At some point in 2021:
I wrote an article in The Guardian about the unwillingness of we black people to uplift our fellow black people who are living in tatters, and the inability for us (especially those in the African diaspora), to contribute to the betterment of our homeland Africa, like all other humans have done.
A few months later, I contacted one Black American professor named D. Earl Collins, on a totally different thing, without mentioning that article.
Instead, Mr. Collins totally ignored what I had contacted him about, and didn’t even open any of the links I had shared with him. Rather, he only googled me and found that Guardian article, then wrote me back saying:
“Your article strikes me as extremely individualistic. The expectation that we all come together to improve the quality of life and economic conditions across the continent. It is pretty safe to say that American Blacks, and other blacks in the diaspora, have battles to fight on their own fronts. To think that there will be a shift en masse toward pouring resources into the continent, that is a near impossibility”.
Problem is twofold:
1). Here, Mr. Collins is talking about a people (i.e., we blacks), who, throughout history, have totally had no culture of working together to end black misery, or a culture of working together to make our homeland Africa a place we are all happy to call home, like all other humans have done.
It isn’t as if we have tried and failed, because each one of us somehow has battles on their own fronts, No. We black people, throughout history, have simply never tried, even once, to work together and transform our lot, or to work together and change our homeland Africa, like all other humans do.
2). All those people who have put poverty behind, and even ended up with their own dignified, poverty-free homelands (the Jews, the Asians, the whites etc), it isn’t about shifting resources en masse.
And it isn’t even because they don’t have battles on their own fronts.
It is simply about having a culture of working together with their peers across the globe, and a drive to see their people, and their homeland, progress. These are all traits we black people have totally never had.
Why this is bad:
All other people have changed, and it’s only us black people who haven’t. All other people have put poverty behind, and have built for themselves their own dignified homelands, and it’s only us black people who haven’t.
And the reason is because we black people have simply never tried working together to change our lot, even once. So, the more we continue saying we can’t work together because each one of us has battles on their own fronts, it means blackness is forever going to be the only thing that never changes.
A culture of verbal tyranny:
Mr. Collins’s words reflect the warnings of one writer who cautioned that “many black elites and activists across the world have adopted a culture of verbal tyranny where they shut down any effort” to talk about our inability to work together, “by labeling such efforts as racism or hate speech.”
As such, this writer adds, “any suggestions that our race may indeed need to do something to remedy our situation, will not be aired, especially not by the terrified people of other races” i.e., non-blacks, who fear being labeled racist if they said anything on why black people can’t work together.
But knowing an illness is half the cure. If we can’t talk about our own vices that separate us from all other humans, and which are directly responsible for most of black misery, it means blackness is forever going to be a failure.