Black misery is LARGELY our own making:
Across the world, every black person faults antiblackness as being the main cause of black misery.
For this reason, every black person on earth today, believes true black emancipation will only emerge from asking the rest of the world to give black people equality. The thing though is: many other people e.g., the Asians, were just like us, but they didn’t wait for anyone to give them equality before they began progressing. It is simply that they work together, a trait that we black people, again, have never had.
Antiblackness isn’t our biggest problem:
It’s true, every person on earth, including white people (SURJ etc??), agrees that antiblackness is real.
And just to be clear: as a rural African myself, I know how hard it is to get the rest of the world to lend you a voice on poverty in any way, or to work together with you on anything, which of course says a lot.
But to me, these things do not constitute a final, irrevocable curse for a given people into eternal misery.
Things like antiblackness, on their own, aren’t a declaration that a given people, across an entire planet, will forever be a failure. Yet today, blackness is essentially a failure that spans an entire planet.
The problem is ourselves (and we even admit it):
If you can’t easily work together with your own people, there is no way you can say other people are your main problem. Our main problem is us, and is why blackness has remained the symbol of human misery.
All those people who have effectively changed their trajectory, it isn’t because they are somehow immune to things like racism, or because they are a favorite of the rest of the world. It is simply because of their long-standing culture of working together with their peers across the globe, regardless of their history, and regardless of who is better off than the other, or how long they have been separated from each other.
The Asians, alone, are a living example of how much a given people can accomplish by working together.
While China was still battling one of the world’s highest poverty rates just recently in the 1980s, South Korea had just ceased being a Japanese colony only decades back, and was itself still a very poor, aid-dependent place until just recently in the 80s. Today, these people have all put this behind, and have even turned their homelands into multinational donors for black communities from Africa to the Caribbean.
But what is very clear is:
If these people — when they were still very poor and aid-dependent only a few decades ago — had chosen instead to focus on things like anti-Asian sentiment, rather than their own ability to work together, they wouldn’t be where they are now, and they wouldn’t be having the world-class economies they are having today. Luckily, these people understand this, and working together is what they do.
And in the end, it benefits all of their people equally. The ultimate dignity (and freedom of choice) of any Korean living in the west today, including those Koreans who have lived in the west for centuries, comes directly from Korea being what it is now. Conversely, the ultimate strength that makes Korea, Israel, China, India etc what they are today, is the oneness of their people back home, and those in the diaspora.
It is how all other humans operate, and it is how all of them have managed to move their people from poverty, and to even end up with their own dignified motherlands that can lift up their people globally.
For us meanwhile?
We black people are convinced that true black change will somehow emerge from asking other people for equality, while we black people ourselves are very busy keeping our fellow black people at a distance, and are very busy rejecting the idea of 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 people have done. But it really won’t.