Saturday, February 24, 2018

Africans in America Must Be Encouraged to Return to Africa and Build Their "Dream State" of Wakanda

Africans in America almost unanimously believe Wakanda is an expression of what black people would have created had the continent been left undisturbed by European colonization and Africans allowed to evolve without the pernicious influence of the white man. [Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America: Ryan Coogler’s film is a vivid re-imagination of something black Americans have cherished for centuries — Africa as a dream of our wholeness, greatness and self-realization., New York Times, 2-12-2018]:
The artistic movement called Afrofuturism, a decidedly black creation, is meant to go far beyond the limitations of the white imagination. It isn’t just the idea that black people will exist in the future, will use technology and science, will travel deep into space. It is the idea that we will have won the future. There exists, somewhere within us, an image in which we are whole, in which we are home. Afrofuturism is, if nothing else, an attempt to imagine what that home would be. “Black Panther” cannot help being part of this. 
We must encourage Africans in America to return to Africa and begin constructing Wakanda (so far, giving them - via white flight - Detroit, Baltimore, Gary, Newark, Camden, Chicago, and Memphis have failed to produce a Wakandan-esque utopia...)
“Wakanda itself is a dream state,” says the director Ava DuVernay, “a place that’s been in the hearts and minds and spirits of black people since we were brought here in chains.” She and Coogler have spent the past few months working across the hall from each other in the same editing facility, with him tending to “Black Panther” and her to her much-anticipated film of Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” At the heart of Wakanda, she suggests, lie some of our most excruciating existential questions: “What if they didn’t come?” she asked me. “And what if they didn’t take us? What would that have been?”
A large percentage of the white population in the United States of America secretly wishes Wakanda was a real place, instead of a fictional African nation found in comic books (the invention of two Jewish dudes), because its existence would immediately disprove the assertion of racists in the USA who note the low quality of life found wherever Africans in America are located in large numbers. [Black Panther’ resonates during the Trump era, experts say, AM New York, 2-1-2018]:
The tense political and racial climate makes the film’s message about a non-colonized African nation even more important, [Fredrick Joseph] said. 
Wakanda, the most technologically advanced nation on the planet, is a direct rebuke to President Trump’s alleged disparaging remarks about some African nations.
But make no mistake, black intellectuals view Wakanda as the culmination of black greatness, denied by insidious white people. [Why Wakanda matters, Washington Post, 2-20-18]:
“Wakanda represents this unbroken chain of achievement of black excellence that never got interrupted by colonialism,” Evan Narcisse, a pop culture critic who co-writes “The Rise of the Black Panther” miniseries, told The Washington Post’s David Betancourt. 
And, as an idealized homeland, Wakanda also represents the powerful promise of black liberation dreamed by generations of African Americans. “We have for centuries sought to either find or create a promised land where we would be untroubled by the criminal horrors of our American existence,” Carvell Wallace wrote in the New York Times magazine. “From Paul Cuffee’s attempts in 1811 to repatriate blacks to Sierra Leone and Marcus Garvey’s back-to-Africa Black Star shipping line to the Afrocentric movements of the ’60s and ’70s, black people have populated the Africa of our imagination with our most yearning attempts at self-realization.” 
“Identity is not dead, as the incredibly identitarian Trump administration has made quite clear,” wrote my colleague Christine Emba, hailing the film as a “black triumph.” “Because of, and in spite of, an increasingly divided racial climate, the representation of people of color in broader spaces matters.”  
“We’re in a political moment where the president of the United States calls people from Haiti and Africa, he calls those countries ‘s---holes,’ ” Narcisse told The Post. “If you’re a young person hearing that … you need to see a superhero that’s smart, cunning and noble who also looks like you. Granted, it’s fiction, but superheroes have always had an aspirational aspect to them.” 
In the end, “Black Panther” delivers a pointed message of inclusion, a call to build “bridges” — not “walls” — to move beyond a past of violence and injustice. But, in Wakanda, there’s just one global superpower, resplendent and mighty, that needs no reference but itself.
Black intellectuals revel in Wakanda proving their theories of what Africans lost by being smothered in a white supremacist state and fulfilling their fantasies of seeing what Africans could have achieved were it not for the former. 

So let it be known I encourage all Africans in America to break from their racist oppressors ("colonizers" as a citizen of Wakanda dubs white people), shattering the bonds of systemic inequality, implicit bias, and white privilege by heading back to Africa to build .

