Throughout African (Black) activist and social media circles today the concept of “anti-Blackness” is constantly presented as an explanation behind the suffering African people experience within this backward society. The logic of this thinking is summarized within the belief that our 529 years of suffering results from European-dominated culture disliking and disrespecting us due primarily to the fact we are different from them. Inherent in this thinking, whether expressed overtly or not, is the belief that Europeans possess some innate gene that pushes them to have this hatred of us. Also within this thought process (equally as overt and/or covert) is the belief among African people that there is really no escape from this sorry reality. . . .
The history of the European World, the history of the West, is a history of colonization and exploitation. Wherever they go, destruction, dehumanization, and degradation follow. As Indigenous and African civilizations have shown us, we are the land, and the land is a part of us. When the land dies, we do as well. . . .
African revolutionaries like George Padmore, W.E.B. Dubois, and most famously Aime Cesaire, declared that what happened in Europe was that colonial practices that were applied in the colonies were now being applied or were applied in Europe. . . .
What these colonizers try to frame as debt diplomacy is really China exhibiting Colonized unity, and it scares the empire. It scares them so much they project and propagate their own imperialist motives to divide our people. China isn’t Colonizing Africa. China is exhibiting Colonized unity on a global scale. . . .
Elections in the Somali capital of Muqdisho have been delayed due to disagreements between the President and the opposition – a coalition of regional governors and prominent national politicians, including the recently removed premier and two former presidents. This essay argues that the recurring political crisis between different ruling-class factions and between Muqdisho and the provinces has its roots not in the ideological afterlives of a pre-colonial ‘tribal’ mode of living – as per the dominant narrative, but in the country’s integration into the global capitalist-imperialist system since the late 19th century, and especially since the neoliberal recolonisation of the country in the aftermath of the 1977–78 Ogaden War. . . .
The white-on-white crime events of January 6th, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol was an eye-soaring squint into the internal class contradictions of white supremacy. More specifically, it was a historical snapshot capturing a long-running legal dispute over preemption or what I refer to as white squatters rights: the unabashed freedom of white Europeans to illegitimately occupy stolen land and property. Contemporarily, squatting is when a person (think invader) moves into an uninhabited home (think land), refuses to leave, and also claims it as their own (sound familiar?). Originally, Senator Henry Clay designed The Pre-Emption Act of 1841 as a compromise . . .
The condemnation of the rallying cry “One Settler, One Bullet” from groups like Afri-Forum, Democratic Alliance (DA) and the South African “Human Rights” Commission (SAHRC) in 2020 was a continuation of European tactics, designed to manipulate Africans on how to frame and analyse the settler-colonial constructed South African political economy. In South Africa (SA), as in other settler-colonies like Australia, Canada, USA; there is no justifiable reason nor a moral obligation for why Europeans and colonist descendants should not be referred to as settlers. In fact, they should be called invaders because of their use of brutal methods of enslavement, . . .
Bodies of colonized people (people of color) have historically been disrespected, abused, and removed of self-rule. From chattel to wage to carceral slavery, colonized bodies are used as the loot to maintain white power’s fading dominance over colonized lives, labor, land, and resources. For some, it may feel like death is the only escape. But not even death can save one from the savagery of the colonizer. . . .