LAST ELECTION RANT

 

 

 

My last rant about the elections

I want my fellow black people to understand a few things:

1. We are a minority – 13% to be exact. A good number of that percentage can not vote because of felonies.

2. Even if we all had the ability to vote and we all banded together to support our appointed representative, we could not win on our own.

3. Alliances are important. Compromise is important. Above all, being savvy is extremely important.

4. Sexism is a deadting man! It’s appalling.. It really deprives us all of accessing the best talents among the human race.

Politics is not a pursuit of sainthood, which is a horrible parallel if you think of how immoral those pursuing sainthood have been shown to be. The world is never going to be perfect, where oppression and discrimination disappears because of some movement that we start. It is highly important to align ourselves with those who at minimum publicly say they agree with our struggle. Then our job is to put ourselves in positions where we can influence the positions they take in power. Standing on the sideline and refusing to vote, or supporting a candidate who has no real chance of winning and therefore is powerless, or critiquing our allies for their choices and policies from 15-20yrs ago, regardless of the fact that they have renounced those actions and publicly stated that they want to work to reverse the effects of their bad policies from decades ago will not help our cause. You can’t excuse yourself from the process of choosing our leaders then complain about how society disenfranchises us based on race.

It was a disgrace that Hillary Clinton, outside of her qualifications and expertise in governing, lost this election due to innuendo and unproven accusations made to seem true by the media and people’s lack of appetite for details and research. It is a shame that minorities sat out and let her lose. It is a shame that white women in their majority, voted for someone who as it appears on public account, has shown himself to be misogynistic at best and dangerous to women’s health issues at worst regardless of whatever reasoning these women used.

Lastly, it is a shame that in 2016, a woman still has to deal with overt sexism that blatantly denies all the professional hard work invested in a career over decades and lose a job promotion to the most unqualified novice of an opponent because male privilege and authority apparently trumps a woman’s proven skills, professionalism, know-how and experience. Our world has a long way to go in eliminating not just glass ceilings but the most fundamental aspects of what sexism deprives our collective society of. Women, as much as men, have to let go of the sexism that holds professional women back from their rightful places in our workforce or we would continuously deprive ourselves of using the most qualified and talented members of our society to help us inch closer to the ideal of a much more productive and effective society.

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The Politics of Ethics

There’s an article circulating Ghanaian social media that’s making serious accusations at an individual who has somewhat of a public presence. There are few crimes, maybe only murder that should be considered more heinous than rape. Not just in Ghana, but the world over, rape victims are constantly asked to prove they were victimized whilst the assailants are typically held unaccountable. Rape victims are stigmatized unjustly and we as a society have to become better educated at ridding ourselves of the perceptions that allow us to feel comfortable demanding rape victims to prove their own rape.

That’s what conflicts those people who aim to champion the fight against victim blaming and bring an end to the persecution of those who are victims of rape, the majority being women and girls. It’s tragic. To feel imprisoned by the crime committed against you has to be one of the most challenging traumas any one has to live with and it is our duty to create a safer space for victims to come forward and seek justice against their assailants without fearing any repercussions,  implied or stated.

That is why I am so conflicted in voicing this opinion about seeking justice through the court of public opinion. On one hand, I can appreciate the relief it may bring to some in being able to share their stories as a step in the process of reaching some level of healing. However, it is counter intuitive for us to trample on others right to due process by estimating that, trying such happenings in public serves justice to anyone. If anything at all, it breeds skepticism, doubt and innuendo and gossip. No one wins. it is potentially a dangerous path that can leave an irreparable reputation for the small percentage that may be falsely accused. It sounds like a worthwhile sacrifice in the grand scheme of things if it results in the greater good but the essence of justice is to protect the defenseless. For so long, we have allowed our sense of good morals to be dictated by what the majority believe instead of protecting the ideal of “innocent until proven guilty”. If we had that kind of time, I’d expand on why that principle is the most important tenet in a truly just society but not today.