#WakandaIsntReal currently, but if the fictional African utopia is to be realized (where blacks can yell "Wakanda Forever" until their voices go hoarse), Africans in America must return to the motherland and begin construction of their "dream state."



Friday, February 23, 2018

#WakandaIsntReal: South Africa's New President Pledges to Confiscate Land Owned by Whites Since 1600s and Redistribute to Blacks

Oh, Wakanda, Wakanda, why aren't thou real? 

Wakanda, Wakanda, we all wish to feel;

a nation of pure blackness, where African greatness 

no one white man can steal. Where we boast a technology beyond whitey's wildest dreams, 

for we Wakandans are the true kings and queens.  [New South African president wants to seize land from white farmers without compensation, Russia Today, 2-22-18]:

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to return the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to the black citizens of the country. The government plans to accelerate land redistribution through expropriation without compensation. 
“The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate the redistribution of land to black South Africans,” said Ramaphosa, who was sworn into office to succeed Jacob Zuma as president last week. 
The millionaire ex-businessman Ramaphosa promised that land expropriation operations will not be a “smash and grab” exercise and promised to handle the matter properly, adding that people “must see this process as an opportunity.” 
“No-one is saying that land must be taken away from our people,” he said, “Rather, it is how we can make sure that our people have equitable access to land and security of tenure. We must see this process of accelerated land redistribution as an opportunity and not as a threat,” he added during a speech to parliament on Tuesday. 
Such a drastic move would not damage the country’s agriculture or economy, the South African president promised.   
“We will handle it with responsibility. We will handle it in a way that will not damage our economy, that is not going to damage agricultural production,” he said. 
More than two decades after the end of apartheid in the 1990s, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party is under pressure to tackle racial disparities in land ownership in South Africa. The country is home to over 50 million people, with whites owning most of the land. 
According to a recent study, black South Africans constitute 79 percent of the population, but directly own only 1.2 percent of the country’s rural land. 
Meanwhile, white South Africans, who constitute 9 percent of the country’s population, directly own 23.6 percent of its rural land, and 11.4 percent of land in towns and cities, according to the Land Audit report. 
A similar program of land redistribution was carried out by then-Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Thousands of white farmers were forced from their lands.
#WakandaIsntReal, but the black rage/animosity toward whites fueling most of the script of Black Panther is terrifying real. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

#WakandaIsntReal: Remembering When Every Student in Liberia (Nearly 25,000) Failed the University Admission Exam

Shot. [Liberia’s roots planted in America, MyAJC.com, 10-31-2014]:
Most Americans, on the other hand, likely know little about the tiny West African nation of Liberia apart from it being front-page news as ground zero in the Ebola crisis. 
#WakandaIsntReal
Yet America’s relationship with Liberia is deep and tangled, dating back nearly 200 years to American slavery — or at least an attempt to remedy it. 
“People just think Liberia is a country in Africa that is in the news because of Ebola,” said Alan Huffman, author of “Mississippi in Africa.” “But we are basically responsible for creating it, which is why I have always been bewildered that the U.S. has had little interest in Liberia.” 
The first group of free blacks and former slaves from America began arriving in Liberia in 1822 in an effort to be repatriated back to Africa. 
When Liberia became Africa’s first independent nation in 1847, it modeled its political structure after the United States. The capital city is Monrovia, named after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States. Liberia’s flag is a near replica of Old Glory, as is its constitution and Pledge of Allegiance. 
Even today, American culture saturates Liberia in everything from the clothes to the music to the official language, which is English.
Chaser. [Liberia students all fail university admission exam, BBC.com, August 26, 2013]:
Liberia's education minister says she finds it hard to believe that not a single candidate passed this year's university admission exam. 
Nearly 25,000 school-leavers failed the test for admission to the University of Liberia, one of two state-run universities. 
The students lacked enthusiasm and did not have a basic grasp of English, a university official told the BBC. 
Liberia is recovering from a brutal civil war that ended a decade ago. 
'Dreams shattered' 
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel peace laureate, recently acknowledged that the education system was still "in a mess", and much needed to be done to improve it. 
Many schools lack basic education material and teachers are poorly qualified, reports the BBC's Jonathan Paye-Layleh from the capital, Monrovia. 
However, this is the first time that every single student who wrote the exam for a fee of $25 (£16) has failed, our reporter says.
#WakandaIsntReal
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Newspaper in 61% Black Rocky Mount, North Carolina Dares Publish the Truth on Homicide in City: All Victims/Suspects Black

Rocky Mount, North Carolina is a 61 percent black, 32 percent white city, and is part of the so-called Raleigh/Durham "Research Triangle." 

