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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