Here’s the point. One can accuse another of anything and blurt it out in public to gain approval and support even if the accusations are wrong. The idea that the writer was conflicted and pondered the ethics of making a public accusation of that magnitude without telling both sides of the story is shallow at worst and grossly irresponsible by any truly ethical estimation. If she’s ethical enough to want to protect the victims’ identities, the same ethics should have applied in protecting the accused’s identity. The fact that this did not happen then suggests a bias that encourages the sort of skepticism that has unjustly plagued rape victims for so long and her article is doing nothing to bring long lasting justice to rape victims who she seems to sincerely want to help. It begs noting that, this article was written in spite of a threat of legal action against her from the accused’s lawyer which implies that the accused is denying the accusations in that capacity. To go ahead and publish said article and lace it with screenshot private conversations which show no evidence of actual rape but insinuations and meanderings of a very needy guy did not achieve any type of justice. The victims are still in hiding and have not used their story to bring healing to themselves or warn others as the article bravely suggests. It reduces such a heinous crime to petty Twitter and groupchat gossip while missing an opportunity to actually galvanize these victims for a greater cause. This could have been a true moment of activism for the writer since she by all personal accounts is fervently supportive of womens rights issues.

Writing was a way to create awareness and learning in our culture where a lot of issues were branded off-topic and taboo. Blogging became an outlet for so many voiceless people and that’s a great turning point for our progress. However, blogging has become our destination for resolving our problems with the status quo. It has given us this false sense of actual activism when in fact we are not doing shit to solve the issues we wail about. This moment could have been used to bring a case against the accused in court. By providing and raising the resources to get a competent lawyer and investigative team to bring the man to trial. That will be justice. That would have been true activism. Here we are, blogging about it and leaving it at that while patting ourselves on the back, meanwhile nothing was solved. For the sake of justice and a a hope for a society that doesn’t victimize our rape victims, we should encourage those accusers to seek their recourse through the courts. And for the accused, anything short of bullishly defending your innocence if you are in fact innocent will be a disservice to yourself and the innocent. If you are in fact guilty, everything that is coming to you will not be enough until you pay for the crimes you are accused of and that will be justice.

Assumptive Narratives Formed from Social Media Activism: Awam Anger

There is a  presumptive way of thinking that we are all guilty of on Social Media. We all have very strong opinions about right or wrong. The power we have now is unprecedented because, everyone has an outlet for their opinions in the public sphere. It’s a great tool that can be used by all to express themselves. This creates room for all of us to feel aggrieved on every single major or minor topic, irrespective of context or intent. There are people who are also willing to only present one side of a story to pillar their narratives.

I was gonna let this go because sometimes silence is good response to false accusations but then I thought of it and realized– if I remain silent while having the ability to express the truth and shed light on an issue that sorta shapes the narrative, I’m doing those involved an injustice. So this is about the Charity event held by BBnZ to feed homeless children on October 3rd which drew cynicism from certain people on Social Media. By the way, I get annoyed when people act like social media isn’t an integral part of our public lives. As if it exists in a different realm. That said, the outspoken Twitter user – Obaa Boni, self appointed defender of the defenseless– presumably, wrote an article intended to tear down the privileges afforded by “The Patriarchy” to one fat guy who she  made sure to point out was not exactly in the position to call others out because he was fat while simultaneously stating she wasn’t trying to fat shame him in the same sentence. I’m fat and Bay is fat, we both need to be working out more than we eat so I don’t need someone to be sensitive to my feelings. That’s a subject for another article but let me say this, just because you tell people to shape up doesn’t make it fat shaming, it’s called love and concern for the person’s health. Anywho, Bay’s crime was; he offended @f_aggrey and the world  of women by being harsh and brash with a Twitter user who cynically and disrespectfully questioned the motives of the Charity while mocking the event with a few incendiary tweets. How this even spiraled into an issue about feminism is confusing but yeah… The lack of objectivity in that article is an example of how overzealous we can become when we have just a bit of power, in this case the power to have an audience.

