Why Black History Is So Bitter?

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Black history is a sad story but it has made us strong

At times, I sit and wonder why a particular race became a target to all kinds of cruelty and brutality? It’s hard to forget because the horrible images are there constantly reminding how or what black history was yesterday, even though we try hard to forgive and forget.

What has this poor little girl done to go through such a physical and psychological torture? From slavery to Apartheid and from Apartheid to Aids and from Aids to Ebola. What comes next in a world which doesn’t belong to anyone but we are just passing through?

I have no hate for anybody whether those responsible are dead or alive because the bitter experience of black history has made the black man stronger to survive in today’s world of greed, corruption, hypocrisy, discrimination, and racism.

Black History: Once Upon A Time In America

Years after slavery, African-Americans are still struggling to be real Americans

Elizabeth Ann Eckford, a student, and a key figure at the Little Rock Central High School is pictured being followed, booed and yelled at by a mob of whites. She was among the group of the nine African-American students famous for having desegregated the school in 1957. A closer look at the lady on the right, you can see the chilling, unreasonable dislike in her eyes. This reflects on the history of Apartheid Education in America.

In the deep sea, the big fish has no sympathy for the helpless small fish. They intimidate the small ones and always try to eat them up. That was once the hostile situation in America years back, in every sector, including the educational sector, against African-Americans. 

It’s very embarrassing to see such images in America, a country that  believes in democracy, above all they say: In God We Trust.

The more disturbing factor is, America provided  a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis criminals and their collaborators after World War II, yet subjected African-Americans to abuse, discrimination, lynching, experimentation, and slavery.

Abolition of slavery is a fact recorded in history, but the reality is, it still exists in many places around the globe, including America today because we live in a violent and corrupt society.

How many years now did America start fighting against an illegal drug entering its sovereignty? Because of corruption, the country is plagued by cocaine and other dangerous drugs, drastically taking its toll on many citizens.

There was a time, if you are an honest hard worker, with distinguished achievements in the society, you will be awarded, but now those who commit serious crimes against humanity are those that receive that awards, including the Nobel Prize. Among the ring of liars, if you want to remain different and live in truth, you will eventually become an enemy.

Do you feel this world is okay? Are you happy about the turmoil and the path of doom the world has taken? Why politicians fighting for power when they don’t have any means to save this world? Nothing in this world seems to be going better or doing well. Everything has taken the wrong path.

Whether Africans were used as Guinea pigs in testing drugs, whether Aids, Ebola, Lassa and other deadly diseases, were bio-weapons against Africans to depopulate the continent, or whether African-Americans were used for experimentation, the Black man has survived today. That power wasn’t strong enough to wipe out the black race.

Black history is a sad song and a rough road. Even though it’s like an image hanging on the wall, the Black man should change that sad song to a happy song and straighten up that rough road ahead of him. We should let go hatred, jealousy, racism, racial discrimination and hypocrisy to embrace love in our community.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” —I Corinthians 13:4-8a.

Dandara: A Great Black Woman That Made History

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Dandara, the great fighter.

It’s our responsibility to dig out great stories of black history. Many are racists because of your colour black, but during the First and Second World Wars, White soldiers painted their faces black to avoid detection by enemies. Many blacks survived because enemies hardly had a glimpse at them. This is short story of one of the greatest black women fighters in black history.

Dandara was an Afro-Brazilian Woman, Warrior who lived in the 1600s. She was co-founder of Palmares, a run-away slave community (quilombo) that thrived for almost a century.

Bravely she fought alongside Zumbi and others defending the freedom of her people and her community. Palmares was eventually overthrown by Dutch and Portuguese colonizers, but rather than return to slavery, Dandara took her own life as an act of resistance.

When Will African-Americans Learn?

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Pharrell Williams, he does what a Jew won’t do because he doesn’t respect himself.

The problem with many African-Americans is they hate to be referred to as Africans, even though they didn’t miraculously land in America from heaven. Every race has a history. If African-Americans will continue to support Africa and show respect and love for the continent of their ancestors, they will fully enjoy America and be respected like all Americans. Before someone gives you respect, first you need to respect yourself. That’s what many African-Americans lack, the reason from the time of slavery they continue to suffer without end in America.

Both Jews and African-Americans have sad, distasteful, disgraceful and unpleasant historical stories, but the Jews are more respected than African-Americans because they don’t do what African-Americans do. While a Jew proudly wears his skull-cap to identify himself as Jew, African-American wouldn’t like to hear or to be called an African. “I am an American not an African,” he will tell you. It’s very sad indeed. Such statement is taken as ignorance than intelligence.

Let’s face the fact: Can any Jewish singer, perform in a country that has the statue of Adolf Hitler? Even in many countries, holding any material of Adolf Hitler is an offense. You may face fine or end up in prison. Why then should Lionel Richie, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna Chris Brown etc; come to perform in Belgium, a country that has statues of a King, who maimed, tortured and brutally killed over ten million Africans, including children in Congo? Besides, there are so many streets named after him in the country.

Black people have been taken for granted, used, abused, mocked, scorned, hanged and sold into slavery, because of cheap labour and the colour of the skin. Unfortunately, black people are still sleeping without any effort to change the situation and history. All over Belgium’s television, advert of Pharrell Williams coming to perform in Belgium is being shown.

Do African-Americans who perform in Belgium think the Belgians love or care about them? They mustn’t deceive themselves. Belgium doesn’t care about them as human beings, but only use them to make money. If Belgium cares about them, they wouldn’t have built statues and name streets after someone who disgraced, humiliated and killed over ten million of their ancestors, including children in Africa.

