Posté le: Mar 03 Fév 2009 15:08 Sujet du message: What Obama Owes Africa
Quand certains Africains prennent leurs désirs pour des réalités
What Obama Owes Africa
Dear President Obama:
There's nowhere your presidency matters more than in Africa. I know some will differ with me on this; they will, rightly, say that your top priority should be to serve America. Well, I agree, but I must remind you of the folly of forgetting your roots.
Expectations are as high for your presidency in Africa as they are here in the U.S. You would deny your African roots at your own peril. Your deceased father hailed from Kenya, and that White House, where you'll be residing for the next four years, or eight years if you win in 2013, was built by African slaves. Don't you think you owe us something?
Now Mr. President, please don't get me wrong; we're not seeking handouts from your administration. We're smart enough to know America doesn't dole out freebies. What we want is an Africa that sticks to some of the ideals that you too much championed during the campaigns: democracy; respect for human rights; accountability and transparency from our leaders; trade policies that can create wealth in Africa and put more people to work. We're tired of visiting Washington with a begging bowl in hand.
President Obama, we Africans especially appreciate that your journey to the presidency was arduous. You scaled mountains and valleys that most of us thought you couldn't. We heard you remind all and sundry the challenges that faced your candidacy. We watched and listened racial epithets being hurled at you, but you kept your cool. You never contemplated pulling out of the contest out of the belief that few successes come on a silver platter. How exciting was it to see you rally even people who didn't align with your political and religious ideologies?
You're a true believer in democracy and freedom for all. Democracy and freedom, as the whole world witnessed during the campaigns, are pretty much entrenched in American politics. How else would you have won an election as hotly contested as last year's? You weren't an establishment candidate, but you made it. On various occasions, I heard you say that in America if you try and work hard you can conquer mountains. This doesn't seem to be the case in Africa because greed and corruption seem to be a way of life there. Remind those corrupt African leaders that, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, there's enough for everybody's need but not enough for everyone's greed.
As the rest of the world turns the page on political and economic fronts, your African brothers and sisters remain stuck in the table of contents out of fault not their own, but that of their greedy leaders. They're dying in millions from wars started by power-hungry despots. There's virtually nothing to write about the economic well-being of ordinary Africans because their leaders would rather stuff their own pockets instead of distributing their countries' wealth to all. I'm sure these are the people you were referring to in your inaugural speech when you warned, "To those leaders around the globe who ......blame their society's ills on the West -- know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."
For all of his failings, Africans will judge your predecessor, George W. Bush, on what he built, what he contributed to the continent. He looks like a messiah to Africa for the massive aid he channeled there to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other neglected diseases. Imagine what you could contribute in Africa if you helped tamp down the corruption and waste that daily plague our people there.
President Obama, how do you plan to deal with leaders who you said "...cling to power through corruption and deceit?" Will you come down hard on them? We hope so. And I advise that you start with your late father's birthplace, Kenya. That country is slowly becoming an eyesore. Recently President Kibaki signed a law that empowered the government to seize broadcasting stations and open people's mail. This is the same person who's reported to have said that your victory inspired many people.
President Obama, memories are still fresh about the events of December 2007 in Kenya, when post-election violence claimed the lives of about 1,500 people. Politicians, some of whom now serve as cabinet ministers in the coalition government of President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, presided over horrendous killings of innocent Kenyans whose only sin was to belong to the wrong tribe. Nobody has been brought to book so far. Actually, they continue looting public resources with abandon. Lately, they've been implicated in the disappearance of close to $10 million meant to buy corn for starving populations. Last month, it was revealed that $87 million was lost in an oil pumping station scandal; some government officials were implicated in the scandal. Around the same period, an additional $100 million was lost from an oil deal gone sour. On the day of your inauguration, some government officials wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars to travel to D.C. despite the fact that you had not invited them. All this is happening in a country to which you have close ties.
President Obama, crack down on corruption and abuse of human rights in Africa. Use your political capital to bring peace to Darfur, Sudan. Help emancipate the people of Zimbabwe from the despotic rule of Robert Mugabe. This - not aid - is the best gift you can give the African continent. Once there's a conducive environment to engage in trade and to express ourselves, without fear of imprisonment of any other form of harassment, the rest will take care of itself.
Posté le: Sam 07 Fév 2009 14:37 Sujet du message: Obama doesn't owe much to Africa.
Obama doesn't owe much to Africa. However, history will tell us whether he has accomplished his mission with respect to fundamental kamit-nubic values. The question is at what extent is the President Barack Obama well versed into kamit-nubist consciousness. Time will tell whether he's engaged in any kind of kamit-nubic-savvy internal and/or international policy.
