What makes us VERY special humans:

While all other people enjoy borderless engagement with their peers across the globe, regardless of their history, and regardless of who is better off than the other, we black people instead believe in being very, very distant from each other, and very, very inaccessible to each other, in the highest sense of the word.

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.

 

Similarly:

While all other people (the Asians, the Jews, etc) take the cause of working together to better their homelands as very sacred, whether they live there or not, this is nearly unheard of for us black people.

We black people have long indicated that working together to make our homeland Africa a dignified, poverty-free place, or a place that the global black community could use as a shared home, is beyond us.

As a result, the only path to true black freedom for ALL black people on earth today, is a) successful boat crossings in the Mediterranean, for those of us here in Africa, b) Migrant caravans on the US southern border, for our black brothers and sisters from the Caribbean, and c) continuous BLM showdowns with the police, or taking a knee all the time, for those of you in the west. And we are even proud of this.

 

In other words:

We black people have decided that we can either make it in the west, or never. And that the moment we do, there is no turning back, and there is no minding our black peers elsewhere, let alone our homeland Africa. Yet even white people, who primarily constitute the west, or who rightfully own the west, are also seamlessly in touch with their white peers elsewhere from Australia to South Africa to Europe to Canada.

 

We are not even fazed:

Despite blackness being the symbol of human misery, and despite blackness being the most indignified thing wherever on earth you are (which is itself the result of our inability to work together and transform our lot, and thus reclaim our dignity like all other people have done), we black people are totally unfazed by this, and do not even feel a single pulse of the need for us to work together and transform our lot.

Neither do we believe working together to make our homeland Africa a poverty-free place, even counts.

 

A diaspora that thrives on disowning their homeland:

I have never been outside of Africa my whole life, but I understand that the number one thing that gives every American or European Jew profound pride, is knowing that their Jewish homeland exists, and being able to contribute towards its betterment. It is the same with the Asians, and all other humans on earth.

For these people, neither extreme poverty, nor extreme wealth, can make them disavow each other or their homelands. Not even their history (think the Holocaust etc) or the time they have been separated from each other, can make them view each other as being different. They are one, no matter what.

That is not how we black people function, and it is not how we work. For us black people, even the poorest black man somewhere in the west who decries antiblackness all the time, the moment they take a break from decrying antiblackness, the next thing they do is distancing themselves from their homeland Africa.

 

We even have NO remorse:

Today, most Black Americans, for example — an entire group of 46+ million people who also happen to be the most connected, and the most networked diasporan African community, 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 — not only admit that they have never been to Africa, and that the only thing they know about Africa is what they see on TV, but also, the majority simply do not have any connection with those of us on the continent whatsoever.

Some Black Americans have even said “Africa was a long time ago… are we always going to be tethered to Africa?”, and that it is why they even feel the term “African American” is an insult.

 

And of course:

The events of slavery, which none of us had any control over, is the reason most Black Americans have chosen to view their homeland Africa, and their black peers from Africa and elsewhere, that way.

Overall, we black people globally, including those people here in Africa and elsewhere who aren’t even direct descendants of slavery, have remained a people who are each on their own, and a people who would rather live the best lives, and have it all, while our fellow black people elsewhere are living in tatters.

And I am saying all this as an African who has never even been outside of Africa. But the disconnect that exists between we black people today, is so deep that one doesn’t even need to first travel, to get a clue.

 

For us black people, shunning each other, and our homeland Africa, is our most cherished fulltime job:

Today, if you live in rural Africa, like me, it doesn’t matter how long you live, you will never, ever come across a single diasporan black person anywhere in your community, and especially not a single Black American, and you will never, ever work together on anything with a single diasporan black person, and especially not a single Black American, however much you try. I’ve personally given it a try for a decade.

The only thing that seems to bring us black people together, is decrying antiblackness from other people. The moment we are back to our happy times, we revert to shunning each other and our homeland Africa.

 

Expecting other people to change blackness for us:

All those people (the Asians, the whites, the Jews etc) who currently count as “donors” for black communities across the world, are people who totally do not look like us, i.e., they are nonblacks. And many, especially the Asians, are people who were themselves living in total poverty until only recently.

But, because of their culture of working together, these people have not only moved their own people from poverty, and have not only ended up with their own dignified, poverty-free homelands, but also, many have even gone on to become one of the main supporters for black communities across the world.

The saddest part? We black people ourselves, who are being supported by these [totally nonblack] people, are the ones who simply do not believe in working together to change blackness from being the mess it is.

