For the last 100+ years that phrase has been repeated so often that it has become institutionalized as if conflict and the Democratic Republic of Congo (or truly any part of Africa) are inseparable entities. This view of the DRC is unquestionably reinforced by capitalist dominated narratives that consistently seek to absolve colonialism and capitalism for all ills connected to Africa, instead blaming all of the issues in the DRC today on corrupt leadership as if that leadership operates within a vacuum without being systemically manipulated and coerced by international imperialism. Kwame Ture was fond of saying that “capitalism lies . . .
The world today is dominated by capitalism and imperialism. Western powers such as the United States, France, and Britain have amassed vast fortunes through mechanisms of violence and terror that have displaced peoples around the globe. Namely, African people have been scattered far and wide by slavery and colonialism. Nonetheless, the African Diaspora maintains cultural and political connections to the homeland and each other wherever their communities are found. The material conditions, political traditions, histories, and cultural productions shared between the communities of African Diaspora have come to form the Pan-African Movement. Through Pan-Africanism, “the gather[ing] of the masses of . . .