F. ‏@f_aggrey Oct 3
You give people who can’t afford food cooked rice today so that tomorrow they live off their imagination eh. 

F. ‏@f_aggrey Oct 3
@BBnZLive are you gonna do the food donation event every year or it’s just a one time thing to look cool?

How are the above tweets to be considered objective inquisition by any standard?

This is where the articles obvious bias and lack of objectivity blows me. A company ran by young Ghanaians, who have a vision and for the better part of their existence sort to be trailblazers in the hopeless economic challenges faced by Ghanaian youth decided to take on a charitable endeavor to feed homeless children and all non-doers are worried about is the motive? First of, are they collecting the childrens’ intestines after they feed them for instrumentals or selling their skin for leather? How is feeding a hungry child received with cynicism on any level? If by virtue of this charitable deed, BBnZ gains more business, fucking awesome! We should all be happy for that. But noooo, let the intellectuals, those who are great at making theoretical arguments about every human endeavor put their lenses on  and microscopes out to scrutinize every grain of rice served to these hungry kids. The tweeter @f_aggrey lacked decorum in the context of her questioning and tweets pertaining to the charity event. She was brash and disrespectful, trying to antagonize and belittle good work for her own personal attention drawing self. It was for the damn retweets or else she would have been better mannered in her questioning. How do I know this? Read her timeline, she’s actually a decent person with the ability to tweet with positive inquisition.And any deduction from this to suggest that asking her to be well mannered is patriarchal or sexist is pure fuckery, yes preemptive strike cos I’m tired of the BS labeling on demand. This idea that you can say whatever you like however you like for the cause you believe in but expect respect from those you offend is just wishful bratty behavior.

Honestly, I should go on about how wrong Obaa Boni is in her assertions because she neither bothered to contact BBnZ for clarification on their intent or position regarding this supposed concern for their intents but why bother, it feels like she is most interested in stirring things up rather than resolving issues. For people on either side of this argument, I’d suggest that being abrasive towards each other is never a solution for progress. BBnZ is under no obligation to explain themselves to anyone. Charity is not a requirement. The concerned tweeter, wondering which air the children would eat the next day, did not even ask or offer to volunteer to be a part of the event when she found out about it, she rather took to twitter to sarcastically disparage the organizers in the name of being cool too.  So yes, Deezy came for her neck, not exactly a great approach, no matter how witty, but he met force with force and that’s typically how the world works. Those of us who write on blogs, should never confuse what we do to be the equivalent of actual work done i.e. activism. Doers like BBnZ should be applauded, especially in our part of the world where wicked men and women are our leaders, Not to be melodramatic but our president was proud to supply 2,ooo kids with made in China sandals and got media coverage. Private citizens feeding homeless children is welcome any day of the week in my book, regardless of their intentions or motives. Applaud them.

As for the quotes for or against Charity, we can all have our pick of the litter.. Here’s one I like:

We leave you a tradition with a future.
The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.
People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed.
Never throw out anybody.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. ~Sam Levenson~

Short and Not So Sweet

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The real reasons men don’t want their wives “out there”.

  1. Insecurity
  2. Trust
  3. Competition
  4. Peace
  5. Control

Some men know what they’re capable of and what they’ve done, what they’re doing in secret and how easy it is to cheat. They fear if their wives are social and outgoing, she’s susceptible to cheating. The insecurity is a reflection of self. Some may also be insecure because they have truly married up. It doesn’t make women innocent or incapable of cheating or prevent it but these are men’s reasons.  It really is that simple. Don’t overthink it. Argue on Twitter or @ me.

A man can be very sensitive to being exposed to the world. Matters of the home, he doesn’t want Nicquey, Malota and Charles knowing his business, his plans, his deals etc. They don’t want their intimate matters; financial, long term plans, health issues or whatever you can think of that can file under “private” out there. They worry that an “out there” woman may slip and tell others, therefore exposing holes in their armor. That’s probably the most important aspect of a relationship–> Trustworthiness, and for what it’s worth most men, are usually trying to preserve the trust.

