Another Blackman shot in America as his children watch from the car – Sounds familiar?

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Rhetoric, hypocrisy, politics. Black Lives Matter during the day, White lives are supreme at night.

Those are the clear interpretations and vivid representation of the continued institutionalized racism blacks and people of color face in the United States and parts of Europe. Each shooting attracts instant reaction, demonstrations, and political condemnation that lasts as long as the people can hold up protests and street matches.

Today it’s Jacob Blake. Who might it be tomorrow? (God forbid). But that seems to be the reality of the lives of blacks in America, or as it were, what the society has almost accepted as a norm (shame).

The future of the Blackman in America is as unclear and uncertain. You say your prayers each morning with the hope of returning home in one piece.

Do black lives in reality matter to an average American white? How about the lives of blacks in Africa? Could the west be bothered about terrorism and continued genocide in parts of Africa? Have we truly examined the hypocritical nature of the involvement of the west in the fight against terrorism in Africa? Are there really major areas of disagreement between major religions to warrant incessant killings and destruction of property, particularly in Africa and the Middle-East?

Until Africans in the Diaspora and Africans at home begin to come together, there may be no end in sight for the continued discrimination against blacks all over the world. The African Union must by all means start engaging in real terms and beyond politics, in specific programs to re-integrate the descendants of slaves into its political, economic, and social structure, if a united Africa formidable enough to protect her own can emerge.

The colonial masters never left the continent with any plan for socio-cultural integration. They divided Africa along foreign language lines (largely English and French). The same way they shared territories became the way they shared our ancestors as personal properties (slavery – man’s inhumanity to man).

According to the teachings of Christ as introduced to us by the same colonial masters; we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Traveling through the streets of London, to Washington DC, down to Los Angeles or Minneapolis, the story is the same as to how cruel a typical black life has been treated. Where therefore is the love (even in churches)? The two major religions of Christianity and Islam have their origins from the Middle East, but can we in good conscience say that the west (whites) who brought Christianity to Africa have lived up to their teachings and preaching? Did the traditional African religion not teach “truth, peace, and good family values” before then? Are Africans living more decent and peaceful lives since the coming of Christianity or Islam?

It baffles me that while the western media projects Africa as a continent of hunger, lack, filths, insecurity, and darkness, you still find westerners in the remotest parts of Africa, exploring and exploiting her resources. Africans are lured to continue the enslavement overseas and discouraged from returning home once they obtain some expertise, lest they take over the economies and stop such exploitations. Her leaders are again brainwashed and offered certain elitist luxuries that corrupt their minds to stick to such lives of exclusivity at the expense of the people.

The continued shooting, killings, and general police brutality against blacks in the United States is a clear indication that unless Africans take their destiny in their own hands, nothing will change. Each shooting or killing is a new opportunity to divide us further. This strategy has become so effective largely because Africans, both at home and the Diaspora seem not to have learned that supporting each other to achieve collective economic prosperity is the answer to the endless use of blacks as political tools at all levels. They divide us and rule us to their benefits. What happened to the Pear Review Mechanism of the African Union? African leaders must rise and focus on developing the economy and infrastructure of the continent. The continued dependence of the continent on the west for socio-economic growth must stop. We must start embracing each other and begin to partner strategically to enhance the quality of our infrastructure and good governance. Without a deliberate effort to build, teach and live Africa through regional economic trade and integration, there may be no end in sight for the “no or less value” attachment to black lives all over the world. Without a strong Africa, there can be no visible respect or value for the “African life” anywhere in the world.

Martins Ogbu

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