All other people create change fast:

We black people have said antiblackness is the reason for our failure. But for all other people, because of their culture of seamlessly working together with each other and their diasporan peers across the globe, change happens very fast. For these people, even things like racism can’t stand in their way of change.

The whole of Asia, for example, with the exception of a few places like Japan, was still in absolute poverty until only about 40 years ago. But these people have made all this history, and it isn’t because anti-Asian sentiment isn’t real. Neither is it because these people are the world’s favorite, or the world’s most liked.

It is simply because of their long-honed culture of working together with their peers across the globe.

 

The Koreans alone for example:

Their homeland South Korea was still a Japanese colony in 1945, and was still a very poor, aid-dependent place until just recently in the 1980s. But because of their oneness, these people have put all this behind, and have even turned their homeland into a multinational donor for black communities across the world.

Today, these people have not only put poverty behind, but have even turned their homeland into one of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members, a group that almost entirely comprises western donor nations that provide Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the black world & beyond.

Of the 32 ODA givers, South Korea even ranked 16th in 2022, and is now aiming to be among the top ten by 2030In other words, in 2022 there were sixteen western nations that South Korea bested (or topped) in providing ODA to the developing world. And again, black communities from Africa to the Americas, are among their biggest recipients. Yet South Korea itself was in absolute poverty just recently in the 1980s.

Again, the reason is none other than these people’s culture of working together with each other and their diasporan peers globally, and their unwavering passion for their homeland. It is what all other people do.

 

For us black people meanwhile:

Not only have we remained humanity’s poorest, but also, we are the only humans who simply do not change. Today, many poor Africans are braving the Mediterranean, and are converging in Lampedusa and elsewhere on the European border daily, and many have died doing so, because of the poverty back home.

In other words, because we black people haven’t even built a single Italy of our own.

On the other hand, a number of diasporan Africans, including Black Brits, and Black Americans, have moved to Africa over the recent past, because they felt it was imperative. But in doing so, they are moving to a place that is rife with poverty, and a place that, again, doesn’t even have a single Italy of its own.

Regardless, many have said “I love it here.” Others have said “the feeling of being home… is satisfying.”

What this all means is: 1) even building a single Italy of our own, or better yet, making our homeland Africa poverty-free, is very good not just for those Africans who are braving the Mediterranean, but for all black people, including those in the west, and 2) working together benefits all of blackness equally.

 

In the last 4 decades alone:

All other humans (except us blacks), because of their oneness, have not only made poverty history, but also, all of them have built their own Italys several times over. A good example, again, are the Asians, a people who were very, very impoverished until only recently, but who have since installed several Italys.

Singapore alone, their GDP per capita was $709 (i.e., abject poverty) just recently in 1968, it then became $926 (also abject poverty) in 1970, and is now $87,000, higher than that of the UK and America. China alone, their GDP per capita only 30 years ago in 1990 was a measly $347, and their poverty rate, according to one writer, was still the world’s 5th highest in 1981. Today, these people are the world’s #2 economy.

And this is only a small part of what the Asians as a whole (and all other humans) have become in the space of only decades. And in the end, it benefits all of their people across the world, equally. Their secret again? Working together. But working together is something we black people simply do not want to hear.

 

At some point in 2021:

I wrote an article about this, in The Guardian. A few months later, I contacted one Black American professor named Donald 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 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 change our lot, or 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 transform 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, poverty-free homelands, and it’s only us black people who haven’t. And the reason again is because we black people have simply never tried working together to better our lot, or to better our homeland Africa, 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 on earth that simply doesn’t change.

 

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 in which they shut down any effort” to talk about our inability as black people to work together, “by labeling such efforts as racism or hate speech“.

As such, this writer adds, “any suggestion 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.

 

Also:

People like Mr. Collins might think that because we black people are very poor, means we should never work together, or that we must first overcome the battles on our fronts before we start working together.

