I am a black man from somewhere on the black continent.
I have only one question for all black people on earth: How did we black people, humanity’s poorest, become a people who totally do not believe in working together to better our lot, like all other humans do?
What to know:
Of all the humans who are on earth today, it is only we BLACK people who have remained the symbol of world poverty and human misery.
All other humans have changed, and have put poverty very far away from their people, except only us black people. For us black people, there isn’t even a single indication that at one point, blackness will ever cease being the symbol of human suffering, or that we black people will eventually ever have a dignified, poverty-free homeland of our own.
And the commonest reason every black person gives (for our failure), is unfair treatment from the rest of the world, or antiblackness to be exact.
But the thing is:
When you look at the way all other humans work, you realize that true change for a given people can only come from those people themselves working together. This is a trait we black people have simply never had.
To me, things like antiblackness, alone, aren’t a declaration that a given people, across an entire planet, will always be a failure. Yet today, blackness is essentially a failure that spans an entire planet.
If we black people were a people like all others, that’s, if we were a people who very easily worked together the same way all other humans do, these things wouldn’t have stopped us from transforming our lot.
Here is why:
All those people (the Asians, the whites, the Jews, the Arabs etc) who have effectively moved their people from eternal poverty, and in turn earned real dignity, these people have only one thing in common:
All of them have a long-standing tradition of seamlessly working together with each other and their diasporan communities across the globe, regardless of where one was born or lives, and regardless of their colonial or other history.
These people, it isn’t because they are somehow immune to things like racism, or because they are a favorite of the world. It is simply because of their culture of working together.
These people, all of them very passionately hold dear the cause of working together to contribute to the betterment of their homelands, no matter where on earth they live, or how long they have lived there.
Think the global Jewish community and their Israel homeland. Think the global Korean diaspora and their Korean homeland. Or think every Asian, and every other person on earth.
These people, all of them very unwaveringly believe in bettering their homelands, and in being easily available to each other, no matter who is better off than the other, or how long they have been apart.
These people, all of them understand that their true dignity comes from having a homeland that is worthy of respect, whether they live there or not, and from knowing that each of their people is living a dignified life, no matter how long they have been separated from each other.
Even people like Trump and Tucker Carlson also believe their true dignity comes from making sure their white peers in South Africa, who have lived in South Africa since the 1650s, are living a dignified life.
Because true dignity for a given people can only come from all of them living a dignified life. True dignity for a given people can’t happen for certain groups of those people in isolation. It must be for all of them.
There is no such thing as “white people in America have dignity but their white peers in South Africa or Canada have no dignity”. Nope. For a given people to have real dignity, all of them must have it. Luckily, all other humans on earth already understand this, and it is what they do.
These things are all in sharp contrast with how we black people operate.
From my experience:
While the rest of the world may be very good at excluding the black man on all fronts, we black people ourselves are even very good at shunning our fellow black people, and are even very fond of shunning the idea of working together to change blackness, more than other people shun us.
So much so that, for ordinary poor Africans like me, the only black people whom I can ever work together with, say on extreme poverty, are those from my own community who themselves live in abject poverty.
The sad truth is:
For ordinary poor Africans like me, if I worked very hard, e.g., if I campaigned very hard on extreme poverty, I will still manage, albeit with great difficulty, to find other people (whites, Asians etc) who will be very willing to help. Just not a single black person, again, except those from my own community who themselves live in abject poverty.
And when it comes to working together to make our homeland Africa a place we are all happy to call home, this is something most black people, especially those in the African diaspora, simply do not want to hear.
If you look closely:
Our inability to easily work together with our black peers across the world, like all other humans do, is in itself even more incapacitating than any antiblackness we black people may get from elsewhere, and is the main reason blackness has remained the symbol of human misery.
And until we black people realize these things, and become a people who function the same way all other humans do, we are forever going to be the ragtag of humanity, and we will continue to be the only humans on earth who do not have a dignified, poverty-free homeland of our own.
If the Koreans, because of their culture of seamlessly working together with their peers globally, can change their homeland South Korea from being a very poor, aid-dependent place just recently in the 1970s/80s, to being a multinational donor for black communities from Africa to Haiti,
Or, if white people, who completely do not look like us, can physically go to the ground and work with the rural poor in every impoverished black community on the planet, from eastern Africa to the Caribbean,
What makes us black people think we are very different, to the extent of not only shunning any connection with our fellow black people, but also, to the extent of totally shunning the idea of working together to make our homeland Africa a place we are all happy to identify with?
Similarly, if the Chinese, whose population of 1.4b (in China alone) by far exceeds the population of ALL black people on earth, can move over a billion Chinese from extreme poverty, and change their homeland China from being one of the world’s poorest places just recently in the 1980s, to being the world’s second largest economy in only 40 years,
What makes us black people think that working together is beyond us — while at the same seeking racial justice from those people who have only gotten where they are because of their culture of working together?