Daily, readers of news media are bombarded by the news litany about “white policies and practices of institutionalized and/or overt actions, that speak of “hate towards blacks”.
My attached documents provide a different, disturbing, self-deprecating perspective of an act that is particularly egregious, one that on examination makes the reader carefully consider “what whites are chronicled to have done, and continue doing” but we find that such will pale in significance.
In fact, as you read through the attached document the information suggests that black people should be moving rapidly to canonize King Leopold of Belgium for his Congo massacres
Pardon the anathema above or language at the end of this sentence, but I want you to introduce you to the details of this unbelievable “Rape of Self”.
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As can be seen above, this is a chronicle of “Self Rape”.
Imagine that I, a black man, reach out to (0), a country that is promoting (0) free land for Diasporians”, I am then asked to submit a document (0), which outlines my Door of No Return Initiative and thereafter, not only does said party embrace my Idea but they, after packaging the idea as their own, proceed apace to prostitute the concept.
Readers will have no difficulty understanding the importance of this initiative, whose name they have had the gumption to change, BY USING ONE WORD!
Readers certainly will have no difficulty comprehending my rationale as a black man, making an outreach to a black nation, whose (0) representative made colorful speeches at *(0) in *(0)
But what readers WILL HAVE a difficulty assimilating is how one of these leading, self proclaimed “black mother nations”, one which, in its postings to the Diaspora, loves to speak of “One People, One Africa”, readers would have great difficulty understanding why it would be involved in this act of appropriation of A BLACK MAN’s proposal in this specific matter!
Lord have mercy, even if it was a white man, while appropriation, it would not be as distasteful.
Sir/madam, as a black man, you CANNOT EVEN BEGIN to comprehend how FILTHY I feel because I, and others, in the Castle of My Skin, while I live, MUST REMAIN in my skin, we have no place to run and to have this done by another black man/woman well…
This matter, IS NOT ABOUT A CONSUMER COMPLAINING “there is an problem with a product” where one submits a complaint and the company sends you a replacement order.
At the core of this is the Black Experience of Slavery and that sir/madam, IS NOT an issue to be GLIBLY SULLIED by ANY NATION, particularly a BLACK nation, using this self denigration for such a facile purpose.
The perpetrators of this act have IN A SINGLE ACT, destroyed the reputations of all its Reparations Partners, Freedom Fighters, Equality Champions, Civil Rights leaders and the panoply of stakeholders in the Diaspora Struggle of People of Colour.
They have irreparably marred a global proposal that served the Coloured Diaspora, a proposal that was discussed and requested to advance “What is our Mirror Image?” and strategies we People of Colour can employ to leverage it globally.
Now this ADIMI has been reduced to an issue of banditry and highwaymen theft where, in 2019, there is clearly no need for others to enslave us since, WE ARE DOING THIS WICKEDNESS QUITE EFFECTIVELY AGAINST OURSELVES
Ashamed to be Black
Cc Undisclosed List including Ambassador Andrew Young, Bishop Walker, Ambassador Jesse Jackson, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles,
(Barbados Nation) Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will pay an official visit to Barbados on Tuesday, March 19, as part of a Caribbean tour. During the visit, they will participate in several events, including a parade and wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in National Heroes Square and a reception at which they will be able to interact with a cross-section of Barbadians.
A great deception of the last decade was the promise made by a Stuart led government to move the country to a republic. To quote former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart …”he said he found it awkward in the year 2015 to have to stand up and pledge allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen.“
This is one of many examples how members of the political class demonstrate little compunction by making empty promises to a gullible public it swore to serve. A public that tolerates a level of disrespect by not holding them (members of the political class) accountable for their repeated empty mouthings.
If there is one thing that makes the blood of the blogmaster boil, it is the ignorance of so-called educated Barbadians meekly swearing allegiance to the Queen. Surely it makes a mockery of the idea we are a sovereign country by any definition. As a people how can we inculcate values in our people – especially young minds – to nurture a feeling of patriotism? Isn’t it the feeling of patriotism that must define us? Why do our parents not feel a level of abhorrence listening to our leaders swear the oath of allegiance to the Queen?
All people have a history: ours (Black people) is the never ending struggle to overcome a deep psychological scar resulting from the practise of slavery by people from a country we continue to swear an oath of allegiance. It is the responsibility of an educated Barbadian class to purge symbols and messages which are the vestige of a colonial past and serve only to create a conundrum about life for our people.
A story appeared in a section of the British media last week that reinforced a view. Here is a quote from the article:
Racist letters penned in the 1920s by the then Prince of Wales about Aboriginal Australians – calling them ‘revolting’ and comparing them to monkeys – will be explored in a new documentary.