But it is the other way round. Again, even the Asians as a whole were living in absolute poverty until only recently. Today, because of their culture of working together, they are among those who are funding our black brothers and sisters across the globe, and are the ones having the world’s second largest economy.

These people didn’t wait for their homelands to first become first-world economies before they started working together. Working together is what must come first, not the other way round. In fact, if we black people somehow think that we will have to first overcome poverty, or the battles that we have on our fronts etc before we start working together, then we are forever going to be the symbol of human misery.

 

Our biggest problem is ourselves, not the battles on our fronts:

When you look at how all other people work, our single biggest problem as black people is ourselves.

Mr. Collins himself, for example, belongs to a group, i.e., Black Americans, who also happen to be the single biggest diasporan African community with the most networks and connections, and who therefore possess the most leverage for transforming blackness as a whole, if only they worked together with their black peers across the world, but who have long shunned any connection with their homeland Africa, and any connection with their black peers from Africa and elsewhere.

That is the origin of black misery — our inability to work together. It isn’t because we black people have somehow tried working together, and failed. We simply have never tried working together even once.

Our biggest problem isn’t even anti-black racism, as most black people have long suggested. If you can’t easily work together with your own people, there is no way you can say that other people are your biggest problem. Our biggest problem is us, and is the reason blackness has remained a symbol of human misery.

 

Black dignity can only be earned, not demanded:

By shunning the idea of working together like all other people do, while at the same time expecting the rest of the world to view us with dignity through consistent antiracism campaigning, one thing we black people fail to understand is that true dignity for any given people can only be earned, not demanded for.

And the very FIRST step in reclaiming dignity for any given people, is for those people to work together and transform their entire lot. Because, if you can’t value yourself (and your people), nobody will. And this can only be shown from your willingness to work together with your people, to transform your lot.

Even from a moral point of view, respect comes only from self-respect. If you can’t view your own people (or your homeland) as being worthwhile, which can only be seen from your willingness to work together with your people (and your homeland), then nobody else is going to view your people (and you yourself) as being worthwhile either.

 

For example:

The Asians as a whole have always been a despised people. And again, many were living in absolute poverty until only recently. But because of their ability to work together, these people have not only put poverty very far away from their people, and have not only turned their homelands into world-class economies, but in the process, have even earned respect from the rest of the world, only spontaneously.

These people haven’t found their dignity through antiracism campaigning. They have only earned it.

Today, even the most anti-Asian person on earth will somehow find themselves wanting to wok together with the Chinese, the Taiwanese, the Koreans, the Emiratis etc on something, and in the process, giving them the dignity that is due, not because they have demanded for it, but because they have earned it.

 

And as a bonus:

Even when these people are living elsewhere in the world, and they sense some form of indignity (anti-Asian sentiment etc), these people right now have the privilege, and the choice, to decide where they want to be, and still live the same quality of life that they would find elsewhere. All because these people, all of them have a second home, and a poverty-free one at that, which of all them were a part in building.

Whether the cause is career pressure at elite American institutions like Harvard and MIT, these people currently have the privilege, and the choice, to decide where they want to be, and still fare just fine.

 

Why not us blacks?

What makes us black people think that working together to better our lot, or working together to make our homeland Africa a place we are all happy to call home, like all other humans have done, is beyond us?

 

But again:

These things only mean eternal black misery, and a world where blackness is forever a failure.

After all, what good does it serve to shun each other, or to shun our homeland Africa, when the same indignity we are facing today, is exactly what awaits us another 400 years ahead if we don’t change?

And for Black Americans, in particular, what good does it make to shun any connection with your homeland Africa, or any connection with your black peers from Africa and elsewhere, when the rest of the world despises all of blackness equally?

I hate to say this but the whole thing sounds like a threesome to me, i.e., a way of fucking your fellow black people, and your homeland Africa, while other people are very busy fucking you too. Let’s stop this, and become a people like just all others. Remember, all other humans have changed, except only us.