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.

Racially Motivated Killers: Are Devils Among Us In The Likely Of Men?

How racial motivated crimes are tearing our society apart

“What do Belgian Hans Van Themsche and American Dylann Roof have in common? Both are violent racial motivated killers.”

Racial problem is like a disease tearing the society apart. It has no cure because history and society have succeeded planting the seed of discrimination and hatred into the minds of people, including children, so they grow up with it. I have said many times that “there is no child born a racist, adults contribute to both good and bad of child behaviors.”

Racial stereotypes based on nationality, colour, race, religion and other factors; create hatred and racism, often leading to death. A black can be a racist, but the most recorded bloody racial problems were started by a class of white people, such as the Ku Klux Klan, that think Whites are better and superior to other race. Slavery, the Holocaust, and McCarthyism were all inspired by racism.

Racially motivated crimes take place daily in our society, but are often ignored, until when innocent blood is shed, before the authority steps in to investigate. In Antwerp, Belgium, 2006, an 18-year-old high student named Hans Van Themsche, with head shaved, combat boots and a black leather outfit, went berserk on a killing spree to gun down foreigners, especially Africans, after purchasing a rifle from a gun shop in Antwerp.

After overpowered by the police, the investigation revealed that the racist killer’s aunt, Frieda Van Themsche, is a member of parliament for the ‘Vlaams Belang’ party, a party which originates from Antwerp, known for their hatred towards foreigners, opposing Muslim integration and against a multicultural society. Did the ideology of this party influenced and inspired Hans Van Themsche to carry out such atrocity?

 

Racially motivated crimes will it ever come to end

Hans Van Themsche, the Belgian student racist killer

Hans Van Themsche shot three people; a veiled Turkish woman, a two-year-old Flemish toddler on a tricycle and a black woman taking care of the child. The Turkish woman survived the shooting but the child and her nanny died. Being an African writer and a resident of Antwerp, I know perfectly well that, the authorities took this racially motivated killing as a serious crime, due to the Belgian child that died, because in Antwerp whatever happens to a black man is never considered an important case which needs attention.

Months after the death of Oulematou Nangadou, the decision to compensate the Malian babysitter’s family was challenged by the court, owing to the fact that the victim was illegally staying in Belgium. That was meaningless and unfair judgment orchestrated to promote or inspire more racism and likely to spark new racial violence or killings in Antwerp, but that didn’t happen.

In America, African-Americans still recovering from racially motivated killings were greeted by fresh racial motivated violence, when a young man of 21, identified by the FBI as Dylann Roof, opened fire on an African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night, killing 9 people. According to the police, the motive for the killings was to spark racial violence.

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Both Oulematou Nangadou, the Malian woman and Luna, the little girl she was looking after, died from gunshots by Themsche.

According to the Post and Courier newspaper “the emotional weight of the ordeal also brought local activists, Charleston’s police chief, and South Carolina’s governor to tears as they fought to find words to ease community members who fear further violence in a city with a long and complicated history involving race.”

While all these racial problems are tearing our society apart, what lessons are we learning from them? “I am so pleased that we were able to resolve this case quickly … so that nobody else is harmed by this individual,” said Mullen, the police chief, after Roof was captured.

I’m very pleased with the way African-Americans, including the victims’ families, proactively dealt with that situation, avoiding any further racial violence. ‘I had a dream that one day, the struggle of the African-Americans for freedom and equal rights will be a reality.’ Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. United we stand, divided we fall.

Reality Comedy: 10 Reasons African-Americans Need To Be Happy

 

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African-Americans don’t worry be happy

1. Belgium is not like America. Nothing in the country called ‘American Dream,’ but you have all the opportunities in front of you. In fact, the great actor Jean-Claude Van Damme can tell you the truth. The reason he left his miserable country to the land of opportunity, America, to be famous today. He would have been miserable like a church-mouse if had no vision.

2. In Antwerp, Belgium, it took me five years to see the first black bus driver and seven years to see the first black policeman. You are lucky African-Americans, to see many black police officers and bus drivers around you. I nearly forget, the number of black bus drivers has increased to six in Antwerp.

3. As a matter of fact, I think I’m the only black journalist in Antwerp. Maybe I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen one yet. That doesn’t bother me anyway, but I hate when a Belgian asks me how I got my press card. Press cards don’t fall from trees. I am qualified that’s the reason they gave it to me. Who can ask an African-American such a question? Be happy brothers and sisters.

4. The colour of the black man is very good. When the Belgian racist killer, Hans Van Themsche, went on a rampage looking for black people to kill in Antwerp, he didn’t see me, so I survived because the darkness and my colour were the same. That would have been very bad for the white man since they are easily seen in darkness.

5. A Belgian once asked me: Why the colour of the palm of black man’s hand different from the colour of his back hand? I said to him praise God because we are not monkeys. It’s only monkeys and chimpanzees that have the same black colour in the palm and back of the hand.

6. I have been in Belgium years before the formation of the European Union, which gave the Bulgarians, Romanians etc, the chance to come to Western Europe to work, yet years after working so hard, many Belgians ask me when would I go back to Africa. Is it fair? The reason African-Americans should be happy.

7. Public transport in Belgium, including trams and buses are always late because women are responsible for the preparation of the time schedules, African-Americans, you are lucky your transport are punctual because men prepare the time table.

8. I am in Belgium for fifteen years, yet I have seen any black journalist on Belgium’s television. African-Americans, whatever you are going through, don’t worry, be happy because you have seen hundreds of black journalists on your television.

 

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Comedian Chris Rock on stage

Chris Rock, one of my favourite African-American comedians

9. I don’t feel comfortable when I enter any Belgium shop because they greet me with: Hello what can I do for you? When I haven’t called for help. African-Americans tell me the truth are you often asked the same question? This is the reason you need to be happy.

10. The history of the journey of African-Americans to America, is a heart-wrenching story, emotional and mental torture. Thank God African-Americans, because you don’t see any statues of slave masters or streets named after slave masters. In Belgium; there are many streets named after King Leopold, as well as statues, yet this man killed and maimed over 10 million Africans, including children.

African-Americans due to these reasons, you agree with me that you need to be happy, instead of living an unhappy life, because of racial problems. In whatever situation you find yourselves, brothers and sisters, don’t give up and cease without praying, with God all things are possible.