Our 2020 Vision: Make Africa Great Again

Written by on 01/23/2020

by Paradise Freejahlove Supreme

When I first started sharing my Make Africa
Great Again campaign with people, it didn’t take long to hear such pedestrian
and patronizing responses as: “Africa is already great! Africa has always been
great!” Yeah, we know this. But mouthing such words is not beneficial to Africa
or Africans in need today.

And when I say Make Africa Great Again, I’m
not just talking about the continent, but Africans and Black people worldwide.
I’m not just talking about a faraway land for you to journey away to
sentimentally, in a day dream or reverie about great African kingdoms in
Ancient Egypt, Benin, Songhai and Timbuktu.

I’m talking about the Africa in me and you and
the minds of the people, now! Make that Africa great again. And make Africa
greater than it’s ever been! I’m saying love is a verb, an action word, that
needs to be seen much more than it is heard. I’m proclaiming a dictum, a
mandate for us to roll up our sleeves and get to work on a United States of
Africa and the wellbeing and prosperity of all Africans.

Why? Because years of colonialism have left
Africa in a shambles. Crippled. And snakes are crawling in and flying in from
every corner of the globe to take advantage of her rich bounty and treasury and
disarray. As president of the International Black Writers and Artists, I am
privy to the cries of The Motherland.

The Congo is being pillaged and plundered.
Libya is enslaving Black Africans. Egypt is blanketed in pollution and corruption.
In parts of Nigeria and Somalia, poverty is so rampant that many are escaping
to South Africa, perceiving it to be the closest utopia to America, but whose Black
population is besieged with 50 percent unemployment!

And jobs are so tight and the economy is in
such a plight, that Black Africans in South Africa are calling the incoming
Africans foreigners. Imagine that: Africans calling other Africans foreigners!

And I have sister friends in Kenya and
Cameroon who say there are no jobs there! The sister in Cameroon feels her only
options are to come to America or go to Europe or Canada in order to pursue her
career. And then there are places like Panama where the old “You must have a
complexion lighter than a brown paper bag” Negro rule is in effect, where our
darker brothers and sisters are more likely to be ostracized.

There is still a lot of work to do in
decolonizing African minds. Make Africa Great Again!

Meanwhile back here in the states, there is
another problem: Every few decades or generations we get these waves of shamed Black
youth who have been disconnected from their roots, or maybe find it too
challenging to be Black and embrace their African identity, who find new ways
to disclaim their African-ness and disown their Blackness.

There is a very determined current wave of Black
youth who say they have NOTHING TO DO WITH AFRICA – and/or they are not Black
or African, but Original Indigenous Natives. The original Native Americans. And
this may be true, but nevertheless, you’re still Black. You’re still African.

Your roots, like the roots of all human beings
on earth, lie in Africa! Make Africa Great Again has nothing to do with who
gave Africa its name. Especially since all people in essence are African and
come from the Motherland! This has to do with the continent that most of us
presently agree to call Africa. And which I sometimes spell Afraka to denote a Black
God centered realm and people. And at other times I may spell it Afrika or
Afreeka, to remind us that A-free-Ka and its people must be free.

The point is: Af Ra Ka is our home base. The
home base of Black people worldwide. Africa is our Be Hive. Afrika is our Black
Power Base. Our life force. Our African Sun. One billion Black people live in
or around Aphrikah, where the largest concentration of Black people on the
planet is located. The home base of Asians is Asia. The home base of Europeans
is Europe. The home base of Mexicans is Mexico. The home base of (East) Indians
is India. Where is your home base, Black man? It’s Africa.

You may be an Original Indigenous Native
Olmec-ian Black American Moor. But where is your home base on this continent?
Atlanta? Brazil? Brazil has the largest Black population outside of Africa and
India. But does Brazil love its Black people? Where 50 percent live in poverty?
Under neo-oppressive rule?

The reason why Africa is called The Motherland
is because not only did she give birth to humanity, but to all the continents. Africa
is said to be the only continent rooted in the earth. The only land mass that
doesn’t experience continental drift. Before the continents started drifting
apart, about 200 million years ago, scientists say, there was only one land
mass. One Supercontinent. Which is now referred to as Pangea.

Pangea? Noted Black scholar, historian and
ancestor, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, said that 55,000 years ago only Black people,
original Black people roamed the earth. Pangea? Let’s call a spade a spade.
This is Planet Africa. Call the original land mass and continent Ethiopia,
Akebulan, Kemet, Mari or Afraka if you want. Call yourself a Native American if
you want, but your elongated head is shaped like Mama Africa. The heart of the
world and center of the universe. Let’s Make Africa Great Again.

Because Black people all over the world and Black
culture would be in serious trouble, even more so than today, if there were no
Africa. If the Motherland became the Mothership and suddenly disappeared. Your
little lost souls and Black behinds would be like bees or ants without a home –
whose hive was suddenly obliterated. You would be subject to and swallowed up
by krakkadom and krakkas from all over the world: Indian krakkas, Asian krakkas,
Mexican krakkas, Wyt krakkas, Brown krakkas and Black krakkas too. Uncle Tom
krakkas from all walks of life who are implicit in your oppression. Because as
my underground classic song says, “They love everything about you, but you.”

They love your music. They love the way you
entertain them and make them laugh. They love you being a good sport and
running and jumping and playing for their teams. They love your gift of gab and
the way you talk for them and their products and celebrities on their talk
shows. They love the way you make money for them and fight each other waiting
in line to buy their chicken or to get in their stores on Black Friday. Why do
you think they call it Black Friday?

They love the Black bodies of your children
and daughters for sex trafficking. Over 60,000 Black girls are missing here in
the states alone. And the number of Black boys missing is astronomical. They
love your powerful Black organs to trade for on the “Black” Market. They love
marketing your Black arses, but they don’t love you.

You hate your Black African identity. But they
know how great it is. So when they graduate their college students, they put
them in black caps and gowns, because black represents excellence. Their judges
wear black robes, because black represents power and authority. They dress
their popes and priests in black, because black represents divinity and
greatness. They love your trauma and pain and finding new ways to showcase it
every year in more slave movies. Because they love your discomfiture. But they
don’t love you.

And the very thing you are running from, your Blackness,
your negritude, your African identity, is the only thing that can save you!
Your last hope. You must run back to Black. You must run back to Africa –
literally and/or – at least – spiritually. You must bask in your African
sunlight and let it empower you. Your only defense and offense is Super Blackness.
Super African-ness. Not Superfly, but Superblk. Can you get to that? “Mirror,
mirror on the wall, who’s the Blackest of them all.?”

Our great ancestor and beloved historian and
scholar Dr. John Henrik Clarke said, “Some of us are hiding behind religion to
avoid our responsibilities.” In other words, are you truly trying to ignore the
fact that Black is under attack by burying your head in the sand … or the
clouds?

Yes, in spite of it all, Africa is on the come
up. Nevertheless, this be our 2020 vision: Make Africa Great Again.

Project
10/10

Project 10/10 is 10 leaders and decades long
champions of the community seeking donations for their projects, including
Paradise, Virtual Black Wall Street, The Black Elders Fund, True Vibe Records
and Prisoners’ Lives Matter. No donation is too big or small. Any donation is
welcome by all.

Go to www.gofundme.com/vbws-project-1010.
Thank you for your contribution and sharing this message!

Paradise is president of the International Black Writers and Artists,
was honored with his own day, Oct. 6, by the city of Oakland, and may be heard
performing at
True Vibe Records Presents, trueviberecords.com. Find him on Facebook at
Paradise Freejahlove Supreme.

Source: San Francisco Bay View


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