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America is commemorating the death of Dr. Martin Luther King and there is not much to add about him. Everything has been said and debated about this icon of modern American Black history.

Martin Luther King is the hero of all the descendants of Black slaves and the Blacks subjugated by segregationist policies and laws in the USA.

In the days where laws were called Jim Crow and a strange fruit was a dead Black hanging from a tree. America still has a lot to do in terms of race relations but the fact is that Dr. King is the most celebrated founder of the civil right movement.

Pan-Africans advocate the unification of Africans and people of African heritage.

I read an opinion piece in a Kenyan newspaper and the author, a staunch pan-African, stated that it was time for the West to compensate Africa for slavery.

I was offended, since history shows that Africa had a role to play with slavery and compensation, if any, should go to the descendants of the people who Africa enslaved.

I wrote to the newspaper and now assume that my point of view was too inflammatory and un-African and tossed in the dust bin.

Anyway, I found a great quote from “King Ghezo of Dahomey who said in 1840s: the slave trade is the ruling principle of my people. It is the source and the glory of their wealth.”

I wonder what would be the world opinion if Jews were asked to compensate Germany for what Hitler has done.

A synonym of pan-African is the African Union.  It started as the Organization of African Unity or the dictators club as some called it.

The so-called OAU did nothing for the Black people during the segregation time fought by Martin Luther King in the USA, nothing either during South Africa and former Rhodesia apartheid era.

During apartheid era the African nations were knocking on South Africa’s door for favors and loans.

The irony is that since Africans took over not much is going on.  Nelson Mandela is South Africa father figure while Jacob Zuma, the president only interest is to acquire more wives and gag the press.

I astonished a friend of mine when I said that Zuma wanted to shag his whole country. Funny, I think it was the ambition of King Ghezo too.  Africa likes to shag its people.

I have nothing to say about Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. The man is absolutely self un-explanatory.
Sorry, I have something to say:
“Mugabe’s nickname is Mad Bob and he is upset because his wife is rumored to have extramarital affairs.”

I get kind of disturb when Africa’s sycophants ride on the fame or associate themselves with people like Dr. King. I understand than an America embassy in Africa is having an exhibit comparing Dr. King’s accomplishments with other African heroes.

Testing, testing.  Which African heroes?
Dr. King never liberated a country and stole the land. No, he liberated the Black people and got killed for it.

Dr. King belongs to Blacks, the one who are now in the new world, the one with the post slavery syndromes.

Africa should offer all Blacks an excuse for the mess they created. Nobody wants their money as they borrow from the West where Blacks live. An apology will do.



3 responses to “DON’T TOUCH THE KING

  1. Your perspective is so fresh and different from how we as black Americans are taught to see things. Thanks Patrick-Bernard

  2. Anna,
    I think that Black Americans have achieved a lot before, during, after slavery and they are still at it now. I do not see why Africa should take some of this glory.
    Africa helped in kicking my ancestors out. No worries, my colour is new world Black. I leave Africa for the Africans.
    Cheers and thanks for your comment.

  3. Many of us who went through the cultural revolution of the late 60’s had this very romantic notion of the homeland. Our mantra was since it was difficult to discern what country we were from (western Africa not withstanding)– we could claim the whole continent. But knowledge is freeing and many of us had to adopt a more sobering approach to the dynamics that led to our forced traumatic exile to a country and countrymen far more hostile and brutal.

    It was disheartening to hear about the role some of the home folks had in
    promoting the slave trade by trading off the spoils of tribal wars. It’s something about group oppression and demand that rewards them and
    for many if the accounts are true ended up in the hulls of the ships after partying with their patrons. I remember reading about Native Americans especially the story of Geronimo and how hard he fought for his people
    against imperialist forces. He was betrayed by fellow Apache tribe members and what was so ironic is that the scouts who led to his capture ended up in the same cattle train with him which ultimately ended on a reservation in no man’s land. The virulent opportunities that surface when conquering and decimating a people. This seems to be a recurring theme
    among conquerors and the oppressed and continues to thrive even in the 21st century.

    I do understand Pan-Africanism and have met and talked with Africans from the various countries who have a kinship with the descendants in this country and the diaspora. It’s all anecdotal and some of it is based on accounts by those who have a more detailed experience with the various countries on the continent.

    Your article, however, is a reminder and presents a more balanced picture and in the end…WE ARE OUR BEST THING!!

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