The future King Edward VIII, who was then known as David, expressed his disdain for the Indigenous population during a Royal tour in 1920, when he visited all six Australian states.
His opinions were revealed in letters to his then mistress, married English socialite Freda Dudley Ward. She was the future King’s lover between 1918 to 1923 and they remained close until 1936, when he met American divorcee Wallis Simpson, who he gave up the throne for later that year.
How is it possible for a majority Black nation (Barbados) to continue to swear allegiance to actors of a country which harboured virulent racist sentiment? There was a time we had to slavishly sing along to rule Britannica. We need to purge all references to the British monarchy to save to our young minds IF we want to grow a proud nation – independent and free.
In this post-emancipation era, the world has become split into two different economic realities: Slavery-Wealth and Slavery Poverty…. otherwise known as First world and Third world…. otherwise known as
The Developed World
and The UNDER-Developed World…
otherwise known to the wise as The Shameful and Unjust Results of The Great Robbery.Look at this picture below: It can be called “Inequality as a result of The Great Robbery,”
…and you can be sure It is a strategy of White Supremacy.
One US dollar equals 134 Jamaican dollars.
Any place in the world where you look, you will find the same economic disparity when comparing any predominantly white country with any predominantly Black country.That is why there is always an exodus from the countries that were invaded and robbed to the countries that benefited from invading and robbing other countries. The survival instinct is always the prime motivator of Black and Brown migration.
I am on a mission to visit Ghana in West Africa and you may wonder why. It is all because of Slavery. It has always bothered me. I never knew that I was descended from someone who was kidnapped and made a slave until one fateful day when I was in Infants A or Infants B at Christ Church Girls’ school. I do not recall which class it was. An argument started in the class between two little girls, mind you we were all little then. One wanted the other one to carry her bag and the other refused. It became boisterous and caught the teacher’s attention. Her name was Ms. Lovell. It was only when she teacher was addressing the matter that I found out what it was about. The first little girl said she only asked the second girl to carry her bag. The second little girl said she was not carrying the bag because she was not a slave.
What was a slave? I had not a clue. I lived in a bubble that was the world that I knew. I do not remember who asked the question out loud. However, Ms. Lovell began to tell us a story which became my first history lesson. I do not remember if anyone else knew what she told us; that we were all descendants of people who were taken from West Africa and made slaves in all the Caribbean Islands. The slaves worked without pay and belonged to the white people who owned the sugar plantations. Her history lesson must have had a profound affect on all of the little girls because from that day on if any one of the of the girls asked each other to do something menial for them the response was “no! I am not your slave!” This story and those words have stuck with me for a lifetime. However, that was not all that those works did, they made me feel as though I had been living a lie for all the 5 or 6 years of my life.
I could not wait to get home after school. When my cousins and I turned the corner onto to our gap from the main road in Cane Vale, I ran home. When I reached the opened back door, I ran inside and I told Aunt V (my grandmother) “the teacher say that we were slaves,” and I waited for her to say that it was not true. Instead of saying no or yes, she calmly asked what had happened and I repeated the story. I was still awaiting and wanted her to say no that is not so but the look in her eyes filled me with a deep sadness as I waited for her to respond. Her failure to respond to my shock started my traumatization and made me ashamed of who I was. After what seemed like an eternity, all she said was to stop worrying my little head, but I never did.
By the time my mother got home from work I was still quiet; engulfed in a state of sadness. She asked what was wrong and Aunt V told her. I do not recall her response. Later that night as I snuggled up next to Aunt V, I asked her to tell me about the slaves. She said she did know anything about slaves but she could only tell me about the old-time people. From that I understood that it was her way of saying that she would never call them slaves; it was as though she was part of the resistance. That was my comfort and from that night on, it was the stories of the old-time people and the old-time days that my grandmother told me.
Not that she knew much but it was a start. We were already close but the stories she told drew us closer. They were the stories that she had been told about mud houses the old- time people lived in, what they wore; about a woman who lost her hand feeding the canes in the mill and about duppies, how the dead were buried facing the East and more that I have long forgotten. I was a curious child one who asked for minute details, one who wanted exact details and if a repeat was not the same version, I would remind her what was missing. So much so, that she would get tired of my questioning and ask me if I was a lawyer. I never got tired of hearing the same stories.
By the time I entered high school at 11, I had long exhausted my grandmother’s informal knowledge. So, I read every history text book every year before the school year started. I had developed an insatiable appetite for knowledge of the people from my past.
The year that I was 16 we did a school project and I went to the Archives and there I discovered that there were slaves at Hannays Plantation whose last name was Cole. My great grandmother somehow made the journey from there to Church Hill of the Christ Church Parish Church and my grandmother moved from there to Oistins Hill and then Cane Vale. I never got a chance to see the oldest Slave Registers because they were closed from public viewing, so I never found out who were the old-time man and woman who lived at Hannays Plantation from whom I am descended.
