Being a neo-Pan Africanist in this citywide election

During a recent trip to Ethiopia and Tanzania, I learned of white owned NGOs and white owned non-profits doing incredible work in Africa (http://www.bmorenews.com/news/013106_black_news_bmorenews_africa_report.htm).

Since then, I have had to take another look at my own Pan-Africanism. Can black people do it alone? Or, is the help of non-blacks necessary and prudent when it comes to solving the challenges of the black Diaspora across the globe.

In this citywide election in Baltimore, a Greek guy – Mike Sarbanes – is running for Council President and is getting a heap of support.

So, here’s the question: Is the black support of Mike Sarbanes viewed as a slap in the face of either Rawlings Blake or Harris, both of whom want the seat – both of whom are black.

We’d love to hear your comments. 

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3 Responses to “Being a neo-Pan Africanist in this citywide election”

  1. My own perception of Pan-Africanism has never been based on race. If you read carefully what Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah said in his Autobiograhpy, you will notice the statement Africans for Africa. In my view, this means that anyone who contributes to the re-construction of the Africa is acceptable in the African Nation.

    Based on this perception, it is not hard to see African Unification. Everybody on the African Continent has a role to play reardless of “race”. This is very improtant because Africa is such a vast land with a great variety of cultures and people. To me, it makes little to no sense to think in terms of anything that does not advance the Unification of the entire African Continent, including Arabia and the various islands.

  2. Bro. Cliff Says:

    While I understand Bro. Abdurrahman’s comments above with regard to one who “contributes to the re-construction of Africa” being “acceptable in the African Nation”, I will not support, in action or thought, the notion of allowing colonists to make the crucial decisions as to what the Future of Afrika will be. And, if I understand correctly, the comment by Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, as well as Marcus Mosiah Garvey, was “Africa fot the Africans” (not the other way around), “at home and abroad.”

    This, to me, means that Afrika was and is the ancestral territory of those of us who have, and claim, a close affinity for the Afrikan continent, and who bear a direct connection to the original inhabitants of that land. While science seems to indicate that all humanity descended from a single Afrikan ancestor, those who left and travelled to Europe and other land masses so long ago have long since severed their ancestral ties to Afrika, returning only when the time had come to strip it of its people and resources.

    That Afrikan people have so much difficulty running our affairs today is testimony to the fact that we have been so thoroughly indoctrinated into the ways of our conquerors–yes, CONQUERORS. Thus, Afrikan nations crawl to Europe on bended knee to beg the G-8 to absolve them of odious debt that was amassed under the colonial rule of those same European powers. Thus, Afrikan leaders agree to “liberalizing” their markets, opening them up to economic conquest, in exchange for “aid” that still fails to save their own people. Thus, Afrikan heads of state accept the Thirty Pieces of Silver from the West to betray the interests of their people and allow Shell, Exxon, Chevron and the rest to drill for oil in Nigerua’s Niger Delta. Thus, Afrikans in Sudan and Somalia fight ridiculous “civil wars” along tribal lines that were long ago set up by the European colonists.

    And, Black people in Baltimore continue to play the games that were set in place by their early colonial masters instead of truly organizing the people so we can take over the game ourselves. We go along with the tear-down-schools-tear-own-libraries-tear-down-rec-centers-build-more-prisons mentality, and the disarm-the-community-activists-while-arming-the-police-and-arming-the-gangs-undercover scam.

    It’s time to retake the minds of our people. We can start with our media. There are those of us, like Bro. Doni, who are working today to turn our slave metality around. I’d like to think I do my part too, but not as effectively as I will be.

    Bro. Doni, I will be in touch with you very soon.

    Bro. Cliff
    KUUMBAReport Newsletter (starting up again!)

  3. I don’t really understand the question, but I think the voters should vote on issues that concern them. Do you think black candidates will automatically do better for black people, or the city (which has members of many races)? I can name a number of black politicians who have not done good for their respective cities. I don’t think it’s healthy to look at voting for a white official as needing help from whites, because you can alienate many well-intentioned people that way. Rawlings-Blake, while black, does not represent the underclass struggle that much of this city endures everyday (christ, she went to OBERLIN!). Sarbanes (I’m not sure how good he’d do, btw), lives in Pigtown, amidst the people whom he claims to want to help. But, like all politicians, he probably will try to get elected in order to further his own career.

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