What is the African Manifesto

African Manifesto

The word African specifically relates to the indigenous people of the African continent and their descents in the Diaspora ( Caribbean , Americas , Arabia , etc). The race-nationality model such as that currently employed by African-American, African-Brazilian and African-Caribbean communities more accurately describes the identity whilst fully articulating the history and geopolitical reality.

The miscellaneous usage of the label 'Black' within this site reflects its contemporary use as a means to denote a specific

sociocultural and political context. It is recognized as a colloquial term that was fashioned as a reactionary concept to derogatory racial epithets in the 1960's. It is offensive when used as a racial classification code word to denote African people. Other such denigrating terminology when made in reference to African culture, heritage or identity are 'Tribe', 'Sub-Saharan Africa', or 'black Africa '.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Only the overthrow of capitalism can bring liberation

This year the celebration of African Liberation Day of May 25 took place with the energy of the new Pan African force that emerged in all parts of the world that simply stated that, “Black Lives matter.” From Bahia in Brazil to Mogadishu in Somalia and Chibok in Nigeria to Chicago in the United States there are new forms of political organizing to register the need to protect Black life. These new forms of organizing have brought to the forefront new militants for liberation and emancipation and new sites of struggles. The old battles for liberation involved the struggles for state power and the new push for freedom requires not just state power but also the struggles for bread, freedom and social justice.  Some liberators of yesterday have become oppressors. Others pay lip service to the idea of African independence while stealing billions which should be put to work for the health and safety of the working peoples. In principle, most of the governments in the Pan-African world do not work to free the people from threats to life and livelihood. At the same time they remain silent with the rise of petty fascism as manifest in the emergence of Donald Trump in the United States and the forces of the National Front of France.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Strategy to Remedy African Instabiity

Only Africa has solutions to African problems. That requires a healing leadership. We need to mobilize the people to reform the current leadership mindset, which is only destructive. Africa needs to address issues of civic education, of citizens being able to elect leaders who will make a difference, and to ensure we have institutions that make it impossible for anybody to act as if there were no laws.

Diagnosis: Negative leadership

In the 1960s, most African countries snatched their independence from the colonialists, but often without a broad and unifying vision to reconcile the leadership with the emancipator aspirations of the people. In this context, without considering the specificity of the continent’s history, the victory of emancipation was short-lived or aborted. The new government systems in place could not satisfy the peoples’ aspiration for dignity, or gain the ability to pilot entire nations to achieve true liberty. Post-colonial Africa has gone through extreme odds. Since the 1960s, roughly 40 wars have resulted in 10 million deaths and created more than 10 million refugees.

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