Throughout the years, I have thought of them, where exactly did there come from, what did they do for a living prior to them being taken away. I may never know who they were, whose big dove shaped eyes I now wear or whose smile grace my face. I will never know what their real names were, or the exact area they came from, which tribe they belonged to, I do not know who gave me this streak of determination and fearlessness that I possess. I wonder if I am a descendant of a griot, yet I have this thing in me that makes me love art and colour. I always want to make things with my hands and then there is this love that I have for fabric. I cannot explain my numerous trips to Abeds and the other stores in Bridgetown that sell fabric to see what they have for sale. What I do know is that my ancestors’ blood still runs in my veins and I still carry their DNA.
Somehow long ago someone did things that are still a part of me. It is as though through me my ancestors live forever. Your knowledge of your distant past may not be much different from mine and our stories may be intertwined.
The President of Ghana is welcoming the Diaspora home in this historic year of our destiny that commemorates the 400th year anniversary of the commencement of the slave trade. Will you join me and friends and be part of this historic occasion from August 5 to 15, 2019 as we reconnect to our distant past?
“The events that transpired five thousand years ago, five years ago, or five minutes ago, have determined what will happen five minutes from now, five years from now, or five thousand years from now. All history is a current event.”
-Dr. John Henrik Clarke -–
That global experience that is commonly referred to as “history” effectively divided the world into two distinct regions that can accurately be called White Heaven and Black Hell.
Throughout that history “political correctness” had not yet been invented, so White Satan went to and fro in the broad daylight without a mask, invading, raping, robbing, enslaving, and committing genocide on all continents. And so the present White World Order came into existence.
On August 1, 1838, enslaved people across the British Caribbean gained their freedom. Contrary to what is often peddled about the singular role of abolitionists in ending transatlantic slavery, there were two main reasons for abolition- economic and rebellions. The British did not in some great moralistic and ethical wave bestow freedom upon the enslaved. The system was altered because slavery had become an economic liability. Furthermore, the planters lived with the constant fear of slaves rebelling and of another Haiti transpiring. In the end, it was better to agree to free the enslaved than to live with this fear or worse to experience a rebellion. I discuss all of this in more detail in a piece I wrote in 2007 which was the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade by Britain.
As we commemorate the emancipation of our Caribbean forefathers, remember that the British in abolishing slavery also provided a large compensation package for the slave owners. The sum of money amounted to £20 million (£15 billion today) or about 40% of the national budget. The formerly enslaved of course received nothing. What is even more perverse is that the loan taken out at that time by the British government to fund the compensation package was not paid off until 2015. Thus, the British taxpayer was until recently, through payments to the holders of the slavery bonds, still contributing to the beneficiaries of slavery. This is the same British government and society that dismisses the descendants of the enslaved condescendingly, lecturing to them that they should move on and stop living in the past. This is the same British government and society that refuses to consider the just demands of Caribbean people for reparations. The same British government that argues absurdly that the slave trade and slavery were not illegal at the time and so they are not obliged to provide compensation for the heinous role they played in one of the worst crimes against humanity. For these people though, it is not a historical matter to be left behind when until February 2015 they were still reaping the benefits of the slavery abolition loan. The height of dishonesty, arrogance and hypocrisy.
In addition, as we celebrate August 1, we must be mindful that 180 years after abolition and 56 years after the decolonisation period in the British Caribbean commenced with Jamaica’s independence on August 6, 1962, we have a long way to go in the quest for true freedom. The legacy of colonialism and slavery endures in our tiny island states. Most of us continue to experience significant socio-economic challenges. Race and class considerations remain central factors in how our societies function. For example, in Barbados, the justice system still operates in two forms- one for the rich and white and nowadays Indian and one for blacks particularly those that are not rich. Just under a year ago, I penned a long article about the harsh realities of race in Barbados beyond the symbolism of its Emancipation statue. Last week, two prominent white Barbadian businessmen were charged with drug offences and anyone following the saga would have seen first-hand the playing out of the politics of race and class that I wrote about.
The Caribbean has much work to do. We need to examine in earnest these mental chains that impede us. An honest, brutal conversation about our past, how it looms large over us and how we must proceed is essential. Our intellectual giants started the process. It is necessary for us to build on it and propel it to the next level. It is also imperative that we do this together as a region. We are one people with a shared history of colonialism, slavery and exploitation. People to people relationships that transcend artificial borders have always been a central feature of our Caribbean reality. In addition, in a world of large and medium powers, we have no choice as small islands but to integrate. Our politicians with their egos and selfish interests have frustrated the institutionalisation of our deep ties. We the people must take the lead.