I don’t wanna hear about the vacation Kasen planned for his wife. I don’t wanna hear about the new kitchen Brian just installed for his wife on a random Wednesday afternoon. I don’t want you questioning my manhood because you heard how Bay’s kids are living. Or that Alvin buys a new car for wifey every 2-years, fuuck thaat! Stay in this house and enjoy our mediocrity. Caroline is now telling your wife how Sheek has been eating the booty like groceries lately. Nah b, I don’t wanna compete with these men.

Old folks used to say in some variation that a peaceful home is a wife’s mandate. For what it’s worth, there is some truth to this based on how society is set up. The women usually sitting around being  housewives and making their boring days go by faster need to find something occupying. It’s only so long before they’re bored with being madam and ordering maids and houseboys to do their bidding. If you don’t want drama, you stay out of peoples business. This isn’t so bad a philosophy except we are not admitting that some of the most terrible gossips are men themselves. Double standard like a dog.

To be in control. That need is the most masculine of masculinity or so it’s been taught. The “putting of the foot down” – Alpha Gbemi.. No one enjoys putting their foot down more than the stereotypical African man. You’d think investments crawled out of the ground as a result as much as they love this pounding of their feet. A dictatorship– ensures a “my way or the highway” life and the economics usually permit this stupid need to control. You want that much control, get a pet. Preferably one that wears a collar you can yank on.

The Afropolitan Intelligentsia

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There is a school of thought,  shared by a group of intellectuals that are of African descent that posits Democracy as an enemy of progress to the African peoples. This is offensive on many levels, but lets not get into hyperbole and dramatics. One of the most fundamental aspects of progress is the ability to comprehend. In order to not come off as harsh or derogatory towards their thinking faculties, let’s put the disclaimer that there is no intent to cast them as such. Do we understand the meaning and purpose of Democracy? Again, no intention of being patronizing but clearly,   http://www.dictionary.com is needed here.

de·moc·ra·cy
dəˈmäkrəsē/
noun
  1. a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
    “capitalism and democracy are ascendant in the third world”
    synonyms: representative government, elective government;

    self-government,government by the people;
    “freedom of speech is essential to democracy”
    • a state governed by a democracy.
      plural noun: democracies
      “a multiparty democracy”
    • control of an organization or group by the majority of its members.
      “the intended extension of industrial democracy”
Some clarity on which parts of these definitions are not good for Africans or any people for that matter would be awesome. The fact that our educational and cultural systems haven’t evolved enough to have democracy operate smoothly doesn’t mean we aren’t suited for a fair system of government. Conversation over to you lot.

Feminism and eroding the patriarchy; An opinion.

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Those who enjoy the privileges of the status quo casually ask others who don’t have the same privileges to keep calm“.. Paraphrasing my own quote for the sake of brevity is no indication of egoism. Really…Maybe.  Today’s agenda; I want to write about Feminism contextually outside the pedestrian 140. One can easily misunderstand another person’s POV on that forum. Debating or disagreeing for the sake of doing so is just lame and tired. So for once, I am truly hoping for a captive audience because it is important to the conversation about equality in our society, especially one as culturally and traditionally entrenched in the Patriarchy as ours in Ghana is. I believe in the fundamental tenets of feminism. In fact, I advocate it and short of having female organs, I am as truecore a feminist as there is. That said, I am happy to be a man, not because of any implied, inferred or defaulted privilege that comes with the part but the fact that I’m content with how the universe chose to present me into existence.