It's elected/appointed leadership is almost entirely black

Home to 57,000 people, it's also home to a black population uniquely violent when compared to the white minority. [Homi­cide vic­tims all black men, Rocky Mount Telegram, 2-4-18]:
Every victim of the 16 homicides last year in Rocky Mount was a black male.The Telegram does not usually note the race of victims in its crime accounts. But when the results are as stark as this, the issue of who the homicide victims are deserves to be examined. The large number of black residents who died at the hand of another in the city amounts to what some residents refer to as a slaughter of black men. 
This is a trend that has been happening in Rocky Mount over the past few years. 
From 2013 to 2016, the Rocky Mount had 36 homicides. Of that number, 32 victims were black and all but two of those were black men. This brings the total to 46 black men who have been slain in the past five years in Rocky Mount. 
Of the 16 homicides that took place in 2017, 15 are being treated by Rocky Mount police as murders. The last homicide of the year, they say, was a justifiable homicide. However, of these 15 murder victims, 11 were 30 years old or younger. 
The youngest was 16. 
The suspects in these crimes are young as well. So far, only five of the 15 cases have been solved. Those five cases netted seven suspects who now await trial. Six of those suspects are black men and one is a black woman. The oldest of these suspects is 26 and the youngest is 18. Four of the seven were still in their teens at the time the homicide was committed. 
Rocky Mount Interim Police Chief Willie Williams said that the murder rate is a priority for him. 
“We are trying to reduce the number of murders in Rocky Mount,” Williams told the Telegram during a recent Chat with the Chief event he held to connect with the residents of the city. “That is our primary focus right now. As a result of that, we are doing other things as well, but the No. 1 focus of the department is reducing and preventing murders.” 
Some residents point to the rising number of murders in other parts of the state as a reason for the increase in violent crime. However, Rocky Mount’s homicide is still proportionately high. Wilmington and Raleigh both reported 26 homicide victims last year, but Wilmington’s population is three times Rocky Mount’s and Raleigh has roughly nine times the number of residents. 
Rocky Mount police would not release information about how many of the homicides they consider to be gang-related, but Williams said gang activity does account for much of the violent crime in the city. Williams spoke openly about the issue with the Telegram. 
‘I don’t know if the issue of gang violence was underplayed in the past, but it is not now,” Williams said. “I think we have a high gang concern in the city, and that is certainly contributing to our violent crime problem. I can tell you we have a very, very strong organization in place to deal with the issue and our gang unit functions as well as any. We have the personnel there, the resources there and the leadership there to help deal with the problem.” 
Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight said there is no excuse for murder. 
However, Knight did suggest that there are underlying societal reasons that are contributing to the problem. The root cause of murders in Rocky Mount is poverty and the all-too-easy access to guns, Knight told the Telegram in a sit-down interview in which he was invited to participate. 
“We do have a gang problem,” Knight said, adding that children who are expelled or suspended from school end up with the streets taking care of them in what he called the pipeline from school to prison. 
Poor children with a single mother who works two jobs might enter fifth grade not knowing how to read and soon lose interest in school. Children who live in motels and cars and are worried about staying warm and eating don't have much time for academics. And there could be other problems within the home, Knight said. 
“Housing, employment, education — all that plays a role in how people live,” Knight said, providing data from the U.S. Census Bureau that shows racial disparity in the local job market. 
The unemployment rate in Rocky Mount among black men, ages 16 to 64, is more than triple that of white men. Just over 20 percent of black men in that age range are unemployed while the rate drops significantly, to 6 percent, among white males, according to the American Community Survey, which was published in late 2017. 
“This is not a black problem, a white problem or a Latino problem,” Knight said. 
“It's a Rocky Mount problem.”
How many cities, large or small, in the United States could see the newspaper serving the citizens of the community print the exact same headline (conveniently failing to note all the suspects are also black, or, in the Rocky Mount Telegram, burying this racially provocative truth)?

Hundreds.

Thousands.

It's not a Rocky Mount problem. It's a black problem, courtesy of genetics incompatible with western civilization.