Chapter 4 of THE SLAVE IN YOUR MENTALITY is a continuation of the introspective journey that seeks to identify the many ways in which the X-Slave continues to carry the marks of his enslavement. In this chapter we examine an issue called “SATISFACTION WITH INFERIORITY,” showing how long slave conditioning caused inferiority to become normalized to the point that it is not even recognized as inferiority.
The press is saying very little about this! Repost!!!!! This is no laughing matter! I’m so grieved! We WILL NOT be silent! This must stop!!! So what are we gonna DO? #REPOST #Repost @bishopjakes (@get_repost)
The slave trade that is going on in Libya, and even globally, is an atrocity that has to STOP. We, as a people have to partner together to put an end to this horrific disregard for human life. Here are a few ways you can help: —Use YOUR voice (Social Media, your community, etc.) to raise awareness! —Support organizations that give aid to countries from which migrants are fleeing. —Contact your local officials and become an advocate in the fight against slavery & human trafficking.
We have got to say something…we CANNOT be silent. #Libya #HumanTrafficking #SlaveryInLibya
Decolonizing the African mind has become the most urgent task that now needs to be done if there is to be any meaningful reparations. What will it take to accomplish this most sacred mission? It means curing the broken slave of TRUTH ALLERGIES.
DAVID COMISSIONG, Chairman, Caribbean Pan-African Network (CPAN)
The campaign to secure “Reparations” for the multiplicity of genocides and crimes that have been committed against the sons and daughters of Africa during the centuries of Slavery and Colonization consists of an “outwardly directed” process in which we level demands at the liable European and North American Governments and institutions for a comprehensive package of compensatory money payments, developmental programmes, transfers of resources, and national and international institutional reforms , as well as of an “inwardly directed” process that we African or African-descended people must engage in ourselves to repair those aspects of the damage that pertain most directly to our minds and psyches.
And deeply embedded in the concept of and campaign for Reparations are the following twelve fundamental principles :-
1. NO IMPUNITY!
The campaign for Reparations sends a message to all and sundry that there will be no impunity for those who commit “crimes against humanity”. Who so ever commits a “crime against humanity” must know and expect that justice will be demanded of them– even if it takes two hundred years, and even if it is their successors and beneficiaries who are ultimately required to make recompense !
2. VALIDATION OF OUR HUMANITY
If we Africans or African-descendants fail to demand that the present-day representatives and beneficiaries of those institutions and nations that committed the most horrible crimes imaginable against our ancestors be held accountable and made to pay restitution, we would be implicitly sending a message to ourselves and to the world at large that we do not consider our ancestors (or ourselves) to be sacred beings invested with inalienable rights and deserving of respect and justice! And so, the very act of demanding Reparations constitutes a validation by us of our own precious humanity, and is a critical component of the process that we must engage in as individuals and as a collective of repairing ourselves!
3. KNOWLEDGE OF OUR HISTORY
The Reparations Campaign must be built upon a foundation of knowledge about who we African or African-descended people were before the criminal European impositions of slavery andcolonialism — knowledge of the achievements and glories of our pre-slavery, pre-colonial African civilization; knowledge of the history of European orchestrated enslavement and its destructive effects on the civilization of Africa; and knowledge of the extent to which the present-day materially imposing Western industrial societies constitute agglomerations of wealth stolen from the sons and daughters of Africa over the centuries.
4. COMPLETION OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCESS
Of course, the point must also be made that the racist oppression of black or African people did not end with the formal abolition of slavery! Indeed, after the abolition of slavery in the 19th century our historical oppressors deliberately entrapped our ancestors ineconomic, political and social arrangements that were designed to handicap them and to serve the interests of the former enslavers– arrangements that have persisted (in modified form) down to the present day. The struggle for Reparations must therefore be– among other things– a struggle to expose and put an end to such arrangements and to complete the Emancipation process!
5. COMPENSATION MUST BE PROPORTIONATE TO THE CRIME
The demand for compensation from the present-day representatives of those who inflicted horrendous crimes on our ancestors and who damaged and disabled succeeding generations must consist of a demand for the transfer of material resources in an amount proportionate to the enormity of the crimes and their deleterious effects—resources to enable present-day African and African-descendant populations to counter the economic and social imbalances derived from those centuries of criminality.
6. REPARATIONS MUST PRODUCE THE JUST SOCIETY
The campaign for Reparations or for Reparative Justice must be designed to produce the “just society”, in that the demand for Reparations must be formulated as a demand for a fundamental transformation of the currently existing inequitable and exploitative economic and power relations that exist in the international arena and in many of our domestic societies. This principle has implications not only for the restructuring of such international entities and phenomena as the United Nations Security Council, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the terms of international trade and finance, but also for the manner in which our domestic African and Caribbean societies and Governments function. Implicit in the demand of our Caribbean and African Governments for Reparations must be a commitment to themselves deliver justice to their own people! And this is a commitment that the masses of African and Caribbean people must be prepared – through dynamic activism and advocacy– to hold our Governments to!