Twitter is certainly not monotonous or boring for a lack of opinions. They hang everywhere like a passive aggressive girlfriend’s weave strands in her boyfriend’s apartment. Or like a controlling and insecure boyfriend constantly policing his girlfriends whereabouts or actions. We all witness it, we disagree on it, we write each other off for it and violently jump into each other’s @s for it. Some have even become infamous for the passion they have for their beliefs. The vitriol towards certain people is actually alarming to me. I don’t think an opinion should ever get one to the point of being hated and a target for rampant and unwarranted vilification. Adults disagree– should in fact. The discourse and the dialogue is healthy to change some of our indelible chauvinistic ideas and behaviors. However, it is discouraging that we can be so gung-ho about our ideas that, we fail to connect with people on a level for them to appreciate a POV we are passionate about. The point is, no matter how passionate you are about your beliefs, no matter how right you feel and believe your ideas and convictions to be, no matter how well educated you are– you need to connect with people in order for it to change culture. You can be as smart and intelligent as you think but your passions and views won’t be worth a moment of dumsor if you cannot translate it into moving the conversation forward and changing attitudes and perceptions. People need to understand your perspective without feeling like they’re in a war zone in order for it to matter.

Feminism is not an affront to manhood. It is not a virus that is here to destroy our way of life. It is simply the voice of many women, tired of the continuing double standards that disenfranchise them from being equal stakeholders in our society. It is perfectly logical what feminism is fighting for. It deserves to be acknowledged and accepted by default because, freedom of choice — to be whatever one wants to be — shouldn’t be tied to gender in the social, political and economic context. There are women who still have to fight for their right to their own bodies. That is quite crazy to me and I blame Religion and tradition for that. There are women who have to fight to keep their clitorises, fight to not  have to be guilty for their rape, fight for their right to any career considered “non-nurturing”, fight for their right to have an opinion and speak up, fight for many rights that come to men by default. The debate needs to shift. Why we are even so adamant about keeping any woman in any box she does not want for herself is astonishing to me. How is this still a thing? Seriously, get rid of that smug approach to life. The one that says; only women deserving of your respect are your mothers and sisters. It is the most pretentious bullshit in the discussion of gender equality. Respect isn’t a biological attribute. Respecting your fellow humans is really a requirement in my opinion, regardless of how vehemently you disagree with a person’s choices, you have to respect it. I feel like a broken record by reiterating how important respect is in the equality-fight glossary. Just respect people.

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Now to the real reason why I want equality. There is always a selfish reason or motive – LMAO. I have never liked the way sex culture is posited in our society, much like how I’ve detested the culture of man of the house getting the best portion of the cooked meal. I want to tear down all those walls and barriers that make sex a bargaining tool for most women, that defines their dignity or worth. That keeps it as a way of guilting you for “wasting” their time if a relationship doesn’t pan out. I want them to be responsible for their decisions and not blame men for deceiving them into sexual relationships etc. I want an even playing field, where love is a choice not an obligation, where loyalty and faithfulness are personal decisions not a patriarchal mandate for determining value and worth. Can we fast forward to 2050 and reincarnate me as a young 17 year old stud? Can I blow these backs out freely with zero conscience because these backs wanna be blown out with zero obligation and or responsibility? Can I then evolve into the person I am now but just wealthier? Okay, wishful thoughts.

The fight of feminists is warranted. I know a lot of us men are often reluctant to acknowledge the struggle women face because we have actively been screwed over by three women or more, through manipulative games, lies and the like but their social, economic and political equality should not be a function of their interpersonal relationships with men. So holla at a feminist, understand the whys of her anger with a patriarchal society and then make the effort to view the world through their lenses. Feminists, the kind I know are some freaks too by the way so if you make that physical connection — praise Jesus, Muhammad, Budha and the belief in the non-belief of a God for such an opportunity and savor it. Take it from me.

The feminists outtchere who juuust wanna argue for the sake of it… Save it and suck it. I think your cause, whichever it is, ranging from benevolent sexism to rape culture and genital mutilation, to equal pay and holding on to your last name or being the one to propose marriage– understand that people still have traditional views until most become educated on the prejudicial nature of how our society truly views femininity. Womanhood is equal to manhood. There are trade offs and variations between genders but more people will learn if the approach is not constantly combative.  So take your time to dialogue and educate, instead of frantically hurling insults to score points from people who already share your beliefs or the nonchalants… Peace, love and hair grease.