Please, read the following about Kamit-nubism, one unravelling vision for the true image of God: Kamit-nubians. We've been purely created by God's hands but evil makes us turning out like its cherished offspring: leucoderms.
Let's craft our own paradigms to allow our descendants navigating in peace and harmony with mother Nature.
Today, two trends emerge in the general wave of consciousness among Afro-descendant people of France . The first whom speech is well touted by French media aims at praising the benefit of an assimilation policy that would break up the long-standing idea that an individual cannot be a Black and a “real” French citizen at the same time. The second, to which I belong, prefers to look for a greater emancipation of these black French people. We vow that the gains to be made through the integration process won’t wipe out our own culture. That’s a tremendous sadness for me to write this article in the language of Shakespeare. Needless to say how many choices the unilateral “anglobalization” does let me. Nevertheless, unlike some so-called “Black literates” , I am downright reluctant to write down such a book in whatever european language it is. These money-hungry swindlers can’t simply help misleading themselves in a daily basis. Plus, in the face of our virulence against the leucoderms most editors might be jittery to publish this book.
Since the all-hairy leucoderms ( Arabs and Europeans ) have enslaved us, we kept on fighting for our full-fledged liberation. Several milestones have marked this perilous quest for freedom. First of all, with no doubt it is slavery abolition, next African independences and finally the legal ban on racial segregation in the United States of America and apartheid in South Africa . But, now, the fight is not over. Indeed, although the former oppressions came to an end, others much more harmful persist. The ultimate challenge of our people will be to overcome these hurdles that prevent them from embracing human, technical, economical and social development, as well.
If we had to state, in order of priority, which issue we ought to address first, which one will it be? This is not a daunting task as it may at first appear. Some may say that the major issue is economical and related to the utter poverty that seems to engulf our hopes. Others may say that the major issue is political and has more to do with the lack of democracy in Africa . In the current era, economical issues are most likely at stake. Some evidence suggests that the triumph of capitalism mirrors the collapse of other ideologies. Only the toughest market rules prevail. Given the fact that Africa ’s share in global economy dawdles along at 1%, we should keep in mind that nowhere else than in Africa , nations should be thrusting their economies into higher gear. Will African countries’ economy thrives without any political willingness to do so? An economical growth will require from policymakers to set up a legal, as well as, an administrative framework. The only way to make it lasts in a steady move is to work on behalf of the main players of this economy, namely the people. Otherwise, the political stability needed in the long haul might weaken and could turn out to be a lethal turmoil. To put it in another way, we could just tell to those who are eager to live in a western-like democracy that economical growth is often tied to a hard-line management that is not necessarily compatible with basic democratic values. The general trend that occurs throughout western world countries whereby ( former ?) leucodermic empires are now grappling with the impending threat of emerging countries such like China or India is called globalization. By the way, China is conspicuously not a paragon of democracy. But no one can deny that the Dragon is unleashed. In the last past five years, its economical engine was in full service and yielded an annual growth rate higher than 8%. Meanwhile, Euroland’s democracies fluctuated desperately between 0% and 2%. Thanks to unpopular measures, far away from the slightest democratic value, China is likely to become one of the greatest globalized-economy gainers. India , also often considered as a giant-to-be, claims to adopt a more democratic approach but eventually seems to reach similar targets. But the awful situation of untouchables in this country and the departure of the former prime-minister, Sonia Gandhi, due to her Italian origins overshadows a little bit an open democracy that India claims to produce.
Yet, these particular cases show how determining which problems we ought to tackle in priority is far from straightforward. As we mentioned it earlier, globalization is now a matter of fact. Unlike the Kingdom of Spain in the 16th century or England in 19th century, an average-sized country, one that comprises less 100 million people, cannot emerge by its own. In the quarter of a century to come, our goal is to promote a worldwide movement that would gather all African-descendant people. At first glance, this may appear neither useful nor possible since African-descendant people belong to different continents and thereby have different cultures. However, one should reckon that it devolves on us to put an end to the ever-lasting negrophobia, which takes place everywhere black people are a minority group. Although all human beings have their oldest roots in Africa and our ancestors from Egypt have civilized Europe , black people are now considered as being inferior. More likely, leucoderm scientists have wasted their effort trying to prove the so-called white superiority. In spite of the sorry history of phrenology, a study of skull shapes popular in the 19th century and other pseudoscientific techniques that used to categorize black people and American-Indian as inferior, in the eve of the third millennium, some leucoderm scientists were still scrabbling about their dirty jobs with gusto. Richard J. Hernstein and Charles Murray, co-authors of the controversial 1994 best-seller “The Bell Curve”, argued that the lower average performance by African-Americans I.Q. tests had a genetic component and wasn’t solely the result of social factors. In other words, black people might have a specific moronic gene!