7. WE AFRICANS MUST EXERCISE AUTONOMY THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS
An integral strategy of the contemporary Reparations Movement is to present the demand for the payment of compensation (in financial and material resources as well as in developmental programmes) to the present-day representatives and beneficiaries of the evil system of slave trade and slavery and to invite their collaboration in addressing the tragic effects of this monumental historical crime. But even while adopting this approach, we Africans and African-descendants make it absolutely clear to all and sundry that even though we value the concept of collaboration, that the strategies and tasks to be implemented for our psychological repair and for our economic and social empowerment are our own responsibility and will be conceptualized, directed and controlled by us!
8. WE MUST REPAIR OURSELVES
A critical component of the campaign for Reparations is the African’s and African-descendant’s own inwardly directed struggle for psychological, cultural and spiritual self-repair. Thus, African or Afro-descendant members of the Reparations Movement and their governments must be committed – as individuals and as collectives – to seek to identify all of the ways in which we have been and continue to be negatively affected by false notions of white supremacy and black inferiority, and to rigorously attack them and eradicate the negative effects that impact on our individual and collective psyches!
9. SELF-REPAIR WILL GENERATE MASS SUPPORT FOR REPARATIONS
The effort to “prosecute” and hold accountable the present-day representatives and beneficiaries of the historical oppressors of the African and African-descendant people will require the widespread participation of Africans and African-descendants: and the attainment of such widespread popular participation will, in turn, be dependent on the inwardly directed struggle for self-repair and its capacity to persuade a critical mass of the African population to re-evaluate themselves and their history; to perceive the gravity of the injustice; to feel the tragic historical loss they have suffered; and to be sufficiently motivated to get involved or otherwise support the campaign for Reparations. The Reparations Movement and the African and Caribbean governments that lead it must therefore engage in a comprehensive mass education outreach programme to the community that is designed not only to educate about the relevant history, but to also help as many of our people as possible to emotionally connect with that history and the tragic loss and injustice suffered.
10. REPARATIONS MUST BE A BROAD MOVEMENT
The campaign for Reparations must be designed, on the one hand, to bring on board with us all of our natural allies in Africa and the Diaspora, Latin America and Asia and to enlist the tremendous weight of world opinion on our side, and, on the other hand, to isolate and publicly hold up to international embarrassment and critique all those entities that perversely and unreasonably seek to deny and resist the manifest justice and righteousness of our claim to Reparations. This will call for a concerted effort in the field of international diplomacy by the Ambassadors, Embassies and foreign Missions of the nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Union (AU). It will also require consistent effort at the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Commonwealth and in other relevant international organizations.
11. THE MASS OF OUR PEOPLE MUST BE INTIMATELY INVOLVED
The masses of our African and African-descendant populations must be intimately involved in the campaign for Reparations: they must be permitted enough time and opportunity to thoroughly discuss and understand the issue; their right to have the final and decisive say on the concrete details of the Reparations claim must be respected; and they must have a say – through representatives specifically selected by them – as to how the compensatory resources are utilized. Furthermore, at a national level– within our many nation states–the Reparations Movement should systematically appeal to and challenge all of the relevant local and national organizations to put support for Reparations on their agenda and to include it in their programmes and Manifestos – political parties, trade unions, youth organizations, churches, women’s organizations, educational institutions, local government administrations, and the list goes on.
12. NETWORK AND ESTABLISH A NEW INTERNATIONAL LEGAL STRUCTURE
The successful pursuit of Reparations will require the establishment of a world-wide network of community, regional, national and international organizations. Indeed, at the grassroots level, the community based Reparations organization must be linked into a national network, while at the level of our African and Caribbean governments we should establish a trans-Atlantic international network that is preparing and engaging in legal, diplomatic and political strategies at the international level to achieve Reparations. The African and African-descendants Reparations Claim (s) will either be consensually negotiated between mutually respectful State parties gathered around an international negotiating table, or it will have to be litigated in a series of international law cases brought against the Governments of the liable nations.
The time has come for the African and African descendant people of the world and their Governments to finally present their Reparations Bill to the current day successor Governments of those national Governments of Europe and North America that organized, facilitated, legitimized, financed, and benefited from the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the associated system of racialized Chattel Slavery — the governments of Britain, Spain, France, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and the United States of America (a former colony that perpetuated the enslavement of African people for nearly one hundred years after attaining its independence).