 

To put this in context:

We black people are like a poor man who has a rich neighbor — the rich neighbor in this case being those nonblack people (the Asians, the whites etc) who currently support black communities across the world.

And when the rich neighbor offers the poor man’s family a day’s meal, and tells the poor man that “even me, the only way I have managed to have this food is by working together with the people in my family”, the poor man replies “thank you, but for me I don’t believe in working together with my family people to grow food. So, I am going to continue asking you for food, or else I will launch an antiracism campaign”.

By being a people who totally do not believe in working together to transform blackness, yet being very sure to decry antiblackness, we black people are exactly this poor man, and again, we are not even fazed.

 

Shunning each other even on foreign land:

One thing that sets we black people apart from everyone else, is that our disdain for each other isn’t simply limited to shunning our fellow black people who live in black-inhabited places like Africa. Nope.

When you look at the disconnect that exists for instance between Black Americans and their black peers from Africa, or Black Americans & their black peers from the Caribbean, you realize that we black people, unlike all other humans, are very committed to shunning each other even on foreign land, e.g. in America.

Implying, no working relationship with your diasporan people if you are living in your own poverty-stricken community in Africa or the Caribbean, and no welcome whatsoever even on foreign land.

 

Basically, we black people are unlike any other:

At times I even wonder if we black people maybe, just maybe, find each other to be very boring, and that maybe, that is why we don’t even have any slim interest in each other, and our homeland Africa? But then, even the Chinese are very boring too. But this hasnt stopped them from working together with each other to put poverty far behind them, and to make their homeland China a place that even the west fears.

This is in sharp contrast with how we black people function, despite being the symbol of human misery.

 

And for us black people:

The more connected, and/or the more better-off someone is, the more island-like they become. In fact, from my experience, contacting your fellow black people who are better off than you, is often seen as an overreach. It is often seen as a way of breaching the contrast that exists between you the poor black man, and the other black person who is way ahead of you, and who views themselves as being different.

 

We black people treasure contrast:

For us black people, our networks, our influence, our eliteness, our possession of a voice, our presence in a position of power etc, are only a way of contrasting which black person is ahead of the other, or a way of engaging with other people who are themselves better off than us, not a way of lifting up our fellow black people, and especially not our fellow black people from very impoverished backgrounds.

 

For other people meanwhile:

Even someone like Elon Musk will very easily become friends with any random white person anywhere in the world, on a whim. Even the lowest-level white South African farmer will very easily meet with any high-level white personality of choosing anywhere in the world, anytime.

That is not how we black people operate, and it is not we function. For us blacks, the moment someone is ahead of you, connecting with them in any way, is something you will die only dreaming about. We black people love contrast, and work very hard to protect it.

 

Our influence, in particular, is heavily guarded:

For us blacks, whether someone is an influencer, or a close associate of an influencer, contacting them, even if the only help you need is a tweet about your cause, it is often seen as a way of trying to freeload on the connections, or the influence, that they have built for long, and which make them different from you.

And if the person who is making the contact is an African like me, and the person they are contacting is say, a Black American, it is seen as a way of mixing cultures. We black people are even convinced that we are culturally different, and that this is enough reason for us to never ever work together on anything.

Yet even white people, who totally do not look like us, have at least been doing their best on our behalf, and have physically been on the ground in every impoverished BLACK community on the planet, from Africa to the Caribbean, for decades. But we black people are convinced that we are culturally different, and that this is enough reason for each one of us to take their own paths.

 

Seeking black dignity the wrong way:

One thing that separates us blacks, is expecting the rest of the world to view us with dignity, through consistent antiracism campaigning, while at the same time shunning the idea of working together like all other people do. But the fact is: 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.

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 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.

By contrast, we black people somehow think we will earn true dignity the other way round, but we won’t.

 

Self impediment:

The other trait that sets us black people apart, is self-impediment, and being very hard on each other.

Recently, I saw a post on Quora, where one writer named Ashley, said that her bodyguard (called Charles) who is black, and who was born in Philadelphia USA to black South African parents, told her that:

While still in the army, he “reported to black officers, but they held blacks at a much higher standard than whites, so it was a lot harder for a black person to get promoted by black officers. It was easier to get promoted if you reported to a white officer. Black officers wanted perfection from blacks that report to them”. This is the vice I am calling self-impediment, and it is how we black people globally, operate.