In September 2005, Bruce Lahn, a professor of genetics at the University of Chicago, stood before a packed lecture hall and reported the results of a new DNA analysis: Eurasian people’s brain show signs of rapid recent evolution whereas African-ascendant people’s don’t. The young Chinese-born researcher believes a small group of anatomically modern human struck out from Africa probably less than 100000 years ago. After arriving on the Eurasian land mass, they had undergone more rapid changes that took the form of genetic mutations affecting the size of the brain, hence their intelligence. Dr. Lahn favors even that these mutations coincided with the development of more refined civilizations. No wonder a Chinese, tough he has a PhD, doesn’t know anything about our history. How could he explain that our ancestors civilized the white men?
If our civilization has lost its mythic lustre as well as its long gone serenity somehow it is yet not ripe for bearing its present situation. Do we really know at what extent we have influenced the tide of the mankind history? Moreover, cultural and biological mixings are by no means only a kamit-nubist phenomenon. Black people often believe that somebody else should be taken as responsible of their entire woes. Actually, there is a kind of auto-rejection mechanism in the black people psyche that later on they attribute to other people. The pop king Michael Jackson unfortunately illustrates this blatant truth.
“When the white men came to Africa , we had the land and they had the Bible. They taught us to preys eyes closed: when we opened them up, the white men got the land and we got the Bible”. Jomo Kenyatta. *
The lack of unity among the numerous African tribes was a foremost reason that made it easy for Europeans to maraud around our continent, poaching human as well as material resources. A weakness deeply exploited – and often fuelled by our persecutors – is indeed this ocean of discrepancies, which floods the fields of our initiatives. Their leitmotif has always been to divide us in order to reign on our ashes. We all know it. What on earth can we do to put a lid on that? Several choices could be taken into account. A first may be to keep identifying ourselves to cultural symbols brought to us by civilizations that have an hegemony on us. However, this behaviour might somehow be seen as a particular case of the Stockholm ’s syndrome. Furthermore, above losing our own identity, due to the integration of the leucodermisation process, with this choice all we could muster is the worst scorn from our oppressors. The latter intent to maintain us in a complete state of submission. Yet this submission originates in two distinct phenomena. In the first hand, black people are often a minority group and therefore abandoned as preys to the good-will of the majority, mostly white. In the second hand, black people’s cultural values tend to be those imposed by their oppressors and not their own values.
Even if the invasion of Africa created a gloss of brotherhood, that one can still perceive nowadays through the use of a common language or faith, it also has spawned strong antagonisms between once genuinely very close tribes such like Hutus and Tutsi from Rwanda .
In fact, you may be Muslim, Christian, English-speaking, French-speaking, Spanish-speaking, it’s your very negrity that is troublesome. A light-skinned or a mongrel is truly a Kamit-nubian, as long as his lifestyle genuinely fosters the very profound kamit-nubic values. Indeed, he or she will be of a greater help than a coconut as frothy as its speech tinted with burgundy prejudices. Typically, the leucoderms decided to pigeonhole us with (dis)respect to the color of our skin at the expense of our cultures and traditions. Since too long, emboldened by their technical lead, they keep excoriating the mere assumption of a kamit-nubic culture much to the dismay of Kamit-nubians. They say they like black music as if I would say I love yellow movies or white literature. Though many people are considered to be black, some are light-skinned and others are dark-skinned. Not everyone has a black skin. There is definitely something askew.
Likewise, in the early sixties, black American decided to be called African-Americans. Our broad family, which encompasses African-Americans ( North America and Latin America ), African-Caribbeans, African-sub-Saharans, takes its roots in the kamitic Egyptian-Nubian civilization. Here is the occasion to recall the book by the Senegalese scientist Pr. Cheick Anta Diop, “Negro Nations and Cultures”*, whose first edition was published in 1954. In this brilliantly documented book Pr. Diop was able to withstand any kind of scrutiny to bring into light two points that leucoderms have hidden till now: the negro origin of the old Egyptian civilization and the strong links between Egypt ( Kemet ) and the entire Africa, Kamita. We are the Kamit-Nubian people.
What a pity to stare at the numerous manufactured products that flock from Western countries or Asia to Africa year after year! Above all, what should incense us most is the fact that the greatest chunk of those products is made of raw materials extracted out of the African subsoil. One way to square this circle is for us as Kamit-nubians to view ourselves as one undivided people. It’s not to late to foster the prosperity of our own people in the same way as Arabs, Jews, Indians, Chinese or whites keep doing.