Onwards to the achievement of Reparations in this United Nations International Decade For People of African Descent!
Bibliolatry, Literalism & Culturism – How Exegetical Abuses of Scripture Justified Slavery Giving Anglo-Saxons Licensed Tyranny to Trade in the Souls of Men
“The Black man will enter modern civilisation on the basis of perfect equality with any white man, or he will not enter at all . . . This is the last great battle of the West.” – W.E.B. Du Bois
Today, “RACE” is the most divisive factor on our tiny planet. On the streets of #AmeriKKKa, the seeds of modern protest & possible revolution will be fought again over this said issue – seeds sown some 398 years ago – as the depths of the controversy lies quagmired within the bowels of primitive theology and the myriad exegetical and eisegetical interpretations that men have lumbered on to Sacred Scripture.
Every nation, kindred, tongue and people have at one time or another been enslaved or ruled over by those whose mastery of conquest & domination placed them at the top of the predatory food chain. If history has taught us anything, the fall, demise & rise of any nation since antiquity, has been fundamentally based on war, conquest, subjugation & eventual servitude.
Yet, the myriad of flawed arguments in support of slavery goes back to a period in antiquity even before forcible Arab Islamization of Africans of the Maghreb – around 639 AD. Then in the 11th century, as Islam reached into West Africa under an Almoravid Black Berber named King Abu Bakr (a radical Islamic Jihadist title carried by many), came to destroy what was then the “PEARL” of the African continent – the vitalist empire of what is known as “Ghana” today – from here, the germinated seeds of the future Atlantic Slave Trade was to take root.
As Islamized Black Berbers from N. Africa created the inroads needed for Arabs to come into West Africa and to ply their trade in human cargo – this collaboration lasted until the dynasty of Mansa Musa (the greatest of all Black Muslim Kings of antiquity) who during his reign stopped the trade in African human cargo, ( if only temporarily).
Again, in the 14th century, the phantom of Black human enslavement took on new paradigms as the war for conquest & subjugation continued. It cannot be understated the horrors meted out by Arab enslavers who took (according to some estimates) between 11 million to 15 million souls in the space of 400 years – most having suffered rape, pillage, forced labour, castration & often times, utter deprivation. A holocaust hardly ever mentioned!
This was the 1st dimension of evil in recorded history! This is the 1st legacy of the demolition and decimation of African history, culture & the ultimate social sodomization & brutal dispersion of a people from their lands, traditions & empires!
In equal measure, complicitous Arabs, fake Jews & white Europeans began the barter in African slaves with the blessing of the Roman Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. With such potentate backing & blessings for the trade in human life, Spain, Portugal, France, England & the Netherlands took to the forefront in this capitalist endeavour. Spain took up the challenge as an empire because of its ruthless approach to indigenous people given its so-called “NEW WORLD” possessions (i.e. gold, etc.). The Catholic king of Spain & his Imperial Ministers regarded the primitive, indigenous people of Latin America as the Biblical Canaanites to be exterminated or forcibly enslaved. Their lands were seen as a gift from God to the Spanish king – in the same breath that the land of Canaan was bequeathed as the “PROMISED LAND” to the Israelites under Joshua (Moses’ servant).
The Torah (the Books of Moses) had provided every justification for the enslavement of these heathen people. So the Iberian conquest became a collaborative effort between Spain & Portugal to save these benighted lands & wretched of the earth for Christ, the king & the Catholic Church. So in 1452 Pope Nicholas V issued the Papal Bull “Dum Diversas” on 18th June, 1452 authorizing (King) Alfonso V of Portugal to reduce any “Saracens” (Muslims), Pagans and any other UNBELIEVERS to perpetual slavery.
Then in 1493, Pope Alexander VI authorized the King of Spain to enslave any & all non-Christians of the Americas who are at war with Christian powers and by 1494 Pope Alexander VI, in the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, divided the then known (so-called) New World between the 2 countries. As there was a need to locate a group to work in areas where the supply of indigenous labor was insufficient, to sustain the commerce of their colonies, Spain & Portugal imported African slave labour to fill the deficit (the 1st exercise in explosive European capitalist, commercial intrigue & exploitation).
Then between 1500- 1850, 12 Million African slaves arrived in the Americas to toil in building & financing the European Project through it colonies – most notably, the Caribbean, Latin AmeriKKKa & the (DIS) United States. The vast majority of these slaves worked in the Catholic colonies of Spain & Portugal. And by 1866, Pope Pius IX in a Papal Bull earmarked that “Slavery itself, as such in its essential nature, is not all contrary to the natural and divine law, and there can be several just titles of slavery, and these are referred to by approved theologians and commentators of the scared canons… it is not contrary to the natural and divine law for a slave to be sold, bought, exchanged or given”.
So during the 15th & 16th centuries, all kinds of European commercial traders started to get involve in the lucrative African Slave Trade. Over the period, from 1526 to 1867, some 13 million slaves had been shipped from Africa and another 12 million arrived in the Americas. These European traders had previously been interested in African nations & kingdoms, such as Ghana & Mali because of their sophisticated trading networks established over 1000 years earlier. Traders then wanted to trade in human beings as they were viable chattel labor. The first African slaves were then brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco, sugar cane, cotton & other export-based cash crops.
So began the “TYRANNICAL” commodification of human life on a scale that is still unprecedented in all of human history.
The Bible & Slavery
The Bible is a book written for the future, about the eschatological ramifications of Divine Intervention, pointing to a future time where there will be no neutrality on either side of the great divide. For the Manifest Destiny of all will be decided! In between all that is history.
In 1995, 132 years after the Emancipation Proclamation; 130 years after the American Civil War, fought as a harbinger against Southern Slavery; 27 years after the death Dr Martin Luther King Jr – The SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION (America’s largest evangelical, Protestant body) apologised for its role in slavery. For them, this was their time for NATIONAL REPENTANCE!
However, repentance as most Christians understand it, is more than saying you’re sorry but demands confession, asking for forgiveness & an express intent at AMENDING for PAST TRANSGRESSIONS which may include reparatory justice & compensation for known egregious acts. Only in this methodological sequence of actions can true forgiveness be found. The Bible points us clearly to the maxim that says – “As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual sense.
Britain, AmeriKKKa, Spain or any of the other European nations that were involved in the trade in the souls of men have never apologized for their so-called Christian Imperialism. Even with the SBC apology of sorts, one has to wonder if the moral consensus has changed without changing the Biblical exegesis, as espoused through Moses & Paul.
In the book of Joshua 9:23 are these words spoken over the Canaanite people (sons of Ham) – “Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.” This was already portentous given the words of Noah over Ham’s transgression: “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren” knowing that the curse did not fall directly at Ham but at his son (Noah’s grandson) and this has been used as a pretext for servitude, social abnegation & every known evil that has been meted out to Blacks & to people of colour.
In Genesis 21 & in Joshua 9, we read of the destruction of the Canaanites in the land & those who escaped the sword were doomed to a life of perpetual slavery. So since the very beginning, the seeds of racism were sown which resulted in slavery, segregation, apartheid & even genocide. With some neo-Nazis now calling for another mass genocide of Blacks & Jews!
Genesis 47:21-24 tells how Prince Joseph (Israelite Patriarch) bought both the Egyptians & their lands for the Pharaoh in a time of severe hardship & famine – who then had to labor & pay the state 20% of whatever it earned in the form of a tax to Pharaoh. This borrowed wealth strategy from Egypt has become the ethos of democratic capitalism & it variants amongst all industrialised nations of the world – and is getting worst.
In New Testament theological circles (past & present), 1 Corinthians 7:24 is quoted where Paul argues that whatever condition you find yourself in this life – let him remain with God…” So whether slave or free – acceptance is key! In his letter to Philemon, Paul asks that he treat his slave Onesimus no longer as a slave but as a beloved brother in the Lord. In a similar letter to Timothy, Paul tells his son in the Lord: “Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour that the name of God and His doctrine be not blasphemed…” (1 Tim 6:1-2: citing the first part of vs 1). Also in Titus 2:9-10, Paul admonishes: “Bid slaves to be submissive to their masters & to give satisfaction in every respect …” (citing the first part of vs 9)
These references & many others were quickly pounced on by Southern white slave owners to justify & endorse what was proscribed in Scripture – demanding that they be judged on the basis of their conformity to the spirit & letter of the Word which regulated their relationship between slaves & their masters.
It was only after the war of succession with the South, in the aftermath of that bloody, violent Revolution, that major evangelicals like the Calvinists decided that slavery was incompatible with the Biblical principles of justice & mercy as vouchsafed by the other Biblical prophets. The momentum of this radical change in mindset towards slavery resulted in Quakers like Wilberforce pushing for Abolition in the parliamentary House of Commons – bring to an end (somewhat) the violent institution of slavery (abolished) by 1833.
Then from 1833 to 2017, the 184-year-old struggle for true “EMANCIPATION” from overt, inert & subliminal imperialist domination has resulted in what we see on the streets of the #AmeriKKKa, Britain & across Europe based on the backlash we call the “Age of Terror”.