Ebola Brain…

I’m abrasive on this platform. Very opinionated in nature, almost dismissive and borderline unfriendly. I am yet to find someone who is willing to refute the points I’m trying to make nonetheless. Or maybe no one really gives two fucks about my opinion – I have considered that too. LOL

I speak on these issues with only one intention. To be an agent of change for the way a lot of us seem to think. The sense of entitlement and victimhood with which we address our Ghanaian issues.. African issues..

Either I’m an extremist, not compassionate or clueless. I strongly suspect otherwise but we can disagree on that. Mad men know what they see that drives them into the cold naked, right? LOL

So now that I have given you this long prequel to my pending rant, I hope you take your time to read through my points.

1. Africans are generally not a charitable people. I would dare call them downright void of compassion for the suffering masses.

2. We’ve all heard of this secret serum that seems to have cured two “white Americans” of the deadly ebola. The first reaction from most of us is why didn’t they give it to the Africans also and attributed it to some degree of racism.

3. Why aren’t we angry that our leaders and so-called wealthy people on the
continent have not stepped up and offered the pharmaceutical company with this secret serum a dime to accelerate the process. Instead, we want to sit back and whine about why and how only two Americans got it.

4. If the secret drug, forget that it is not a tried and tested drug that is ready to be administered to the general population, was given to two Africans and they died, the same people crying why would be accusing the west of using “the poor Africans” as guinea pigs for their untested and unapproved drug. We’d be hot on the tail of the “white devil” that seeks to destroy the black man.

5. Have you asked why in ALL of Africa, not ONE pharmaceutical company, is in the hunt — that we know of — for a cure to Ebola, a disease that seems to be mostly plaguing Africans?

6. What does the West or America or White people owe Africans? If you answer this question, with valid and provable points and facts, you can get my hard earned $100. Not much but beats the unsaved Cedi that is still waiting for our prayers to reach heaven so it stabilizes.

7. Until Africans, take responsibility for the gross mismanagement of their affairs and start competing in every area of modernity instead of looking for handouts and mercy givings, more of our people will die. They will perish endlessly and no number of prayer fasts or demon casting or blaming colonization will set things right.

8, If you are still here and reading, please hear me when I say this to you. The worst part of slavery and colonization has been psychological. The fact that a lot of our people believe that “whites and the rest of the human race” are plotting for our downfall. The fact that we think about our complexion more than we think about progress and how to solve our problems is in itself our downfall. Our predecessors set us up for failure because they made our struggle sentimental and deep rooted in an idea that we are viewed as less than because of our race. Wash that crap from your mind and teach your kids to not see color…. Even in the face of racism, they should know that their humanity is not a matter of opinion, internal or external for that matter.

9. Are you still here? Ok then. Hold your leaders accountable. That they can fly $3million on a plane to appease footballers but have yet to offer a Pesewa for the pursuit of a cure for Ebola is a really good indicator of where our priorities are. They are happily handing out hand sanitizers at the Kotoka International Airport while lying on radio that they have measures in place to prevent it from reaching Ghana..

10. Change your sense of entitlement. Africa is its own worst enemy. Stands in the ways of it’s own progress and fails to control its own destiny. The worth of every slave stolen from the continent between 1600-1800 has been exponentially paid for with all the donations and philanthropic acts dolled on the continent over the years.. If you want to know how, I have done the unsentimental math and I can prove it to you to get my $100 doubled.. Try me. Peace to all who hear and to those who keep silent and ignore me, good on you as well.
The bottom line is, I care too much for my own gatdamn good! Peace.

 

PS: Tell your people to stop eating those gatdamn Bats for survival’s sake… Sheeesh!!