“The negritude men instead of cooling their worries through historical circumstances that “elect a nation, a race, a class by suddenly embracing the revolution way”, became harmlessly in the colony the mouths of felony”. Stanislas Spéro Adotevi, Negritude and Negrologists. 1972. *
Still today, the history calls us for a harsh fight to survive. We belong to a sacrificed generation. Till now, we have been talking about the kamit-nubism as if it was a truly tangible subject only to reveal it to some stubborn minds. Those for which, it is just part of the dull fantasies springing to the mind of a handful of negroes that dream of a potentially glorious past. Although we completely disagree with them, we understand their point. We even grant them their skeptic view over our relentless calls to our people to wake up their minds. Moreover, the feeling of belonging to one family of people has grown slowly following the repeated aggressions from our oppressors. As we have seen it earlier the kamit-nubic matrix is a pool of energy that incubates so much diversities.
This energy has to be channeled to preserve our interests in any circumstances. Our strength will surely be to focus on the primacy of our common interests. Each Kamit-nubian should learn how to participate to this wake-up and bring a useful stone to build the whole movement. Here is the sacrifices time! African-American were coerced to do so though their ancestors used to speak different languages and came from foe empires. Yet now the Kamit-nubians would appear to face a fork in their chosen road. At stake is nothing else than our future. By missing to fulfill this kind of duty, a civilization such as the American-Indians’ was scoured of the map. Obviously, our entire elimination, in the physical form, remains irrelevant, so far. However, one should stay wary after reading the probe by the British journalist, Edward Hooper, ( “The River: A journey to the Source of VIH/AIDS”, published in 1999), in which you can see the Western countries’ plot to elaborate a bacteriological weapon for the eradication of the Central Africa people in the 50’s. Their dreadful plan will spawn the HIV virus that squeezes African people.
On the cultural side, the threat is as much real and even stifling like a snake. Shall we only realize it! Although, we all worry about the struggle we have to go through, more likely against ourselves, concrete solutions are still scarce. While considering the problems we have to overcome relentlessly growing, simple minds might be tempted to throw in the towel. Moreover, they keep kowtowing to their master’s hallowed hypersensitivity, in the pale hope of biting the bone that the latter holds in his hand. This kind of bone is for instance, the nomination of the spouse of a punk Gallic actor by the old witch of Windsor as the honorific governor of the lands stolen from Iroquoians. Unlike Michael Jean, Roger Fergusson, 54, a straight up kamit-nubian, used to run for a title far from being honorific: Head of the Federal Reserve.
After her compelling success in the Chilean presidential elections, Michelle Bachelet welcomed Segolene Royal, who came straight out of Jarnac. The former presidential candidate heeded the fact that Mrs. Bachelet was not only a Chilean of French descent but also a fellow socialist. The kamit-nubist movements should work together throughout the world. Not only to try desperately to grab some vacant seats in leucoderms’ political assemblies but also to build strong and thriving businesses. Blacks are not the only ones who get discriminated in Europe . However, are they eager to sweat away on the treadmill like indian or chinese communities? Instead of complaining every time about racial discrimination we must think beyond the scope of the European Union project and consistently reminisce where we came from. So does any other minority group that lives in Europe .
Its offspring will no longer get neglected from the trough of its misery as if it consists of a bunch of anonymous orphans when Africa , its mother, will get back the respect She deserves as the cradle of the mankind, the lug of the earth, an endless source of fecundity.
What to say as a conclusion? In the time of globalization and in the face of the difficulties we chronically have to go through, the condition of the black French people should be analyzed at the more global light of the condition of Black people on this earth. We certainly have not finished to undergo the side effects of the leucodermic domination, which has ruthlessly shaken our civilization. Thereby, we don’t love each other as we should. Thus we are still not able to clearly identify which values we ought to foster. However, there is such a vacuum in this world misled by the decadence of a postmodern western civilization. This vacuum, which kamit-nubism might fill in is very well depicted in the latest novel by Michel Houellebecq, “The Possibility of an Island ”, published in 2005. Western civilization is renowned for its recurring hypocrisy, compounding individualism, dearth of morality and strident arrogance. This civilization couldn’t help producing anything better than racism, green house effect, nuclear weapons among others scourges that lethally threat to eradicate any form of life on earth. The contrast with the kamit-nubian world is startling. Yet kamit-nubism might help us to harness our own revival drive for the sake of the mankind.
*Translations are not guaranteed to match neither the exact meaning nor the intent of their original authors. _________________
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