How can African-Americans change history and make things better for themselves, when they ignore their own institutionalized or created disgrace and yield to people who don’t care about their welfare but only money?  If black people are still sleeping then I will remind them of the words of the ‘The Father of Black Consciousness’ the great Steve Biko of South Africa.

He writes “Black consciousness seeks to talk to the black man, in a language of his own. It is only by making familiar with the basic set up in the black world, that one will be aware of the urgent need for the reawakening of the sleeping masses.” He stressed, “It urges black people to judge themselves as human beings and not to be fooled by the white society, which has white-washed itself to enjoy privileges at the expense of blacks.”

If all Blacks, including African-Americans, want to be respected, they should let all the numerous statues of King Leopold II in Belgium come down, before ever setting their feet in Belgium to perform. “No one drinks medicine on behalf of a sick person.” We need to fight for ourselves. Those fight long started by Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, Kwame Nkrumah, Marcus Garvey, J. F Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln etc; have to be continued.

No black artist, including African-American musicians, should perform in Belgium if they really respect themselves. That’s the only way we can change history to bring respect and comfort for our children in the future. The statues of King Leopold II must come down! How do you expect Belgium to respect the black man when they don’t respect their own people, French speaking ‘Walloon,’ causing a big division between them and the Flemish in such a small country?

Time for the black man to wake up is overdue, we have slept for too long.

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Digital Version Of ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ Set For May Release

Original Article from Huffingtonpost.com by Hillei Italie.

One of the last major digital holdouts, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” should soon be available as an e-book, the attorney for the late activist’s estate told The Associated Press.

L. Londell McMillan said Friday that a digital edition will likely be out by May 19, what would have been Malcolm X’s 90th birthday, and that the estate expects to self-publish the book. Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Malcolm’s assassination.

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Malcolm X in Africa.

“Malcolm X was a fervent advocate for self-help, self-reliance and self-respect,” McMillan said in explaining why the estate favored self-publishing over releasing the e-book through the publisher of the paper editions, Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

“Today’s technology allows for innovative means to share content and add to it for educational, cultural and commercial purposes. Malcolm X did not grant all rights to a publisher in perpetuity. The works and rights of Malcolm X belong to his children and the community, not a publisher.”

McMillan said that the estate, X Legacy LLC, also hopes to release an audiobook and to self-publish other works by Malcolm, including speeches, letters and diaries. In November 2013, the estate sued to prevent a Chicago-based publisher from releasing a diary Malcolm X kept near the end of his life.

“We shall vigorously file legal action to protect those intellectual property rights,” McMillan said.

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The autobiography is a collaboration with Alex Haley published in 1965, soon after Malcolm was killed. It was immediately acclaimed as a riveting account of Malcolm X’s self-transformation, has sold millions of copies and is widely regarded as one of the most important memoirs in American history. Porscha Burke, a publishing manager and associate editor at Random House, told the AP that the hardcover and paperbacks of the autobiography were “precious jewels” and noted that the publisher had prepared special editions for the 50th anniversary of the book’s release.

“While we would be honored to be asked to publish an e-book edition, we are aware, and respectful, of the estate’s interest in publishing the work as an e-book under their own direction,” Burke wrote in an email.

Agents have long complained that e-book royalties paid by traditional publishers are too low, but rarely have works as popular as “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” been self-published or released through a third party. J.K. Rowling decided to sell e-editions of her “Harry Potter” books through her own Pottermore web site. Such celebrated novels as Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” and Erica Jong’s “Fear of Flying” are published as e-books through the digital company Open Road Integrated Media.

The number of works not offered electronically has shrunk rapidly in the past few years, with even such devotees of paper as Harper Lee and Ray Bradbury permitting e-books. J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher In the Rye” and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” are among the few major books still unavailable digitally.

Reflections Of Black History In Images: The Crime Of Belgium In Rwanda (Part 2)

Europe and America have reasons to destroy Africa. Firstly, the independence which swept across Africa, for the colonial masters to lose the continent and the inability to loot the continent any longer. Advanced Countries promoted insecurity, violence, wars and ethnic conflicts throughout Africa.

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One such country which did so much evil in Africa is Belgium. Not only in Congo but also Rwanda. Many European journalists mislead the public and publish false news when it comes to matters affecting Africa. Fortunately or unfortunately, apart from my book, ‘Little Boygiulm-Wonderful Experience, which sheds light on the crimes of Belgium in Africa, the great Polish writer and journalist Ryszard Kapuncinski has also given account of Belgium’s crime in Africa, in his book ‘The Shadow of the sun.’

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http://www.amazon.com/Little-Boygium-Wonderful-Experience-Savage-ebook/dp/B00CHXTP5Y

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Sun-Ryszard-Kapuscinski/dp/0679779078/

Reflections Of Black History In Images: The Crime Of Holland And Britain In Apartheid South Africa (Part 1)

Their aim is to maintain white supremacy, by force and so they embarked on the Apartheid system of government. Blacks in their own country excluded from everything including, post office, buses, and even the toilet. The oppressive rule killed many students and leaders, including Steve Biko. Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners survived on the notorious Robben Island Prison.

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Apartheid police opened fire on defenseless protesters.

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Dutch Apartheid police beating up demonstrators.

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They are running for their dear lives: Brutality of Apartheid.

The Dutch began to colonize South Africa in the 17th century and pushed aside the native population to consolidate power in the hands of whites. Native South Africans were forcibly relocated to isolated, poverty-stricken areas, made to obtain permission to travel, blocked from voting and participation in government, not allowed to marry whites, and were largely barred from owning land.

Today, Holland has set International Court of Justice in The Hague, for those who commit an atrocity in Africa to face justice, but where are the leaders of Apartheid today, when they are hunting Nazi leaders? Hypocrites.

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Picture of shame: An innocent black boy escapes the wrath of Apartheid White killer.