 

Shutting ourselves out of global philanthropy:

We black people have long complained of being left out of global philanthropy, which is very true. But the sad fact is: when given a chance to be at the helm of the grantmaking process, we black people ourselves are even very keen to ensure a grant to a black-led nonprofit never happens, or at least not with ease.

For example, today, only a very tiny portion of all the money that the world spends every year on ending global poverty, or less than 1% to be exact, goes directly to the world’s poor / local grassroots orgs in the global south. But, if you asked any nonprofit leader from the global south, one thing they will tell you is:

Of the 1% of global antipoverty funding that goes directly to the world’s poor, if bad luck strikes and a potential funder somewhere in the west refers you to their local program coordinator (e.g. their country director) who is black/African, that is likely the end of you. You will be lucky to get that funding if ever.

For us black people, before some black guy even visits your project, or before they even read your project idea, they are already looking only for flaws, and have already made up their mind with a solid no.

 

In other words:

We black people are a people who function by self-impeding; self-sabotaging, and self-destructing. And when we are done self-impeding, the other thing we do is disown each other, and our homeland Africa.  

 

Cuddling with those who are themselves better off than us:

For us black people, some white guy from Global Citizen or the ONE campaign will very easily enlist a long list of black influencers from allover the world, specifically for the purpose of lending their voice to help end global poverty. In the same way, some white content creator (a YouTuber etc) who creates totally crazy videos, will very easily surround himself with a long list of black influencers, as friends.

But, if an ordinary poor African like me asked some black influencer only for a tweet about the grip of poverty where I live, it doesn’t matter how much you beg, the answer is always a guaranteed no.

Incidentally, for ordinary Africans like me, if I worked very hard, I will still manage, albeit with great difficulty, to find other people (whites, Asians and others), who will be very willing to lend a hand. Just not a single black person, again, except those from my community who themselves live in abject poverty.

 

Even on global poverty:

Whether someone is a high-ranking official in charge of accelerating the Global Goals, or the country representative of some big antipoverty agency, as long as they are black, their only goal is to see how best they can build closer ties with their superiors, or how best they can befriend other elites from similar agencies, not how best they can lend a voice to you the poor black man from a very screwed background.

For us black people, whether someone is one of those who have been designated by the Gates Foundation as “GoalKpeers”, as long as they are black, getting them to lend you a voice on anything that would actually accelerate the Global Goals, if you are a poor man, is only a dream. They will try as much as they can, to look for scrutiny everywhere, until they declare that working together with you won’t be possible.

 

By contrast:

For other people, even a 9-year old kid like Felix Finkbeiner, founder of Plant-for-the-Planet, will all of a sudden come up with the idea of starting a global charity that aims to plant billions of trees around the world, and the global north as a whole will believe in them, and will even have his back.

About ten years ago, another 11-year old American boy named Winston Duncan visited Africa, and after seeing local people in Africa walking on foot, decided to start a project to collect bicycles and ship them to people in Africa, and within a week after his return to America, his story was already in VOA News. Today, his project is even well-established. All because these people believe in each other.

When it comes to projects in poor countries that were initiated by white college teenagers after a single visit to the developing world, and which projects immediately went on to become global in size, these are uncountable. All because these people believe in each other. So, whether a cause is being fronted by a 9-year old, or a college teenager who doesn’t even have any money of his own, it belongs to all of them.

This is unlike us blacks. For us black people, even if your goal is to only install a single borehole in your impoverished community, your fellow black people will be very first to completely look down on you.

 

The other vice that sets us black people apart? 

Being the first to doubt our own authenticity. By default, other people (especially whites), have a tendency of viewing us black people, especially those of us from Africa, as wannabe fraudsters.

The biggest surprise, however, is that even that white man who (inside of their heart) thinks you might be a fraudster, will still give you the benefit of the doubt, and will still support your project, at least only with limited support, as is always the case. But he will still try and support you somewhere somehow.

For us black people, by comparison, our very first impression of our fellow black people, is that they are most likely bad people, and that we are better off not working together with them on anything, or that we are better off supporting them by instead supporting some white guy who will then support them.

This is especially true for those black people who often throw their support behind things like the Global Citizen Festival or the ONE campaign, while being very careful to never to lend a voice to any poor black communities directly. We black people are often the first to doubt each other, before anyone else does.

 

But again:

These things only mean eternal black misery. And until we black people realize this, and become a people like all others, we will continue to be the ragtag of humanity, and blackness is forever going to be the only thing on earth that simply doesn’t change.