Nigger = Cracker Pt.1

White supremacy is predicated on the falsehood that, a person is simply better or of higher value because of their race. White privilege is a natural offspring of the culture of white supremacy. That is no groundbreaking information. This is rather an exploration of how the psyche of non-whites especially us black people has been concentrated and directed towards the wrong targets. As we try to debunk and untether our society from the systemized effects of this culture of white supremacy and white privilege, we should be fully aware that our fight is not against white people. Our aim should be to completely eradicate the prejudices that limit and discriminate against any group of people based on the color of their skin. The goal isn’t ridding the world of white people.. We could argue that these are simply semantics i.e. white supremacy being the same as white people but on a deeper level, understanding that the culture of prejudice is alienable from the whites but more glaringly, that prejudice is not exclusive to whites — could be the gateway to better solutions for a level and equal playing field for all people. ALL.

Nigger = Cracker   Niggersandcrackerstext

 

 

We cannot ignore that discrimination by any definition is wrong, irrespective of the variables of the complexion of the discriminator vs the discriminated— if we consciously deprive a person of an opportunity based on race instead of criterion like merit, know-how/ability or potential. Prejudice is colorless, so it is equally awful to call any group of people by a racial slur just as it is to call white people by racial slurs. This isn’t a defense of white people by a long shot. It is just the truth. The real world effects of calling someone a “nigger” is no more derogatory than calling another “cracker”. Words can be hurtful and demeaning but at its core, those two words possess the same weight of disrespect and one should not trump the other. The struggle of dark and brown skin people over the past four or five hundred years is well documented. We are not overlooking it’s terrible effects on the race and especially the continent of Africa but we also, in search of finding an equilibrium for our past oppression, have to be embracing of solutions that do not pivot us in the same hateful and bigoted way in which our ancestors and even a lot of our people are still treated. It really sounds utopic to say, do not dwell on what wounds have been inflicted on the race but it does no good to reciprocate how we are still treated with a blanket hate towards white people. This is not a pass for them to keep being racist towards us but rather advocating for an approach that does not dwell on a tit for tat exchange.

 

Africans and people of color have to remove the effects of racism on us from the equation if we truly seek to re-establish the truth of our equality in humanity. That means, we have to control our own destinies, our own wealth and start teaching ourselves at the most core levels that we are not victims. We should invest in ourselves, tell our stories outside of the white supremacist narrative and establishing our existence in the world as not dependent on what white supremacy dictates. That means not begging for a black James Bond, however trivial that seems for this article. That also means, not lamenting the lack of black barbies or fighting that Jesus was black, or that white people can not have dreadlocks, or making every single blockbuster movie we make about slavery. There are countless rich stories about the black experience that don’t hinge on race that we can tell our progeny. Why dwell on the pity? This is part of a more expansive essay being written but it is time to share excerpts of it because our supposed leaders are continuously failing to understand the concept of value and independence. For as long as our independence has to be granted and validated by white supremacist culture, we remain their eternal subordinates. Born free, live free. You do not have to have the mindset that your freedom has to be re-negotiated and validated in order to be equal to all other humans..

There was a point to be made in all this but the attention span of the reader is too short these days so to be continued….

Docile: The challenges of responsibility to a cause, any cause..

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I’m feeling wise, so here.

When you start maturing, you wonder and fidget with your brain, why Africa asa continent in general is so behind. Then you evolve from believing that the plight of the continent is tied to some deity that has cursed it. You grow some more and you either discern that deities may be more concerned with maintaining the natural order of the universe, you know, like the sun in place and rivers flowing into the sea than cursing you for the skin color THEY gave you, or so you rationalize it.

At a point, you are determined to make a difference, work hard and even dare to believe you can change things. Then the reality of the decay sets in. The stench of it, my God! It is cyclical. Truer is the fact that, once you have adjusted to the convenience of your life i.e. being a part of modernity as a professional income earning adult, you are less willing to forfeit that comfort to sacrifice your life in a frontline battle against the elements that make Ghana and most of  Africa  such a shit pile.

So you give up and watch T.V shows that amuse you. They give an escape from the horrors of your responsibility to your people. You may even wisely switch nationalities to secure the safety guaranteed by being the citizen of one of these western nations. These are my senseless thoughts this evening and it has to do mostly with how increasingly nonchalant I have gotten about Social media activism by a vastly docile and cowardly race of imbeciles. Goodnight