Going Further During African History Month

The following are remarks that I offered on February 26, 2023, at Love Assembly Worship Center, a Christian church in Greeleyville, SC in honor of African History Month.  Good morning everyone! I bring you all special greetings as we begin to bring this year’s African History Month to a close. My name is Salifu. I grew up right here in this area and attended GES as a kid, and right now I am a 7th and 8th grade English teacher at C.E. Murray, the same school I graduated from, with my classmate who invited me here today. I am also . . .

It’s Time To Get Canada Out of Tanzania

Canadian mining company, Barrick Gold, the second biggest gold mining company in the world,is being sued by Tanzanian residents for hiring local police killings, torture, and other violence.The violence is arguably financed and sponsored by Barrick Gold as they house, feed, and paythe local police of North Mara Acacia, Tanzania. They are basically the company’s personalsecurity, a small army. They are personally responsible for upwards of 100 murders since 2010,including that of a 5-year-old girl and the 4 women who proceeded to gather around the deadgirl. Much of the [Canadian] media has ignored this story or has left out details . . .

“Total Peace Is the Call”: Reflections from Colombia

Ajamu Baraka representing BAP’s Haiti/Americas Team was invited to serve as part of an international delegation of human rights defenders that would accompany the activists, community leaders, government officials, and representatives of the National Liberation Army (ELN) on a historic “humanitarian Caravan” between January 17 and the 21st to the Indigenous and Afro-Colombian areas of the Pacific coast of Colombia as part of the peace process initiated by the new government in Colombia. Ajamu was also an observer and international guarantor in Havana, Cuba during the last round of the Peace Process that produced the Ethnic Chapter of the peace . . .

Rishi Sunak: The British-Indian Obama

When British Conservative Party MPs anointed Rishi Sunak, in October last year, as their new prime minister, he effectually came to power without people having the chance to vote. He took over from Liz Truss who lasted for only 45 days. In fact, he was the third prime minister in two months, inheriting a crisis-ridden government. Many demanded a general election to end the “musical chairs at the top of government”  This was Sunak whose family avoided paying tax in Britain before he put up taxes on everyone else, the same Sunak whose wife, Akshata Murty, was forced to start . . .

Star Spangled Blackness

There’s always been something about Black people wrapped in the American flag that has made me uneasy. For me, it’s a symbolism indicative of the intimate bonds we have with our oppressor, and the way it results in a longing to be accepted by those whose survival is predicated on our destruction. So, when I heard of the 1619 Project, I had immediate reservations. I’m well aware that 1619 was the year that the first recorded enslaved Africans came to the shores of the British colony, which would later become the state of Virginia. I support the need for African . . .

An Exercise in Dialectics 

In both classical physics and quantum physics dialectics involves the propensity of material and immaterial things to move. This motion is responsible for the development of both the material and the immaterial and their transformation from one state to another. Motion is the mode of existence of all real things. This motion is the result of struggle and contradiction between the positive and negative forces within everything. The resulting motion is of two types: movement through time/space and movement or transformation from one state to another. In classical physics, a thing is what it is: a plant, a rock, or . . .

Wes Moore: Another ‘First Black’ In A Colonial System

Recently, Maryland swore in its first Black governor, Wes Moore, in a “historic” ceremony cemented with a tearful introduction by Oprah Winfrey and a hand on Frederick Douglass’ Bible. The Black elite flocked to fill the rooms of the inauguration to witness the third elected Black governor in U.S. history. Yet, this “first Black” gubernatorial win is history repeating itself.  African/Black communities have witnessed “first Blacks” consistently continuing over-policing, surveillance, criminalization, and austerity policies.  As Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) member organization Ujima People’s Progress Party understands,  “The Black middle-class’ allegiance to capitalism, and not Black liberation, has largely led . . .

Accept That Police Are Not Our Friends

The most recent and tragic story of police violence against a defenseless African in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. is yet another triggering event for the African masses everywhere on earth. It’s especially triggering to this author for multiple reasons. First, my daughter and only child is currently a graduate student in Memphis and the ancestors know that I count the days until she can finish her studies and be closer to us. My other reasons for being triggered may also be emotionally based, but there is significant objective analysis to justify those concerns. The first of these concerns is the constantly . . .