The old adage – “what you sow is what you reap” speak volumes today. For although AmeriKKKa was founded on the principles of religious liberty by men called Puritans Fathers – many of these historically challenged founders, held slaves based on entrenched racist beliefs posited from their skewed exegesis of Bible doctrine (suggesting on one hand that “ALL” men were created equal”) – counter-intuitively applying to those of European descent. For clearly, the positions they held when interpreting controversial Biblical doctrine, used non contextualised Scriptural references to justify the iconography of slavery. So now, even in the aftermath of the antebellum period, what we are seeing in the Southern historical debacle currently splashed across mass/social media in places like Charlottesville, Boston & across the (DIS) United States is really unfinished business.
Slavery was based on Bibliolatry and the veneration of the Good Book taken as literalism by its expositors & apologists whose “LOVE OF MONEY” was at the root of all the EVIL perpetrated against African people. The Good Book then became their “Icon” of enculturation (Culture War) especially to justify the abominable institution of slavery as they assert, the Bible never condemned it but rather gave credence to those who held slaves.
America today is in a culture war based on the antecedents of virulent racist, social policy & the engineered politics of subjugation of African people & people of colour – seen only as objects of capitalist commodification, in the same way, you saw a horse or a donkey cart. The backlash of that culture shock being witnessed across AmeriKKKa is an epiphenomenon based on the spirit of Abolitionism, the diminution of white domination, the cathartic need for reparatory justice and the levelling of an unjust playing field of white privilege.
The open, visceral angst & anger being witnessed on the street of AmeriKKKa is a symptomatic reaction to the historic corollary of events which have been mired in a more profound theological & teleological debate which the country refuses to have with itself. It was best said by Russel Baker, back in a 1994 NY Times OpEd piece entitled: “God’s Angry Land” – where he cites:
“America is angry at Washington, angry at the press, angry at immigrants, angry at television, angry at traffic, angry at people who are well off and angry at people who are poor, angry at Blacks and angry at whites. The old are angry at the young, the young angry at the old. Suburbs are angry at cities, cities are angry at suburbs, and rustic America is angry at both whenever urban and suburban intruders threaten the peaceful rustic sense of having escaped from God’s Angry Land…”
This “national habit” as Baker calls it, sees angry Southern, white (so-called) Christians – many of whom were cited as ALT-RIGHT, NEO-NAZIS who feel cheated after 8 years of Obama’s social policies that saw jobs move abroad, incomes lost, poverty become more entrenched – while a cross-section of Black folks became uber-rich, famous & are running things. On the other hand, is the ALT-LEFT, as Trump calls them, who are disproportionately Black social activists (apparently supported & funded by billionaire George Soros), who believe they are a “BUFFER” to a growing class of CONFEDERATE-minded racists, who long for the good old days of the 1950’s (Leave It To Beaver/Little House On the Prairie) type of social setting – where white America was to them “GREAT BACK THEN” – something Donald Trump exploited heavily, as he socially engineered protest with the catchy slogan: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”.
Sadly, after almost 1800 years of Anglo-Saxon global rule, it is patently clear that white domination & white privilege have painted itself into a corner from which it may never emerge. The backlash we are seeing is based on the fact that the handwriting is on the wall given that Caucasian stewardship of the earth & its resources have been nothing short of an abysmal failure. For no other group of people who have ever lived on the earth have created the volume of chaos, apathy, tyranny, war, bloodshed & destruction as these folks have done – yet without any real accountability.
Sadly, brevity will only a kid’s glove handling of this topic & the issues we’re facing in 2017 & beyond. If Scripture is to be understood, believed & lived especially by those of us who hang on its every word – just as every other empire or kingdom have fallen & imploded, so too will the pillars of Western, imperialist democracy collapse & implode in a matter of a very short time. For what was built on the backs of slaves, the oppressed, the marginalised, the robbed, pillaged, raped & destroyed – for no other reason, than for filthy gain, will have its day of restitution knowing that Divine Justice is not a porridge served cold but the fiery wrath of God will be poured out undiluted upon the children of disobedience.
Amos Wilson speaks on the continuation of Black slavery in the present day, illustrating how the behaviors that were implanted by the slave system persist today and serve to keep Black bondage in place.
Produced by Ras Jahaziel with paintings created by Ras Jahaziel
What is this thing called LANDLESS NATIONALITY? Is it not a form of slavery by means of trickery? And why is it held to be so sacred that few have ever dared to question it?It is found in places where masses of X-slaves are held in unofficial captivity to X-slave-masters who inherited the wealth of the slave plantation and now own the whole nation. One can hardly find an X-slave today that does not have this thing called Landless Nationality. But is it such a good thing to have? Is it something that the X-slaves should be celebrating?It was handed down in the name of emancipation to the X-slaves on today’s plantation, and if you have been fully Churched, Schooled, and Universitied in the system that was specially crafted by The Slavery Wealth Inheritors, you will be very proud of having it.