By Eng Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi
The marginalization of the black race will not end simply because we have removed the Statue of Cecil John Rhodes. Only until we have a black first-world African country to lift up the black population all over the world. In the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police officers, the black race, are once again the object of renewed worldwide attention, which is positive.
Cecil John Rhodes’s statue should not be removed and remain a symbol of African History. He was part of Southern Africa’s economic drive and he is part of the successful growth of the Southern African economic powerhouse that South Africa is today. Yes he was an oppressor but what he did was for the development of Africa and will remain part of African history.
Let the truth be told, the biggest oppressors of the black race are Black African leaders. Africans in general do not have the opportunity as other Africans in the western world to demonstrate against oppressors like we are seeing around the world. For black Africans to remove and demand the removal of Cecil John Rhodes’s statue is not only crazy but is part of world history that should not be destroyed. They should demand for the erection of Floyd George statue not to demand for the removal of History that is important for the future generations.
The black race should realise that racism and black oppression is not limited to the Unites States or United Kingdom alone. Worldwide, there is no country that is nonblack, even among the most liberal nations, where the black man is dignified. History dealt us an unforgiving blow where the Arabs and the Europeans invaded and occupied black land on the African continent. The first slave traders were the black Africans followed by the Arabs who enslaved tribes and nations and then colonized and evangelized them. Then came the Europeans, who, convinced the black African chiefs and religious leaders that they were of an inferior race. They then divided up the African continent over lunch in Berlin in 1884, then moved a large population of the African people to the Carribean and Americas. In some cases leaving entire villages almost empty and conquered the remaining population on the continent and brought them under European rule. In the history of the human race, this was a complete transformation that was so effective that no black nation retained its identity, ancestral nationhood, national language or national identity.
On the African continent more black Africans are dying in the hands of fellow black African leaders and fellow black Africans with a few of these cases even reaching the international community and the international media not publishing it. The truth is an average Black African is terrified of the Black elites across the world and has adopted a culture of not critising fellow Africans. For those who have the guts to challenge or question within the black race will be deemed weak or a sellout, as former US President Barack Obama was repeatedly called.
The truth is, no one now talks about the painful fact that most Africans and Caribbean nations have either failed or are about to collapse. Zimbabwe one of the last countries to have successfully fought colonial rule and won, has completely collapsed. The structures and mechanisms that make a nation exist, let alone succeed, have all been completely destroyed and eroded. The African culture of incompetence, endemic corruption, dignified ineptitude, destruction, selfishness and greed has played a major role in the country’s unravelling. The same, sadly, can be said for most other African nations like Senegal, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea are farcical democracies ruled by men who exclusively cater for their interests, family and those of their clipped circles.
Without a first-world and a healthy black nation, in the midst of chaos, senseless wars, corrupted religiosity, violence, and economic collapse. African and Caribbean people are leaving their homes en masse to beg on the streets of Greece, be prostitutes on the red-light districts of Holland. Black African immigrants now make up 40 percent of migrants flocking to western Europe. It is sad to note that as fellow black Africans arrive in these countries, helpless, unwanted, starved, or maimed, they are treated like dogs and continue to suffer.
For the black race to progress, Black African leaders and the Black elites should allow for self-criticism, soul-searching and for the restoration of the Pan-Africanist movement with an eye toward building sustainable black nations. As long as the world continue to ignore Africa’s continuous senseless poverty and destructive failures, pictures of continuous oppression, child poverty, We will remain undignified. As long as the Black African continue to ignore his own self-assessment and soul-searching, the Black African will remain the undignified race.
It is time for our world leaders to leave a legacy not destruction like what some of our liberators left behind.
Engineer Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi