found to be on the social ladder. And with the progress that some African nations have made there is still work to be done for the continent to regain it’s historic stature as the global epicenter while combating the ever disrespectful eye of the rest of the world.
The intent of this column is to kick start a discussion to develop a plan to begin changing the game, a game where one side is playing strategic chess, the other checkers. The plan to address this may look simple on the surface yet for a number of reasons will be extremely difficult to execute. As the plan unfolds in a series of columns over the coming months it is understood that not everyone will be on board, including people within the diaspora itself. It is also understood that there will be plenty of debate on strategies, their execution, who should be involved, priorities, etc. With that said a movement must start somewhere. It should start with planting the seeds of a handful of basic principles and strategies, and to carefully cultivate them as they grow in directions that perhaps we can’t imagine, or may not live long enough to see…but grow they must.
This plan starts with the collective ideas of one with input from you across the African diaspora. The discussion will be broken down in two parts. The first will address Individual, Family, Community, Nation, and International topics. Part two will delve into the pillars of the plan, Economics, Health, Education, and Control of Our Narrative. Of course the relationship between the diaspora and Africa itself will be examined. Much debate and many questions are expected…and that’s ok. The intent of this process is to begin to create a Nu World Order.
Our Nu World Order.
I hope you come along for the ride as you are needed in order for this to succeed.