Of Losing at the Conference Table (Original: 6/2/2011))

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“True teaching is not an accumulation of knowledge; it is an awaking of consciousness which goes through successive stages.” — African Proverb

On June 2nd, 2011, I was twenty-two and angry.  I frequented the United African Movement in Brooklyn, the only all-African political assembly in New York at the time and Dr. Jeffries explained how we always lose at Negotiations, what Alton H. Maddox, Jr, Chairman of the UAM, calls the third stage of Warfare.

I needed to write to our people, so I recalled the newsletters my undergraduate African History professor shared in 2009 and wrote my favorite Pambazuka Press the following article.  On June 13th they edited and published it.  I was elated.

No, I can’t really call myself a professional writer.  That would imply writing is a profitable endeavor for me.  But coming on three years and 351 articles, I’m consistently Pan-African!  The article below is a bit ‘controversial,’ what I said of it three years ago, but the same spirit persists.  We need to know who we are and who ‘they’ are.  And I need to continue to be me: Onitaset Kumat.  The format may change, but the content doesn’t.  I’m fighting for the African Race.

The UAM is now the largest (not the only) all-African political assembly in New York; the African Blood Siblings however will continue to step into the limelight of Pan-African all-African African-Nationalist thought!  Shem-em HTP!

Of Losing at the Conference Table
By Onitaset Kumat

Em Hotep Siblings,

The quest for knowledge is the quest for instruction.

“We win in the struggle, but lose at the conference table,” Dr. Jeffries said this truism that ought resonate with every Pan-Africanist. “We never won at negotiations” he continued. It is difficult to read the speech of the great martyr Patrice Lumumba. On June 30th, 1960, he spoke toward cooperating with the very same people who chopped off hands when rubber quotas were not met, who made Africans disrespect Africans in their basic grammar, who reduced his compatriots to sitting at their feet in trolleys, and who regularly did most every evil he then understood. He stood before an audience and reprimanded “tribal quarrels”, uplifted the European view on things, all while declaring “victory” for “the struggle!” A little more than five months later, he would be captured and killed military-style. European business as usual continued. Some ‘victory.’ This story of the cooperating Negro replays in Nkrumah, Toussaint, Malcolm X, Vasco Homem and so on. All of our stories are instructive, but Toussaint’s shall instruct here. In ‘modern history,’ the only “successful” slave revolt was the Haitian Revolution. When the Anglos were slaves, they waited for Christianity. When the Romans were slaves, Spartacus rose and fell. But when we were slaves, we fought the world over, and in Haiti, Toussaint won against England, Spain and Napoleon’s France. Haiti was the richest colony in the Americas; Haiti is the poorest nation in the Americas. Toussaint cried “For the People!” while Dessalines’ corrected him “For the wretched!” Toussaint was captured and killed. “The cooperating Negro.” Shortly after, Dessalines was replaced. Despite the heroism in Haiti, it suffers and suffers greatly. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Those who do not stand for something, will fall for anything.” He speaks toward us. Without a Pan-African Philosophy, a cry “For the wretched!,” we will lose and lose greatly.

It is a surprise that we are put in the position of always losing at negotiations, for no people on the planet are more innately intelligent than Africans. We try to avoid statements dealing with racial superiority, but it is better to express oneself truthfully than it is to lie for the sake of the same “political correctness” that oppresses us. Countless learned Europeans have opined to the intellectual superiority of Africans, despite the common culture declaring otherwise. The so-called ruling Europeans, the Masons, are an emulation of African intellect. Most every civilization on the planet descends from African genius. Our accomplishments are endless. Even in modern times, we have accomplished the distinction of “Great Debaters.” Yet again, we always lose at negotiations.

We stopped educating ourselves. To re-use Lumumba, how can we expect a successful African uprising from one educated in the European’s slave religion, culture and education system? Many rural Africans have retained our ancient cultures and religions, but many more Africans have not and worse oppose them. The Mason Socrates repeated what he read in KMT “Know Thyself.” We mostly seem to struggle without self-knowledge. Who are we? Where are the governments in Africa that are financing this self-exploration? Why are theologians leading movements rather than lawyers, architects, and most importantly Philosophers?

We need to break from this enslaving system. Our governments need to finance explorations into our self-identity. So many of us carry our ancient traditions but so many more of us are carrying these modern degeneracies. It is costing us Africa. Dr. Jeffries called for think tanks to review these contracts being signed that give away our continent to foreign exploiters. We need to get moving.

The Nile Civilizations were the greatest in the world and only possible through African genius. Without understanding this, we can not unleash this. A step toward our revival is dialogue. We must communicate to cooperate to elevate and we should have started years ago. Dr. Clarke warned “Pan-Africanism or Perish!” Marcus Garvey alerted the same theme. Have no hesitation in emailing myself or any other African you know. “Up, up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will!”

Such is the matter concerning losing at conference tables,
Onitaset Kumat

Published:  http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/73906

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